Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball has revealed that she is setting up her own book club, which will air on her new weekend TV show, Zoe Ball on Sunday.
47-year-old Zoe may be best known for her shows on Strictly Come Dancing and music, but it looks as though the star is now keen to turn her hand to all things literary, with this brand new venture.
Following in the footsteps of Richard and Judy’s hugely popular iteration, The Zoe Ball Book Club has been put together by Jonathon’s sister Amanda Ross, who also founded the original Richard and Judy club.
The book club will air on TV as a segment on her new weekend TV show. There, viewers will see the host bring together a range of celebrities and book-loving experts, to discuss the hottest new reads and exciting authors.
Of the news, presenter Zoe confessed, “I adore reading so I’m beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to bring a book club back to TV.
“I’m so excited to read all the brilliant titles on our list, and can’t wait to chat about each and every one of them with my wonderful guests and hear what viewers across the country think too – we’ll have a wide range of books that should hopefully encourage everyone to try something new!
“Thanks to our esteemed panel we can be sure they are splendid reads.”
It will launch on screens next month, meaning viewers will have plenty of time to get stuck into Zoe’s first Top 10 list, which has recently been announced in full.
The wide-ranging list features of whole host of varied titles, with everything from real-life depictions of the NHS, to gripping thrillers.
So which books feature on the list?
The Zoe Ball Book Club top 10
I Am, I Am, I Am, Maggie O’Farrell
Award-winning author Maggie has penned her very first memoir, all about the 17 near misses she’s experienced with death – including a childhood illness and a terrifying labour with her middle child.
The Man I Think I Knew, Mike Gayle
An uplifting tale about an unlikely male friendship between James DeWitt and Danny Allen, whose pasts are about to catch up with them in the most unexpected of ways…
A Necessary Evil, Abir Mukherjee
Set in 1920s India, two men investigate the assassination of the Maharajah’s son in Sambalpore – however, it’s a dangerous world out there with those in power living by their own rules…
The Sealwoman’s Gift, Sally Magnusson
The one gives an insight into Icelandic history in 1627, when pirates took hold of 400 of the island’s people and sold them into slavery.
The Summer of Impossible Things, Rowan Coleman
This one follows the story of Luna, who is on a mission to save her mother’s life after finding she has the ability to venture into the past. But can she do it?
The Silent Companions, Laura Purcell
Newly married Elsie is meant to be experiencing the happiest time of her life, but is left devastated after her husband passes away. Now pregnant, she is sent to her husband’s crumbling country estate – but stumbles upon some unwelcome and unsettling truths…
Killer Intent, Tony Kent
When an attempted assassination sparks a chain reaction of explosive events across London, security forces struggle to stop those responsible from reaching the government.
Dark Pines, Will Dean
In this dark Scandi-noir thriller, a deaf reporter Tuva Moodyson investigates the story of two bodies lying in the forest as she attempts to find the story to make her career. But as threats appear from all around – can she figure out before she becomes the next victim?
Never Greener, Ruth Jones
Gavin and Stacey’s Ruth Jones makes her debut in the literary world with this poignant book about two people who has a passionate affair many years ago. Now with their own families, Kate and Callum meet up again – so which choice will they make, to stay with their families, or see what could have been?
This Is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay
A former junior doctor, comedian Adam Kay gives a startling insight into the everyday life of those working in the NHS – the fun times, the sad times, and the down-right devastating times…
The Zoe Ball Book Club will launch on Sunday 17th June, as part of Zoe Ball on Sunday, ITV from 8.30am.