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We believe reading is better when we do it together. That’s why we founded our book clubs and why we founded The Book Club Review podcast – to turn the solitary act of reading into a shared experience.

Loved the book? Loathed it? So much the better. We’re all about big opinions. We live for the great debate, the heated discussion, the ‘I see what you’re saying, but here’s why you’re wrong’ rant. With good humour. With respect. But with commitment too. Because the world has forgotten that disagreement is good for us. That it’s the friction of debate that sparks off new ideas, new perspectives – just like a good book. Bring the two together and there’s really nothing better.

So, listen in. We promise lively and frank reviews and recommendations, both from us and from members of our book clubs, plus interviews with book clubs, book shops and book lovers of all stripes. Just be warned, your TBR pile is about to grow exponentially.

Three types of episodes

Book Club

We report back on the book read most recently by one of our book clubs. What did they make of it? Did it spark debate? And whether they loved it or loathed it, the big question is always was it a good book club book?

Interviews

We interview book clubs and book lovers of all stripes. From Emily’s Walking Book Club to the Proust Book Club of Paris. From Francesca Wilkins of the Margate Bookshop to illustrious Renaissance man Simon Schama.

Bookshelf

What do we read when we’re not reading book club books? We report in on the books we get to choose and whether or not they might make for good book club books after all.  You’ll be surprised where our reading takes us.

Meet your hosts

Laura Potter

Laura started her career in book publishing, with a stint as the editorial assistant at the academic journal Canadian Literature. A move to London from her native Vancouver followed, where she worked as an editor at V&A Publishing and Thames & Hudson. She then left authors behind – except in the pages of a book – to work for the award-winning creative agency Reed Words.

Kate Slotover

Kate started out in editorial before moving into book design at Thames & Hudson. You may well have one of her beautifully designed books on your shelves. Highlights include A Year in the Life of Facehunter, Reuters Our World Now series, The Advertising Concept Book, and a large-format 25th anniversary edition of New York graffiti-classic Subway Art.

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Dip into a selection of our episodes below. Or browse all our episodes here.