Jan 21, 2024


The fifth edition of The Thursday Book Club was broadcast on 18th January 2024 at 2pm on Phonic FM. Joining host Jonathan Posner were Keith Rossiter and Jason Mann. Click the names to find out more about their works, and use the audio bar below to listen to the full show.


The books we reviewed were:



There was also a discussion on: AI – How much of a threat is it to writers?

Here are the book launches we highlighted in the News section:

  1. One Sinha Lifetime: A Bengali Boy’s Search for the Meaning of Life is a funny and moving coming of age story from The Chase star and stand-up comic Paul Sinha. 29 Feb, Ebury.
  2. A Very Private School is a poignant memoir from Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, who recalls the trauma of being sent to boarding school at the age of 8. 14 March, Gallery Books.
  3. Colm Tóibín’s Long Island is the sequel to the prize-winning, bestselling novel Brooklyn. When an Irish stranger knocks on Eilis’s door in Long Island, it upends her comfortable life and she finds herself turning towards her native Ireland. 23 May, Picador.
  4. Elif Shafak returns with a new book, There Are Rivers in the Sky, following on from her popular novel The Island of Missing Trees. 8 August.
  5. You Are Here is the new novel by David Nicholls, the number 1 bestselling author of One Day, now a major Netflix series. This is a novel of first encounters, second chances and finding the way home. 23 April, Sceptre.
  6. Eruption has a joint byline for none other than James Paterson and Michael Crichton. The novel is based on a partially finished manuscript by Jurassic Park’s Crichton, who died in 2008. Paterson has now completed it. When an Hawaiian volcano erupts, it threatens to ignite a secret stash of chemical weapons which could destroy the world. 6 June, Century.
  7. Set in the 1960s is The Women by Kristin Hannah. From the author behind Firefly Lane (adapted for a Netflix series), this is the story of Frankie, a young woman from California who impulsively joins the Army Nurses Corps and goes to Vietnam. 15 February, Pan MacMillan.
  8. The Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden is set in World War One, and uses magic realism to weave a gripping tale of loss, mystery, ghosts and queer romance. 7 March, Century.

Thanks to bbc.co.uk for the above infomation.

The next show will be on 15th February at 2pm UK time.