Richard and Judy in WH Smith deal

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Richard and Judy have signed a five-year deal with WH Smith after their Book Club proved such a success for the firm - shifting around two million titles since its launch last year.

The husband and wife duo, who found their literary Midas touch during their Channel 4 series, will also work their magic on a further eight authors as their summer list was announced today.

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan will also produce podcasts as part of their latest deal.

The couple began working with the retailer last September, keeping their Book Club alive, despite them no longer hosting a TV chat show.

Writers who have featured on previous lists have frequently made it into the best-seller lists.

The Summer Book Club list this year is:

:: When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman

:: The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly

:: The Confession Of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn

:: The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld

:: The Novel In The Viola by Natasha Solomons

:: The Return Of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller

:: Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

:: Summer Of The Bear by Bella Pollen.

Madeley said: "Judy and I considered the combination of novels carefully to ensure we picked something for everyone this summer, and guarantee holiday-makers exceptionally good reads - and, my goodness, all eight summer book titles are fantastic."

"As well as introducing a further two debut novelists, we really have another great mix of titles, authors and genres.

"From historical dramas to thrillers, romance, suspense and drama, we've got everything you need for your summer reading.

"As always we've really enjoyed choosing them and we hope that everyone loves them as much as we do."

WH Smith will be launching the Summer Book Club list from tomorrow, focusing on a new book each fortnight, with instore discounts.