The reading list for Page Turners, the forthcoming BBC1 daytime show hosted by Jeremy Vine and designed to tap into the nation's recently rediscovered love of literature, was unveiled yesterday.
A panel of well-known authors, media figures and literary commentators, including Fay Weldon, Marian Keyes and Rod Liddle, whittled down a longlist of 67 books to a varied shortlist of 24 titles. As well as Lawson's Feast and Rankin's Fleshmarket Close, the judges selected 20-year-old Helen Oyeyemi's first novel, The Icarus Girl.
Publishers hope the featured titles will receive a sales boost similar to that enjoyed by books featured on Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan's book-club slot. Eight out of the 10 titles currently featured on their teatime show are in the top-50 bestseller list. But the BBC says that Page Turners is not an imitation, pointing out that unlike the Channel 4 show, there will be no winner at the end of the eight-part series.Reuse content