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Richard and Judy pick top books
Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan
Richard and Judy said the list looked 'better than ever'.
TV presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan have revealed the 10 books which will be reviewed on their Channel 4 programme in 2006.

The couple's Book Club slot has been credited with increasing sales of the volumes they feature.

Celebrity reviewers will discuss the books from 18 January, starting with The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

Viewers then vote for their favourite for the Best Read Award, which is part of the British Book Awards.

The 2005 winner was Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell.

Channel 4 said a survey had found 1.8m people had bought or read a book they would not have were it not for the show's book club.

Sales of 2005's books had now reached over two million, it said.

Executive producer Amanda Ross said: "Each year we worry that the list won't be as exciting or successful as the last, as we have a lot to live up to.

"I am delighted with the final ten books which we selected from over 500 submissions.

BEST READ 2006 SHORTLIST
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
The Farm by Richard Benson
The Conjuror's Bird by Martin Davis
Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
The Lost Art of Keeping Secretsby Eva Rice
Moondust by Andrew Smith
March by Geraldine Brooks
Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

"I am confident that once again there really is something for everyone."

The History of Love is about a Polish-born American man who fell in love aged ten and wrote a book about it, but has since given up on his dreams.

It is described as "a captivating story of the power of love, of loneliness and of survival".

The second book to be reviewed will be Kate Mosse's Labyrinth "a time-sip adventure story", set in the south-west of France, land of the Cathars.

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan said in a statement: "We love the book club and can't wait to get reading as this year's list looks better than ever."




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