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Richard and Judy select book list

Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley
The couple moved to digital TV this year after seven years on Channel 4

Ten publications have been chosen by TV hosts Richard and Judy for discussion in their book club during 2009.

Works by Kate Atkinson, Beatrice Colin, Andrew Davidson and David Ebershoff are included on the list, along with Steven Galloway and Joseph O'Neill.

The hosts, who appear on digital channel Watch, will also feature authors Frances Osbourne, Kate Summerscale and Elizabeth Winthrop.

Jesse Kellerman's thriller The Brutal Art is the first book in the spotlight.

This is the sixth time that the couple have unveiled a reading list and their decisions have dramatically boosted the sales of some of their previous selections.

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, which featured in 2006, went on to become the UK's fastest-selling paperback of all-time.

Kate Atkinson, When Will There Be Good News?
Beatrice Colin, The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite
Andrew Davidson, The Gargoyle
David Ebershoff, The 19th Wife
Steven Galloway, The Cellist of Sarajevo
Jesse Kellerman, The Brutal Art
Joseph O'Neill, Netherland
Frances Osbourne, The Bolter
Kate Summerscale, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher
Elizabeth H Winthrop, December

In 2004 they picked Celia Ahern's PS I Love You, which was turned into a film starring Hilary Swank.

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan left Channel 4 in August, having spent seven years presenting a teatime chat show for the broadcaster.

They were previously seen on ITV, hosting This Morning from 1988 to 2001.

Their first show on Watch attracted 100,000 viewers while their last edition before Christmas, on 19 December, was seen by 22,000 people.

However Madeley said he knew it was "going to take weeks and months" to build ratings.

"We've been trying to say to people it's a tiny audience to begin with but it will grow because that's digital TV," he said in October. "Digital is the future."

The books are chosen by a team of four led by Amanda Ross, the managing director of Cactus TV, which produces Richard and Judy's New Position for Watch.

"The public faith in the Book Club is overwhelming, and I take that very seriously," she said.

"As consumer confidence dips with the credit crunch, we hope to help people not to waste their time or money.

"More than ever before, people will stick with what they know, and they know they can trust our recommendations."

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