Specsavers has partnered with Cactus TV, the makers of Zoe Ball on Saturday and Zoe Ball on Sunday, to launch a new book club on ITV to encourage the nation to get reading this summer – with the ten selected books announced today.

‘The Zoe Ball Book Club’ will kick off from 17June and the new segment will see the presenter lead the discussion on a diverse range of titles – as she looks to inspire the UK to get reading through her passion for books.

Celebrating UK authors

The book club is in association with Specsavers, supporting the campaign throughout 800 stores nationwide as well as in 3,000 libraries across the UK.

Running for ten consecutive weeks, the book club features a wide range of titles and authors including the debut novel from Ruth Jones and ex-junior doctor Adam Kay’s ‘lifting the curtain’ on working for the NHS. The book list celebrates the diverse talent of the UK writing community, as all of the titles selected are by British authors, from debut novels to well-established writers.

Some of the biggest retailers in the UK have signed up to support the book club campaign and encourage the nation to get passionate about reading, including Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys, Waterstones, Foyles and WH Smith. The titles will also be available via online retailer Amazon, plus over 300 independent book shops across the UK.

Zoe will be joined in the studio by celebrity readers who will discuss one of the shortlisted titles each week – as well as a film with the author telling the story of their book so everyone can join in at home.

'Thrilled to bring a book club back to TV'

Zoe Ball says: 'I adore reading so I’m beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to bring a book club back to TV.  I’m so excited to read all the brilliant titles on our list, and can’t wait to chat about each and every one of them with my wonderful guests and hear what viewers across the country think too – we’ll have a wide range of books that should hopefully encourage everyone to try something new!'

'Something for everyone'

Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, says: 'There is an obvious link between reading and good eyesight, but everyone should be able to enjoy books, so I am delighted that Specsavers is supporting this fantastic return of the TV Book Club. The first selection of books looks great – truly something for everyone.

'And being able to watch well known faces discuss them on TV should make them really accessible and encourage even more people to enjoy reading. I can’t wait to get started on these books.'

For more information about the book club please visit: thezoeballbookclub.com

You can watch the Zoe Ball Book Club, in association with Specsavers, from 17 June on Zoe Ball on Sunday  on ITV at 8.30am every weekend, or catch-up on ITV Player.

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