Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan begin search for budding author as former producer launches rival book club on ITV3The battle of the autumn book clubs is about to commence as Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan unveil a search for a new bestseller, promising a publishing deal worth £50,000, and their former television producer Amanda Ross kicks off her latest book club format on ITV3.High-profile book clubs have been big business for UK publishers since the book club feature on the Ross-produced Richard & Judy show was launched in 2004. Choices such as The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold stormed the bestseller lists, while Labyrinth by Kate Mosse sold 1.3m copies after being lauded on the show by Carol Thatcher and Bettany Hughes. Critics coined the phrase “the Richard & Judy effect” to describe the programme’s power to boost sales, which echoed the success of the similar books-on-the-sofa slot on US hit television show Oprah.Presenters Madeley and Finnigan and producer Ross parted company in June 2009, and each has since established their own new book club formats.Madeley and Finnigan signed up with WHSmith to create the Richard and Judy Book Club promotion, which chooses a spring and autumn list of books, …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books