Book of the Week

"A book is a device to ignite the imagination" ― Alan Bennett
Programme Details

Book readings of all kinds are one of our passions here at Loftus, and we’re very proud to be one of the companies which makes Book of the Week for BBC Radio 4.

Each week, a non-fiction book is serialised over five week days. The variety of the slot is one of its strengths, and over recent years we’ve abridged and produced titles ranging from Vesna Maric’s Bosnian refugee memoir Bluebird to Gillian Darley’s Vesuvius: The Most Famous Volcano in the World. A new biography of Leonard Cohen, by long-term Cohen fan Liel Leibovitz was much acclaimed across social media, and in Deep we used carefully sourced sound effects to bring to life the underwater landscape James Nestor evokes in his study of freediving.

Book of the Week is on BBC Radio 4 each weekday at 9.45am, repeated at 00.30.

Production Credits

Executive Producer and abridger Jo Coombs
Producer and abridger Pippa Vaughan
Producer and abridger Hilary Dunn
Books researcher Hannah Marshall

Book of the Week on the BBC



The Keys to the Street
Ruth Rendell’s thrilling crime novel. Read by Claudie Blakley.
The Long Firm
Jake Arnott’s tale of the rise, fall, and eventual escape of Harry Starks.
Book of the Week: Vesuvius
Emma Fielding reads Gillian Darley’s homage to the most famous Volcano in the world.
Traitor's Purse
Roger Allam reads Margery Allingham’s celebrated detective novel.