Tim Smith to present Jazz FM’s Summer Book Club

Tim Smith is joining Jazz FM to present the station’s Summer Book Club.

The feature returns on June 22nd, and Tim comes from BBC Radio 2 where he was co-host of the Book Club on Steve Wright in the Afternoon, although he has more recently been presenting shows at Jazz.

Across the Summer, every Saturday from 9am, there’ll be interviews with a fiction and non-fiction author, plus, each week a different writer will share their essential jazz favourite to round off the show.

Of fronting the 10-week series Tim Smith said “I’m delighted to be hosting the Jazz FM Summer Book Club. I’m an avid reader, especially of contemporary literature, so I’m excited to be focusing on that and hearing from a wide variety of authors.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to provide some great suggestions for both the listeners and my own summer reading lists! It’s a sad moment to be taking over from Jamie under such sad circumstances, but hopefully I can do him proud.”

Jazz FM and Scala Radio Content Director Nick Pitts added: “It’s great to be able to bring back Jazz FM’s Summer Book Club, and with someone like Tim in charge.

“Through his time on the Radio 2 Book Club with the legendary Steve Wright he spoke to many of the authors of today gaining an insight into what appeals to those who love a good book.

“We know that as the Jazz FM listening audience go off on their summer holidays, not only do they take Jazz FM with them, but they also take a couple of good books and I’m hoping that we will be able to influence their reading list.”