BBC Two's book show returns, and this time will be focussing on six Booker-nominated books that did not win the Prize.

Hosted by Sara Cox, the series will include Good Behaviour by Molly Keane, The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald, Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters and The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry.

The six-episode series sees a panel of four famous guests discuss two books from the series reading list. Each guest will review a newly-published book, and for the first time, hot on the heels of the Booker Prize, the programme will be looking at shortlisted titles that didn’t win but still deserve to be celebrated. 

Gaby Wood, director of the Booker Prize Foundation said: “We couldn’t be happier that ‘Between the Covers’ is shining a light on past Booker Prize shortlistees – and what a selection! This backward glance is very much in keeping with the principle behind the Booker Library, browse-able on the new Booker Prizes website.

“The prize is a prism: look through it and you’ll find novels to fall in love with, as well as a partial history of culture in the last half-century. So many great authors have been nominated but never won that a list composed solely of winners would only tell a fraction of that story. As for these six books in particular: anyone who adds them to their bookshelves has a serious treat in store.”

Sara Cox