James Naughtie has been host of Bookclub on BBC Radio 4 since it began in 1998. He is a special correspondent for BBC News and presented Today on Radio 4 for 21 years. 

James has written widely within non-fiction and politics, including The Rivals (Fourth Estate, 2001), The Accidental American (Pan Macmillan, 2004), The Making of Music (John Murray, 2007) and The New Elizabethans (HarperCollins, 2012). In 2020 his political travel memoir, On the Road: Adventures from Nixon to Trump, was published by Simon & Schuster.

He has also written a trilogy of political thrillers, published by Head of Zeus: The Madness of July (2014), Paris Spring (2016), and The Spy Across The Water (2023). They have been praised as ‘hugely gripping and atmospheric’ by the Mail on Sunday and ‘as convincing as any of John le Carré’s’ by The Independent. The Spy Across The Water will be published in paperback in March 2024.