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1 hour, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 04 July 2011

Adele Parks joins Simon in the Book Club, discussing her latest novel, About Last Night, in which a best friendship is put to the test.

Matt Williams brings you the sport, Rebecca Pike has the money and Sally updates you on the travel.

Plus, there's Confessions to keep you gasping and Homework to keep you guessing.

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  • Confession: "Spurred On"

    Dear Simon and the collective.

    Whilst listening to the recent confession by Captain Jack, who managed to convince his daughter that he was a retired pirate, my memory was taken back to a little lie I told to my daughter a few years ago.

    Unfortunately, compared to captain Jacks little white lie which
    snowballed, my fib was cold, calculated, and downright mean.

    You see Simon, as my chosen alias would suggest, I am a big spurs fan,
    and a few years ago found myself in an awkward situation where I had
    married into a family of die hard Chelsea supporters.

    Twice a season, I would have to endure the humiliation of taking a
    ribbing from my extended family after my beloved team had suffered yet another defeat to our London rivals.

    One Autumn Saturday afternoon, I was sitting at home relaxing, watching the football results come in, whilst my then 4 year old daughter sat at
    the other end of the sofa colouring in, when she suddenly looked up at
    me and enquired "Daddy, what football team do you support?"

    I told her that I supported a team called Tottenham Hotspur, and her
    next words made my blood run cold.

    "Really ? She pied up. “I support Chelsea".

    I was horrified, and the thought of the apple of my eye joining the
    darkside was just too much to bear, so without really thinking things
    through properly, I replied :

    “Well that’s a shame because Father Christmas does not visit children
    who support Chelsea". My daughter looked at me in horror, and as her eyes widened and her bottom lip began to quiver, I realised the full weight of the statement I had just made.

    Simon, the natural thing to do at this point would have been to give
    her a hug and tell her that Daddy was only joking, but instead just to
    make things worse, I gave her a hug and told her not to worry as all
    she had to do was do the right thing and become a Spurs fan and I would ring Father Chistmas and tell him the good news, which would make things right, and she’s be back on his list.

    Guilty didn’t even cut it Simon, but over the next few weeks no more
    was said, so I thought my devious lie had been forgotten about, until months later, a couple of days before Christmas, when my concerned little princess checked that I had rung up St Nic, to inform him that she was now a Spurs fan.....

    I would like to beg forgiveness from my lovely daughter for any sleepless nights I may have caused her with this wicked lie, and from jolly old St Nic for tarnishing his clean cut image, and portraying him as a grumpy old man who discriminates against children depending on their chosen football team.

    Guilty Spurs supporter


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