Ep 167; Simon’s Back, Catching Up & Reading Horizons

After a small break Thomas and Simon are reunited together for The Readers and just to get back in the swing they have a catch-up and discuss their reading horizons.

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Catching Up () Simon and Thomas have a good old natter about what has been going on in the six weeks since they last recorded together. They talk library sort-outs, birthdays, the Baileys Prize and some of the best books they have read of late.

Reading Horizons () Simon and Thomas discuss the books that they have just read, are reading and would like to read next.

Thomas has read: The Wells of St Mary’s by R.C. Sheriff

Is reading: 33 Revolutions by Canek Sánchez Guevara
And is planning on heading to: The Passport by Herta Muller

Simon has read: Little Deaths by Emma Flint
Is halfway through: Barkskins by Annie Proulx

And is debating between: The Cast Iron Shore by Linda Grant and Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

Other Books Discussed on the Show () The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo, The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan, The Mare by Mary Gaitskill, The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride, The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill, The Dark Circle by Linda Grant, All Involved by Ryan Gattis, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift, The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi  and Sarah Winman’s Tin Man, The Year of Marvellous Ways and When God Was A Rabbit.


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Ep 166; Five (Six) Favourite Books

As Simon has some post surgery recovery Thomas is joined by the wonderful Frances as she talks about five books she thinks that you should all be reading…

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Five Favourites From Frances () Frances shares some of her favourite books that you might just want to read.

Frances’ Five (Six) Books:

 

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

(Also mentioned The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser)

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

(Also mentioned Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz-Zafon, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan)

The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic

(Also mentioned Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis)

Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville and Bartleby and Company by Enrique Vila-Matas

(White Fang by Jack London, White Jacket by Herman Melville, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Tepper isn’t Going Out by Calvin Trillin)

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

(To the Lighthouse, A Room of One’s Own, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, The Hours by Michael Cunningham)

Other books and authors we talked about:

Hagseed by Margaret Atwood, The Tempest by William Shakespeare, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift, Mr. Mac and Me by Esther Freud, William Morris: A Life for Our Time by Fiona McCarthy, Peacock and Vine by A.S. Byatt, Bob Dylan, Patrick Modiano, Doris Lessing, Toni Morrison, Gunther Grass, J.D. Salinger, Sinclair Lewis, Sartre, Your Face Tomorrow trilogy by Javier and The Infatuations by Javier Marias, The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy, At Hawthorne Time by Melissa Harrison, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, At Last, Loss for Words, and On the Edge by Edward St. Aubyn, The Last First Day by Carried Brown, Like Death by Guy de Maupassant)


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Ep 165; Literary Pet Peeves

As Simon is having some post surgery recovery Thomas is joined by the wonderful Frances and they discuss something that Simon resists, snarky literary pet peeves…

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Literary Pet Peeves () Frances joins Thomas to talk about their literary pet peeves, what really winds them up and what they just can’t stand in books. Something which Simon always used to shy away from… used to, wait until he returns.

Books Mentioned in the Show () Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, Satin Island by Tom McCarthy, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh, Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves, Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins, Angela Thirkell, Ruby by Cynthia Bond, Iris Murdoch, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, Echo House by Ward Just, Consequences by Penelope Lively, Penelope Fitzgerald, Hilary Mantel, A Room with a View by E.M. Forster, Babette’s Feast by Karen Blixen, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, And Sons by David Gilbert, My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth, Herman Koch, D.E. Stevenson, Neville Shute, Fanny Trollope, Nonsuch Books, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara, The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Margaret Atwood, Swann by Carol Shields, Sweet Caress by William Boyd, The Many by Wyl Menmuir, Being Dead by Jim Crace, William Faulkner, Bottom’s Dream by Arno Schmidt, James Joyce, Edgar Allen Poe, Henry Green, The End of Days and Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck, The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene.

Next time on the Readers () The Readers, with Thomas and Frances, will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter.

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Ep 164; The Sympathiser by Viet Thanh Nguyen 

It is the episode that you have been promised for months and months, Simon and Thomas FINALLY talk about The Sympthiser…

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The Sympathizer () After months and months of teasing you about it Thomas and Simon finally sit down and talk about The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize winning book. They discuss their reactions to it as well as answering your listeners questions or discussing topics that they have raised.

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Ep 163; We’re Back, Looking Back on 2016 & Ahead To 2017

Simon and Thomas are back, back, back. This episode sees them catching up on the reading year that was 2016 and ahead to what might lie in store in 2017.

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We Are Back () Simon and Thomas have a chat about their absence for the last few months, why it happened and tell you a little bit about how you can support them via Patreon and heading to www.patreon.com/thereaders

The Year That Was 2016 and the Year That Will be 2017 () Thomas and Simon have a chat about the year that was 2016, the books they loved and the books they didn’t. They also have a chat about their resolutions and plans in 2017 and a whole heap of books as you can see below. They just couldn’t stop.

Books Mentioned On The Readers () The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, Being Dead by Jim Crace, The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain, The Butchers Hook by Janet Ellis, The Girls by Emma Cline, The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien, To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey, A Brief History Of Seven Killings by Marlon James, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Fell by Jenn Ashworth, The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee, The Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal, The Life of Elves by Muriel Barberry, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift, The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child based on an idea by J.K. Rowling, Victoria 4.30 by Cecil Roberts, The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester, At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison, All Involved by Ryan Gattis, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, The Summer Before The War by Helene Simonson, Mapp and Lucia by E.F Benson, Agatha Raisin by MC Beaton, short story collections by Carol Shields, Katherine Mansfield, the works of Helen Oyeyemi, Sarah Moss and Willa Cather, Dancing Fish and Anemones by Penelope Lively, Judgement Day by Penelope Lively, Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood, Into The Water by Paula Hawkins, Dear Mr M by Herman Koch, The Gardens of Consolation by Parisa Reza, In The Country of Men by Hisham Matar, Damascus Nights by Rafik Schami, Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed, It Can’t Happen Here and other novels by Sinclair Lewis, Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell, The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, the works of Anita Brookner, A Poem For Every Night of the Year, Cold Earth by Sarah Moss, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, Before the Feast by Sasa Stanisic.

Next time on the Readers () The Readers will be back in two weeks when Simon and Thomas finally talk about The Sympathizer. Simon has cancelled You Wrote The Book for now but if you want to go and listen to them all you still can.

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Ep 162; Book Culling and Curating

So this episode, which was actually recorded in October, sees Simon and Thomas talking about book culling and curating and having a catch up, which is now completely out of date but enjoy it anyway.

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Book Culling and Curating () Thomas and Simon have a chat, possibly a revisit, all around the top of book culling and book curating. They discuss how they cull and how they decide which books they want to buy and why sometimes they lose their way.

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Books Mentioned On The Readers () The Less Than Perfect Legend of Donna Creosote by Dan Micklethwaite, Boy Erased by Garrard Conley, Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The Sympathiser by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding, Ruby by Cynthia Bond,

Next time on the Readers () The Readers will be back next week, as they are giving your four weekly episodes as a thanksgiving thanks for sticking by them when they have been a bit inconsistent, when they will be back with more book based banter. Simon has cancelled You Wrote The Book for now but if you want to go and listen to them all you still can.

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Ep 161; Halloween Reads

This episode is a little bit of a special spook-tacular as Simon and Thomas talk about horror fiction and ghost stories as Halloween is just around the corner. They discuss which books (as well as just things in general) scare them and what they would like to read over Halloween.

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Halloween Reads () Thomas and Simon have a chat about what scares them, with a few spooky tales along the way, and which books they would recommend for other people to read as well as sharing the books that they would like to be reading this Halloween…

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Books Mentioned On The Readers ()American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis, The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton, The Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Haunting of Hill House by  Shirley Jackson, Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson, The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski, The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, Dark Matter by Michelle Paver, Thin Air by Michelle Paver, The Complete Short Stories by Roald Dahl, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, Florence and Giles by John Harding, The Loney by Michael Andrew Hurley, The Night Guest by Fiona Macfarlane, Deliverance by James Dickey, The Travelling Bag and Other Stories by Susan Hill

Next time on the Readers () The Readers will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter. If you missed the latest episode of You Wrote The Book do go and listen, Simon’s is joined by Kit de Waal to discuss her incredible debut novel My Name is Leon.

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Ep 160; Catching Up, Holidays and Reading Horizons…

This episode Simon and Thomas talk about the books that they read on holiday, the holidays that they had and also a general catch up.

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logo3_728-x-90111Catching Up () Thomas and Simon discuss what the books are that we can read when we want to escape all the mad stuff that is going on the world. They also discuss if we should be escaping the events that are unfolding or reading more about them?
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Holidays and Holiday Reads () Thomas went away to Maine and Simon went to Italy, what did they get up to and most importantly what did they read? And what are they going to read next?

Books Mentioned On The Readers () The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, A History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, Playing With Fire by Tess Gerritsen, Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton, To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey, Being Dead by Jim Crace, Light of Day by Eric Ambler, The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing, Leaving The Atocha Station by Ben Lerner, Victoria 4.30 by Cecil Roberts, The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, Under The Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes,The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead, The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Veda, The Less Than Perfect Life of Donna Creosote by Dan Micklethwaite, Chains of Sand by Jemma Wayne, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer, The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messaud, Delicious Foods by James Hannaham, Paradise News by David Lodge, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, The Golden Age by Joan London, Fell by Jenn Ashworth, The Dream Life of Astronauts by Patrick Ryan, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn.

Next time on the Readers () The Readers will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter. Simon has sadly ended You Wrote The Book however you can go back and listen to all the episodes with some wonderful authors.