Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, one where the technical bugs seemed to come back so it may be a little shorter than normal and also occasionally not make sense, well even less sense than normal as Simon and Thomas discuss unreliable narrators and worthwhile reading…
Unreliable Narrators () This fortnight in the first of two questions asked by listeners Simon and Thomas start off the first half of the show talking about unreliable narrators which soon becomes apparent is easier than you think without trying to give anything away. Using mysterious unnamed books and discussing famously unreliable books they discuss the pro’s and pitfalls (well Thomas does as Simon loves unreliable narrators so much he can’t slate them) of the narrator who may or may not be leading you up the garden path!
Worthwhile Reading () Victoria emailed Simon and Thomas asking them to check out this article in the Guardian about making reading count and making every book worthwhile as the author of it realises they have read a third of the 3000 books an average person reads in their lifetime. Simon and Thomas chat about the article and then about what constitutes worthwhile reading, and if it is a term they like. Simon also mentions his post on reading for a rainy day which you can find here.
Books Mentioned in the Show () A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messaud, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, A Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes, The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, The Night Guest by Fiona Macfarlane, The Life of Pie by Yann Martell.
Next time on the Readers () Simon will joined by Gavin next week as they discuss the books they are looking forward to in spring and summer 2015! Don’t forget you can hear Simon and Tess Gerritsen on the latest You Wrote The Book! and next week he is talking with Laline Paull. Simon is also with Gavin Rob and Kate on the latest episode of Hear Read This discussing his new choice and Rob’s classic.