Ep 104; How Do We Discuss Books ‘Properly’? & Reading Horizons

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Simon and Thomas are back just the two of them to discuss discussing books ‘properly’ and to tell you what they have been reading, are reading and what they may very well be reading next…

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Catching Up () As it has been a while since Simon and Thomas recorded they thought they would have a good old catch up. Thomas tells us a little bit about his break in Pennsylvania and Simon demands to know, well Gav asked last week, of any books based there. They also discuss Thomas’ new shelves, Simon discovering an author he likes who he had told himself he didn’t and various other bits and bobs.

Discussing Books ‘Properly’ () One of the listeners, and Simon’s favourite person he has never met (apart from Thomas of course), Sarah wanted to know how she and her friend should go about discussing books better. Thomas decides to stay out of this one a little, so Simon starts of explaining how he goes about reviews and prepping for podcasts with authors, then has a rant about his book group, and then realises that there is no right answer to this one… well not really. What do you all think?

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Discussing Books ‘Properly’ () The return of the occasional series of book discussions where our hosts tell you about the books they have read, are reading and what they are going to be reading next.

Thomas has read: Treasure Island!!! by Sarah Levine
One of his current reads is: The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
His next summer read will be: The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

Simon has read and been blown away by: A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
He is currently reading and loving: With a Zero at Its Heart by Charles Lambert
His next escapist read will be: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Other Books Mentioned in this Episode (In Order) Levels of Life, A Sense of An Ending, Arthur & George, The History of the World in 10.5 Chapters – all by Julian Barnes; The Night Guest – Fiona MacFarlane; The Fifth Child, The Grass is Singing – both by Doris Lessing; The Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad; The Year of Reading Dangerously – Andy Miller; Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell; The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt; Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter & Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Before then Simon will be back next Tuesday with You Wrote The Book! Until next time thanks again for listening…

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Ep 103; Book Bingo & A Book Forecast for the Fall (PS: Gav’s Back)

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Gavin is back as a) Thomas is on holiday and b) Simon and Gavin haven’t done their biannual discussion of the books that they are looking forward to in the next six months… so they rectify that, and talk some bookish bingo.

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Bookish Bingo via Books on the Nightstand () You will more than likely have heard of the wonderful idea Ann and Micheal have had on Books on the Nightstand but Simon wants to share it with you all just in case you have missed it. So if you would like to join in with Books on the Nightstand Bingo you can do HERE. And here is Simon’s card so you can check he keeps to what he has promised.

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A Book Forecast for the Fall () In their now routine biannual special, Gavin and Simon take a look at the books that they are looking out for in the next six months. Note – these may be subject to change both in release date and in whether they are the best books Gavin and Simon read in the fall, but hopefully it will give you lots to read in the next few months either way…

July – Simon

The Disappearance of a Boy – Neil Bartlett

Reggie Rainbow has found the perfect profession for someone who likes to keep himself to himself: it’s his job to make sure that some things stay out of sight and out of mind. Reggie Rainbow is an angry young man who treads the backstage corridors of down-at-heel theatres for a living. Childhood polio has left him with a limp, but his strong arms and nimble fingers are put to perfect use behind the scenes, helping the illusionist Mr Brookes to ‘disappear’ a series of glamorous assistants twice nightly. But in 1953, bookings for magic acts are scarce, even in London. So when Mr Brookes is unexpectedly offered a slot at the Brighton Grand, Reggie finds himself back out on the road and living in a strange new town. The sea air begins to work its own peculiar kind of magic, and, as the bunting goes up in the streets outside the theatre for the Grand’s forthcoming Coronation spectacular, Reggie begins to wonder just how much of his own life is an act – and what might have happened to somebody who disappeared from that life long ago.

The Silent History – Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffett

A generation of children are born without speech, without comprehension, without language entirely. At first, they are just medical curiosities. But their numbers swell, and soon they grow into an established underclass, occupying squats and communes around the world. To some they are seen as a threat; to others, as a salvation. Some suspect they may have other abilities beyond our understanding. The children cannot tell you their story. Instead we rely on The Silent History, a collection of testimonies from those touched by the phenomenon. Parents, doctors, opportunist inventors, cult leaders, and vigilantes, recall what they have endured and what they have inflicted on others. They will take you from a recognisable present to a real and unsettling future. You will not want to look away.

The Girl in 6E – A R Torre

Deanna has not left her apartment in years. She’s ruled by the need to kill, so she separates

herself from any potential victims by avoiding all physical contact and operating entirely through the digital realm. But when her job as a webcam girl means she unintentionally uncovers the identity of a kidnapper, she’s forced to leave the safety of apartment 6E as she races to save a young girl’s life. Previously self-published in an altered form with a phenomenal online following, this is a game changing novel that pushes the boundaries of erotic and thriller fiction.

July – Gavin

Jani and the Greater Game – Eric Brown

It’s 1910 and the British rule the subcontinent with an iron fist – and with strange technology fuelled by a power source known as Annapurnite – discovered in the foothills of Mount Annapurna. But they rule but at the constant cost of their enemies, mainly the Russians and the Chinese, attempting to learn the secret of this technology…This political confrontation is known as The Greater Game. Into this conflict is pitched eighteen year old Janisha Chaterjee who discovers a strange device which leads her into the foothills of the Himalayas. When Russians spies and the evil priest Durja Das find out about the device, the chase is on to apprehend Janisha before she can reach the Himalayas. There she will learn the secret behind Annapurnite, and what she learns will change the destiny of the world for ever…Jani and the Greater Game is the first book in a rip-roaring, spice-laden, steampunk action adventure series set in India and featuring a heroine who subverts all the norms.

Hild by Nicola Griffith

‘You are a prophet and seer with the brightest mind in an age. Your blood is that of the man who should have been king …That’s what the king and his lords see. And they will kill you, one day’

Britain in the seventh century – and the world is changing. Small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. Edwin, King of Northumbria, plots his rise to overking of all the Angles. Ruthless and unforgiving, he is prepared to use every tool at his disposal: blood, bribery, belief. Into this brutal, vibrant court steps Hild – Edwin’s youngest niece.  With her glittering mind and powerful curiosity, Hild has a unique way of reading the world. By studying nature, observing human behavior and matching cause with effect, she has developed the ability to make startlingly accurate predictions. It is a gift that can seem uncanny, even supernatural, to those around her.  It is also a valuable weapon. Hild is indispensable to Edwin – unless she should ever lead him astray. The stakes are life and death: for Hild, for her family, for her loved ones, and for the increasing numbers who seek the protection of the strange girl who can see the future and lead men like a warrior. In this vivid, utterly compelling novel, Nicola Griffith has brought the Early Middle Ages to life in an extraordinary act of alchemy. Drawn from the story of St Hilda of Whitby – one of the most fascinating and pivotal figures of the age – Hild transports the reader into a mesmerising, unforgettable world.

After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry

One hot summer’s day, John Cole decides to leave his life behind.  He shuts up the bookshop no one ever comes to and drives out of London. When his car breaks down and he becomes lost on an isolated road, he goes looking for help, and stumbles into the grounds of a grand but dilapidated house.  Its residents welcome him with open arms – but there’s more to this strange community than meets the eye. They all know him by name, they’ve prepared a room for him, and claim to have been waiting for him all along. As nights and days pass John finds himself drawn into a baffling menagerie. There is Hester, their matriarchal, controlling host; Alex and Claire, siblings full of child-like wonder and delusions; the mercurial Eve; Elijah – a faithless former preacher haunted by the Bible; and chain-smoking Walker, wreathed in smoke and hostility. Who are these people? And what do they intend for John?  Elegant, gently sinister and psychologically complex, After Me Comes The Flood is a haunting and hypnotic debut novel by a brilliant new voice.

The Child Eater by Rachel Pollack

On Earth, the Wisdom family has always striven to be more normal than normal. But Simon Wisdom, the youngest child, is far from normal: he can see the souls of the dead. And now the ghosts of children are begging him to help them, as they face something worse than death. The only problem is, he doesn’t know how. In a far-away land of magic and legends, Matyas has dragged himself up from the gutter and inveigled his way into the Wizards’ college. In time, he will become more powerful than all of them – but will his quest blind him to the needs of others? For Matyas can also hear the children crying. But neither can save the children alone, for the child eater is preying on two worlds…

Mother Island by Bethan Roberts

How does it feel to come home from work one evening and find your two-year-old son gone? How does it feel to steal another woman’s child? To take a boy from his mother, and try to make him yours, make things right? This is the story of two women, Nula and Maggie, joined by old family history and love for the same little boy.

August – Simon

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami

Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning ‘red pine’, and Oumi, ‘blue sea’, while the girls’ names were Shirane, ‘white root’, and Kurono, ‘black field’. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it. One day Tsukuru Tazaki’s friends announced that they didn’t want

to see him, or talk to him, ever again. Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.

The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be  transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the ‘clerk class’, the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

August – Gavin

My Real Children by Jo Walton

The day Mark called, Patricia Cowan’s world split in two. The phone call. His question. Her answer.

A single word. ‘Yes.’ ‘No.’ It is 2015 and Patricia Cowan is very old. ‘Confused today’ read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War – those things are solid in her memory. Then that phone call and.her memory splits in two. She was Trish, a housewife and mother of four. She was Pat, a successful travel writer and mother of three. She remembers living her life as both women, so very clearly. Which memory is real – or are both just tricks of time and light? My Real Children is the story of both of Patricia Cowan’s lives – each with its loves and losses, sorrows and triumphs, its possible consequences. It is a novel about how every life means the entire world.

September – Simon 

Stone Mattress; Thirteen Tales – Margaret Atwood

A man bids on an auctioned storage space and has quite a surprise. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly-formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. In these thirteen tales, seven previously unpublished, Margaret Atwood ventures into territory earlier explored by fabulists and concoctors of dark yarns such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Daphne du Maurier and Arthur Conan Doyle – and also by herself, in her award-winning novel Alias Grace.

Rooms  by Lauren Oliver

A rich elderly bachelor named Richard Walker has died, leaving behind a country estate with its rooms alternately full of junk, mementos and valuable possessions. But the house isn’t left uninhabited. Two ghosts walk its corridors. Our narrator Alice, once a resident of the house, and companion to a fellow spirit she now loathes, is desperate to be free; she longs to set the house on fire, burn it down, move on into the wider world. When she feels some of her earthly powers coming back, the house and all its new dwellers may be in danger.

The Children Act – Ian McEwan

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

September – Gavin

How to be Both – Ali Smith

Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith’s novels are like nothing else. How to be both is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real – and all life’s givens get given a second chance.

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family-bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna-have arrived for their inheritance. But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself-in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb. The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide-with cataclysmic results.

October – Simon

Death Sentences by Otto Penzer and Ian Rankin

Sigmund Freud deals with an unwelcome visitor; Columbo confronts a murderous bookseller; a Mexican cartel kingpin has a fatal weakness for rare books; who knew literature could be so lethal? Here are fifteen short stories to die for from the world’s best crime writers. Death Sentences includes original, specially commissioned stories about deadly books from Jefferey Deaver, andrew taylor, Laura Lippman, C.J. Box, Anne Perry, Ken Bruen, Thomas H. Cook, Micky Spillane & Max Allan Collins, Nelson DeMille and John Connolly.

October – Gavin

Death Sentences: Stories of Deathly Books, Murderous Booksellers and Lethal Literature

‘What treats you have in store!’ IAN RANKIN. Sigmund Freud deals with an unwelcome visitor; Columbo confronts a murderous bookseller; a Mexican cartel kingpin with a fatal weakness for rare books; deadly secrets deep in the London Library: who knew literature could be so lethal? Here are 15 short stories to die for from the world’s best crime writers. With an introduction from Ian Rankin, DEATH SENTENCES includes original, specially commissioned stories about deadly books from Jeffrey Deaver, Andrew Taylor, Laura Lippman, C.J. Box, Anne Perry, Ken Bruen, Thomas H. Cook, Micky Spillaine & Max Adam Collins, Nelson DeMille and John Connolly.

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

‘I am with you always, even unto the end of the world…’ From the author of Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White, the first novel from Michel Faber in fourteen years is a wildly original tale of adventure, faith and the ties that might hold two people together when they are worlds apart

Peter Leigh is a husband, a Christian, and now a missionary. As The Book of Strange New Things opens, he is set to embark on a journey that will be the biggest test of his faith yet. From the moment he says goodbye to his wife, Bea, and boards his flight, he begins a quest that will challenge his religious beliefs, his love and his understanding of the limits of the human body.

This momentous novel is Faber at his expectation-defying best. It is a brilliantly compelling book about love in the face of death, and the search for meaning in an unfathomable universe.

Moriarty by  Anthony Horowitz

Sherlock Holmes is dead. Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind who has risen to take his place. Ably assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones of Scotland Yard, a devoted student of Holmes’s methods of investigation and deduction, Frederick Chase must forge a path through the darkest corners of the capital to shine light on this shadowy figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, a man determined to engulf London in a tide of murder and menace. Author of the global bestseller THE HOUSE OF SILK, Anthony Horowitz once more breathes life into the world created by Arthur Conan Doyle. With pitch-perfect characterisation and breath-taking pace, Horowitz weaves a relentlessly thrilling tale which teases and delights by the turn of each page. The game is afoot…

November – Simon

The History of Strange Things – Michel Faber

Peter Leigh is a husband, a Christian, and now a missionary. As The Book of Strange New Things opens, he is set to embark on a journey that will be the biggest test of his faith yet.

From the moment he says goodbye to his wife, Bea, and boards his flight, he begins a quest that will challenge his religious beliefs, his love and his understanding of the limits of the human body. This momentous novel is Faber at his expectation-defying best. It is

a brilliantly compelling book about love in the face of death, and the search for meaning in an unfathomable universe.

Life, Love and the Archers – Wendy Cope

A book for anyone who’s ever fallen in love, tried to give up smoking, or consoled themselves that they’ll never be quite as old as Mick Jagger. With her sharp eye for human foibles and unfailing sense of humour, Wendy Cope has long been one of the nation’s best-loved poets. Now, thanks to this carefully curated prose collection consisting of a lifetime of published and unpublished work, readers can meet the Enid-Blyton-obsessed schoolgirl, the ambivalent daughter, the amused teacher, the sensitive journalist, the cynical romantic and the savagely funny television critic. Reflecting on everything from daring to write poetry to weddings, Cope proves that she’s a master of the one-liner as well as the couplet, the telling review as well as the sonnet.

 

Dear Reader – Paul Fournel

Meet Robert Dubois. Cheek resting on a pile of manuscripts, the ageing and perhaps too comfortable publisher of Robert Dubois Books is alone one evening in his office. In walks a pretty intern with an e-reader. For a man who thought he had seen it all, this is a revolution.

Can text really live without paper? As Dubois gets to know his new machine and carries on with his publisher’s life, author lunches and bookshops visits, the reader tucked under his arm tells him of the new paperless world to which he might not belong. Don’t be fooled, Dubois hasn’t given up. Late at night, he secretly plots new forms of literature with a group of interns, with whom he shares his immoderate and timeless love of books and reading…

November – Gavin

The Dark Defiles – Richard Morgan

Compared to Michael Moorcock and Joe Abercrombie alike, Richard Morgan’s fast moving and brutal science fantasy reaches its final volume as Ringil comes to his final reckoning and sees the world tipping into another war with the dragon folk. And, most terrifying of all, the prophecy of a dark lord come to rule may be coming true very close to home… THE DARK DEFILES is a supremely fast moving 240,000 word epic. A massive yet tight story that both shines a light on some mysteries from earlier volumes and reveals deeper mysteries yet. We encounter the artifacts of an ancient race, learn the true story of the ghostly Dwenda and follow three old friends as they face their greatest test yet.

Hopefully there is something you like up there but we’d also like to hear from you. What books are you looking forward to?

Ep 102; Educating Readers

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Simon and Thomas are joined by Thomas’ friend Ron who teaches English in a school in Europe to discuss reading in schools and educating younger readers…

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Educating Readers () In a special episode of The Readers this fortnight Thomas and Simon are joined by Ron, who teaches English Literature at an English school in Europe to discuss the teaching of reading and educating readers. The three have a big chat about which books they read at school and how they got on with them, the latest changes to the UK syllabus which has caused quite a stir, how Ron works to get younger people engaged with books and which ones he chooses and which books they would make all young people read…

Books Mentioned in this Episode:

Skellig – David Almond, The History Boys – Alan Bennett, Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman, Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte, The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins, Harriet The Spy – Louise Fitzhugh, A Room With A View – E.M. Forster, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon, Lord of the Flies – William Golding, To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee, The Life of Pi – Yann Martell, My Cousin Rachel – Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier, Animal Farm – George Orwell, The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy, As For Me and My House – Sinclair Ross, The Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger, Measure for Measure – William Shakespeare, Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck, Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton and everything by Anthony Horrowitz and Jacqueline Wilson

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Before then Simon will be back next Tuesday with You Wrote The Book! Until next time thanks again for listening…

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Ep 101; Room 101 – Where Bad Bookish Bits Are Banished…

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Simon and Thomas show their darker side as they discuss the things that really annoy them relating to books, things that annoy them so much they would like to banish them to Room 101!

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Catching Up () Simon and Thomas have had a catch up on all the things that have been going on lately. Thomas has been organising Simon’s schedule for his trip to America as well as varying other things whilst Simon is planning to jet off to Sweden on a cold crime tour…

Room 101, What Would You Banish There () As it is episode 101, and after he heard Ann from Books on the Nightstand discussing something she didn’t really like in a book, Simon decided that now was the perfect time to take The Readers to the darker side. We=ll, the more annoyed and angry side in fact, as he and Thomas discuss the bookish things that really make them cross and they would like to see banished. What do you think they could be and what would you send down there?

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Books Mentioned in this Episode:

The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
The Forsyte Saga – John Galsworthy

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with Gavin to celebrate 100 episodes of the Readers and all that book based banter. Before then Simon will be back next Tuesday with You Wrote The Book! with Emma Healey to discuss her (amazing) debut novel ‘Elizabeth is Missing’. Until next time thanks again for listening…

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Ep 100; The Readers is 100! Ask The Readers Anything & The Readers Retrospective

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Simon, Thomas AND Gavin have a special 100th episode for you with a return of ‘Ask The Readers Anything’ and also having a (possibly emotional) retrospective over the last 100 episodes!

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Catching Up () Simon grills Gavin on what he has been doing since 20 episodes when he big him a fond farewell and Thomas tells us all about his prize winning book which he has kept secret for so long!

Ask The Readers Anything () We thought as it was a special episode we should celebrate it with you lovely listeners and so we asked you to ask us anything, and you did – and some of the questions were really tough too! Simon, Thomas and Gavin try to answer them as well as they can.

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The Readers Retrospective () In the second segment of the show Thomas Simon and Gavin look back over the last one hundred episodes right from the very beginning and discuss how the Readers has grown, evolved and what the highlights have been. Simon and Gavin might possibly get a little bit emotional… possibly!

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks more book based banter. Before then Simon will be back next Tuesday with You Wrote The Book! Until next time thanks again for listening…

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Ep 99; Lending or Loaning Books & Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Simon and Thomas discuss lending or loaning books to other people, reading outside their comfort zones and Jenn Ashworth comes up a lot!

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Catching Up () Simon and Thomas have had a catch up on all the things that have been going on lately. Episode 100 is coming so they would like your thoughts on what they should do with Gavin, who is returning especially. Thomas has been sorting out Simon’s trip to America in the autumn between watching the Forsythe Saga and now wants to read it. Plus other bits and bobs.

Lending or Loaning Books () Thomas and Simon take up two subjects that you lovely listeners have sent in. The first is from Elizabeth who wants to know is Simon or Thomas lend books to other people. As it turns out the simple answer is ‘no’, however they do talk about why it isn’t that they don’t lend anything and it turns out one of them is a huge hypocrite, guess who?

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Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone () Nicely following on from discussing how we find books under the popular radar, one of our lovely listeners Whitney wanted to know if people feel they get stuck in a comfort zone with reading or if they purposefully keep reading out of it. Simon and Thomas have a discussion about what their comfort zones are and how they try and combat them…

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with Gavin to celebrate 100 episodes of the Readers and all that book based banter. Before then Simon will be back next Tuesday with You Wrote The Book! with Emma Jane Unsworth to discuss her new novel ‘Animals.’ Until next time thanks again for listening…

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Ep 98; Children’s Classics & Finding The Books That Go Under The Radar (A #ReadersRevolution)

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Simon and Thomas children’s classics and reading them as an adult as well as the books which go under the radar and how we can find them, which starts Simon off on a Readers Revolution.

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Catching Up () Simon and Thomas have had a catch up on all the things that have been going on lately. Thomas seems to be over his readers block and Simon tells us all about London Book Fair.

Children’s Classics () Thomas and Simon take up two subjects that you lovely listeners have sent in. The first is from Uncle who wanted to hear more on Thomas and Simon’s thoughts about reading children’s books, in particular the classics, as an adult. So what do Thomas and Simon have to say on the matter? Which children’s books and classics have they read, and re-read, plus which ones have they missed out on and wouldn’t mind reading at some point in the future? Which ones have you read and would you recommend?

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Fiction Uncovered; How Do We Find The Books That Go Under The Radar () One of our lovely listeners Sue wanted to know how people can find the books that go under the radar and we might love much more than all the books that are hyped. This subject is quite fortuitous as this month Simon is the guest editor of Fiction Uncovered which is an initiative looking for the books and authors that might go under the radar, which he discusses. Thomas and Simon then look at how they find the books that might go under the radar and then out of nowhere Simon starts a Readers Revolution, listen for more details…

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Simon will be back next Tuesday with You Wrote The Book! Until next time thanks again for listening…

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Ep 97; Catching Up On Rather A Lot & Classic Literature

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Simon and Thomas discuss something which always makes Simon feel a little bit nervous… Classic literature. They also have a good old catch up too.

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Catching Up () It seems ages since Simon and Thomas have had a catch up even though it has only been a few weeks. In the first part of the show Simon talks about two new projects; Beardy Bibliophiles and Stationery Scribbles, as well as stalking Agatha Christie in Yorkshire and his new literary tattoo and the London Book Fair which is coming. Thomas also has a chat about his time away from social media and turning back to books instead, and how hard it was.

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Classic Literature () So Thomas, and some of you apparently, wanted himself and Simon to talk about the classic novels, be they modern or ‘classic’ classics. Which are the classics that Simon and Thomas have read? Which did they love and which did they not? Which classic tales or authors are they desperate to read and which ones are they desperate not to read? Simon also asks the small question of what makes a classic a classic, who decides? Which classic authors have you read, which have you loved and loathed?

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Simon will be back next Tuesday with You Wrote The Book! Where he will be talking to Kate Colquhoun about Did She Kill Him? A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic a look into the Maybrick Murder back in the 1880’s. Until next time thanks again for listening…

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Ep 96; Changing of Our Reading Taste Buds & Reading Horizons

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Simon and Thomas discuss (as Simon is now a year older) if our reading tastes change as we age or if we just go through more phases. Thomas and Simon also share what they have read, are reading and want to read next as Reading Horizons returns.

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Catching Up ()  Thomas has been sunning himself in Hawaii since they last recorded and slowly but surely been getting back into the swing of reading. Simon meanwhile has had a bad bout of norovirus which seems to have left his taste buds for reading all changed, oh and did he mention is was also his birthday yesterday?

Changing Our Reading Taste Buds () In the first section proper of the show Simon wants to talk about getting older. Well, getting older in terms of reading. No this isn’t a grim discussion on there being too many books, what Simon has been pondering is if our reading tastes change over time as he feels like his are. Could this be a sign of getting older and more mature as a reader? Has he just got bored of the sort of books he reads? Is it a phase? He and Thomas chat through it all.

Reading Horizons () This week Simon and Thomas share what they have read, are reading and want to read next. Details of the books to follow as Simon has forgotten which ones Thomas chose.

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Simon will be back next Tuesday with You Wrote The Book! Where he and Naomi will be discussing ‘Frog Music’ and a murder in 1876 San Francisco with Emma Donoghue. Oh and if you missed it Hear Read This with Simon, Gavin, Rob and Kate went live last week and they discuss The Witches of Eastwick the Updike novel that spawned the iconic film and Robs choice Resurrection, a crime novel by Wolf Hass. Until next time thanks again for listening…

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Ep 95;Reading Slowly & What It Means To Be A Reader

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers this fortnight Simon and Thomas catch up about holiday books (as when this goes live Thomas will be sunning it up in Hawaii) Simon’s library love and the need for a book sort. They also chat in depth about Simon’s new habit of reading slowly and Thomas wants to discuss the small matter of ‘being a reader’. Simon also finds himself going all self-help.

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Catching Up ()  Thomas will be off sunning himself in Hawaii when this episode goes live so he and Simon discuss what he might take on holiday AND if this might cure him of his readers block. Simon has had a reading and blogging blip but is getting back to both slowly but surely, an emphasis on the slowly which leads to…

Reading Slowly () In the first section proper of the show this week Simon wants to talk about reading slowly. He doesn’t mean r-e-a-d-i-n-g s-l-o-w-l-y like that he means taking more time with books which his new job has made him do and which he is loving. He had the utter joy of reading Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being in a very slow way and just got completely lost in the world it created, something he realised he didn’t do enough. Does he, and do we, read books too quickly as we want to get through so many? Should we be taking more time with books that we love rather than wanting to devour them instantly?

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Being A Reader () Thomas has decided that this week they will talk about the oh-so-small subject (yes we are being ironic) of what it means to be a reader. Why is it we fall in love with books and reading? What happens when we fall out of love with it? What does being a reader and book addict really mean?

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Simon will be back next Tuesday with You Wrote The Book! Where he and Naomi will be discussing ‘Mrs Hemingway’ and the wives of Ernest Hemingway and the author himself, plus fig rolls and much more. Simon will also be back on Hear Read This with Gavin, Rob and Kate on March 21st to discuss his choice of The Witches of Eastwick the Updike novel that spawned the iconic film and Robs choice Resurrection, a crime novel by Wolf Hass. Until next time thanks again for listening…

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