Ep 112; We’re Back, Rebuilding Your Bookshelves From Scratch & Books and Movies…

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Thomas and Simon have had a little bit of a nightmare with recording, so if occasionally they don’t make sense, and it doesn’t end in the usual way, they apologize a gremlin seemed to be in the system. Speaking of gremlins and ghosts and ghouls Simon and Thomas discuss spooky books, the Man Booker 2014, future libraries and being locked in bookshops…

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Catching Up () Having not really spoken for quite a few weeks Simon and Thomas decided they would have a quick catch up. They discuss their new jobs and how it means they are barely reading anything and Simon shares his news that he is up for the UK Blog Awards, which you can vote for here… http://www.blogawardsuk.co.uk/candidates/savidge-reads/ Please do!

Starting Your Bookshelves from Scratch () Simon pleaded for you to ask some questions for future episodes of The Readers, and we still want you to keep them coming, Laura came up with a corker – though it also slightly scared Thomas and Simon. What would you do if your house was flooded or burnt down and you had to start your book collection from scratch? You might be surprised when you hear their responses…

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Books and Films () You have been asking for months and months for Simon and Thomas to discuss books and film adaptations, so now they finally are. They discuss the adaptations that they have loved almost as much as the book, shockingly some that they have loved more than the book and those they have really really loathed.

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 Wednesday with guest Sarah Perry for the latest You Wrote The Book! (which if you missed the last one was with David Nicholls) and back with Gavin, Rob and Kate on Frirday for Hear Read This discussing Robert Aickman’s Cold Hand in Mine and Richard Powers Orfeo one of which Simon threw across a room.

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Ep 111; Future Libraries, Being Locked in a Bookshop, Man Booker 2014 and Scary Tales

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Thomas and Simon have had a little bit of a nightmare with recording, so if occasionally they don’t make sense, and it doesn’t end in the usual way, they apologize a gremlin seemed to be in the system. Speaking of gremlins and ghosts and ghouls Simon and Thomas discuss spooky books, the Man Booker 2014, future libraries and being locked in bookshops…

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Future Libraries () After discussing Simon’s new job and Thomas new addiction to audio books, the duo get to one of the main subjects of today. The Future Library an initiative which has seen Margaret Atwood write a book that will not be published until 2114, when the trees have grown to publish it in a forest in Norway. This sounds like one of Atwood’s stories all in itself doesn’t it? Simon and Thomas have a chat about it.

Being Locked in a Bookshop () Last week saw the brilliant news story of a man who ended up popping into Waterstones bookstore in Trafalgar Square and getting locked in there for several hours, the crazy man tweeted them and told them – was he mad? Simon and Thomas have a chat about which bookshops they would like to get locked into and what they would do/read.

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Spooky/Scary Books () Next week Halloween comes to town. One of you lovely listeners asked what Simon and Thomas would recommend to read that is scary, if of course they read anything scary at all. They come up with some books but they might not be the ones that you imagine, and then suddenly the ghouls take over the line…

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will hopefully be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Before then Simon will be back next Wednesday with guest David Nicholls for the latest You Wrote The Book! We know he said that last time but then Richard Flanagan came on, the latest Man Booker winner, what more could you want? Until next time thanks again for listening…

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Ep 110; Catching Up On Allsorts and Reading Horizons 

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Thomas and Simon have a big old catch up. First they just catch up in general after having not spoken for a few weeks, well since Simon left DC, and then they have a big catch up on the books they have read, are reading and what they both want to read next.

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Catching Up on Allsorts () Simon and Thomas haven’t spoken for ages. Though by the time this recording worked they had actually spoken at least four times as they had technical issues. Thomas has a new job, they have a catch up on Gone Girl now Thomas has finished it and Simon have seen the film (with Rob and Kate who he discusses it with on this weeks Adventures With Words), they discuss the last episode and the challenge they set with Ann and Michael and they beg for you upcoming topics for the show.

Reading Horizons () Simon and Thomas catch up on the books that they have read, are reading and will be reading next.

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Simon has read: Us by David Nicholls
Is currently reading: The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
Is going to read: The Narrow Road to the Deep South by Richard Flanagan

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Thomas has read: An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay
He is reading: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
He is going to read: American Romantic by Ward Just

Other books mentioned in this show () Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, Any Human Heart by William Boyd, Swann by Carol Shields, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James, The Night Guest by Fiona Macfarlane, Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell and The Darkness of Wallis Simpson by Rose Tremain

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 Wednesday with guest David Nicholls for the latest You Wrote The Book! Until next time thanks again for listening…

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Ep 109; The Readers on the Nightstand 

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight there may be a little less of Thomas than normal. Don’t fret though because Simon is joined by Thomas at the top and tail end of the show and then podcast royalty in the middle as Ann Kingman and Michael Kindness of Books on the Nightstand join him in answering some questions from some of you. What a special episode hey?

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The Readers on the Nightstand () In a very special middle section of the show, after he has chatted to Thomas and told him all about the delights of Booktopia, you get to hear the second half of a conversation between Simon and the podcast royalty that are Ann and Michael from Books on the Nightstand. The three of them answer more questions from the lovely people of Booktopia (including E Lockhart) which they hope you will enjoy. You can also hear the three of them come up with a reading challenge that Thomas will add to at the end of the show. DONT FORGET TO HEAD TO BOOKS ON THE NIGHTSTAND FOR PART ONE. Thank you…

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A Challenge & Books You Think We Might Not Read () In a quick final section of the show, Thomas adds his title to the list of books that Ann, Michael, Simon and himself will be reading as each others favourite books. They also have a chat about some of the books that people might not think that they would read as inspired by Eric when he learned Simon likes Batman and superheros in general at Booktopia.

Books mentioned in this show () Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, Any Human Heart by William Boyd, Swann by Carol Shields, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Alex by Pierre Lemaitre, The Firm by John  Grisham, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie, The Martian by Andy Weir, The Explorer by James Smythe

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 Wednesday with guest Victoria Hislop for the latest You Wrote The Book! Until next time thanks again for listening…

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Ep 108; Two Reader in One Room Talking Book Recommendations

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight you are in for a treat as this week Simon and Thomas are live (well they were when they recorded it) in the same room at the same time talking all things book recommendations. Be it recommendations from friends, an author, a bookshop or a books blurb Simon and Thomas look at the pro’s and con’s of recommending books and how to make a recommendation really count.

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Book Recommendations () In a very special episode of The Readers both Thomas and Simon are in the same room (hence why there is a bit of an echo) as each other to discuss book recommendations. Not only do they discuss how books get recommended to them, and Thomas has a small rant at this point, they discuss blurbs, author quotes and how to make a recommendation really count. Should you tell people if there are twists? How much of a plot should you tease someone with if you really want them to read it? Should you trust a blurb? Has an author really read the book they have a quote on. All these things are discussed and more, and indeed a recommendation gauntlet is laid down for you all…

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Books mentioned in this show () Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, The Winding Stair by Daphne Du Maurier, Alex by Pierre Lemaitre, Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth, Tony Hogan Bought Me and Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson, Little Bee by Chris Cleave.

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Ep 107; Non Fiction

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Simon and Thomas discuss something they rarely do on this podcast…Non-fiction! They then each share their top five books in that field. Get ready for some interesting discussion and debate.

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Catching Up () Simon has pressing things on his mind, WordPress being one of them as the company have been taking down bookish blogs who are hosting blog tours, what is that all about and how does Thomas feel about it? Simon is also freaked out that when this goes live he and Thomas will be in a pool, sat by a pool, at the zoo or even recording a show face to face!

Non Fiction () It is not something that Thomas and Simon often speak about so they have decided to host a whole show about it. Non fiction! The duo decided to have a chat about what it is that keeps them from reading non fiction more often and what they love about it when it is done right, they soon realise that actually, they like it much more than they think and should get reading more of it pronto!

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The Readers Top Non Fiction Books () In the second part of the show Simon and Thomas each share their top five non fiction books.

Thomas’ are…

Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples – Ruth Reichl
The Death and Life of Great American Cities – Jane Jacobs
84, Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank – Thad Carhart
The Journals of May Sarton

Simon’s are…

The Lost City of Z – David Grann
Stiff – Mary Roach
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters – edited by Charlotte Mosley
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

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 Wednesday with You Wrote The Book! Until next time thanks again for listening…

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Ep 106; World War I & Historical Fiction

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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World War I in Fiction () As we commemorate 100 years since the beginning of World War I, Simon decided that he would like to talk about fiction set in World War I, after embarrassingly admitting that he has hardly read any books set in that time period and that he often mistakes the World Wars. Thomas is aghast. Anyway, they go through a selection of books that Thomas has read and that Simon might read. They would love more recommendations from you.

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Historical Fiction () Leading on from their discussion of fiction set in World War I, Thomas and Simon decided to talk about the genre of historical fiction, one which neither of them think they like but actually (once you move away from the bodice rippers and the headless female covers) they realize they do. They discuss their favourite titles, eras and whether as a book ages it becomes a historical novel by accident.

Other Books Mentioned in this Episode (In Order) Hemlock Grove – Brian McGreevy, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh – Michael Chabon, A Month in the Country – J.L.Carr, All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque, Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks, Under Fire – Henry Barbusse, The Guns of August – Barbara Tuchman, Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West,  Out of this Furnace – Thomas Bell, Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf, A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway, Mrs Hemingway – Naomi Wood, Regeneration – Pat Barker, Parade’s End – Ford Maddox Ford, Ashenden – W. Somerset Maugham, His Last Bow – Arthur Conan Doyle, Strange Meeting – Susan Hill, A Testament of Youth – Vera Britten, Wilfred and Aileen – Jonathan Smith, Journey’s End – R.C Sherriff, Warhorse – Michael Morpurgo, One of Ours – Willa Cather, Willam an Englishman – Cicely Hamilton, The Forsythe Saga – John Galsworthy, The Observations – Jane Harris, Gillespie and I – Jane Harris, Bitter Greens – Kate Forsyth, Wolf Hall – Hillary Mantel, The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory, The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller, The Girl With The Pearl Earring – Tracey Chevalier, Small Island – Andrea Levy, HHhH – Laurent Binet, The Club Dumas – Arturo Perez-Reverte, The Hundred Year House – Rebecca Makkai, The Borrower – Rebecca Makkai.

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Ep 105; Man Booker 2014

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Simon and Thomas discuss the recently announced Man Booker Prize Longlist aswell as read-a-longs and reading challenges…

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The Man Booker Longlist 2014 () It is said to be one of the biggest prizes in the literary world and now it is open to the whole wide world, well if you can write a novel in English. Simon and Thomas have a chat about this years longlist and its relevancy. Here’s the list for you…

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris (Viking)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)
The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre)
J -  Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape)
The Wake – Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)
The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell (Sceptre)
The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)
Us – David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Dog – Joseph O’Neill (Fourth Estate)
Orfeo – Richard Powers (Atlantic Books)
How to be Both -  Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
History of the Rain – Niall Williams (Bloomsbury)

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Read-a-longs and Reading Challenges () In the second part of the show Simon and Thomas talk about the pros and cons of read-a-longs and reading challenges. Which ones have they joined, and indeed started, and how did they get on with them be it good or bad?

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 Wednesday with Kate Forsyth on You Wrote The Book! Until next time thanks again for listening…

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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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