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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Ep 94; Reading vs Collecting & Judging People By What They Read

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers this week Simon and Thomas look at their book collecting/hoarding habits, get all judgmental about what other people read and Simon wants to start a read-a-long which Thomas has absolutely no interest in!

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Catching Up ()  Simon met Armistead Maupin, one of his literary hero’s the other week so he and Thomas talk about that – if you want to listen to the results of that meeting you can hear them here. Then Thomas discusses the fact he is having some serious issues with finishing books, which Simon tries (and fails) to tempt him out of with a read-a-long of a HUGE American classic.

Reading vs. Collecting () Thomas has been clearing out his books as he is having his house done up and so is living in temporary accommodation. Simon however has just inherited quite a lot of books from his Gran. So they talk about reading vs collecting… When does being a keen reader become being a book collector and is it something we really need to do? Will Thomas regret getting rid of all of his Penguin Great Ideas series? Does Simon really need multiple editions of anything that any of the Mitford Sisters have ever written? Why do publishers change a print of a series half way through making you want to have the whole set? And most importantly when does collecting books become hoarding books?

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Judging People By The Books They Read () Simon is worried he will sound like a complete an utter snob but he thought he would bring something up which he reckons almost all of us readers do… Judging people, including his friends, on what they read. For example, he has recently become friends with a lovely woman called Sam, but when he discovered what she read he was worried that this friendship could all be off. So what did he do to save it? Do we all judge people on what they read and which books cause which judgements? How do we feel about being judged by people on what we read?

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 Natalie Haynes will be discussing ‘The Amber Fury’ and judging the Man Booker and the Orange Prize plus more!

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Ep 93; When You HAVE to Finish a Book, Libaries and Love in Books

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers where book love is in the air in the lead up to Valentines and so Simon and Thomas discuss not two subject but three. It’s a bumper episode of book based banter if you will.

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When You Have to Finish a Book ()  Simon wanted to bring the subject up this week of when you feel you HAVE to finish a book as he had a book on his shelves (The Days of the Deer by Liliana Bodoc for Hear… Read This) which he had hidden because he felt he had to read it although he thought he wouldn’t like it and another (Sophie’s World) that he thought he would love but doesn’t and HAS to finish for book group as he feels he must read a book cover to cover for book group. Can anyone empathise (Thomas doesn’t) or have any of you been in the same situation? Do you feel you have to finish every book group choice.

Libraries () After bringing up book shops and book stores, Thomas wanted to talk about Libraries, past, present and future this week which was weirdly apt as it has been announced in simon’s area of Britain that 50% of libraries are closing the same week as National Library Day which most libraries around him seemed to forget. So what were Thomas and Simon’s libraries of old? What do they think the future of libraries holds? And which naughty host isn’t a member of their library unlike the other who maximises his loans from two?

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Love in Books () As it is Valentines day this Friday Simon wanted to discuss love stories in books, only he realised (apart from Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles) that he can’t really think of any love stories so he asked Thomas… and he was in the same boat! What is wrong with them? Why don’t they read books with many love stories in? And why do they always think of classics instead of contemporary novels as love stories? Could you recommend any for them for next Valentines Day?

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 Armistead Maupin will be discussing ‘The Days of Anna Madrigal’ and the Tales of the City series in general. On Friday Simon is back with Gavin, Kate and Rob for the latest episode of Hear Read This!

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Ep 92; Finding Time To Read & Sex in Books

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers where Simon has taken over the topics this fortnight. First up we find him struggling to find the time to read with his new job and secondly, after reading Carrie Tiffany’s Mateship with Birds, Simon brings up a subject that might have himself, Thomas and some of you blushing… Sex in books!

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Catching Up ()  Before they get to the subjects of this weeks show, Thomas and Simon have a chat about what they have been upto and what they have been reading including Thomas having found Graham Greene a delight again, Granny Savidge would be so pleased.

Finding Time to Read () Simon has started a new job which is giving him hardly any time to read, and indeed was causing a slight nightmare with regard to even recording this podcast. So he has been wondering how people make time to read? You may think this is mad, but Simon was used to part time work and some of that being reading for work, so this is a massive change. How does Thomas find the time to read? What should Simon do to get more reading time in? Should be allowed to get in the way of reading sometimes?

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Sex in Books () So now we come to the part of the show where you may want to turn us off (pun not intended) if you have people around as Simon and Thomas are going to get down to the nitty gritty of talking about sex… in books. Simon recently read Mateship of Birds by Carrie Tiffany which is positively brimming with sex and has seen many a complaint about it – yet Simon thought it was a metaphor to other things going on with the book and was all the more an incredible piece of literature because of it. So does sex in books matter? Can it put you off? Where does graphic realism become gratuitous titillation? Why are people so prudish about sex in books?

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 Anthony Marra will be discussing ‘A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon’.

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Ep 91; Bookshops & Bookstores

Happy New Year to everyone, may it be a year of wonderful books and reading experiences. This fortnight for the first episode of The Readers in 2014 Thomas and Simon take a look at the places that we book addicts spend a lot of our time… The Bookshop/Bookstore. They also have a catch up about what bookish bits have been going on since they last spoke in 2013.

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Catching Up ()  Before they get to the main subject of the episode, Simon and Thomas have a catch up about what has been going on in their bookish world in the month since they last spoke. Christmas has been, a new year has started, there is a lot to have a good old natter about including some admissions of just how many books one of them has…

The Bookshop/Bookstore () Whether you call them bookshops or bookstores if you love books you love them and so this week Thomas and Simon decided to dedicated a whole episode to the joys, laughter and occasional concerns that bookshops bring.

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Which were the first bookshops/stores that they visited? Which are their favour bookshops now? What are the worst bookshops they have visited? Would they want to run their own bookshops? What makes the perfect bookshop (you might be surprised by the responses to that one)? What makes one hosts bloody boil in bookshops? What is the future of the bookstore? All this and more is revealed in the show.

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 Natalie Young will be discussing ‘How To Eat Your Husband’, or as it is more commonly known ‘Season To Taste. You can also catch up with Simon on Hear… Read This with Gavin and Kate and Rob from Adventures with Words in the interim.

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Ep 90; Books We Are Excited About Coming Early 2014

Gavin is back! Just a one-off as it’s that time of the year again where Simon and Gavin look forward to the next six month’s book releases and select their twelves choices, they also sneak a few extras  (‘they’ being mostly Simon).

Before they read out their choices Simon and Gavin have a little catch up and then after the main event discuss their (lack of) new year’s resolutions.

Don’t worry if you didn’t catch the whole list as here they are:

Simon’s selections are:

January

The Night Guest – Fiona McFarlane

 

February

The Last Asylum – Barbara Taylor

Irene – Pierre LeMaitre

The Bear – Claire Cameron

March

Writers Block – Judith Flanders

The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin

Why Did She Kill Him? A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic – Katy Colquhoun

April

A God in Every Stone – Kamila Shamsie

May

The House of Fiction – Susan Swingler

June

I am China – Xiaolu Guo

Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healy

Mother Island – Bethan Roberts

Gavin’s choices are:

January

The Girl With All The Gifts – M R Carey

The Echo – James Smythe

February

Babayaga  – Toby Barlow

The Gospel of Loki – Joanne M Harris

Cat out of Hell – Lynne Truss

Annihilation (The Southern Reach Trilogy) – Jeff VanderMeer

March

Clariel – Garth Nix

 April

The Librarian – Mikhail Elizarov

Lagoon – Nnedi Okorafor

Telling Tales – Patience Agbabi

May

The Three – Sarah Lot

June

Bête – Adam Roberts

And there we have it, twenty four exciting books to look forward to.

Thomas will be back with Simon in two weeks time with your regular edition of The Readers.

Have a happy new year everyone!