Ep 118; Unreliable Narrators & Worthwhile Reading?

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…

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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!

 

 

unreliable-narrator-2Worthwhile 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.

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Ep 117; A New Reading Year & Is Reading Stopping Us From Doing Other Things?

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, the first of 2015! Being as it is a new year Simon and Thomas thought they would talk a little about the year that was and the year that is to come. They also answer another listeners reading quandary…

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A New Year of Reading () Simon and Thomas start off where Gavin and Simon left off in the last episode, looking back at 2014 and forward to 2015. What did they make of their reading year? What plans have they got for the year ahead? They end up discussing almost everything but reading, though do get there in the end, as they try to figure all this out.

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Is Reading Getting In The Way of Everything Else ()  Coltrane emailed in to ask Thomas and Simon if there is ever a danger that reading takes over your life to the extent that you don’t really feel like doing anything else. Simon and Thomas discuss…

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 Neel Mukherjee on the latest You Wrote The Book! and next week he is talking with Laline Paull. Simon is back with Gavin Rob and Kate on Friday for Hear Read This discussing his new choice and Rob’s classic.

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Ep 116; Books To Look Forward To In Spring & Summer 2015…

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Simon is joined by his original cohost Gavin as they take part in the traditional, twice a year, look ahead at the books they are really keen to get their mits on over the next six months. As a little bonus extra they also discuss their reading year just passed and the one that is coming up ahead…

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The Year That Was, The Year That Will Be () After having not been on The Readers since episode 100, even though they still do Hear Read This, Simon and Gavin have a lot to catch up on, namely what they have thought of their reading year and what they think they have planned for the year ahead.

 

Happy-New-Year-Goodbye-2014-HD-WallpaperBooks To Get Excited About In Spring/Summer 2015 () Simon and Gavin discuss the 13 books (each) that they are most looking forward to in the first half of 2015, month by month.

January

Simon chose; Weathering by Lucy Wood (Bloomsbury) and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Transworld)
Gavin chose; Alice and the Fly by James Rice (Hodder) and Dark Intelligence by Neal Asher (Tor)

February

Simon chose; The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer (Faber), Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Penguin) and Second Life by S J Watson (Transworld)
Gavin chose; Kim Kardashian’s Marriage by Sam Riviere  (Faber), Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman (Headline) Autumn Republic by Brian McCleellan (Orbit) and The Death House by Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)

March (Simon’s Birthday is on the 24th)

Simon chose;  Wolf, Wolf by Eben Venter (Scribe), Ghosting by Jonathan Kemp (Myriad Editions) and A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale (Tinder Press)
Gavin chose; The Faces of God by Mallock (Europa Editions), The Mirror of Melody Black by Gavin Extence (Hodder), Get in Trouble by Kelly Link (Canongate), The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber) and The Case of the ‘Hail Mary’ Celeste by Malcolm Pryce (Bloomsbury)

April

Simon chose; When the Doves Disappeared by Sofi Oksanen (Atlantic Books) and A Game for All the Family by Sophie Hannah (Hodder)

May

Simon chose; A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (Transworld) and The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan (Harvill Secker)
Gavin chose; The Day Shift by Charlaine Harris (Gollancz)

June

Simon chose; In My House by Alex Hourston (Faber)
Gavin chose; Stallo by Stephan Spjut (Faber)

Next time on the Readers () Simon will be back in two weeks with Thomas and more book based banter. Before then Simon will be back next Wednesday with guest Neel Mukherjee for the latest You Wrote The Book!

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Ep 115; The Night Guest by Fiona Macfarlane (A Boxing Day Book Club Special)

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, which is a little Christmas bonus gift for you during the festive holiday. Back in the spring Simon said that he, Thomas and anyone else who wanted to could read The Night Guest and have a book club like show, well it is now Summer in the books setting of Australia so here it is. Warning this does contain some HUGE spoilers…

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The Night Guest by Fiona Macfarlance () In this episode Simon and Thomas, with the help of some listeners, one making a special appearance, discuss The Night Guest by Fiona Macfarlane which is a creepy psychological thriller and so other than give you the blurb we will say no more about than warn you again THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. Here is the blurb…

In an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth, a widow whose sons have flown the nest, lives alone. Until one day a stranger bowls up, announcing that she’s Frida, sent to be Ruth’s carer. At first, Ruth welcomes Frida’s vigorous presence and her willingness to hear Ruth’s tales of growing up in Fiji. She even helps reunite Ruth with a childhood sweetheart. But why does Ruth sense a tiger prowling through the house at night? Is she losing her wits? Can she trust the enigmatic Frida? And how far can she trust herself?

 

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 Sharon Bolton on the latest You Wrote The Book! and last week, if you missed it, Simon and Gavin were live with Rob and Kate on Friday for Hear Read This discussing two books one in particular which cause a right old hoo-ha!.

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Ep 114; The Readers Mailbag & Festive Reads

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Thomas and Simon are opening The Readers Mailbag for the first time in far too long, they also have a chat about festive reads as Christmas is almost upon us, but first they catch up…

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The Readers Mailbag () Firstly big apologies as due to a technical error Simon thought he was getting your emails and then he went in to search for one he had been told he had and hadn’t and found rather a lot of them. In the first section of the show Simon answers one email aimed just at him, which of course made Thomas most jealous, before they both answer a listener’s conundrum about a short classic to read for their book club.

 

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Festive Books () As Christmas is almost upon us Simon and Thomas decide that they should discuss festive books. Simon believes you should only read Christmas books at Christmas so has a pile ready, Thomas thinks you should read what you want when you want. They both discuss Christmas books they would recommend and also talk about what they will be reading over the festive season be it seasonal or not. They also discuss how they end the reading year.

Books Mentioned in the Show - Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier, The Awakening – Kate Chopin, Lord of the Flies – William Golding, The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton, Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway, We Have Always Lived at the Castle – Shirley Jackson, The Turn of the Screw – Henry James, Up At The Villa – W. Somerset Maugham, Stoner – John Williams, Crossing to Safety – Wallace Stegner, Where Angels Fear To Tread – E.M. Forster, And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark, A Month in the Country – A.L. Carr, The Drivers Seat – Muriel Spark, A Christmas Memory – Truman Capote, Aunt Sass – P.L. Travers, Happy Christmas – Daphne Du Maurier, Christmas Pudding – Nancy Mitford, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding – Agatha Christie, Agatha Raisin Kissing Christmas Goodbye – M.C. Beaton, A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Holiday – W. Somerset Maugham, I Am Half Sick of Shadows – Alan Bradley, Barrel Fever – David Sedaris, Mystery in White – J. Jefferson Farjeon, Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell, The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt,The Long Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan, The Dinner – Herman Koch, Summer House With Swimming Pool – Herman Koch, The Hopkins Manuscript – R.C Sheriff, Miss Buncles Book –  D.E Stevenson, The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett, 84 Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff, Mrs Harris Goes To Paris – Paul Gallico

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back with a surprise show at some point over the festive period before Simon is joined by Gavin on the 30th of December to talk about the books to watch out for in spring 2015. Before then Simon will be back on Wednesday with guest Sharon Bolton for the latest You Wrote The Book! Until then happy reading.

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Ep 113; Book Prizes…

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight in a spooky fluke Thomas and Simon are discussing book prizes which Kate and Rob have just done an episode of Adventures with Words on. Spooky. Anyway, this episode they discuss prizes of all shapes and sizes, starting with the Nobel Prize which many of you have been asking us to talk about on Goodreads…

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Catching Up () Simon wants to talk about Serial, a podcast he is now addicted to. They also briefly talk about plays as books. Oh and even though they think you can’t still vote for Simon in the UK Blog awards, it turns out you can http://www.blogawardsuk.co.uk/candidates/savidge-reads/ Please do!

Book Prizes () You asked for Simon and Thomas to discuss the Nobel prize and their thoughts on it so they decided that they would and that they would then talk about book prizes in general. First up, the Nobel prize, how many have Thomas and Simon read, do they think it is elitist and who do they think should win in the future. With all the other prizes which books that have won prizes do Simon and Thomas love and what are their favourite prizes? Which prizes do you love?

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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 this Wednesday with guest Sarah Perry for the latest You Wrote The Book! (which should have gone live last week, oops) Until then happy reading.

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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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