Ep. 81; Getting To Know The New Host & Reading Horizons…

For the 81st episode of The Readers all is revealed (well within reason) with Simon’s new co-host, but who on earth is it? What are their reading tastes? Will they have the banter? All will be revealed in todays show…

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Getting to Know the New Co-Host () So we thought for the first episode with the new line up of hosts we would get you to send in questions to ask Simon’s new co-host and you have in your droves. But who is the new co-host, well we think we have teased you enough, Simon is joined (from Washington DC) by Thomas Otto and it all gets a little bit international and granny fiction based, yet all very bearded…

054 Thomas

Reading Horizons () To get to know Thomas a little better, Simon thought it would be a good idea to get them talking about the books they have read and the books they are reading and the ones that they want to read…


Thomas has read: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
He is currently reading: A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth & After Claude by Iris Owens
He isn’t sure what he will be reading next, which is helpful. Ha!


Simon has read: The Ministry of Fear by Graham Greene
He is currently reading : Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Next he will be reading: The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

Next time on The Readers () Simon and Thomas will be back with some more book based banter, if their is anything you would like them to discuss as topics for the show then let them know. Simon will also be back next Tuesday with You Wrote The Book where he is joined by debut author Hannah Kent who many are predicting huge things from… Until then, happy reading!

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10 thoughts on “Ep. 81; Getting To Know The New Host & Reading Horizons…

  1. Hate horse books? LOL. You would’ve hated my grade 5 teacher, all we read were horse books (I remember only 2 – Black Beauty & King of The WInd + movie versions). Than I found the middle grade series Heartland on my own (funny that my own country Canada would make a TV series of it years later). Also watched the Saddle Club on TV. I had a year of being obsessed with horses because of all that. I still have a soft spot for black horses.

  2. Simon, As daughter of Vietnam war refugees, I was a little cross that you didn’t get the Vietnam War time frame right. T_T

    Thomas, My first grown up book was a smutty one too (Love in a Chinese Garden..) Anyways – What about Canaaaaaadian books (besides Atwood)? If you love old lady literature, older CanLit has lots of it (too a fault some would say)! Alice Munro does a lot of domestic stuff..

  3. Rosie, I am a big fan of Sinclair Ross, Margaret Laurence, Timothy Findley, Carol Shields–well she was born in the US but lived most of her adult life as a Canadian. Oddly, I have never felt the pull of Alice Munro.

    And, I had to look this one up, The Quiet American was actually written in 1955, before the “Vietnam War”. The novel focuses on the French waging war in Vietnam, not the American war which I think you are thinking about.

  4. What fun! Must ask Simon if he’s ever read duMaurier’s Frenchman’s Creek? (It has a boat in it) I think it is one of her best – it’s up there with Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel. And for Thomas, have you ever read Kate Morton? After being pestered by my SIL for years, I finally tried her first book, The House at Riverton, and got sucked in immediately. I have her next two on the TBR shelf waiting for me, but I want to space them out. I avoided her for a while because of length (c.500 pgs.), but the pages really fly. Happy reading to you both and thanks for letting us listen in.

  5. Love that you’re on this now, Thomas!
    Maybe Simon knew about Flowers in the Attic because it’s the book you chose in my series of My Life in Books 🙂

  6. Thomas, do you know Greyladies books? They’re a tiny publisher on the Royal Mile here in Edinburgh, and they specialise in out of print or never-before-published books by women between 1900 and 1960. They’ve printed several of DE Stevenson’s unpublished works discovered by her granddaughter in the last 10 years. I just finished one, Jean Erskine’s Secret, which was really good. It reminded me of Frankenstein and Jane Eyre – similar style with its sombre, foreboding tone and told retrospectively from 1st person pov.
    O. Douglas is another author I’ve discovered through this publisher and I’ve gone looking for old copies of her books online. Also Scottish and also very gentle, genteel stories.
    Susan Pleydell was more in the 1950s, and Greyladies have published 3 of her works which are enjoyable.

    I prefer Greyladies to Persephone as far as the books go, though Persephone is more polished and professional. I’m reading more Persephone now, having pretty much read all of Greyladies’ offerings.

    • Have you read other works by D E Stevenson? I’ve read nearly ever thing she’s written. Jean Erskine doesn’t read or feel like Stevenson. How positive is it that she actually wrote it???

  7. This late response is because I’ve just discovered this podcast through a circuitous route that I can’t even remember. I love listening to you two talking about books, and this episode was particularly pleasurable as I share a lot of foibles with both of you, though I hadn’t articulated them before. Sports, horses, technical details? Ugh. The boats reference particularly made me smile wryly, as I remembered my experience of Miss Smillia’s Feeling For Snow, a big hit in the early nineties. I found it heavy going, but I ploughed on (enough with the snow metaphors). By the end I felt like I could get around an icebreaking ship in the dark – and possibly fix the engine if we broke down near Greenland.

    • So funny about Smilla. I read that soon after it went into paperback in the US and quite liked it but I had forgotten all the ice breaker action.

      And I am so glad you found us. Believe me, it is even more fun to record the podcast than it is to listen to it. I often wish it was a proper radio program where we could take calls from all of you.

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