Ep 163; We’re Back, Looking Back on 2016 & Ahead To 2017

Simon and Thomas are back, back, back. This episode sees them catching up on the reading year that was 2016 and ahead to what might lie in store in 2017.

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We Are Back () Simon and Thomas have a chat about their absence for the last few months, why it happened and tell you a little bit about how you can support them via Patreon and heading to www.patreon.com/thereaders

The Year That Was 2016 and the Year That Will be 2017 () Thomas and Simon have a chat about the year that was 2016, the books they loved and the books they didn’t. They also have a chat about their resolutions and plans in 2017 and a whole heap of books as you can see below. They just couldn’t stop.

Books Mentioned On The Readers () The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, Being Dead by Jim Crace, The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain, The Butchers Hook by Janet Ellis, The Girls by Emma Cline, The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien, To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey, A Brief History Of Seven Killings by Marlon James, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Fell by Jenn Ashworth, The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee, The Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal, The Life of Elves by Muriel Barberry, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift, The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child based on an idea by J.K. Rowling, Victoria 4.30 by Cecil Roberts, The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester, At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison, All Involved by Ryan Gattis, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, The Summer Before The War by Helene Simonson, Mapp and Lucia by E.F Benson, Agatha Raisin by MC Beaton, short story collections by Carol Shields, Katherine Mansfield, the works of Helen Oyeyemi, Sarah Moss and Willa Cather, Dancing Fish and Anemones by Penelope Lively, Judgement Day by Penelope Lively, Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood, Into The Water by Paula Hawkins, Dear Mr M by Herman Koch, The Gardens of Consolation by Parisa Reza, In The Country of Men by Hisham Matar, Damascus Nights by Rafik Schami, Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed, It Can’t Happen Here and other novels by Sinclair Lewis, Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell, The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, the works of Anita Brookner, A Poem For Every Night of the Year, Cold Earth by Sarah Moss, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, Before the Feast by Sasa Stanisic.

Next time on the Readers () The Readers will be back in two weeks when Simon and Thomas finally talk about The Sympathizer. Simon has cancelled You Wrote The Book for now but if you want to go and listen to them all you still can.

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Ep 161; Halloween Reads

This episode is a little bit of a special spook-tacular as Simon and Thomas talk about horror fiction and ghost stories as Halloween is just around the corner. They discuss which books (as well as just things in general) scare them and what they would like to read over Halloween.

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Halloween Reads () Thomas and Simon have a chat about what scares them, with a few spooky tales along the way, and which books they would recommend for other people to read as well as sharing the books that they would like to be reading this Halloween…

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Books Mentioned On The Readers ()American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis, The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton, The Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Haunting of Hill House by  Shirley Jackson, Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson, The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski, The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, Dark Matter by Michelle Paver, Thin Air by Michelle Paver, The Complete Short Stories by Roald Dahl, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, Florence and Giles by John Harding, The Loney by Michael Andrew Hurley, The Night Guest by Fiona Macfarlane, Deliverance by James Dickey, The Travelling Bag and Other Stories by Susan Hill

Next time on the Readers () The Readers will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter. If you missed the latest episode of You Wrote The Book do go and listen, Simon’s is joined by Kit de Waal to discuss her incredible debut novel My Name is Leon.

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Ep 159; Books to Escape The Bad Stuff & Funny Books…

This episode Simon and Thomas talk about the books that we can read to escape all the crazy things going on in the world as well as funny books, just how funny are they really?

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logo3_728-x-90111 Books to Escape the Bad Stuff () Thomas and Simon discuss what the books are that we can read when we want to escape all the mad stuff that is going on the world. They also discuss if we should be escaping the events that are unfolding or reading more about them?  image3

Funny Books () Can books ever really be funny? If so which ones are funny? What makes a funny book and why? Is one readers funny the polar opposite for another reader? Simon and Thomas discuss this in the second part of the show.

Books Mentioned On The Readers () Agatha Raisin by M.C Beaton, Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, Mapp and Lucia by E.F. Benson, The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, John Wyndham novels, At Hawthorne Time by Melissa Harrison, The Hopkins Manuscript by R.C Sheriff, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, Harry Potter novels, The Three Musketeers & the Count of Monte Christo by Alexander Dumas, Anthony Trollope’s novels, Girl at War by Sara Novic, The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Rain by Melissa Harrison, Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford, David Lodge’s novels, Dan Rhodes novels, Girl Walks into a Bar by Rachel Dratch, Chelsea Handler’s books, Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis, P.G Wodehouse’s books, Tom Sharpe’s books, Bill Bryson’s books, Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh, Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene, Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, I Partridge by Steve Coogan, Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, Money by Martin Amis, Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh, Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, David Sedaris’ books, Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, The Family Law by Benjamin Law, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, Running With Scissors & Sellevision by Augusten Burroughs, Love Nina by Nina Stibbe, Alan Bennett, Candide by Voltaire, Yes Please by Amy Poehler, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, Life after Life by Kate Atkinson, Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes, The Finkler Question by Harold Jacobson, The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, Sue Townsend’s books.

Next time on the Readers () The Readers will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter. If you missed the latest episode of You Wrote The Book do go and listen, Simon’s is joined by Kit de Waal to discuss her incredible debut novel My Name is Leon.

Ep 157; Books To Get Excited About In The Next 6 Months

This episode Simon is joined by the lovely Gavin for their biannual foray into the books that they are looking forward to over the next six months. Exciting.

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Catching Up () Simon and Gavin have a chat about all sorts of bother

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Top Picks for the Rest of 2016 () In their now biannual book fest Simon and Gavin talk about the books that they are most excited about in the next six months – well the ones they managed to find the details of, there may be many many more. Here they are…

Simon’s Choices Were

  • Augustown – Kei Miller
  • Hide – Matthew Griffin
  • The Summer That Melted Everything – Tiffany McDaniel
  • The Borrowed – Chan Ho-Kei
  • By Gaslight – Steven Price
  • Angel Catbird – Margaret Atwood
  • The One Hundred Nights of Hero – Isabel Greenberg
  • The Fat Artist and Other Stories – Benjamin Hale
  • Thin Air – Michelle Paver
  • The Last Days of Leda Grey – Essie Fox
  • The Power – Naomi Alderman
  • London Lies Beneath – Stella Duffy
  • A Day in the Death of America – Gary Younge

Gav’s Choices Were

  • The Allegations by Mark Lawson
  • A Climate of Fear by Fred Vargas
  • Undying: A Love Story by Michel Faber
  • Taduno’s Song Odafe Atogun
  • Poison City by Paul Crilley
  • The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old
  • The Borrowed Chan Ho Kei
  • Chasing Embers by James Bennet
  • Who Killed Piet Barol by Richard mason
  • The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Invention of Angela Carter Edmund Gordon
  • The Word Detective: A Life in Words: From Shenanigan to Selfie by John Simpson

Next time on the Readers () The Readers will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter. If you missed the latest episode of You Wrote The Book do go and listen, Simon’s is joined by Kit de Waal to discuss her incredible debut novel My Name is Leon.

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Ep 156; Time To Read & Classics vs. Contemporary Books

This episode Simon and Thomas answer some more listeners questions about time to read and reading contemporary novels vs. the classics.

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Catching Up () Thomas and Simon have a catch up as if he is in hospital, he isn’t they just thought he would be when this episode airs. He will be going in at some point this summer though.

Time To Read () One of our lovely listeners Richard wants to know how Simon and Thomas find so much time to read, so they tell him and all of you. They also book in some therapy and the like as they assess their own reading challenges.

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Classics vs Contemporary Books () Melissa wants to know if Simon and Thomas try and make themselves read the same amount of classic novels as they do contemporary ones. They have a chat about this and ponder if you should try and match it, or simply throw reading responsibly out of the window and read what the heck you like.

Next time on the Readers () The Readers will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter. If you missed the latest episode of You Wrote The Book do go and listen, Simon’s is joined by Kit de Waal to discuss her incredible debut novel My Name is Leon.

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Ep 155; A Summer Spectacular

This episode Simon and Thomas talk all things summer. There is a summer read-a-long, discussion of summer plans and Simon and Thomas give you five books each they think would be perfect for your summers… Beware though they start with a summer storm.

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Summer Storms Catch Up () In the first part of the show before all the lovely summer sun, Thomas and Simon talk about some of the story weather kind of things that have been going on in their worlds. First up the awful news from Orlando and then the whole Brexit issue…

The Readers Summer Read () Simon and Thomas would like to thank you so much for all of the votes that you cast for what we should all read together this month. Simon and Thomas whittle the list of (over forty) books down to five books each and then do battle. Only one book will become the victor, but which one? Spoiler it is pictured below.

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Summer Reading Plans () Simon and Thomas talk about their reading plans over the summer. One of them has somehow made lots of plans, can you guess which host that is? What summer reading plans do you have?

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The Readers Recommended Summer Reads () In the final part of this summer spectacular Thomas and Simon recommend five books they each think that you should be reading this summer wherever you are spending it.

Thomas recommends…

I Am Charlotte Simmons – Tom Wolfe
Mapp & Lucia – E.F Benson
The Ripening Seed – Colette
The Inn at Lake Devine – Elinor Lipman
Main Street – Sinclair Lewis

Simon recommends…

The Year of the Runaways – Sunjeev Sahota
Up at the Villa – W. Somerset Maugham
All Involved – Ryan Gattis
Boy Erased – Garrard Conley
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep – Joanna Cannon

Books Mentioned in the Show () Cold Earth by Sarah Moss, The Turner House by Angela Floury, Euphoria by Lily King, Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Strabel, Butcher’s Crossing by John Williams, All The Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, The Mad Woman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell, You Don’t Have To Live Like This by Benjamin Markovitz, The Sympathiser by Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan, The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham, Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope, The Dinner by Herman Koch, Life Only Better by Anna Gavalda, The Girls by Emma Cline, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and those in the final topic above.

Next time on the Readers () The Readers will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter. If you missed the latest episode of You Wrote The Book do go and listen, Simon’s was joined by Charlotte Wood to discuss her incredible new novel The Natural Way of Things which is INCREDIBLE, the book – though the interview is a hoot too. The last few episodes have been delayed due to Simon’s personal life being bonkers but it is back next week with Kit de Waal.

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Ep 152 (Again); Favourite Authors We Have Never Actually Read & Books That Teach Us Something

Let’s try this week’s episode again. 

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Books That Teach Us Something () One of our diehard listeners Sarah had the following question for Simon and Thomas “are the books we love the most the ones that teach us something? By this, I mean teaching in many forms – it could be that we find a wonderful character that helps us to grow as a person, or it could be that we develop a fascination with a new place or landscape, or feel that we have evolved in some way after reading something meaningful.” Simon and Thomas try and answer this…

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Favourite Author’s You Haven’t Read Yet () In the second section of the show Simon and Thomas talk about authors that they have never read and are sure they will be favourites, as requested by Ruthiella after a post she saw on Simon’s blog. They have a chat about those authors and why  they feel sure that they will love them.

Other Books Mentioned in the Show () Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, Touching The Wild by Joe Hutto, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald, Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively, The Inevitable Gift Shop by Will Eaves, The Absent Therapist by Will Eaves, Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West, Angel by Elizabeth Taylor, Ten Days by Gillian Slovo, Cleopatras Sister by Penelope Lively.

Next time on the Readers () The Readers will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter. If you missed the latest episode of You Wrote The Book do go and listen, Simon’s guest is Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan and they discuss her Wellcome Prize winning It’s All In Your Head. He will be joined next week by Charlotte Wood to discuss her incredible new novel The Natural Way of Things.

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Ep 151; A Really Random Unplanned and Pretty Much Unedited Episode

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, which starts off meaning to be one episode and then ends up being another episode completely…

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Random Tangents and Catch Ups () Initially this week was meant to be an episode answering two of our lovely listeners problems. However as Simon and Thomas actually hadn’t recorded in ages they just ended up having a really big tangential catch up which covers;  readathons, London, book prize parties, Simon’s book shopping spree with Gavin, rainy day reading, Thomas joining a library, whether you should be shaming your TBR, the timings of book buying, bookshops, republished books, shipped over books from overseas, the Baileys shortlist and longlist, scheduled reading, what they are reading and much, much more.

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Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more structured book based banter. Simon was also back with of You Wrote The Book last week when he was joined by the wonderful  Garth Greenwell to talk about his quite incredible debut novel What Belongs To You, do go and have a listen.

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Ep 150; Bookshelf Bingo

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, where Simon and Thomas celebrate their official 150th episode with a game of bookshelf bingo!

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Bookshelf Bingo () Thomas and Simon were pondering the right way to celebrate 150 official, though there have been a few extra, episodes of The Readers and Simon came up with the idea of Bookshelf Bingo. Listeners simply pick two numbers at random and Simon and Thomas find the books that correspond with those shelf and book numbers and talk about the books. Get ready for a lot of book chatter and whole host of book recommendations…
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Here are all the books mentioned in the show…

The Edwardians – Vita Sackville West
The Vegetarian – Han Kang
Marry Me – Dan Rhodes
Gold – Dan Rhodes
Mrs Gaskell – Arthur Pollard
The Weed That Strings The Hangmans Bag – Alan Bradley
Surprising Myself – Christopher Bram
My Policeman – Bethan Roberts
The Finishing School – Muriel Spark
The Fox and the Star – Coralie Bickford Smith
Sunset Park – Paul Auster
Watson’s Apology – Beryl Bainbridge

Arthur & George – Julian Barnes
The Girl with Glass Feet – Ali Shaw
Minotaur – Benjamin Tammuz
The World of Upstairs Downstairs – Molly Hardwick
The Natural Way of Things – Charlotte Wood
Family Values – Wendy Cope
The Ripening Seed – Colette
Hotel du Lac – Anita Brookner
A Start in Life – Anita Brookner
Some Tame Gazelle – Barbara Pym
The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
Flesh & Blood – Michael Cunningham
Wait For Me – Deborah Devonshire
1984 – George Orwell
Ordeal – Nevil Shute
Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
A Shower of Summer Days – May Sarton
Falling Angels – Tracy Chevalier
Andorra – Peter Cameron
Some Kind of Fairytale – Graham Joyce
The Loved One – Evelyn Waugh
The Making of the English Landscape – W G Hoskings
Mystery in White – J Jefferson Farjeon
Human Voices – Penelope Fitzgerald
Offshore – Penelope Fitzgerald
Scottsboro – Ellen Feldman
Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
Mariana – Monica Dickens
The Happy Prisoner – Monica Dickens
The Tigers Wife – Tea Obrecht
In The Wet – Nevil Shute
The Queen & I – Sue Townsend
The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker
Under The Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes
The Birds and Other Stories – Daphne Du Maurier
Run – Ann Patchett
The Pure Gold Baby – Margaret Drabble
The Room of Lost Things – Stella Duffy
Delta of Venus – Anais Nin
A God in Every Stone – Kamila Shamsie

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter. Next week Simon will return with a new series of You Wrote The Book with Garth Greenwell – if you have missed the last ones do go and listen, his last guest was Joanna Cannon and they discussed her wonderful debut novel The Trouble With Goats and Sheep.

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