Ep 173; Mid Year Catch Up

In this episode, Simon and Thomas have a big catch up how their year is going so far as they take part in a slight twist of the YouTube Mid Year Freak Out Tag.

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The Mid Year Freak Out Edition ()Simon and Thomas discuss how they are getting on with their year of reading so far. They discuss the highs and the lows and everything in between.

Books Discussed on the Show ()
Pages for You by Sylvia Brownrigg, Pages for Her by Sylvia Brownrigg, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Ben in the World by Doris Lessing, The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing, The Madadam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Christodora by Tim Murphy, Carol Shields Anthology, The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble, The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble, Sugar Money by Jane Harris, The Observations by Jane Harris, Gillespie and I by Jane Harris, The Three Lives of Elsie by Joanna Cannon, Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh, Fear by Dirk Kirbjuwiet, The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Dear Mr M by Hermann Koch, Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo, Atlantic Hotel by Joao Gilberto Knowle, The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill, The Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, The Dark Circle by Linda Grant, Angela Thirkell, House of Names by Colm Toibin, Giant of the Senate by Al Frankin, My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier, The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan, The Nix by Nathan Hill, How To Survive A Summer by Nick White, Tin Man by Sarah Winman, Capital by John Lancaster, Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

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Ep 172; What Makes A Modern Classic and Giving and Receiving Books

Simon is joined by special guest (and listener) Russell from Ink and Paper blog, as Simon and Thomas’ diaries crashed, but he is back next episode promise. Russell and Simon talk about what makes a modern classic and the joys of giving and receiving books.

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What Makes a Modern Classic () Simon and Russell debate what makes a modern classic, which was a topic that Russell has wanted to be discussed on The Readers for a while. They look at some books which have been called modern classics and ponder why they became so and if they should have become so. They also contemplate some books they think should be modern classics.

The Joys of Giving and Receiving Books () As two people who like to send each other books, Simon thought it would be nice to chat with Russell about why they enjoy giving books and receiving books and why giving can be better than receiving books, imagine.

Other Books Discussed on the Show () Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, Tin Man by Sarah Winman, Christodora by Tim Murphy, How To Survive A Plague by David France, My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, The Beguiled by Thomas P. Cullinan, Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, The Dollmaker by Harriette Arnow, Pages for You by Sylvia Brownrigg, Pages for Her by Sylvia Brownrigg, Stoner by  John Williams, Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Buddha for Suburbia by Hanif Kureshi, White Teeth by Zadie Smith, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, I’m The King of the Castle by Susan Hill, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Cats Eye by Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, Trespass by Rose Tremain, Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner, The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall, The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, Instructions for a Heatwave by  Maggie O’Farrell, The Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, Ill Will by Dan Chaon, Theft By Finding by David Sedaris, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis – Benn, A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, How To Survive a Summer by Nick White
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Ep 171; Summer Plans, Summer Reads…

In the latest episode of The Readers Simon and Thomas discuss their summer plans and the summer reads in their second Summer Spectacular

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Summer Plans () Thomas and Simon discuss what they have lined up over the summer months outside of reading, where are they going on holiday, or what are they doing if they don’t go on holiday this summer. They also discuss how they read in the summer.

Summer Recommendations () Thomas and Simon share five books each that they would recommend you lovely listeners check out over the forthcoming months…

Thomas’ five:
1. The Good House by Ann Leary
2. Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
3. Six Days of the Condor by Paul Grady/A Kind of Anger by Eric Ambler
4. The Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
5. The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

Simon’s five:
1. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
2. The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
3. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
4. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
5. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Books Mentioned On The Readers () Mapp and Lucia by E.F. Benson, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, The Magician’s Assistant by Anne Patchett, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Next time on the Readers () The Readers will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter. Simon has sadly ended You Wrote The Book however you can go back and listen to all the episodes with some wonderful authors.

Ep 170; Bookish Places and Poetry 

After a small break, due to things going on with Simon, Thomas and Simon return to talk bookish places they have been and would love to go as well as their thoughts on something they have never discussed properly… poetry!

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Catching Up () Having not caught up in a while, Simon and Thomas share their news. Thomas has been off gallivanting on another podcast, Reading Envy, which you can hear here. Simon has some very exciting news as he will be judging the Costa Book Awards 2017 which is going to take over his summer…. And his autumn.

Poetry () In the second section of the show they discuss a topic suggested by Carl Anthony Morries who wanted to know what their thoughts were on poetry, which amazingly is something that they have barely talked about before on the podcast.

Bookish Places () Listener Louise Edwards asks Simon and Thomas to discuss their favourite bookish places that they have been and some of the bookish places that they would like to go to in the future… and she doesn’t mean bookshops. Can you guess some of the places that they might wish to venture if they haven’t already?

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter in a Summery Special.

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Ep 169; BookTube & Daphne Du Maurier (With Two Special Guests)

After Thomas forgets that he and Simon were recording, Simon managed to find two fabulous guests to discuss BookTube and Daphne Du Maurier with. Who on earth could they be?

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BookTube () Simon is joined by two of his lovely friends and fellow booktubers Mercedes, from MercysBookishMusings and Lauren from Lauren and the Books, who also spookily have their own book podcast too, Books and Blankets. In the first part of the show they talk about the world of booktube, how they got involved with it and how it has changed their lives.

Daphne Du Maurier () In the second part of the show Simon, Mercedes and Lauren talk about one of their other mutual loves, the wonderful Daphne Du Maurier. They discuss how they came to read her, why they love her and have a natter about some of her books including Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, The Birds and Other Stories and Jamaica Inn.

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Ep 168; Serendipitous Reads and Book University 

Simon and Thomas are back to discuss the serendipity of some reads and also Book University.

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Serendipitous Reads () Simon and Thomas have been asked by listener Daisy Baker if they could talk about the serendipitous reads they have read recently. Thomas managed, Simon, has had to go back in time and into the potential future.

Book University () Thomas likes to play the game of ‘what if’ and so he came up with the idea of three terms at Book University. He and Simon get to choose three bookish lessons they would like to learn or subjects they would like to learn about, where they would like to learn it and who they would like to teach them. The results are surprising.

Books Discussed on the Show () Victoria 4.30 by Cecil Roberts, all the May Sarton’s, We All Begin as Strangers by Harriet Cummings, Noblesse Oblige by Nancy Mitford, Vanishing Cornwall by Daphne Du Maurier, A Farm Under A Lake by Martha Bergland, Capital by John Lancaster, A Collapse of Horses by Brian Everson, Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski, A Room With A View by E.M. Forster, Ulysses by James Joyce, The Iliad by Homer, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, all of Wilkie Collins, The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, Spacecraft by Tom McCullough, Physical by Andrew McMillan, Rain by Melissa Harrison, Dear Mr M by Herman Koch, Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke.  
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Ep 166; Five (Six) Favourite Books

As Simon has some post surgery recovery Thomas is joined by the wonderful Frances as she talks about five books she thinks that you should all be reading…

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Five Favourites From Frances () Frances shares some of her favourite books that you might just want to read.

Frances’ Five (Six) Books:

 

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

(Also mentioned The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser)

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

(Also mentioned Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz-Zafon, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan)

The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic

(Also mentioned Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis)

Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville and Bartleby and Company by Enrique Vila-Matas

(White Fang by Jack London, White Jacket by Herman Melville, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Tepper isn’t Going Out by Calvin Trillin)

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

(To the Lighthouse, A Room of One’s Own, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, The Hours by Michael Cunningham)

Other books and authors we talked about:

Hagseed by Margaret Atwood, The Tempest by William Shakespeare, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift, Mr. Mac and Me by Esther Freud, William Morris: A Life for Our Time by Fiona McCarthy, Peacock and Vine by A.S. Byatt, Bob Dylan, Patrick Modiano, Doris Lessing, Toni Morrison, Gunther Grass, J.D. Salinger, Sinclair Lewis, Sartre, Your Face Tomorrow trilogy by Javier and The Infatuations by Javier Marias, The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy, At Hawthorne Time by Melissa Harrison, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, At Last, Loss for Words, and On the Edge by Edward St. Aubyn, The Last First Day by Carried Brown, Like Death by Guy de Maupassant)


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Ep 165; Literary Pet Peeves

As Simon is having some post surgery recovery Thomas is joined by the wonderful Frances and they discuss something that Simon resists, snarky literary pet peeves…

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Literary Pet Peeves () Frances joins Thomas to talk about their literary pet peeves, what really winds them up and what they just can’t stand in books. Something which Simon always used to shy away from… used to, wait until he returns.

Books Mentioned in the Show () Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, Satin Island by Tom McCarthy, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh, Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves, Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins, Angela Thirkell, Ruby by Cynthia Bond, Iris Murdoch, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, Echo House by Ward Just, Consequences by Penelope Lively, Penelope Fitzgerald, Hilary Mantel, A Room with a View by E.M. Forster, Babette’s Feast by Karen Blixen, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, And Sons by David Gilbert, My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth, Herman Koch, D.E. Stevenson, Neville Shute, Fanny Trollope, Nonsuch Books, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara, The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Margaret Atwood, Swann by Carol Shields, Sweet Caress by William Boyd, The Many by Wyl Menmuir, Being Dead by Jim Crace, William Faulkner, Bottom’s Dream by Arno Schmidt, James Joyce, Edgar Allen Poe, Henry Green, The End of Days and Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck, The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene.

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Ep 164; The Sympathiser by Viet Thanh Nguyen 

It is the episode that you have been promised for months and months, Simon and Thomas FINALLY talk about The Sympthiser…

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The Sympathizer () After months and months of teasing you about it Thomas and Simon finally sit down and talk about The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize winning book. They discuss their reactions to it as well as answering your listeners questions or discussing topics that they have raised.

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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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