Ep 182; The Readers Retreat 2018 & Reading Relationships

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS In this episode Simon and Thomas are back after another spell of bad technical issues to chat about reading relationships and most excitingly to discuss The Readers Retreat 2018.

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The Readers Retreat () Simon and Thomas have an exciting announcement to make that they hinted at in the last show. They are finally going to organise a Readers Retreat, have a listen to their potential plans and how excited they sound.

Reading Relationships () Simon and Thomas ponder the question… as a reader do you have to have a partner that reads too? What could be the pluses and what could be the downsides?

Books Discussed on the Show () To follow.

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Ep 181; The Readers Discuss Strangers On A Train (Finally)

In this episode Simon and Thomas finally bring you the episode of their summer book club, in winter, oops.

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The Readers Discuss Strangers On A Train () Simon and Thomas discuss how they got on with reading Strangers on a Train, with help from lovely listeners and their comments and questions.

Books Discussed on the Show () Just Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train and nothing else. Well Deep Water, This Sweet Sickness, Carol and The Talented Mr Ripley also by Ms Highsmith.

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in a week’s time when they will be back with more book based banter.

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Ep 180; Farewell 2017… Here’s To 2018

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In this episode Simon and Thomas talk about how their 2017 was and what they are hoping for in 2018.

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Farewell 2017, Here’s To 2018 () Simon and Thomas dedicate an episode to saying goodbye to 2017 and hello t o 2018 as they discuss how their reading years were, what resolutions they kept and which they didn’t, plus they look forward at 2018.

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be discussing how their 2017 was and how they are planning 2018 being as readers.

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Ep 179; A Catch Up & Reading Horizons, Again

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In this episode Simon and Thomas are finally able to chat after almost two months, they have a catch up and discuss their reading horizons.

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Catch Up () Simon and Thomas have a chat about what they have been up to including travelling, book shopping, Man Bookers and other lovely things.

Reading Horizons () The books that Simon and Thomas have read, are reading and want to read…

Thomas has read: Fenny by Lettice Cooper
Thomas is reading: The Angel in the Corner by Monica Dickens
Thomas is going to read: Damascus Nights by Rafik Schami

Simon has read: Weathering by Lucy Wood
Simon is reading: In The Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott
Simon would like to read: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

Books Discussed on the Show () Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Autumn by Ali Shaw, Elmet by Fiona Mozely, Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, 4321 by Paul Auster, History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be discussing how their 2017 was and how they are planning 2018 being as readers.

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Ep 178; Simon Goes Solo

In this weeks episode Simon goes solo and has a chat with you about lots of bookish bits and bobs. First up he talks through the Costa First Novel shortlist which he is judging, then he discusses book panics and book funks (with several tangents in between) aswell as just some general thoughts on public reading, goals and plans for 2018. It was like therapy for him.

Ep 177; A Catch Up & Reading Horizons

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In this episode, which was actually recorded last month before the Booker winner was announced, Simon and Thomas have a catch-up and discuss their reading horizons.

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Catch Up () Simon and Thomas have a chat about what they have been up to including a lovely video that they made together that you might not have seen yet. You can here though https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8VLM3ACrSk

Reading Horizons () The books that Simon and Thomas have read, are reading and want to read…

Simon has read: The History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund and A Line Made By Walking by Sara Baume
Simon is reading: Her Body and Other Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
Simon would like to read: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders or Norma by Sofi Oksanen

Thomas has read: 4321 by Paul Auster
Thomas is reading: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
Thomas is going to read: Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie

Books Discussed on the Show () Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst, The Golden House by Salman Rushdie, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, The Three Lives of Elsie by Joanna Cannon, The Gaze by Elif Shafak and the works of Kazuo Ishiguro.

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in JUST ONE WEEK when they will be back with more book based banter to discuss Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith.

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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

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

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

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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.