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Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, which is a week later than planned apologies. In this episode Simon and Thomas have so much to talk about that they thought that they would make it a bookish tangential discussion of all sorts from Adele to the Baileys Prize, from The Tournament of Books to their holidays.
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Catching Up About All Sorts () In this week’s episode of total catch up Thomas and Simon have a natter about the following…
Holidays – Thomas and Simon catch up on their recent trips to Mexico and Cyprus, one of them came back engaged so they have a chat about all of that and have a brief chat about snow too.
Julian Fellowes Has Really Annoyed Thomas – Yes, the writer of Downton Abbey has wound Thomas up because a) he doesn’t like the writing in Downton but also because of some of the things that he has been saying about Anthony Trollope and adaptations. Simon then chips in about Downton and Kindle.
TV & Music – Simon brings up one of his and Thomas’ new favourite topics, the television, as he has been watching another brilliant show from Iceland called Trapped. He recommends some Icelandic crime. He then discusses a few other shows he is looking forward to, then manages to make a literary link to Ru Paul’s Drag Race. He then discusses going to see Adele and All Saints returning.
Books and Oscars – Thomas and Simon have both been reading Carol/The Price of Salt separately recently so they have a chat about that and the return of Hear Read This which links to The Revenant, honest.
Deaths – Simon and Thomas talk about Umberto Eco and Harper Lee.
Classics on Audio – Thomas talks about classic he is trying to listen to. Moby Dick, The Adventures of Augie March, The Maltese Falcon etc. You can also hear exactly what Simon and Thomas think of Wuthering Heights.
Thomas Has A Question For The Readers – Can you help him find a book about a woman’s life in epic, written in the time by a woman… blimey!
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 – The longlist will be out as this goes live and Simon is part of the Baileys Bearded Book Club with Eric of LonesomeReader. He discusses what this will entail and how you will be hearing much more about it.
How is Thomas’s Book Buying Ban Going? – Simon asks, you might not be surprised at the answer.
The Tournament of Books – Simon wants to take part in it, still doesn’t quite understand it but would like to know if anyone else is going to be reading these.
Topics – The Readers would like to know what you would like them to talk about in future shows?
Books Mentioned in the Show () Doctor Thorne – Anthony Trollope, Carol/The Price of Salt – patricia Highsmith, The Revenant – Michael Punke, Foucault’s Pendulum & In The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco, To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee, Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier, Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte, Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte, Moby Dick – Herman Melville, The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow, The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett, Sweet Caress/Any Human Heart – William Boyd, Letters Between Six Sisters – the Mitfords, Ban en Banlieue – Bhanu Kapil, One Life – Kate Grenville, Hollow Heart – Viola Di Grado, The Year of the Runaways – Sunjeev Sahota, A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara.
Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter. If you missed the latest (and last in the series) ofYou Wrote The Book do go and listen, his guest is Joanna Cannon and they discuss her wonderful debut novel The Trouble With Goats and Sheep.