Ep 185; Taking a Walk Through Simon’s Library


Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

In this episode Simon and Thomas talk about the things you don’t tend to talk about bookwise in proper company… does politics, sex or religion put you off reading a book?

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here.

You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

Simon’s Unread Shelves with Thomas () Thomas has a wander with Simon through his unread books shelves, aka his library.

Books Mentioned in the Episode () The Heart of London by Monica Dickens, The Winds of Heaven by Monica Dickens, Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermen Hesse, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, Shirley Jackson, Roald Dahl, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, Paradise by A L Kennedy, The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage, Stoner by John Williams, Truman Capote, The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Swann by Carol Shields, Radclyffe Hall, Emily St John Mandel, Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, E F Benson, Graham Swift, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing, Kent Haruf, E L Doctorow, All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville West, Heatwave by Penelope Lively, Madadam by Margaret Atwood, The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee, Nancy Mitford, Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels, The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet, The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson, Everyone is Watching by Megan Bradbury, As We Are Now by May Sarton, Hotel Dream by Edmund White, Jennifer McMahon, Flings by Justin Taylor, Marlon James, Ryan Gatiss, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, Sylvia Brownrigg, Austerlitz by William Sebald, Kazuo Ishiguro, Emma Donoghue, Michael Chabon, Anita Brookner.

Simon and Thomas will be back in two weeks with more book based banter.

Get the RSS link for the podcast by clicking here.
You can subscribe to our weekly podcast on iTunes here.
You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

Ep 184; The Readers Retreat & Summer Read 2018 Announcements

Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

In this episode Simon and Thomas talk about the things you don’t tend to talk about bookwise in proper company… does politics, sex or religion put you off reading a book?

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. 

You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

The Readers Retreat () The Readers are meeting THIS September.

Simon and Thomas will be in San Francisco on Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 and we want to hang out with our listeners. We are planning a weekend of bookish fun in the City by the Bay and hope some of you can join us. We plan on having a few opportunities to get together, but are keeping things decidedly informal. Some of the things we are thinking of: A book store crawl, a Tales of the City tour, some sort of food/drink related get together, and recording at least two episodes of The Readers with audience participation.

In order for this to be meaningful we need to keep the group size down to about 50 participants. Since we don’t plan on having a Booktopia- or Book Riot-level of organization and polish, we need to keep the size manageable. So… the fine print…if you are interested in going let us know via email at the address below by May 15, 2018. If we get more than 50 people who plan on coming we will do a random draw and confirm with you by May 20th. (Unless you were planning on going to SF that weekend anyway, you should probably hold off getting your airplane ticket until you get a confirmation.)

  • Real name
  • Online alias (if any)
  • Home city and state
  • Email address
  • Mobile phone number
  • EMAIL ADDRESS FOR REGISTRATION

readersretreat2018@gmail.com

The Readers Summer Reads Shortlist () Which book would you like to join Thomas and Simon reading this summer. Here are the options which you can vote for on GoodReads…

  • The Woman on the Stairs by Bernard Schlink
  • Mend The Living/The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • All That Man Is by David Szalay
  • The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne
  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • Girls Burn Brighter by Shoba Rao
  • This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell

That is it for this week, Simon and Thomas will be back in two weeks for more book based banter.

Get the RSS link for the podcast by clicking here.

You can subscribe to our weekly podcast on iTunes here.

You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

Ep 183; Reading Improperly

Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

In this episode Simon and Thomas talk about the things you don’t tend to talk about bookwise in proper company… does politics, sex or religion put you off reading a book?

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

Reading Improperly () Simon and Thomas discuss improper subjects in fiction in this episode of the podcast. They take three subjects you shouldn’t talk about on a first date, or even really in certain publics situations and see how they feel about them in books. Those subjects are sex, religion and politics… They would love your thoughts.

Books Discussed on the Show () To follow.

Get the RSS link for the podcast by clicking here.
You can subscribe to our weekly podcast on iTunes here.
You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

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.

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

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.

Get the RSS link for the podcast by clicking here.
You can subscribe to our weekly podcast on iTunes here.
You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

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.

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

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.

Get the RSS link for the podcast by clicking here.
You can subscribe to our weekly podcast on iTunes here.
You can also support The Readers if you feel like it viawww.patreon.com/thereaders

Ep 180; Farewell 2017… Here’s To 2018

Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

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

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

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.

Get the RSS link for the podcast by clicking here.
You can subscribe to our weekly podcast on iTunes here.
You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

Ep 179; A Catch Up & Reading Horizons, Again

Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

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.

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

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.

Get the RSS link for the podcast by clicking here.
You can subscribe to our weekly podcast on iTunes here.
You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS
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.

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

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.

Get the RSS link for the podcast by clicking here.
You can subscribe to our weekly podcast on iTunes here.
You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

Ep 176; Thomas & Simon Go Through The Shelves of Books Simon Has Read and Kept

In this episode, Simon lets Thomas have a good old nosey through his bookshelves and they chat about some of the books as they go.

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

Afternoon Tea with The Readers () Thomas goes through the bookshelves in Simon’s sitting room, with him of course, and they talk about some of the books that Simon has read and kept over the years. Some they have both read, some are just authors one or the other wants to talk about.

Books Discussed on the Show () 666 Charing Cross Road by Paul Magrs, Pages For Her by Sylvia Brownrigg, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh, Nutshell by Ian McEwan, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, The World That Was Ours by Hilda Bernstein, Any Human Heart by William Boyd, Diary of a Provincial Lady by E M Delafield, The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, At Hawthorne Time by Melissa Harrison, Rain by Melissa Harrison, Noblesse Oblige by Nancy Mitford, Pure by Andrew Miller, How To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus, A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon by Anthony Marra, Nevermind by Edward St Aubyn, The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling, The Guernsey Potato Peel Society, Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson,Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, The Night Watch by Sarah Waters, The Observations by Jane Harris, Golden Hill by Francis Spufford, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift, A Boys Own Story by Edmund White, Marry Me by Dan Rhodes, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Swimming Home by Deborah Levy, All The Birds Singing by Evie Wyld, The Sundial by Shirley Jackson, A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth, Tin Man by Sarah Winman, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Boy Erased by Gerard Connelly, A Natural by Ross Raisin, I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti,London Lies Beneath by Stella Duffy, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The Ice by Laline Paull, 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.

Get the RSS link for the podcast by clicking here.
You can subscribe to our weekly podcast on iTunes here.
You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders