Ep 186; The Readers Summer Read 2018 & Books we Would Like To Write or See Written

In this episode Simon and Thomas are back after another absence due to all sorts of shenanigans to announce the Readers Summer Read 2018 and talk about the books they would like to write or see written.

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Catching Up and The Readers Summer Read 2018 () Simon and Thomas have a catch up about what has been going on, along with some small housekeeping notes. They also announce the book that they have chosen for the Readers Summer Read 2018. You’ll have to listen in to find out what they have picked. 

What Books Would You Like to Write or See Written () Thanks to a brilliant question (or set of questions) from one of our listeners Zoe, Simon and Thomas has a chat about what books they would like to write or would like to see written. Is there a story they feel could have more legs? Is there a budding author hosting this show? Where does fan fiction come into all this? What book that they have yet to encounter would they love to be written they just haven’t found yet? They ponder all this and more.

Books Discussed on the Show () To follow.

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Ep 167; Simon’s Back, Catching Up & Reading Horizons

After a small break Thomas and Simon are reunited together for The Readers and just to get back in the swing they have a catch-up and discuss their reading horizons.

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Catching Up () Simon and Thomas have a good old natter about what has been going on in the six weeks since they last recorded together. They talk library sort-outs, birthdays, the Baileys Prize and some of the best books they have read of late.

Reading Horizons () Simon and Thomas discuss the books that they have just read, are reading and would like to read next.

Thomas has read: The Wells of St Mary’s by R.C. Sheriff

Is reading: 33 Revolutions by Canek Sánchez Guevara
And is planning on heading to: The Passport by Herta Muller

Simon has read: Little Deaths by Emma Flint
Is halfway through: Barkskins by Annie Proulx

And is debating between: The Cast Iron Shore by Linda Grant and Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

Other Books Discussed on the Show () The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo, The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan, The Mare by Mary Gaitskill, The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride, The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill, The Dark Circle by Linda Grant, All Involved by Ryan Gattis, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift, The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi  and Sarah Winman’s Tin Man, The Year of Marvellous Ways and When God Was A Rabbit.


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

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Ep 162; Book Culling and Curating

So this episode, which was actually recorded in October, sees Simon and Thomas talking about book culling and curating and having a catch up, which is now completely out of date but enjoy it anyway.

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Book Culling and Curating () Thomas and Simon have a chat, possibly a revisit, all around the top of book culling and book curating. They discuss how they cull and how they decide which books they want to buy and why sometimes they lose their way.

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Books Mentioned On The Readers () The Less Than Perfect Legend of Donna Creosote by Dan Micklethwaite, Boy Erased by Garrard Conley, Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The Sympathiser by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding, Ruby by Cynthia Bond,

Next time on the Readers () The Readers will be back next week, as they are giving your four weekly episodes as a thanksgiving thanks for sticking by them when they have been a bit inconsistent, when they will be back with more book based banter. 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 158; Prizes (Do They Matter) & Summer Reading Horizons 

This episode Simon and Thomas talk about book prizes and if they matter as well as talking about what they have been reading over the summer so far and what they have planned to read on their holidays.

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Prizes () Thomas and Simon have a chat about book prizes and the effect that they have on us as Readers as the Man Booker longlist has not been mentioned. Simon wondered Thomas’ thoughts as Simon himself is a co-founder of The Green Carnation Prize for Fiction and was wondering if it all really matters. They discuss it before thinking about what the criteria would be if they both started their own prizes…

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Summer Reading Horizons () Simon and Thomas talk about some of the books that they have read recently over the summer and what summer reads are lying in wait…

Thomas mentions…

All Involved by Ryan Gattis, The Expatriates by Janie Y.K. Lee, The Sympathiser by Viet Thanh Nguyen, A House Unlocked by Penelope Lively, Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey, The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan, Rancid Pansies by James Hamilton Patterson.

Simon mentions…

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra, Stan and Nan by Sarah Lippett, The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg, Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Danielle Maclaughlin, Arcadia by Iain Pears, A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, Cuckoo Calling by Robert Galbraith, The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead

Other Books Mentioned On The Readers () The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, The House at the Edge of the World by Sophie Rochester, Grace Notes by Bernard MacLaverty, A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon by Anthony Marra, The Girls by Emma Cline, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham.

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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The Readers – A Man Booker Prize 2015 Special

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, which is a sneaky special extra episode all about the Man Booker Prize 2015 with the lovely Frances of NonSuchBook who has read all the books… So Simon and Thomas didn’t have to!

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The Man Booker 2015 () For a special episode Simon and Thomas were joined at Thomas’ house in Washington by the lovely, lovely Frances of NonSuchBook who has read all the long listed books. They talk about the long listed books that they have all read… And all the ones that Simon and Thomas haven’t too. They also look at some of the Booker books of the past, and try and guess which one will win on Tuesday.

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter… recorded on the road! Next week Simon returns with You Wrote The Book where his special guest is none other than Michel Faber who joins him to discuss his latest novel The Book of Strange New Things.

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Ep 120; Fifty Shades of Fuss & The Grey Area of Self Publishing?

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, which is oddly inspired by Fifty Shades of Gre, yes you read that right, Fifty Shades of Grey…As Simon and Thomas talk about when books get hyped and how it affects them along with their thoughts on self-published authors.

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Catching Up () Simon and Thomas have a catch up about what they have been reading, and also what they are watching on the telly, so much so they have to remind each other what this show is called. Simon also has a chat about the holiday that he is just going on, or has actually just been on – it gets very confusing.

Fifty Shades of Fuss () In the first part of the show official, Simon and Thomas, at the bequest of Andrew and Michael who asked on Twitter, talk about hyped books and book hype – not to be confused by the same thing. Why is it that some buzz can really draw you to a book and other times completely put you off? Which books brimming with buzz have Simon and Thomas enjoyed and which have they not?

50_shades_of_Grey_wallpaper The Grey Area of Self Publishing () Mary on Goodreads wanted Simon and Thomas to talk about self published authors… so they do, they only hope lots and lots of people won’t be put off by how honest and occasionally ranty they get.

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Don’t forget you can hear Simon and Kate Mayfield on the latest You Wrote The Book! and next week he is talking with Jessie Burton in the last show of this season. Oh and keep your eyes peeled for episode of Hear Read This where Simon, Rob, Kate and Gavin will be discussing two more books they’ve read together in the last episode of that season – what is going on?

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Ep 116; Books To Look Forward To In Spring & Summer 2015…

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Simon is joined by his original cohost Gavin as they take part in the traditional, twice a year, look ahead at the books they are really keen to get their mits on over the next six months. As a little bonus extra they also discuss their reading year just passed and the one that is coming up ahead…

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The Year That Was, The Year That Will Be () After having not been on The Readers since episode 100, even though they still do Hear Read This, Simon and Gavin have a lot to catch up on, namely what they have thought of their reading year and what they think they have planned for the year ahead.

 

Happy-New-Year-Goodbye-2014-HD-WallpaperBooks To Get Excited About In Spring/Summer 2015 () Simon and Gavin discuss the 13 books (each) that they are most looking forward to in the first half of 2015, month by month.

January

Simon chose; Weathering by Lucy Wood (Bloomsbury) and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Transworld)
Gavin chose; Alice and the Fly by James Rice (Hodder) and Dark Intelligence by Neal Asher (Tor)

February

Simon chose; The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer (Faber), Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Penguin) and Second Life by S J Watson (Transworld)
Gavin chose; Kim Kardashian’s Marriage by Sam Riviere  (Faber), Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman (Headline) Autumn Republic by Brian McCleellan (Orbit) and The Death House by Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)

March (Simon’s Birthday is on the 24th)

Simon chose;  Wolf, Wolf by Eben Venter (Scribe), Ghosting by Jonathan Kemp (Myriad Editions) and A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale (Tinder Press)
Gavin chose; The Faces of God by Mallock (Europa Editions), The Mirror of Melody Black by Gavin Extence (Hodder), Get in Trouble by Kelly Link (Canongate), The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber) and The Case of the ‘Hail Mary’ Celeste by Malcolm Pryce (Bloomsbury)

April

Simon chose; When the Doves Disappeared by Sofi Oksanen (Atlantic Books) and A Game for All the Family by Sophie Hannah (Hodder)

May

Simon chose; A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (Transworld) and The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan (Harvill Secker)
Gavin chose; The Day Shift by Charlaine Harris (Gollancz)

June

Simon chose; In My House by Alex Hourston (Faber)
Gavin chose; Stallo by Stephan Spjut (Faber)

Next time on the Readers () Simon will be back in two weeks with Thomas and more book based banter. Before then Simon will be back next Wednesday with guest Neel Mukherjee for the latest You Wrote The Book!

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