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October, sees Simon and Thomas talking about book culling and curating and having a catch up, which is now completely out of date but enjoy it anyway.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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Ep 112; We’re Back, Rebuilding Your Bookshelves From Scratch & Books and Movies…

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Thomas and Simon have had a little bit of a nightmare with recording, so if occasionally they don’t make sense, and it doesn’t end in the usual way, they apologize a gremlin seemed to be in the system. Speaking of gremlins and ghosts and ghouls Simon and Thomas discuss spooky books, the Man Booker 2014, future libraries and being locked in bookshops…

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Catching Up () Having not really spoken for quite a few weeks Simon and Thomas decided they would have a quick catch up. They discuss their new jobs and how it means they are barely reading anything and Simon shares his news that he is up for the UK Blog Awards, which you can vote for here… http://www.blogawardsuk.co.uk/candidates/savidge-reads/ Please do!

Starting Your Bookshelves from Scratch () Simon pleaded for you to ask some questions for future episodes of The Readers, and we still want you to keep them coming, Laura came up with a corker – though it also slightly scared Thomas and Simon. What would you do if your house was flooded or burnt down and you had to start your book collection from scratch? You might be surprised when you hear their responses…

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Books and Films () You have been asking for months and months for Simon and Thomas to discuss books and film adaptations, so now they finally are. They discuss the adaptations that they have loved almost as much as the book, shockingly some that they have loved more than the book and those they have really really loathed.

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Before then Simon will be back next Wednesday with guest Sarah Perry for the latest You Wrote The Book! (which if you missed the last one was with David Nicholls) and back with Gavin, Rob and Kate on Frirday for Hear Read This discussing Robert Aickman’s Cold Hand in Mine and Richard Powers Orfeo one of which Simon threw across a room.

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Ep 108; Two Reader in One Room Talking Book Recommendations

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight you are in for a treat as this week Simon and Thomas are live (well they were when they recorded it) in the same room at the same time talking all things book recommendations. Be it recommendations from friends, an author, a bookshop or a books blurb Simon and Thomas look at the pro’s and con’s of recommending books and how to make a recommendation really count.

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Book Recommendations () In a very special episode of The Readers both Thomas and Simon are in the same room (hence why there is a bit of an echo) as each other to discuss book recommendations. Not only do they discuss how books get recommended to them, and Thomas has a small rant at this point, they discuss blurbs, author quotes and how to make a recommendation really count. Should you tell people if there are twists? How much of a plot should you tease someone with if you really want them to read it? Should you trust a blurb? Has an author really read the book they have a quote on. All these things are discussed and more, and indeed a recommendation gauntlet is laid down for you all…

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Books mentioned in this show () Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, The Winding Stair by Daphne Du Maurier, Alex by Pierre Lemaitre, Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth, Tony Hogan Bought Me and Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson, Little Bee by Chris Cleave.

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Before then Simon will be back next Wednesday with You Wrote The Book! Until next time thanks again for listening…

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Ep 105; Man Booker 2014

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This fortnight Simon and Thomas discuss the recently announced Man Booker Prize Longlist aswell as read-a-longs and reading challenges…

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The Man Booker Longlist 2014 () It is said to be one of the biggest prizes in the literary world and now it is open to the whole wide world, well if you can write a novel in English. Simon and Thomas have a chat about this years longlist and its relevancy. Here’s the list for you…

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris (Viking)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)
The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre)
J –  Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape)
The Wake – Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)
The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell (Sceptre)
The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)
Us – David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Dog – Joseph O’Neill (Fourth Estate)
Orfeo – Richard Powers (Atlantic Books)
How to be Both –  Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
History of the Rain – Niall Williams (Bloomsbury)

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Read-a-longs and Reading Challenges () In the second part of the show Simon and Thomas talk about the pros and cons of read-a-longs and reading challenges. Which ones have they joined, and indeed started, and how did they get on with them be it good or bad?

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter. Before then Simon will be back next Wednesday with Kate Forsyth on You Wrote The Book! Until next time thanks again for listening…

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