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.

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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.

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Ep 175; Afternoon Tea with The Readers

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In this episode, Simon and Thomas have afternoon tea together, in Simon’s dining room to catch up, chat about books and also answer some listeners questions.

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Afternoon Tea with The Readers () Simon and Thomas sit down to a slap up afternoon with sandwiches, cake and scones with jam and clotted cream. They talk about Thomas’ holiday and Africa, what has been going on with Simon and the Costa’s, have a general chit chat and then answer some lovely questions from some of our lovely listeners.

Books Discussed on the Show () Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, Howard’s End by E.M. Forster, How To Be Both by Ali Smith, The Octopus by Frank Nors, Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope, Eric Ambler, Monica Dickens, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, On The Beach by Nevil Shute, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Lost City of Z by David Grann, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, Foucault’s Pendulum and The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, C J Sansom’s books, The Three Musketeers, Count of Monte Christo, The Black Tulip by Alexander Dumas, Moonstone and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo, Timeleone Vita Come Home by Dan Rhodes, Nutshell by Ian McEwan, The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, Buriel Rites and The Good People by Hannah Kent, See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt, The Dry by Jane Harper, Ulysses by James Joyce, Anna Karenina and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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
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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 153; Endings (and a Bit of Bingo!)

This episode Simon and Thomas talk about endings… And the possibility of playing bingo over this summer.

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logo3_728-x-90111Catching Up () Thomas and Simon start the show with a catch up and see who can one up the other for who has been the most sick.

Bye Bye Books on the Nightstand () We couldn’t let this episode of The Readers go by without talking about the sad news that Ann Kingman and Michael Kindness have finished Books on the Nightstand. Simon talks about how BOTNS have been a brilliant both for listening to, inspiring the birth of The Readers and then went onto Booktopia and has lead to some wonderful listeners and some wonderful friends.

BOTNS Bingo () In honour of Ann and Michael and Books on the Nightstand, Thomas and Simon have decided that they will take part in Books on the Nightstand Bingo, now if you haven’t played before you can go to the emotional episode of BOTNS where they explain it. Briefly though you use a bingo card to help you choose what you are reading for the year ahead. Simon is sure that Thomas has cheated with his…

tumblr_static_literature-books-584Books Mentioned in the Show () It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, The Plot Against America by Philip Roth, The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie, The Dinner by Herman Koch, War of the Worlds by H.G Wells, The Time Machine by H.G Wells, Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Beside The Sea by Veronique Olmi, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James, Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, Black Water by Louise Doughty, Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty.

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 Charlotte Wood to discuss her incredible new novel The Natural Way of Things which is INCREDIBLE, the book – though the interview is a hoot too.

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Ep 147; Getting Back into Reading & Reading Horizons

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, which is a week later than planned apologies. This time on the show Simon and Thomas have been given the mission of finding and recommending books which might be ideal to those wishing to get into reading again. They also share the books they have read, are reading and what they want to read next.

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TV Catch UP () In this weeks catch up Thomas and Simon take their eyes off book briefly to discuss some of the great TV they have been watching, because sometimes even they need a bookish break. Have any of you been watching The Occupied, The Bridge or Making A Murderer?

Getting Back into Books () Simon had a very nice email from listener Ben who wanted to know which books would help him get back into reading. He loved HHhH, which Simon, Thomas and Gavin all loved too, and so wanted some suggestions. Simon and Thomas give him, and anyone else listening, some top tips and titles to get him back to reading in a big way. Have you any titles you would recommend for this?

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Reading Horizons () As they haven’t for a while Thomas and Simon share the books that they have read, are reading and want to read next.

Thomas has read Melissa Harrison’s At Hawthorn Time, which Simon gave him. He is reading Victoria 4.30 by Cecil Roberts and is probably going to read a Persephone Classic next.

Simon has read Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff, as he wants to read lots of The Tournament of Books titles. He is reading The Turner House by Angela Flourney for the same reason. The book he fancies next though isn’t out until June in the UK and is The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson, all about Patricia Highsmith.

Other Books Mentioned in the Show () The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan, HHhH – Laurent Binet, The Glass Room – Simon Mawer, The Lost City of Z – David Grann, Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier, Murder at the Vicarage and The Body in the Library – Agatha Christie, lots of books by Bill Bryson, lots of books by David Sedaris, All Involved – Ryan Gattis, The Pied Piper, A Town Called Alice and On the Beach by Nevil Shute, State of Siege – Eric Ambler, any British Library Crime Classics, The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell, anything by H.G. Wells, The Book of Strange New Things – Michel Faber, Brooklyn Follies – Paul Auster, The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown, Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton, The Bees – Laline Paull, The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller, Becoming Unbecoming – Una, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg, Deliverance – James Dickie and The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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) of You 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.

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Ep 141; Bookshop Wanderings and Dream Bookstores

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers. This week Thomas and Simon take you with them around Politics and Prose before then sitting down and talking about their dream, or ideal, bookshops!

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Rebecca & Any Human Heart Live from Booktopia () In the first part of the show you lucky things get to follow Simon and Thomas around a bookshop, no really. Simon and Thomas secretly recorded their visit to Politics and Prose in Washington and talk about some of the books they encounter and as they go on they talk about some of their reading and book shopping habits too.

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Dream Bookshops () Simon joins Thomas in one of his favourite games… if I won the lottery what would I do? In this case with a bookshop. They talk about all the things they love, and some of the things that they don’t, about bookshops and bookstores and even share a few of their favourites with you.

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter. Next week Simon returns with You Wrote The Book where his special guest is Paul McVeigh who joins him to discuss The Good Son. Don’t miss last weeks when he was joined by none other than Helen MacDonald.

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Ep 133; Thomas Has Big News & Then A Listeners Grab Bag Episode

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Simon and Thomas are catching up with some of the emails, goodreads questions and Twitter asks and talking about a whole variety of things that you lovely listeners have asked. They love these episodes so keep the questions coming. First though Thomas has some big news…

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Thomas Has Big News () Simon and Thomas have a catch up and Thomas has some big news as… HE GOT MARRIED. They have a chat about that and Simon tries not to sulk about not being a bridesmaid.

A Host of Listener Questions () After catching up on the lovely news Thomas and Simon take to the mail bag and have a lucky dip of conversations as they discuss; amazon reviews, reviews in general and where they find out about books, book recommendations, spinsters, imprints and publishing houses they trust and how their reading has changed over time…

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be chatting more book based banter and shenanigans in two weeks… Next week Simon will be back with You Wrote The Book where his special guest is Hanya Yanagihara, and they will be discussing A Little Life. If you missed him last week with Ryan Gattis then go and listen to it now as they discuss All Involved.

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Ep 132; Crime, Thrillers and Mysteries

Ep 132; Crime, Thrillers and Mysteries

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week in the first of two shows in one week (we are really spoiling you) Simon is joined by his old co-host Gavin (who we know you will be thrilled to hear from again) as they look at the books they are most looking forward to in the second half of 2015.

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Books For The Rest of 2015 () After catching up with quite a lot of banter Simon and Thomas turn to the main point of the podcast today which is the genre of Crime, Thrillers and Mystery. Now as neither Simon nor Thomas could get hold of an expert on crime in short notice Thomas decided to grill Simon, imagine them in a prison questioning room just to get the feel of the episode, about thrillers, crime novels and mysteries as he reads a lot of them. They discuss what makes a mystery a mystery, a crime a crime or a thriller a thriller and what the difference is betwixt the three. They look at some famous novels in the genre, some lesser known ones and some that have been pigeon holed into the genre and talk cosy, golden and more…

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Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be chatting more book based banter and shenanigans… Next week Simon will be back with You Wrote The Book where his special guest is David Whitehouse, who he discussed Mobile Library with. If you missed him last week with Emily St John Mandel then go and listen to it now as they discuss Station Eleven.

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Ep 126; The Nature of Genres

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Thomas and Simon catch up on genres, and discuss the nature of them and how they might be talking about them much more over the second half of the year…

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Catching Up () This week Thomas and Simon have lots and lots to catch up on. They talk about Thomas going and researching his family and his new anglophile obsession, Simon’s surname, reading the Bailey’s shortlist and Simon hosting an Ali Smith book group online, the Fiction Uncovered Longlist (which you can see here), a transatlantic book swapping club, the price of books in Australia and culling/spring cleaning. Oh and banoffee pie.

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Genres () The main topic of the show this week is the nature or benefit of genres and if we need them. Partly this was inspired by Kate of Adventures with Words talking about Station Eleven which Simon would have read sooner if everyone hadn’t said how it was so sci-fi which put him off AND the fact that Thomas has been thinking we should do some genre based sections on the show over the coming months. So they discuss the genres they like and the ones they don’t plus the ones that they should dabble with more. They also talk about the pro’s and the con’s of books being put into genre’s and why the industry is obsessed with more and more genre’s month by month.

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Ep 75; Fiction Uncovered, Reading Breaks & Social Reading

Welcome back Simon to the Readers this week (though big thanks to Jared for covering for him while he was off) for another episode of book based banter. This week Simon wants to talk about one of his favourite initiatives Fiction Uncovered and, after having not read a book for THREE WEEKS, he wants to discuss reading breaks and re-evaluating our reading habits. Gavin wants to discuss the pro’s and con’s of social reading and the part social media now plays when you pick up a book. It is a show brimming with subjects, even if we say so ourselves.

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Fiction Uncovered () After Gavin and Simon briefly discuss Simon’s hospital addiction they skip the normal catch up to discuss the book initiative Fiction Uncovered. This has swiftly become one of Simon’s favourite yearly initiatives, though Gav needs a bit more of a push as it’s quite literary, as there is no single winner but eight! You see the judges of the prize choose a selection of brilliant books that have gone, unjustly they feel, under the radar in prize listings or review pages. Simon and Gavin discuss the eight books and the initiative in a little more depth.

 

Reading Breaks and Re-Evaluations () Simon has not read a book for THREE WEEKS, no really… THREE WEEKS. Yet this is oddly through choice, as lots has been going on personally for him he has decided to take some time away from books and the bookish world. How does it feel to do that? Do we need a bookish break from time to time to re-evaluate and when we do what do we spot about ourselves as readers and the habits we didn’t really think we had?

Social Reading () From the rather maudlin and anti-social subject Simon brings up Gavin goes to the opposite extreme as he wants to discuss Social Reading. By this he doesn’t mean book groups though, well not ones who meet face to face. How have blogs, Twitter, Facebook, GoodReads, Instagram, podcasts etc changed how we read? What are the pro’s and con’s? Does too much social media buzz put you off? Are you doing your social media about books more than you are picking them up? Gavin and Simon have a good old natter about it and would love your thoughts too.

Next time on The Readers () Simon and Gavin will be back in two weeks with more book based banter proper. However they will be back a week on Friday for the latest in The Readers Book Club with Tarquin Hall, plus Simon is back next Tuesday on You Wrote The Book with another guest author.