The Readers Episode 25; Age Appropriate Books and Books That Make You Feel Grubby

This week on The Readers Gavin and (a slightly addled post surgery) Simon discuss books and the age you read them, we have listener Dom Agius’ top five books and Gavin and Simon discuss the books that make you feel ‘grubby’.

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Age Appropriate Books () Are there some books you should have read by the time you are a certain age? Do books only work for us at the right age or at the right point in our lives? Is it best to read Anne Frank when you are her age? Can you only get the most out of books like ‘The Sense of An Ending’ by Julian Barnes or ‘The Finkler Question’ by Harold Jacobson when you have reached a certain age? Simon and Gavin also look at books they feel they should have read earlier or books they should have left until later in life?

Dom Agius’ Top Five Books () The photographer, The Readers listener and good friend of Simon’s gives us his top five books. You can find out more about him here.

The Orton Diaries by Joe Orton
In Tearing Haste; The Letters Between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor edited by Charlotte Mosley
Pet Shop Boys Annually by Chris Heath
Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene in New York City by Chantal Regnault
Love in a Cold Climate & The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

Dirty Books, Grubby Books () Can books go too far? Simon read ‘First Love, Last Rights’ by Ian McEwan and finished it feeling grubby and shocked at himself for reading on because of the subject matter. In the same vein he also read Penny Hancock’s ‘Tideline’ and while it had some incredibly grubby moments he didn’t mind them so much because of the story. He and Gavin talk about the fine line between shocking to prove a point and shocking for the sake of it. When does it cross the line?

Next week on The Readers () We are six months old… we are plotting something special.

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The Readers Episode 24; Independent Foreign Fiction & Orange Prize Longlists2012 & When Does Hype Get Too Much?

This week on The Readers it’s just Simon and Gavin and they have a lot to discuss. First up are the announcements of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and Orange Prize Longlists and the books that appear on them. Then they discuss ‘hype’ and then it is back; what they have been reading, have read and are going to read next.

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The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize & Orange Prize Longlists 2012 () Announced last Thursday, just before Gavin and Simon recorded the show, the bookish duo have a look at the books that made the cut in the lists this year and the ones that didn’t. Which ones are they thrilled made the lists and which ones will they be giving a whirl?

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When Does Hype Get Too Much? () Simon has been getting a little bored by the bombardment of mentions and ecstatic reviews of ‘Capital’ by Jon Lancaster. He has nothing against the book, he is just bored of seeing it and hearing about it everywhere. This opens up the discussion on hype, why is buzz ok and yet hype isn’t? When does hype become too much and can it actually hinder the chances of a book being read? Where is the line and what makes just the right balance?

What We Have Read, Are Reading & Want To Read Next () The books on Simon and Gavin’s reading brains are…

Simon has recently read: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
He has not long opened: Alice by Judith Hermann
He is very eager to read: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

  

Gavin has finally finished: Absorption by John Meaney
He’s just started: The City’s Sun by Tom Pollock
He’s keen to get into the icy: Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason

  

Next week on The Readers () it’s just Simon and Gavin for more book based banter, until then…

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