The Readers Episode 18; All About Us, Getting To Know The Readers Better…

As we suddenly realised we have never formerly introduced ourselves we thought that eighteen shows in it was about time we did. So here it is the ‘about us’ episode, from how we met to if we like cats and dogs, from the technical side to why we love reading (and answering lots of your questions from goodreads, so thank you for those), we hope you don’t think it’s too self indulgent.

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Getting To Know You, Well Us, Better (01.10) So just who are The Readers? What do Gavin and Simon do when they aren’t in your ears? How did they meet? Why did they decide to make this podcast? How do they choose the authors they have on the show? Do they like dogs or cats? You have asked us lots of questions on goodreads and Gav and Simon do their best to answer them.


The Readers and Their Reading (20.07) What made us read? Which books were the ones that influenced Gav and Simon in childhood and what about as adults? What attracts Gav to genre? Why did Simon go from being an SFF reader as a kid to a lover of literary fiction as an adult? What put them both off books? Basically what makes The Readers the readers that they are,a nd why they are so excited about The Readers Summer Book Club and the books that meet in the middle.

What The Readers Have Read, Are Reading and Want To Read Next (36.36) Six books we think you should be looking out for…


Gav has read (and listened to): The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
He is currently buried in: Absorption by John Meaney
Up next for Gav (and Simon might read this too) is: The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier


The last book Simon read was: Bereft by Chris Womersley
He is currently very much enjoying: The Diving Belles by Lucy Wood
He is quite desperate to read the gory: The Autobiography of Jack The Ripper by James Carnac

Next Week on The Readers (53.00) We have a ‘Victoriana Special’ as we are joined by Essie Fox to discuss her debut novel ‘The Somnambulist’  and why in these modern times we love to look back at the past and the ‘sensational’.

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The Readers – Episode One

Firstly ‘hello world’, after a few weeks of planning, plotting and secrecy ‘The Readers’ are here and we can reveal we are Gavin Pugh, of Gav Reads, and Simon Savidge, of Savidge Reads. We are both very excited, and very nervous, about our new venture but we hope people will embrace it and also excuse any initial mistakes, ramblings, silences, giggles or nervous pauses when you listen back to it (as we go on we get more into a flow, we are not professionals remember just passionate about books) so hopefully all the feedback we have asked for will be constructive.

So what have we for you in Episode One…

What is news in the book world?  (01.19) Gav and Simon discuss Gollancz 50th Birthday and the New SFF Gateway which is looking at unleashing over 3,000 SFF e-books (and many more in the future). Gav gets very excited about this whilst Simon ponders the idea and wonders if it will bring any new fans, or ‘SFF timid’ readers like himself, to the genre and these soon to be released titles. Would it you? We also discuss the covers…

Grabbing, gorgeous or ghastly?

There is also Man Booker musings before the short list is announced (we are hoping this podcast goes up in time) this Tuesday evening, erm why haven’t we been invited?

We meet Carol Birch. (11.02) Speaking of shortlisted Man Booker novels, we have been very lucky as Simon grabbed Carol Birch for a grilling before the announcement to discuss ‘Jamrach’s Menagerie’ (which could be the Man Booker Winner 2011) that listing, the Richard and Judy Book Club and what she has coming for her readers next…

We discuss Book Awards. (29.34) What is all the furore and fuss about book awards? Are they good for the industry or do they breed competition and genre divides, or are we the readers the ones who do that? We would love your thoughts.

Gav is in a reading funk. (42.06) Book Dr Savidge tries to prescribe some advice on how to get out of it and get Gav turning those pages again, we also ask for your advice.

In a bid to recommend some possibilities to Gav, Simon suggests his ‘Top Five Favourite Reads’ (the first of a series on ‘The Readers’). Oh, and we let you know what’scoming up in next weeks episode.

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