Ep 59; Waterstones 11 for 2013 & Debut Authors

This week on The Readers we have news hot off the press as the Waterstones 11 has been announced for 2013. This inspires Gavin and Simon, who got the list exclusively on Friday, to not only discuss the eleven debut authors to watch out for in 2013 but also to discuss debut authors full stop, what are the highs and lows of reading debut fiction, if indeed there are any. Oh and Simon and Gavin have a bit of a disagreement on it all.

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The Waterstones 11, 2013 () Announced last night at 8pm, though Simon and Gavin have known since Friday and been very good at keeping a secret, was the Waterstones 11. For its third year running the UK bookseller Waterstones chooses the eleven fiction debuts they think deserve to be read and predict big things from. Simon and Gavin mull the present list as well as lists from the last two years and what happened to those books. This year’s list comprises of…

The Waterstones 11 Authors 2013

Pig’s Foot by Carlos Acosta
Idiopathy by Sam Byers
Y by Marjorie Celona
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Fields by Kevin Maher
The Son by Michel Rostain
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
Ballistics by D. W. Wilson

Debut Authors () In the second section of the show Gavin and Simon thought they would use this opportunity to discuss debut authors, which they have been meaning to do for some time. Both Gavin and Simon do watch debut authors with interest though they can see there are some pros and some cons to debut novels. They discuss, and then nearly have a row, about this on the show this week. Its book throwing at dawn… ok, well not quite.

Next Week on The Readers () Simon and Gavin will be back next Tuesday for more book based banter. Until then… Happy Reading.

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The Readers Episode 17; Waterstones 11, Where To Start With An Author, An Interview with Colin Bateman and Multi-Reading

This week on The Readers we discuss the newly announced Waterstones 11 for 2012, look at where you should start with a new author with a big back catalogue, catch up with Colin Bateman and discuss Simon’s new trick of multi-reading.

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Waterstones 11 for 2012  Last week saw the second year of the ‘Waterstones 11’ which the chain of UK bookstores impliments to highlight the best debut novels coming in 2012. Gavin and Simon take a look at the list and chat about them all. You can find more details here.

Where to Start with an Author Taking an idea from listener Dan of Dog Ear Discs which he emailed us and merging it with several goodreads friends asking Simon which Daphne Du Maurier novel is the best to begin with we decided to hold a segment on ‘where to start with authors’ in general. Just what is Gavin and Simon’s advice?

Colin Bateman Interview Simon catches up with author Colin Batemen, or just Bateman, to discuss his latest book Nine Inches featuring the return of Dan Starkey, plus Mystery Man and the fickle world of TV.

Are You A Multi-Reader?  in the last few weeks Simon has noticed he has started to pick up a habit he thinks is rather dirty… multi-reading. He and Gavin decide to look at his ailment and see if it is a good thing or a bad thing and if it is in fact much more common than Simon thought it might be?

Simon's Bedside Table

Until next week…

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