Monthly Archives: May 2013

YWTB! Xiaolu Guo

Hello and welcome back to You Wrote The Book, a book based podcast hosted by Simon Savidge. Each fortnight over the coming months he will be joined by a special guest author to discuss their life as a writer and as a reader, from the current novel they have published to the first book they read and everything in between.

The guest for this episode is author Xiaolu Guo who has just been named one of the Granta Young Best British Novelists, a list which only happens once a decade. Xiaolu has been a favourite author of Simon’s ever since he read, the now cult novel, A Concise Chinese English Dictionary for Lovers, I have since read 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, UFO in Her Eyes, which is one of the many movies she has written and also her short story collection Lovers in the age of indifference, so as you might have guessed he is a bit of a fan. In this episode they discuss the Granta listing, her works so far, her writing rituals and what might be coming next…

Over the next few weeks Simon will be joined by Sophie Hannah, Keith Ridgway and John Boyne. If you have any questions you would like to ask the author, or any feedback then you can email youwrotethebook@gmail.com or comment on twitter @youwrotethebook

If you want to hear Simon talking more books do join him every week with Gavin Pugh on The Readers Podcast, you can also find him chatting and reviewing book on his blog Savidge Reads. Until next time thank you for listening… And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes where you can find previous episodes with Alan Bradley, Taiye Selasi, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr and Maggie O’Farrell.

YWTB! Damian Barr

Hello and welcome back to You Wrote The Book, a book based podcast hosted by Simon Savidge. Each fortnight over the coming months he will be joined by a special guest author to discuss their life as a writer and as a reader, from the current novel they have published to the first book they read and everything in between.

The guest for this episode is journalist and book salonista Damian Barr who has just released his memoir Maggie and Me. Damian has been a journalist for many years working for the likes of The Ties, The Guardian, Harpers Bizarre, GQ, Country Life and Granta.  He has also written plays for Radio 4 where he often appears as a guest on topical shows. Damian is also a blatant book lover and book pusher both hosting The Literary Salon in London and  weekend reading retreats throughout the UK… However it is ‘Maggie and Me’ that is discussed on this episode of You Wrote The Book and the subjects it brings up, such as politics, child abuse, sexuality, books and (of course) Margaret Thatcher…

Over the next few weeks Simon will be joined by Xiaolu Guo, Sophie Hannah, Tan Twan Eng and Keith Ridgway. If you have any questions you would like to ask the author, or any feedback then you can email youwrotethebook@gmail.com or comment on twitter @youwrotethebook

If you want to hear Simon talking more books do join him every week with Gavin Pugh on The Readers Podcast, you can also find him chatting and reviewing book on his blog Savidge Reads. Until next time thank you for listening… And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes where you can find previous episodes with Alan Bradley, Taiye Selasi, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness and Maggie O’Farrell.

YWTB! Alan Bradley

Hello and welcome back to You Wrote The Book, a book based podcast hosted by Simon Savidge. Each fortnight over the coming months he will be joined by a special guest author to discuss their life as a writer and as a reader, from the current novel they have published to the first book they read and everything in between.

In the latest episode of the show Simon is joined by Alan Bradley. Since Alan’s debut novel ‘The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie’ the world has come to know and love his 11 year old protagonist, and amateur detective, Flavia de Luce. Set in the 1950’s english countryside with wonderful characters, family drama, long running secrets and much more once you have read one book you want to read them all. ‘Speaking from Among the Bones’, the latest – and fifth – Flavia mystery, finally gave Simon the chance to catch up with one of his favourite writers of one of his favourite series of books.

In this episode of ‘You Wrote The Book!’ Alan discusses this latest novel, no spoilers, where the wonderful Flavia came from, if we have to fear of her stories ever running out, what she might be like as an old lady, the plans for her to appear on screen and whether he might try some stories outside Flavia’s world, plus much more…

Over the next few weeks Simon will be being joined by Damian Barr, Xiaolu Guo, Sophie Hannah, Tan Twan Eng and Keith Ridgway. If you have any questions you would like to ask the author, or any feedback then you can email youwrotethebook@gmail.com or comment on twitter @youwrotethebook

If you want to hear Simon talking more books do join him every week with Gavin Pugh on The Readers Podcast, you can also find him chatting and reviewing book on his blog Savidge Reads. Until next time thank you for listening… And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes where you can find previous episodes with Taiye Selasi, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness and Maggie O’Farrell.