Monthly Archives: October 2013

YWTB! Charlotte Mendelson

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 Charlotte Mendelson. Charlotte’s previous novels include ‘When We Were Bad’ which was short listed for the Orange Prize, ‘Love In Idleness’ and her debut novel ‘Daughters of Jerusalem’ which won both the Somerset Maugham prize and John Llewellyn Rhys prize. Her latest novel ‘Almost English’, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize earlier this year, it tells of sixteen year old Marina who has left the home of her mother and crazy Hungarian relatives, and  the safety of her comprehensive for what she thinks will be the glamorous world of a boarding school; a place brimming with endless possibilities of boys, midnight feasts, romance and dare she even admit it sex. In reality though it is nothing like she dreams and Marina feels at odds with her surroundings, a lot like her mother Laura who she left back in London. Simon caught up with Charlotte to talk about her novels, book prizes and juggling the roll of editor and author, and started by asking her to explain why she called ‘Almost English’ a book about the ugly years…

Coming up over the next few episodes will be authors including Susan Hill and Anthony Marra. If you have any questions for them, would like to suggest authors you think I should be getting on the show, or simply want to have a natter about books, you can email youwrotethebook@gmail.com or find us on twitter @youwrotethebook.

If you want to hear Simon talking more books do join him every other week with Thomas Otto on The Readers Podcast, you can also find him chatting and reviewing book on his blog Savidge Reads. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes where you can find previous episodes with Evie Wyld, Keith Ridgway, Niccolo Ammaniti, John Boyne, Hannah Kent, Taiye Selasi, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Not The Booker Special

Hello and welcome to the You Wrote The Book! podcast, this week with a special guest host Gavin Pugh kindly stepping in for Simon Savidge as he is off sick. Each fortnight Simon is normally 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. However this week we are bringing you a special Not The Booker Prize edition of the show as Simon was asked to be one of the judges this year.

In this episode The Guardian have kindly given us permission to use the audio from the judges meeting where Simon along with TV producer Victoria James, writer and researcher Simon Moore were chaired by Sam Jordison, who started by introducing them all and getting them to spill the beans on what they thought should win…

The Not The Booker Prize… An amazing Guardian mug!

Many thanks again to The Guardian for letting us in on the judging panels final deliberations on the  Not The Booker Prize this year.

Next fortnight Simon will be back with another special guest author and a slightly different format to the show. Over the next few months he will be joined by Susan Hill, Charlotte Mendleson, Charlie Hill and Jennifer Saunders. If you have any questions for them, would like to suggest authors you think I should be getting on the show, or simply want to have a natter about books, you can email youwrotethebook@gmail.com or find us on twitter @youwrotethebook.

If you want to hear Simon talking more books do join him every other week with Thomas Otto 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 Evie Wyld, Keith Ridgway, Niccolo Ammaniti, John Boyne, Hannah Kent, Taiye Selasi, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Erin Kelly

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 Erin Kelly whose latest novel ‘The Burning Air’ tells of the MacBrides who initially seem like the perfect family. However everything changes at a gathering where ekdest daughter Sophie’s is abducted by one of her siblings new girlfriends and soon secrets, memories and grudges from the past return for revenge. Erin is also the author of two more psychological thrillers, ‘The Sick Rose’ and ‘The Poison Tree’ which was a Richard and Judy choice and was also adapted for television. Simon caught up with her last week to discuss psychological thrillers vs. crime, how to trick a reader, what the rules for writing a truly gripping tale and a multifaceted villain are, why she doesn’t want to write a series and much more.

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Coming up over the next few episodes will be authors including Charlotte Mendelson and Susan Hill. If you have any questions for them, would like to suggest authors you think I should be getting on the show, or simply want to have a natter about books, you can email youwrotethebook@gmail.com or find us on twitter @youwrotethebook.

If you want to hear Simon talking more books do join him every other week with Thomas Otto 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 Evie Wyld, Keith Ridgway, Niccolo Ammaniti, John Boyne, Hannah Kent, Taiye Selasi, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.