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.
Simon’s guest for this episode is Natalie Young whose second novel Season to Taste has certainly got people talking about it. With its subtitle of How To Eat Your Husband it is no surprise to discover that the heart of the novel is about a woman doing just that. Yes, one day Lizzie Prain comes home and kills her husband before deciding to eat him, yet this is a novel that has much more to it than meets the eye as a tale of an average woman who has ended up living and averagely unhappy life until she decides, initially subconsciously, that it must change. Simon chatted with Natalie about the book, the research she had to do in preparation, Doris Lessing, writing in books and much more. Be warned, it might get a little squeamish, but it’s worth it.
In two weeks time Simon will be joined by Anthony Marra to discuss a Constellation of Vital Phenomena, a fascinating and heartbreaking tale of the conflict in Chechnya, and one of Simon’s books of 2013. Other forthcoming authors are Armistead Maupin, Natalie Haynes and Emma Healey. If you have any questions for them, would like to suggest authors you think Simon should be getting on the show, or simply want to have a natter about books, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Christos Tsiolkas, Evie Wyld, Alan Bradley, Niccolo Ammaniti, John Boyne, Hannah Kent, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.