Author Archives: SavidgeReads

YWTB! Charlie Hill

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 Charlie Hill. Charlie’s debut novel The Space Between Things came out in 2010 and has just been followed by his new book, all about books, aptly called Books. Taking a satirical look at the publishing industry we meet Richard Anger a bookshop owner, writer and blogger who is disillusioned with the publishing world. When author Gary Sayles novels start to kill people with their mediocrity Richard, along with neurologist and possible love interest Lauren,  decide something must be done. Simon caught up with Charlie to talk about Books and the book industry, the line between satire and farce, what he thought about social media and the author and which books he thinks could possibly save the word.

Coming up over the next few episodes will be authors including Susan Hill, Anthony Marra, Natalie Young 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. 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! Meike Ziervogel

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 Meike Ziervogel. Meike runs publishing house Peirene Press, translating novella’s from around Europe into English. Her own debut novel ‘Magda’ came out earlier this year and tells, through three different narratives, the tale of Magda Goebbels who was one of the women at the top of Hitler’s Nazi regime. It is a compelling and emotional tale that was shortlisted for the Not The Booker prize earlier this year.  Simon caught up with Meike to talk about her novel ‘Magda’ and why she couldn’t write it in German, as well as discussing Magda Goebbels herself, mother and child relationships, we also discuss how we look at the Nazi regime now both in England and in Germany, how our history does or doesn’t define us. We also discuss translating fiction from Europe to the UK and the power of the novella…

Coming up over the next few episodes will be authors including Susan Hill, Anthony Marra, Natalie Young 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. 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! 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! Hannah Kent

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 Hannah Kent whose debut novel ‘Burial Rites’ started to reach great acclaim and gain some serious buzz before it had even come out in the UK and chosen as one of the Waterstones 11 for 2013. Set in Iceland in the 1820’s Hannah creates a gripping and atmospheric tale based  around the case of Agnes Magnussdottir, who was the last woman to be executed in the country. It has recently also been announced as one of the longlist selection for The Guardian First Book Award. Simon had the chance to interview Hannah last week and ask her about how she discovered the true life case, where her love of Iceland came from and much more…

I will be back in a fortnight’s time with another guest author. If you have any 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 me 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, Xiaolu Guo, Alan Bradley, Taiye Selasi, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Will Schwalbe

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.

This week Simon is joined by author Will Schwalbe whose memoir ‘The End of Your Life Book’ was one of Simon’s books of 2012 and has become a cult classic already with book lovers all over the world. In his memoir Will tells of the unofficial book club that he and his mother started after she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. As someone who has recently been through the same thing, and indeed was at the time he read the book last year, this book struck so many chords with Simon he simply couldn’t not have Will on the show. In this episode Will and I discuss his mother and their reading relationship, why people avoid the subject of death, libraries in Kabul, obsessions with cook books and books about books and much more…

Next time on the show Simon will be joined by Niccolo Ammaniti. If you have any questions you would like to ask him, or simply want to have a natter about books, 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 Evie Wyld, Keith Ridgway, John Boyne, Xiaolu Guo, Alan Bradley, Taiye Selasi, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr and Maggie O’Farrell.

YWTB! Keith Ridgway

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.

After a small hiatus from the show Simon is back with an interview he recorded earlier in the year with Keith Ridgway. Keith Ridgway’s latest book, entitled ‘Hawthorn and Child’, was a book which thrilled people and divided them on if it was a novel or collection of interlinked/interweaving short stories. Regardless it  was one of Simon’s favourite books of 2012 as it read rather unlike any book he had read before and was hooked. In this show they discuss (in a pub in Liverpool so watch out for some music in the background) ‘Hawthorn and Child’, if it is indeed a novel or a collection of interweaving short stories, just what on earth constitutes a novel, his debut novel ‘The Long Falling’ which was awarded both the Prix Femina Etranger and the Prix Premier Roman in 2001 and also  how stories might change in the future, ghosts and much more…

If you have any suggestions for authors you would like on the show or questions you would love to ask an author, then please feel free to 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 Evie Wyld, John Boyne, Xiaolu Guo, Alan Bradley, Taiye Selasi, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr and Maggie O’Farrell.

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! Taiye Selasi

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 debut novelist Taiye Selasi. Taiye is only on her first novel, ‘Ghana Must Go’, and already she has become an author people are incredibly excited about. This year alone she was included in the Waterstones 11 and has just been named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists earlier this week. Prior to that her essay ‘Bye-Bye, Babar’ coined the phrase ‘Afropoliton’ and none other than Toni Morrison gave Taiye a deadline to write a short story which became ‘The Sex Lives of African Girls’ which Granta published and is now  included in the 2012 anthology of Best American Short Stories.

In this episode of ‘You Wrote The Book!’ Taiye discusses ‘Ghana Must Go’ in depth – no spoilers though; how the idea arrived to her, how the characters told their tale, her journey to the book, how War affects us even when we think it doesn’t, Francis Bacon, her first (rather macabre) poem and much more…

Over the next few weeks Simon will be being joined by Alan Bradley. 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 Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness and Maggie O’Farrell.

YWTB! Joanne Harris

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.

For the third episode of You Wrote The Book we are joined by Joanne Harris. Joanne released her debut novel ‘The Evil Seed’ in 1989 followed by ‘Sleep Pale Sister’ 1993 both with supernatural elements, these were followed by ‘Chocolat’ in 1999 which was made into an Oscar nominated film and saw Joanne getting a worldwide audience.

Since then she has written two books for young adults, co written two cook books, published two short story collections and written eight further novels for adults. Her latest ‘Peaches for Monsieur le Cure’ sees Vianne Rocher, heroine of Chocolat returning to the town of Lansquenet once more. When I caught up with her last week we started by discussing this latest novel…

A big thank you again to Joanne for joining Simon on the show. Over the next few weeks Simon will be being joined by Alan Bradley and Taiye Selasi. 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 Patrick Ness and Maggie O’Farrell.