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YWTB! Natalie Haynes

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 Haynes, a comedienne, classicist, journalist, reviewer and judge of the Orange Prize in 2012, the Man Booker in 2013 and currently judging the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. I’m not jealous at all. Somehow amongst all that she has managed to write her debut novel The Amber Fury. Anyone expecting a comedy or a farce after Natalie’s stand up days might be in for a shock as The Amber Fury is a gripping and often twisting psychological thriller centred around Alex, a woman running away from her past and the death of her fiancé, as she starts to teach a group of kids deemed difficult in The Unit, a place for kids no school will have. As she teaches them the classical tragedies little does she know there is a tragedy coming unravelling in front of her eyes. Simon had the pleasure of sipping water from huge wine glasses with Natalie at her publishers and started by asking her what she thought people might expect from a Natalie Haynes novel…

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In two weeks Simon will be joined by Naomi Wood to discuss Mrs Hemingway, a fictional account of the famous author’s wives. If you have any questions for Naomi, 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 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 Christos Tsiolkas, Evie Wyld, Alan Bradley, Niccolo Ammaniti, Armistead Maupin, Hannah Kent, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Armistead Maupin

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 one of his all-time favourite authors Armistead Maupin, who’s Tales of the City series have become cult classics much loved by many, many readers along with his other novels Maybe The Moon and The Night Listener. The Tales of the City series has seen the stories of Mrs Madrigal, Mary Ann Singleton, Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver and more for the last forty years yet is now set to come to an end with the latest The Days of Anna Madrigal.  Simon caught up with Armistead on his book tour to discuss the series, how he is feeling about its finale and what is next for him…

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In two weeks Simon will be joined by Natalie Haynes, who has previously judged the Orange Prize and last year’s Man Booker Prize and is now releasing her debut novel The Amber Fury, a dark tale of obsession and the classical plays. Two weeks after he will be joined by Naomi Wood to discuss Mrs Hemingway, a fictional account of the famous author’s wives.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 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 Christos Tsiolkas, Evie Wyld, Alan Bradley, Niccolo Ammaniti, John Boyne, Hannah Kent, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Natalie Young

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.

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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 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 Christos Tsiolkas, Evie Wyld, Alan Bradley, Niccolo Ammaniti, John Boyne, Hannah Kent, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Christos Tsiolkas

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 first guest for 2014 is Christos Tsiolkas the author of four novels, Loaded, The Jesus Man, Dead Europe and the book that got everyone talking about it, and indeed reading it, The Slap which became a best seller all over the world, winner of the Commonwealth Prize and shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2009, it was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010. Now Tsiolkas has followed it up with Barracuda another novel lifting the lid on Australian life as we follow Danny Kelly an astonishing swimmer who wins all then looses everything.

Simon started off by telling Christos he wouldn’t ask him what the book was about as it is an authors least favourite question, they then go on to discuss the dark side of Australian life, the fear of being unsuccessful, and much more…

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In two weeks time Simon will be joined by Natalie Young to discuss Season To Taste, or as it is subtitled How To Eat Your Husband, you may wish to have a notepad to hand so you can jot down some recipes. He will then be joined by Anthony Marra to discuss A Constellation of Vital Phenomena two weeks after that. 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 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 blogSavidge 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! 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! Niven Govinden

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 Niven Govinden author of We Are The New Romantics, Graffiti My Soul and his latest novel Black Bread White Beer which was longlisted for the DSC South Asian Prize and was recently chosen as part of one of Fiction Uncovered. His short stories have been published by Five Dials, Time Out, First City, Teller, Pen Pusher, Shortfire Press and on BBC Radio 3. Speaking of radio Niven was also one of the regular guest reviewers on Simon Mayo’s Radio 5 book club showing he is as much a reader as a writer which is discussed in the show.

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.

YWTB! Niccolo Ammaniti

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 guest for this episode is author Niccolo Ammaniti who rose to fame with the cult novel ‘I’m Not Scared’ which also became a cult movie of the same name. The novel became an international bestseller and saw his novels being translated worldwide from his native Italian. Since then he has had much worldwide success and critical acclaim with ‘The Crossroads’ and ‘Me and You’, the latter which again became a film.

His current novel, which was published this month, but four years ago in Italy, ‘Let The Games Begin’ seems like a very different book, one that is still as dark as its predecessors but also laugh out loud funny and takes a look at the world of literature, the people of Italy and the city itself, oh and the small matter of satanic cults.

Next time on the show Simon will be joined by Hannah Kent. If you have any questions you would like to ask her 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! 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.