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YWTB! Charlotte Wood

Hello and welcome back to You Wrote the Book, with Simon Savidge. Each fortnight Simon is joined by a special guest author to discuss their life as a writer and as a reader.

This episode Simon’s special guest the author Charlotte Wood, whose latest novel The Natural Way of Things he managed to get his hands on from Australia last year, and if you live there you will know why, which is out in the UK and America over the next few weeks. It is going to blow you away.

Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in an abandoned property in the middle of a desert. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a ‘nurse’. The girls all have something in common, but what is it? What crime has brought them here from the city? Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world? Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them: in each girl’s past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue – but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed. The girls can only rescue themselves.

Simon had the pleasure of interviewing Charlotte about The Natural Way of Things last week all the way from Australia, so excuse the occasional echo. He started off by asking her where the idea spark for the novel came from…
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Over the next few weeks and months Simon will be back with a whole host of authors. In the meantime if you 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 Rose Tremain, Christos Tsiolkas, Evie Wyld, Armistead Maupin, Helen Macdonald, Hanya Yanagihara, Richard Flanagan, Jessie Burton, Michel Faber, Emily St John Mandel and many more.

YWTB! Ruth Ware

Hello and welcome back to You Wrote the Book, with Simon Savidge. Each fortnight Simon is joined by a special guest author to discuss their life as a writer and as a reader.

This episode Simon’s special guest is the author Ruth Ware, who’s turned her hand to crime, figuratively speaking, with her latest novel In A Dark, Dark Wood.  Nora hasn’t seen her former best friend, Clare, for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen party arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her? But out in those dark, dark woods, something goes wrong. Very wrong. And Nora soon discovers that some things can’t stay secret forever.

Simon had the pleasure of interviewing Ruth about In A Dark, Dark Wood at the end of last year. They talked about the novel, the change from writing YA to a thriller, how she dealt with plots twists, suspense and tension as well as adding chills, other crime novels we love and Reese Witherspoon buying the adaption rights. Before all that and more, Simon started off by asking her where the idea for the book came from…

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Over the next few weeks Simon will be joined by Joanna Cannon and Marlon James.  If you have any questions for the authors, 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 Rose Tremain, Christos Tsiolkas, Evie Wyld, Armistead Maupin, Helen Macdonald, Hanya Yanagihara, Richard Flanagan, Jessie Burton, Michel Faber, Emily St John Mandel and many more.

YWTB! David Nicholls

Hello and welcome 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 special guest for this episode is the author David Nicholls. David’s bestselling first novel, Starter for Ten, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2004, this was soon  followed by The Understudy. David Nicholls’ third novel, One Day, was published in hardback in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list for ten weeks on publication. It has since gone on to sell over five million copies and has been translated into forty languages. As with the film version of Starter for Ten, David wrote the screenplay for the adaptation of One Day starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway, which was released in 2010.

Now David is back with Us, the tale of a tragi-comedy about marriage, parenthood, travel, art and science. Douglas Petersen is woken in the middle of the night and told by his wife, Connie, that she is leaving him. Their teenage son, Albie, is leaving for college in the autumn and she intends to follow suit. The thought of a life alone terrifies Douglas, and he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime, one that will draw the three of them closer, win the respect of his son and make Connie fall in love with him all over again. The hotels are booked, the ticket bought, the itinerary planned. What could possibly go wrong? Simon caught up with David a few weeks ago to discuss Us, One Day and much more and started by asking him where the idea behind Us came from…

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Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Sarah Perry and Neel Mukherjee. If you have any questions for the authors, 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, Emma Donoghue, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Kamila Shamsie, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Richard Flanagan

Hello and welcome 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 special guest for this episode is the author Richard Flanagan who last night won the Man Booker Prize 2014 for his sixth novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Richard is one of Australia’s leading authors his previous works including Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting having won numerous prizes and honours, Gould’s Book of Fish winning the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, and being published in over 26 countries.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North is both an unfolding love story between a doctor and his uncles wife and an incredibly moving and shocking account of the Burman Death Railway in World War II, one of the most infamous episodes in Japanese history, and one which Richards own father was a prisoner of, prisoner 335 as the book is dedicated to.

Simon spoke to Richard last week (before his win) about The Narrow Road to the North, the relation its writing had to his father, why it took several years and attempts to write, how he managed to deal with such a shocking and emotional period in history and of course the Man Booker.

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Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by David Nicholls, Neel Mukherjee many more. If you have any questions for the authors, 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, Emma Donoghue, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Kamila Shamsie, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Rebecca Makkai

Hello and welcome 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 Rebecca Makkai whose debut novel The Borrower, a wonderful tale of a young boy and a librarian who kidnap each other, became a huge acclaimed hit when it was released back in 2011. Rebecca now follows it with The Hundred Year House of the history of a house told backwards from 1999 until 1899 and all those who have resided in it and their secrets. (It can’t really be explained any more succinctly than that; you have to read it to see how brilliant it is.) Simon had the delight of catching up with Rebecca to talk about how it was to write a story backwards and the risks it has for the reader, the nature of ghosts and the haunting of time, families and their secrets and structures, The Babysitters Club, Nancy Drew, how she has become a voice for some of the LGBT community and more…

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Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Victoria Hislop, Kirsty Wark and many more. If you have any questions for the authors, 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, Emma Donoghue, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Kamila Shamsie, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Andy Miller

Hello and welcome 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.

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Simon’s guest for this episode is Andy Miller whose latest book The Year of Reading Dangerously; How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life is sure to appeal to anyone who loves books. It all starts with the daily commute to his London job, where he happens to be a book editor, he decides to start reading some of the books which he might just have lied about having read before and soon is on a journey to try fifty such books and see how it changes him as a reader and indeed as a writer. Simon caught up with Andy to discuss his year of reading dangerously, how it all started, how it changed his reading and his writing, his mum, Dan Brown, why the Famous Five are better than the Secret Seven and much more…

Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Rebecca Makkai, Kate Forsyth, Victoria Hislop and Kirsty Wark. If you have any questions for the authors, 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, Emma Donoghue, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Kamila Shamsie, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Emma Healey

Hello and welcome 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 Emma Healey. My guest for this episode is Emma Healey. In Emma’s funny, poignant, touching and moving debut novel Elizabeth is Missing we follow Maud as she, and those around her, come to terms with the onset of dementia. Whilst she may be forgetting how many tins of peaches she has in the house and occasionally who the cleaner and even her own daughter are, there is one thing that she is certain of her friend Elizabeth is missing. As Maud sets to discover the truth about Elizabeth memories of the mystery and disappearance of her sister Sukey start to re-emerge and we the reader soon have two mysteries to solve. Simon caught up with Emma to discuss the novel, the true life inspiration behind it, the bidding war it caused, her love of all things bookish and more.

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Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Kate Forsyth and Kirsty Wark. If you have any questions for the authors, 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, Emma Donoghue, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Kamila Shamsie, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Naomi Wood

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 Naomi Wood, whose dystopian debut novel The Godless Boys, was released to great acclaim in 2011. Now she is back with her second novel Mrs. Hemingway which tells of all the four wives (Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary) of the famous author Ernest Hemingway. Simon caught up with Naomi, who he had interviewed before and almost ended in a fig roll fight of sorts with, to discuss Ernest Hemingway, his wives, their lives, how much pressure it is to write a book featuring a literary hero and much more. He started off by asking what made her go from religious conflict in a dystopian 1980’s Newcastle to writing about four very real women and one very famous man…

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In two weeks Simon will be joined by Emma Donoghue to discuss her latest novel Frog Music, which will be taking us off to San Francisco in the summer of 1876 to witness a murder. And who knows, we may just discuss her multi-million selling novel Room too. If you have any questions for Emma, 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.