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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.