Category Archives: You Wrote The Book! Podcast

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! Kate Forsyth

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 episode is Kate Forsyth. Kate is the author of over 20 books for adults, young adults and children in her home land of Australia. Here in the UK it has been her recent novels Bitter Greens, a retelling of the Rapunzel soon to be out in the US, and The Wild Girl that have caught readers imaginations as she combines famous fairy tales, those who told them and history into wonderful epic novels that capture you from the start. Simon caught up with her to discuss when fairy tales first took hold of her imagination, their mutual love of Rapunzel, how she has studied them (and will soon be a doctor of fairy tales), how you can become a Doctor of Fairytales and much more.

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Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Rebecca Makkai, Alison Moore, 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! James Dawson 

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 fortnight we bring you a special Young Adult edition of You Wrote The Book as Simon’s little sister Miriam interviews author James Dawson. James is the author of novels Hollow Pike, Cruel Summer and just recently published scare fest Say Her Name, a modern twist on the urban legend of Bloody Mary. He is also the author of the non-fiction titles for teens and upwards Being A Boy and the forthcoming This Book is Gay. Miriam grilled him about his books, where their inspiration comes from, why he likes to scare his readers and how he does this with prose, currently YA fiction, what he liked to read as a teenager and much more.

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Over the next few episodes I will be joined by Kate Forsyth, Rebecca Makkai and Kirsty Wark. 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, Armistead Maupin, Hannah Kent, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Sarah Hall

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.

In an unusual episode Simon goes back to 2012 when he interviewed Sarah Hall an interview he thought his old, now dead, computer had lost but recently (joy of joys) rediscovered hidden away on a USB stick! So Simon thought, after listening to it and thinking it was still a very relevant and interesting interview (if he says so himself) and would share it now.

Sarah Hall, recently named one of Granta’s Best Young British Authors, is the author of four novels and her writing CV shows why. Her debut Haweswater won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel, a Betty Trask Award, and a Lakeland Book of the Year prize. In 2004, her second novel, The Electric Michelangelo, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her third novel The Carhullan Army, was published in 2007, and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tiptree Jr. Award, was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, and long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Award. The Carhullan Army was listed as one of The Times 100 Best Books of the Decade. Her fourth novel, How To Paint A Dead Man, was longlisted for the Man Booker prize and won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2010.  Her first collection of short stories, titled The Beautiful Indifference, which we discuss at the start came out in 2011, it won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2012 and the Edge Hill short story prize, it was also short-listed for the Frank O’Connor Prize. Simon discussed prizes, short stories vs the novel and the debate on readability vs literary when they met up in a book shop in Manchester back in 2012…

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Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Kate Forsyth, Sharon Bolton 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, Emma Healey 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! Kamila Shamsie

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 Kamila Shamsie. Kamila, recently listed as one of Granta’s 20 Best Young British Writers after getting her citizenship, is the author of In The City By the Sea, Salt and Saffron, Kartography, Broken Verses, it was her fifth novel Burnt Shadows which was short listed for the former Orange Prize. A God In Every Stone is her new novel and, like its predecessor, takes us over several decades and deals with the bystanders of war as we follow Vivian Rose Spencer, young woman who dreams of being an archaeologist, and Qayyum Gul, a soldier fighting for the British Indian Army, from the start of World War I. It then takes us from Britain to Peshawar and The Street of Storytellers where fate lies in waiting and how a young boy called Najeeb links these two people together. Simon caught up with Kamila to discuss the novel, the history of Peshawar, researching the novel and the importance of stories and storytelling.

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Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Emma Healey, Kirsty Wark and Kate Forsyth. 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, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Emma Jane Unsworth

Hello and welcome back, after a short break, 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 Jane Unsworth. Emma’s debut novel ‘Hungry, The Stars and Everything’ came out in 2011, was shortlisted for the Portico Prize and won a Betty Trask Award. Now she has returned with Animals, a book which Caitlin Moran says she wish she had written and describes as a Withnail with girls as we follow the lives of two young women and their friendship which often involves lashings of alcohol, sex and drugs. Simon caught up with Emma in a beer garden, to talk about the book, friendship and modern feminism. Simon started by asking her to tell me about the book for fear of ‘man-splaining’…

 

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Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Emma Healey, Kirsty Wark and may even have a special episode on Fiction Uncovered. 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, Hannah Kent, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Kate Colquhoun

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 Kate Colquhoun. Kate is the author of several non-fiction works including Taste: The History of Britain Through Cooking and A Thing in Disguise: The Visionary Life of Joseph Paxton. It was Mr Briggs’ Hat, a non-fiction account of the murder of Thomas Briggs in July 1864 which reads like a page turning thriller, which drew people’s attention to Kate’s writing on mass. Now she is back with Did She Kill Him? A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic which looks at the case of the Maybrick Murder, which took place in Liverpool. Simon had the pleasure of catching up with Kate in an old Victorian prison in Liverpool to talk about the book and the case which had everyone talking in 1889.

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Over the next few episodes I will be joined by Emma Jane Unsworth, Emma Healey and Kirsty Wark. 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, Armistead Maupin, Hannah Kent, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

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.