YWTB! Tess Gerritsen

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 Tess Gerritsen, one of the biggest selling crime writers around now and indeed currently riding high in the book charts worldwide with her latest novel. Tess has been thrilling us with romantic suspense’s novels and medical thrillers for almost three decades. Since 2001 she has been thrilling us with one of crime fiction fans favourite series, Rizzoli and Isles. For ten novels we have been following Detective Jane Rizzoli and pathologist Dr Maura Isles.

In Die Again Rizzoli and Isles are back at the crime scene of a famous hunter and taxidermist who has been horrifically killed rather like a predator might kill its prey in the wild and it soon appears this might not be a singular incident for the killer. We also jump to a safari trip in Botswana where a group of relative strangers are heading for adventure only the trip soon becomes a nightmare as something or someone is picking them off one by one. How are the two stories connected? You will have to read the book to find out.

Simon had the pleasure of catching up with Tess over lunch, so do excuse the background noise, to discuss Die Again and the rest of the Rizzoli and Isles series. We talk about how she is inspired by the most macabre of facts, autopsies, the mystery that is plotting, the journey from book to television and the fascination with big cats. Simon started off by asking Tess if she had realised that when she first started writing The Surgeon she knew she had a hit series on her hands…

 

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Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Laline Paull and Jessie Burton. 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, David Nicholls, Joanne Harris, Richard Flanagan, Kamila Shamsie, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Neel Mukherjee

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 Neel Mukherjee. Neel first came to many readers attention with his debut novel A Life Apart, a tale of a young man from Calcutta growing up in England knowing he is different in more ways than one, in 2010. Neel returned last year with The Lives of Others a sprawling novel which looks at a family in the India of the late 1960’s when the Naxalite movement started its violent uprising. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker last year.

Simon caught up with Neel to discuss the The Lives of Others, where the idea came from and how he went about creating a novel that encompasses a whole country in one particular time both in the political and the domestic. They also discuss the Man Booker, the state of Indian fiction in the UK, why he is adverse to the term ‘family saga’ and why his novels, so far, have been so very different.

 

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Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Laline Paull, Jessie Burton and Tess Gerritsen. 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, David Nicholls, Joanne Harris, Richard Flanagan, Kamila Shamsie, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.

YWTB! Sharon Bolton

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.

My guest for this episode is Sharon Bolton or as some of you may have known her S. J. Bolton. Sharon has recently won the Dagger in the Library Award, which celebrates the entire work of a crime author and what a back catalogue it is. Sharon is the author of seven books; three standalones Sacrifice, Blood Harvest and Awakening and the Lacey Flint series Now You See Me, Dead Scared, Like This, For Ever and A Dark and Twisted Tide plus the short story If Snow Hadn’t Fallen. Simon had the pleasure of talking to Sharon about the Lacey Flint series and more, without giving away any spoilers…

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Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Neel Mukherjee and Tess Gerritsen. 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! Rose Tremain

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 Rose Tremain. Rose is the author of thirteen novels many of which have won some of the biggest literary awards; Music & Silence for the Whitbred Novel of the Year, Sacred Country for the Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger and The Road Home winning the Orange Prize. The much loved Restoration was also shortlisted for the Man Booker. She is also the author of many sort stories and collections the latest of which is The American Lover, of which the title story was up for the BBC National Short Story Award.

It is a collection which had much breadth and scope, from the tale of the death of Tolstoy to that of a man who sees his mission is to look after dogs, from a woman messaging her lover on a Blackberry to the fictional imaginings of how Du Maurier’s Rebecca and Mrs Danvers were inspired, from an author who remembers a transgressive love affair decades ago to a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet. You get the gist there is a lot going on in this collection which is as diverse as Rose’s novels. Simon had the pleasure of discussing Rose’s career with her a few weeks ago and started by asking her if she could describe what a Rose Tremain collection encapsulates…

 

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Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Sharon Bolton formerly S. J. Bolton, Neel Mukherjee and Tess Gerritsen. 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! Sarah Perry

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 Sarah Perry. Sarah’s debut novel After Me Comes The Flood came out earlier in 2014 and is a very tricksy, quirky and deliciously gothic novel that will confuse you and compel you as it twists and turns. It starts when bookseller John ends up stuck in the middle of a wood on the way to his brothers, he finds refuge in an old house where weirdly everyone has been expecting him, and the more time he spends there the stranger things get.

Simon spoke to Sarah about After Me Comes the Flood, the themes it brings up such as good and evil, madness and beauty vs brains. They also discuss the gothic tropes, have the odd double entendre and talk about one of the best books ever, Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. 

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Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Rose Tremain 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! 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! Victoria Hislop

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 Victoria Hislop whose debut novel The Island, became a huge hit and best seller holding onto the top spot for 8 weeks and selling over two million copies worldwide, also spawning a miniseries in Greece. The Island was followed up with two more number one best sellers, The Return and The Thread as well as ashort story collection The Last Dance and Other Stories. Now Victoria returns with The Sunrise, a tale set in the town of Famagusta, when it was at the peak of its tourist trade and Savvas and Aphroditi have just built The Sunrise the most glamorous and desire hotel on the island of Cyprus. However things are soon to change as Cyprus is an island at war with itself as Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots still struggle post war to settle and conflict looks like it is brewing. We follow Savvas and Aphroditi, and two families both under their employment, whose heritage is from both parts of Cyprus, as the troubles begin and soon change everything. Simon spoke to Victoria about The Sunrise; the history of Cyprus, the research and how to write conflict neutrally. They also discuss the success of The Island and rather unusually hairdressing and hairdressers.

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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! Alison Moore

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 Alison Moore whose debut novel The Lighthouse, caused a sensation when it was long and then shortlisted for the Man Booker 2012 along with the National Book Awards that same year. Since then there has been a short story collection, The Pre-War House and Other Stories as well as several short stories in various anthologies, there is also a new novel. He Wants is the story of retired Lewis, cared for every morning by his daughter and still caring for his aging father who is now in a home. Widowed and at a slight loss as to what he has accomplished in his life and what it all means. Why did he never live by the sea like he wanted? Why must his daughter bring him soup when he doesn’t like it? Why does he always visit his second favourite pub? These are all questions he ponders as he reflects. However things are soon to change as an old friend turns up. Simon spoke to Alison about both her novels, the themes of religion books and old age, along with the feeling of being Man Booker Shortlisted with your first novel.

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Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Victoria Hislop, Kirsty Wark 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.