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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! Evie Wyld

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 author Evie Wyld whose debut novel ‘After a Fire, A Still Small Voice’ reached critical acclaim on release in 2009. In 2010 it went on to win the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for several more. Evies much anticipated second novel ‘All The Birds, Singing’ a dark and menacing tale which alternates between a remote British Isle and Australia, has recently been published hot on the heels of her being announced as one of Granta’s best british young novelists. If that wasn’t enough Evie works and co-runs The Review Bookshop in Peckham.

In this episode she joins Simon to talk difficult second book syndrome, her Granta listing, running a bookshop whilst writing a book and reading slowly, jars of pickled moles and why sheep know too much…

Evie Wyld

Over the next few weeks Simon will be joined by Sophie Hannah and Keith Ridgway. If you have any questions you would like to ask the author, or any feedback then 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 John Boyne, Xiaolu Guo, Alan Bradley, Taiye Selasi, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr and Maggie O’Farrell.

YWTB! Patrick Ness

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 second guest is the author Patrick Ness. Patrick released his debut novel ‘The Crash of Hennington’ in 2003 followed by a short story collection ‘Topics About Which I Know Nothing’ both to great reviews. However it was his young adult series, known as the Chaos Walking Trilogy that saw him reach wide acclaim and a cult following of all ages. These three novels also won him numerous awards including the Booktrust Teenage Prize, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize a Tiptree Award a Costa Book Award in the children’s book category and saw him win the Carnegie award for the first time.  His second Carnegie win was for ‘A Monster Calls’ another novel appealing to adults and young adults and winning several additional awards. Next week sees the release of Patrick’s latest novel ‘The Crane Wife’.

In this episode of ‘You Wrote The Book!’ Patrick discusses ‘The Crane Wife’ in depth (no spoilers though); he also discusses where his ideas come from, his previous works, why he is fairly sure a book will work before he starts writing proper, his thoughts on the young adult vs. adult fiction divide, his very first story and much, much more…

Over the next few weeks Simon will be being joined by Joanne Harris and Alan Bradley. If you have any questions you would like to ask the author, or any feedback then 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.