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 first guest for 2014 is Christos Tsiolkas the author of four novels, Loaded, The Jesus Man, Dead Europe and the book that got everyone talking about it, and indeed reading it, The Slap which became a best seller all over the world, winner of the Commonwealth Prize and shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2009, it was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010. Now Tsiolkas has followed it up with Barracuda another novel lifting the lid on Australian life as we follow Danny Kelly an astonishing swimmer who wins all then looses everything.
Simon started off by telling Christos he wouldn’t ask him what the book was about as it is an authors least favourite question, they then go on to discuss the dark side of Australian life, the fear of being unsuccessful, and much more…
In two weeks time Simon will be joined by Natalie Young to discuss Season To Taste, or as it is subtitled How To Eat Your Husband, you may wish to have a notepad to hand so you can jot down some recipes. He will then be joined by Anthony Marra to discuss A Constellation of Vital Phenomena two weeks after that. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 blogSavidge Reads. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes where you can find previous episodes with Evie Wyld, Keith Ridgway, Niccolo Ammaniti, John Boyne, Hannah Kent, Taiye Selasi, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.