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 Naomi Wood, whose dystopian debut novel The Godless Boys, was released to great acclaim in 2011. Now she is back with her second novel Mrs. Hemingway which tells of all the four wives (Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary) of the famous author Ernest Hemingway. Simon caught up with Naomi, who he had interviewed before and almost ended in a fig roll fight of sorts with, to discuss Ernest Hemingway, his wives, their lives, how much pressure it is to write a book featuring a literary hero and much more. He started off by asking what made her go from religious conflict in a dystopian 1980’s Newcastle to writing about four very real women and one very famous man…
In two weeks Simon will be joined by Emma Donoghue to discuss her latest novel Frog Music, which will be taking us off to San Francisco in the summer of 1876 to witness a murder. And who knows, we may just discuss her multi-million selling novel Room too. If you have any questions for Emma, 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 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.