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…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on twitter @youwrotethebook.
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