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.
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 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, Emma Donoghue, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Damian Barr, Kamila Shamsie, Maggie O’Farrell and many more.