Firstly ‘hello world’, after a few weeks of planning, plotting and secrecy ‘The Readers’ are here and we can reveal we are Gavin Pugh, of Gav Reads, and Simon Savidge, of Savidge Reads. We are both very excited, and very nervous, about our new venture but we hope people will embrace it and also excuse any initial mistakes, ramblings, silences, giggles or nervous pauses when you listen back to it (as we go on we get more into a flow, we are not professionals remember just passionate about books) so hopefully all the feedback we have asked for will be constructive.
So what have we for you in Episode One…
What is news in the book world? (01.19) Gav and Simon discuss Gollancz 50th Birthday and the New SFF Gateway which is looking at unleashing over 3,000 SFF e-books (and many more in the future). Gav gets very excited about this whilst Simon ponders the idea and wonders if it will bring any new fans, or ‘SFF timid’ readers like himself, to the genre and these soon to be released titles. Would it you? We also discuss the covers…
There is also Man Booker musings before the short list is announced (we are hoping this podcast goes up in time) this Tuesday evening, erm why haven’t we been invited?
We meet Carol Birch. (11.02) Speaking of shortlisted Man Booker novels, we have been very lucky as Simon grabbed Carol Birch for a grilling before the announcement to discuss ‘Jamrach’s Menagerie’ (which could be the Man Booker Winner 2011) that listing, the Richard and Judy Book Club and what she has coming for her readers next…
We discuss Book Awards. (29.34) What is all the furore and fuss about book awards? Are they good for the industry or do they breed competition and genre divides, or are we the readers the ones who do that? We would love your thoughts.
Gav is in a reading funk. (42.06) Book Dr Savidge tries to prescribe some advice on how to get out of it and get Gav turning those pages again, we also ask for your advice.
In a bid to recommend some possibilities to Gav, Simon suggests his ‘Top Five Favourite Reads’ (the first of a series on ‘The Readers’). Oh, and we let you know what’scoming up in next weeks episode.
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