Ep 147; Getting Back into Reading & Reading Horizons

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, which is a week later than planned apologies. This time on the show Simon and Thomas have been given the mission of finding and recommending books which might be ideal to those wishing to get into reading again. They also share the books they have read, are reading and what they want to read next.

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TV Catch UP () In this weeks catch up Thomas and Simon take their eyes off book briefly to discuss some of the great TV they have been watching, because sometimes even they need a bookish break. Have any of you been watching The Occupied, The Bridge or Making A Murderer?

Getting Back into Books () Simon had a very nice email from listener Ben who wanted to know which books would help him get back into reading. He loved HHhH, which Simon, Thomas and Gavin all loved too, and so wanted some suggestions. Simon and Thomas give him, and anyone else listening, some top tips and titles to get him back to reading in a big way. Have you any titles you would recommend for this?


Reading Horizons () As they haven’t for a while Thomas and Simon share the books that they have read, are reading and want to read next.

Thomas has read Melissa Harrison’s At Hawthorn Time, which Simon gave him. He is reading Victoria 4.30 by Cecil Roberts and is probably going to read a Persephone Classic next.

Simon has read Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff, as he wants to read lots of The Tournament of Books titles. He is reading The Turner House by Angela Flourney for the same reason. The book he fancies next though isn’t out until June in the UK and is The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson, all about Patricia Highsmith.

Other Books Mentioned in the Show () The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan, HHhH – Laurent Binet, The Glass Room – Simon Mawer, The Lost City of Z – David Grann, Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier, Murder at the Vicarage and The Body in the Library – Agatha Christie, lots of books by Bill Bryson, lots of books by David Sedaris, All Involved – Ryan Gattis, The Pied Piper, A Town Called Alice and On the Beach by Nevil Shute, State of Siege – Eric Ambler, any British Library Crime Classics, The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell, anything by H.G. Wells, The Book of Strange New Things – Michel Faber, Brooklyn Follies – Paul Auster, The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown, Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton, The Bees – Laline Paull, The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller, Becoming Unbecoming – Una, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg, Deliverance – James Dickie and The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter. If you missed the latest (and last in the series) of You Wrote The Book do go and listen, his guest is Joanna Cannon and they discuss her wonderful debut novel The Trouble With Goats and Sheep.

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  3. Simon: I got All involved by Ryan Gattis after listening to this episode. It blew me away. I loved it. I am picking it for my book club. I just wanted to thank you for mentioning this. If you hadn’t, I may never have found it. Thanks.

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