Ep. 77; Our Best Picks of Books in Late 2013

This week on the Readers it is that time, as we reach the halfway point of the year which has come far too quickly, where Gavin and Simon take a look at the books that they are most looking forward to in the second half of the year. HOWEVER, this time they did it with a difference as Gavin gave Simon the strict orders that they must choose books that everyone wouldn’t already be hearing about (Margaret Atwood, Stephen King etc) and go off the beaten track a little. So what did they come up with?

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The Readers Picks of Books Late 2013…

Gavin chose…

River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human
Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Golum and the Djinn by Helen Wecker
Let the Games Begin by Niccolo Ammaniti
The Man with the Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi
Babayaga by Toby Barlow
The Ghost Hunters by Neil Spring
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Closed for Winter by Jorn Lier Horst
The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt
Equilateral: A Novel by Ken Kalfus

Simon’s choices are…

Let The Games Begin by Niccolo Ammaniti
Mr Lynch’s Holiday by Catherine O’Flynn
Almost English by Charlotte Mendleson
Sufficient Grace by Amy Espeseth
Buriel Rites by Hannah Kent
Witches by Tracy Borman
Speaking Volumes by Romona Koval
Like A House on Fire by Cate Kennedy
Fearie Stories by Stephen Jones
Ghost Hunters by Neil Spring
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death by Martyn Waites
The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian
Books by Charlie Hill

So there’s roughly (as they meet in the middle on a few titles) Simon and Gavin’s books to watch out for in the coming months. Have any tempted you? Which books are you most looking forward to reading in the rest of 2013?

Next time on The Readers () Simon and Gavin will be back with more book based banter. Don’t forget that next Friday, the 11th, will be the latest Readers Book Club with Jess Richards and her debut novel ‘Snake Ropes’. Until then…

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Ep 59; Waterstones 11 for 2013 & Debut Authors

This week on The Readers we have news hot off the press as the Waterstones 11 has been announced for 2013. This inspires Gavin and Simon, who got the list exclusively on Friday, to not only discuss the eleven debut authors to watch out for in 2013 but also to discuss debut authors full stop, what are the highs and lows of reading debut fiction, if indeed there are any. Oh and Simon and Gavin have a bit of a disagreement on it all.

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The Waterstones 11, 2013 () Announced last night at 8pm, though Simon and Gavin have known since Friday and been very good at keeping a secret, was the Waterstones 11. For its third year running the UK bookseller Waterstones chooses the eleven fiction debuts they think deserve to be read and predict big things from. Simon and Gavin mull the present list as well as lists from the last two years and what happened to those books. This year’s list comprises of…

The Waterstones 11 Authors 2013

Pig’s Foot by Carlos Acosta
Idiopathy by Sam Byers
Y by Marjorie Celona
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Fields by Kevin Maher
The Son by Michel Rostain
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
Ballistics by D. W. Wilson

Debut Authors () In the second section of the show Gavin and Simon thought they would use this opportunity to discuss debut authors, which they have been meaning to do for some time. Both Gavin and Simon do watch debut authors with interest though they can see there are some pros and some cons to debut novels. They discuss, and then nearly have a row, about this on the show this week. Its book throwing at dawn… ok, well not quite.

Next Week on The Readers () Simon and Gavin will be back next Tuesday for more book based banter. Until then… Happy Reading.

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