The Readers Episode 16; Readers Updates, Books/Authors and Social Networking and Jane Harris Interview

It’s an episode of changes and tweaks this week as we tell you how two of our projects (The International Readers Awards and The Readers Summer Book Club) have developed and how we will be changing the format of the podcast a little over the future weeks. We also discuss books, authors and social networking, Simon meets Jane Harris to discuss ‘Gillespie and I’ and we tell you what we have been reading, are reading now and want to read.

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The Readers Projects (00:55) Gavin and Simon catch up with you, and each other about their new projects First up is the extension of the International Readers Award. Secondly we talk in more detail about The Readers Summer Book Club, and guess what… We want you to help choose them and join in, so please do!

Books, Authors and Social Networking (05:52) how has the world of blogging, Facebook and Twitter changed relationships between readers and authors? How has this changed authors self-promotion? Which authors do it well and what happens when it all goes wrong? Which authors do we wish tweeted who don’t?

Interview with Jane Harris (25:25) Simon catches up with author or ‘The Observations’ Jane Harris about her latest novel ‘Gillespie and I’ one of his favourites of 2011 now in paperback, there is lots of laughing involved.


What we have read, are reading and want to read next (40:53) it is the last ‘weekly’ (it’s going to be alternated) edition of what Gavin and Simon have on their book horizons past, present and future…


Gav has read: The House That Groaned by Karrie Fransman
He is broke his book buying ban for: Stop What You Are Doing And Read This by Various
He wants to give his attention to: The Ridge by Michael Koryta


Simon has read: The Boy Who Taught The Beekeeper To Read by Susan Hill
He has just started: Girl Reading by Katie Ward
He is very excited about: Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Until next week…

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The Readers – Episode 13; Boxing Day Books & Our Books of 2011

Firstly we hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and got all the presents books that you hoped for. In the festive mood, and possibly after too many glasses of sherry, on episode thirteen of the Readers Simon and Gavin talk festive books and their best books of 2011, but what will they be…

Festive Reads (02.21) Stuffed with turkey (or goose in Simon’s case) and surrounded by unwrapped presents The Readers catch up with each other hidden away from the family mayhem to talk books. Which books are Gavin and Simon reading over Christmas, why have they chosen them and why is Christmas such a perfect time to read?

The Readers Books of 2011 (08.32) As soon as Christmas is over thoughts turn to the New Year and Gavin and Simon decided it was time to announce their top five books of 2011… only they both cheated and had a list of six. You can also hear the sherry go to Simon’s head as he gets the impromptu giggles at one of Gavin’s choices… oops, could this reignite the Lit vs SFF war at a time of peace and goodwill to all men? The books they mention are (but you have to listen to them to find out more and in what order)…

Simon’s Top Six



Gavin’s Top Six



Both of them may well do posts on their separate blogs to talk about these further and a few extra titles, we will give you links to their posts when they appear in due course.

What have your favourite books of 2011 been? Do let us know in the comments below!

Next week on The Readers (44.56) it will be 2012 and a whole New Year will have started. Gavin and Simon will be talking about and making some reading resolutions and also the books they are most excited about in the first half of 2012. What books are you looking forward to?

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