Introducing… Hear, Read This!

In a special extra podcast Simon and Gavin interrupt your usual programming with a reminder about their new podcast Hear, Read This! which you can now find on iTunes. If you were wondering what on earth had happened to the book club last week, well it has merged into a new show with the lovely Rob and Kate of Adventures with Words. Four hosts, two books and one hour of debate… it is going to be great!!!

In the first episode they discuss Laurent Binet’s ‘HHhH’ and Robin Sloan’s ‘Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore’ and just for the first month we are including it in The Readers feed so you can have a listen.


Next month this all new feisty foursome will be talking about Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s ‘I Remember You’ and Jake Arnott’s ‘The House of Rumour’ on the second Friday of November (the 8th). So if you have any questions head to and subscribe on iTunes here.

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Special Post: All Good Things Come To An End…

Simon and Gavin interrupt the normal schedule of podcasts with a special mini episode with a BIG update. As you know Simon and Gavin have been hosting the Readers Book Club for quite some time. However after another author becoming unavailable they have thought long and hard and are sad to announce that the Readers Book Club is no more. BUT they have decided to join forces with Rob and Kate of Adventures With Words and launch a whole new book club on a whole new podcast…

Hear Read This

Four hosts, two books, one hour every month – is the best way to sum it up. no authors (which means dead authors can now be on, plus authors who might not have come on the show), just lots of bookish talk. Each month Gavin, Simon, Rob and Kate will bring two books to the table they all read and discuss, hopefully with the help of your questions. The first books for the book club are…


HHhH by Laurent Binet, as this was the book that they were making you all read for October, along with ‘Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore’ by Robin Sloan. The new episode goes live on Friday so we would love your discussion points of either of the two titles as we will be recording on Wednesday. Hoorah’s all round. You can find the new site for the new podcast HERE.

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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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