The Readers Episode 20; Childrens Books & YA Novels

This week Simon and Gav get down with the kids, well with kids books, and we have two little helpers who join in for small scene stealing roles. First up they discuss an article on ‘all children under eleven should read Dickens’ should they really? They then talk about young adult and crossover fiction before giving out their top three books they think will get ‘the youth of today’ reading. There is also a lot of laughing, be warned.

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What The Dickens Should Children Be Reading? () In the first segment of this week’s episode Gavin and Simon talk about an article in the Independent where the UK’s schools minister, Nick Gibb, has said ‘all children under 11 should read Dickens’ Claire Tomalin doesn’t agree and neither do Simon and Gavin. Instead they ponder what kids should read, what they read and what some of you suggested too.

Young Adult Books () Simon has been testing the waters with young adult books on and off in the last month. What are his findings and what do Gavin and Simon think of adults reading YA books? As the discussion goes on they realise slowly but surely that they might be out of their depth with this topic…

Three Books The Readers Recommend for Young Readers () instead of their regular ‘what we’ve read, what we are reading and what we want to read next’ Gavin and Simon share three books each they would recommend.

Gav recommends:


‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl and ‘The Wee Free Men’ by Terry Pratchett

Simon recommends:


‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ by Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl and any of the Ladybird Editions of well known Fairytales.

Until next week…

The Readers – Episode Seven; A Sherlock Special

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Welcome to The Readers ‘Sherlock Special’ where in our seventh episode we discuss all things Holmesian (is that a word?) as the dark foggy nights draw in here in the UK.

Why do we love Sherlock Holmes so much? (00.50) We don’t just mean Gavin and Simon, who are massive fans, but readers in general. Gav and Simon talk all things Sherlock including his appeal, the films, the spin off books and their very favourites. It’s a mini Sherlock Fest!

Horowitz on Holmes (14.00) Simon meets Anthony Horowitz to discuss his new novel ‘The House of Silk’ which is an all new Sherlock Holmes novel and all that ensues with such a task and why it will be the only one.


Gav and Simon discuss ‘The House of Silk’ (27.14) as they have both been reading the same book again. Did we get on with it as we are both such fans; you’ll have to listen to find out!

If you still need any convincing that it’s time to read some Sherlock then Anthony Horowitz rejoins The Readers with his Top Five Holmes stories (36.25) and now you have no excuses what so ever.

What we have been reading, are reading and want to read (37.24) Gavin and Simon discuss the latest books on their radars all with a slight Holmesian twist…


Gav has been reading: Dark Matter by Michelle Paver (also discussed in Episode Four)
Gav is reading: The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
Gav is desperate to read: The Immorality Engine by George Mann


Simon has been reading: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Simon is reading: The Beekeepers Apprentice by Laurie R. King
Simon is gagging to read: The Devil and Sherlock Holmes by David Grann

Next week on The Readers (46.46) we will be getting down to some basic bookish banter that takes our fancy, we could end up discussing anything! Be warned.