The Readers Book Club #10; The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall

For the tenth, yes tenth Readers Book Club, and the start of The Readers Book Club Summer Selection 2013 we try the opposite of a cold crime novel as we head to India and join Vish Puri as he investigates ‘The Case of the Missing Servant’ by Tarquin Hall…

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Introducing the Book () In the first section of the show Gavin and Simon introduce you, without any spoilers to this months Book Club choice, ‘The Case of the Missing Servant’ by Tarquin Hall. They give you a hint to the premise and what the crime at the heart of the book might be, and they also have a little disagreement on if this book is a cosy crime or not.

An Interview with the Author () This month Simon and Gavin are joined by Tarquin Hall to talk about ‘The Case of the Missing Servant’. What was it that made Tarquin go from journalism and non fiction to writing the first Vish Puri mystery. What was he trying to say about India with the book? How does he combine the dark with the very funny… and much more!

Simon and Gavin’s Thoughts () In this final section, brimming with spoilers (because you said you liked them) Simon and Gavin talk about the book in more detail. Be warned, and you can’t say we haven’t warned you, that they discuss who the killer was and also the answer to the other cases that Vish Puri is investigating in book one! We warned you.

Next month on The Readers Book Club () We will be back on the 12th of July for the next Readers Book Club Summer Selection 2013 choice which is… ‘Snake Ropes’ by Jess Richards and promises to take us to a most unsettling yet fairytale like island. If you have any questions for the author let us know by the last week of June!

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The Readers Book Club… Revamped!

Hello all! We hope this little surprise extra podcast finds you all well. Why the need for this extra ten minute treat? Well, after having some big long thought filled chats Gavin and Simon have decided that they need to make some changes to The Readers Book Club. Titles were being announced last minute, publishers were vanishing, authors weren’t turning up/cancelling, the interaction had lessened and so Simon and Gavin thought ‘hang on lets sort this out.’

Now they are going seasonal! Every quarter three new lovely titles will announced in advance as the Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter selection of The Readers Book Club Choices. The aim is that it gives you more time to read the books in advance and join in which is what Simon and Gavin loved so much last summer. So without further ado in this show they announce the titles which, this Summer, are…

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June 2013; The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
July 2013; Snake Ropes by Jess Richards
August 2013; The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood

And in this mini show they give you the low down on the books and why they picked them – watch out for Simon going deep randomly – and how you can get involved. Yippee.

The Readers will be back on Friday with the Tarquin Hall episode (which they are editing RIGHT NOW) and again next Tuesday with a normal show. Don’t miss Simon tomorrow when he is joined on You Wrote The Book! by the author John Boyne. Until then…

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Ep 56; Merry Christmas and Our Books of 2012

This week on The Readers we have pre-recorded a little mini show for you to go live on Christmas Day. We know this is meant to be a time of family and you might not want us ruining your Christmas Day, but if you want to escape the family (like Simon always does) for a bit of a breather from the festive madness then you can hide away for 20 minutes with us as we give you a little festive cheer and our favourite books of the year…

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Merry Christmas () Firstly, hooray the world didn’t end. Secondly MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all. Gavin and Simon try and bring you a little festive hello, before lots and lots of slushy, mushy seasonal thanks at the end of the show.

Our Books of 2012 () We thought for a little mini show what would be better than us dashing through the snow, no sorry, us dashing through our top five books of the year each. Actually some of Gavin’s would make Simon’s top ten, if they had done one, and vice versa. So should you have a new e-reader (don’t tell Simon) or some book vouchers to spend then you might like to try these ten books if you haven’t already…

  

Gavin: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Simon: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

  

Gavin: The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan
Simon: Hawthorn and Child by Keith Ridgway

   

Gavin: The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
Simon: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

  

Gavin: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Simon: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  

Gavin: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Simon: Diving Belles by Lucy Wood

Next Week on The Readers () So that is it for the Readers for Christmas and indeed for 2012 and we would like to thank you all for listening, chatting on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads, coming on the show and just being lovely. We will be back next week on the 1st of January 2013 with a list of books we are really excited about in the first half of 2013… Lots and lots and lots and lots of recommendations are coming your way. In the meantime once again Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Gavin and Simon.

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The Readers Episode 38; Where Do We Read, When Does A Book Become A Classic & The Return of What We’ve Read, Are Reading & Want To Read Next

It’s a slightly chaotic show at the start as both Gavin and Simon seem to be completely confused as to what on earth is going on and how they normally record a podcast. However once Gavin has thrown a random item in and they get going they discuss where they read, when a book should become a classic and catch up with each other on what is one there reading periphery, with much interjection which we think they liked.

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Gavin’s Random Item #2 () In the second week running that Gavin has thrown something random into the mix, so much so they forget to introduce the show properly, he tells Simon about a new blog he has discovered that he is loving which focuses on e-books and their lack of editing, you can find the blog here. It leads to a small debate about grammar and both Gavin and Simon would love to know if you know of any similar blogs or books about grammar and language that they might like.

Where Do We Read? () The Readers were asked by listener Deb, on our Goodreads ‘What Would You Like Us To Discuss’ thread,  the question “I am curious to know where you do most of your reading. A cosy chair in front of a fire clad in your favourite smoking jacket? A teashop/coffee shop/pub? In the bathtub?” And so Gavin and Simon discuss it, and both feel saddened they haven’t read anywhere truly exciting and original.

When Does a Book Become a Classic or a Modern Classic? () In the British press this week there has been some uproar about Nick Hornby’s novel ‘Fever Pitch’ becoming a modern classic, partly because of its age and partly because of the fact it is about football. Simon and Gavin have a chat about what they define as a classic or a modern classic and who they think will become classics in the future.

What We’ve Read, Are Reading &What We Want to Read Next? () It is the return of the part of the show where every other week Simon and Gavin give you a low down on the books on their reading periphary.

Simon…

  

Read and absolutely adored: The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon 
Is in the middle of and can barely put down: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Is giving into the hype and wants to read: Bringing Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Gavin…

   

Has started a new series of crime with: The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
Is currently visiting a favourite crime author: This Night’s Foul Work by Fred Vargas Wants to start a ‘first contact’ novel: Existence by David Brin

Next Week on the Readers () More book based banter as ever, speak to you then.

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