The Readers Episode 47; Seasonal Reading, Classically Challenged & Books We’ve Bought, Read & Are Going To Read Next

This week on The Readers our hosts Gavin and Simon are back to their usual routine of set topics. First up we have seasonal reading, then we catch up with them and (in a slight twist from normal) see what they have been buying, reading, are currently reading and want to read next. Oh and AJ, Simon’s guest co-host from a few weeks ago, is back to have a chat with Simon about a new challenge they are undertaking all sparked off when they were recording The Readers that week.

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Reading Seasonally () Simon is currently in his element as his favourite season, Autumn, has hit the UK. As the trees turn brown and things get sparser and slightly more sinister (and with the fogs coming in) and it is the perfect time for him to pull out his favourite murder mysteries and Victorian sensation novels. So he wondered if Gavin, or indeed any of you, did the same or indeed if you read different things in different seasons.

Classically Challenged () Simon is joined by AJ for a brief interlude as they discuss their new reading adventure together ‘Classically Challenged’. This will involve reading a classic of each of these ‘canon authors’; Jane Austen, Anthony Trollope, Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, Thomas Hardy and George Elliott. They are also being helped out by Oxford University Press who are giving away free books.

What We Have Bought in Bulk Read, Are Reading and Want to Read Next… () In a slight twist to the normal ‘what we have read, are reading and want to read next’ Gavin and Simon catch up on some recent book shopping they have both, rather naughtily, been on. In fact they discuss so many books we can’t keep up or put them all in the show notes at the moment, but we will update it in due course.

Next Week on the Readers () Gavin and Simon will be discussing their favourite series and why they like having a series to read, they will also be talking about 1001 Books to Read Before You Die

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The Readers Episode 19; Essie Fox and Victorian Literature

In this weeks episode of The Readers we head back to the Victorian era and the dark gas lit times of mystery as we talk ‘The Somnambulist’ with it’s author Essie Fox who stays to join us for a discussion on Victorian Literature of its time and the modern twists authors give it now. From Charles Dickens to Sarah Waters and all those in between there’s a lot for the lover of Victorian tales and those who want to dip a tentative toe into the genre. Apologies for some wobbles in sound!

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Essie Fox and The Somnambulist (0:0:42) we are joined by author Essie Fox for this weeks show as we discuss her debut novel ‘The Somnambulist’ which has been chosen as one of the UK’s TV Book Club Choices. From inspiration to cover changes, the writing process and the research required Gav and Simon discuss another of their joint reads with the author.


Victorian Literature, Then and Now (0:46:40) Why do we still love reading the Victorian classics from Dickens to Wilkie Collins? What is the appeal of Jack the Ripper? Why are authors still so keen to write set in that period? Simon and Gavin, joined by Essie Fox who hosts her own Victorian website discuss just this. Gav brings Steampunk into the equation and Simon and Essie discuss their favourite modern authors works set at the time. Its all part of this Victorian special.

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