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 hearreadthis.com and subscribe on iTunes here.

The Readers is back on Tuesday!

Ep. 80; Goodbye Gavin, The Booker, Greene For Gran, Life’s Too Short & Reading Horizons

It is a slightly emotional 80th episode of the Readers as it is going to be the last for Gavin, well the last for Gavin for quite some time but we will explain as the show goes on. To make up for your loss in this episode there is more bookish banter than there has been for quite some time with more book recommendations than you would believe…

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Goodbye Gavin () Simon is back again this week after his time away but it is to say farewell to Gavin for quite some time. After almost two years with the Readers, can you believe it’s that long, Gavin really needs a break and so he is going behind the scenes for a while (with a break from twitter and blogging planned too) to produce the show but he won’t be hosting, apart from for the monthly Book Club episodes… Simon is getting an all new co-host to join him, all will be revealed next week.

The Readers Autumn Book Club, The Booker and Greene For Gran () In this rambling section of the show Gavin and Simon go through lots of bits and bobs. First up the Readers Autumn Book Club with ‘The Explorer’ by James Smythe (September), ‘HHhH’ by Laurent Binet (October) and ‘I Remember You’ by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (November), all pictured below. They then have a natter about the Man Booker longlist before discussing #GreeneForGran a project that Simon has set up in honour of his Gran to get everyone reading her favourite author.

Life’s Too Short () Simon’s Gran also inspires the main section of the show as he and Gavin discuss if life is simply too short for bad books, why they might implement a fifty page rule each, why clearing out your books every so often is a good idea and why saving a book for a rainy day is just a pointless notion. What do you think?

Reading Horizon’s () What Gavin and Simon have read, are reading and really quite fancy reading next…

Gavin has read: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
He is currently reading: The Restless Mind by Gyalwa Dokhampa
He wants to read: Terra by Mitch Benn
And also read: The Emperor of Paris by CS Richardson

Simon can’t shut up about: Alex by Pierre Lemaitre
He is currently reading: Let The Games Begin by Niccolo Ammaniti
He wants to read: The Cuckoo Calling by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling
And he fancies: Seeking Mr Hare by Maurice Leitch

Next time on The Readers () And so that is it, a new chapter (pun intended) starts next fortnight with Simon and his new co-host and head to GoodReads to see how you can make the first episode of a new phase happen. Gavin will be back with Simon on the second Friday of September for ‘The Explorer’ with James Smythe, Simon is back solo next Tuesday with You Wrote The Book and the aforementioned Niccolo Ammaniti. Until then, happy reading!

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The Readers Book Club #5; Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

For the fifth Readers Book Club, and first of 2013, we have brought the first in one of Simon and Gavin’s favourites cold crime series, or crime series full stop. ‘Last Rituals’ by Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a crime series starring Thora, no nonsense and witty,set in Iceland and is sure to give you chills. This is also the first in the new look Book Group for 2013 that only has two sections of the show, the third has gone!

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An Interview with the Author () This month we are joined by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, who is hilarious and lovely despite having the flu at the time of recording (excuse some of the coughs) as she joins Simon and Gavin from Iceland to discuss ‘Last Rituals’. They discuss real Icelandic crime and how simple it is, how she went from writing children’s comedy to books to scare adults – and how much she enjoys it, where the wonderful Thora came from, her dark sense of humour and much, much more. It is a really lovely and funny interview and will make you want to read every word Yrsa has written.

 

Simon & Gavin’s Thoughts () In this section, without spoilers which easy with this book as they don’t want to give any twists away, Simon and Gavin discuss ‘Last Rituals’ overall. Did they both enjoy it? Could they work out who the killer was? Why is Thora so appealing as a protagonist?

Next month on The Readers Book Club () We will be back on the 1st of February for the next Readers Book Club choice which is… a book with two titles!!! Lynn Shepherd’s second book is known as ‘Tom-All-Alone’ or ‘The Solitary House’ and sees some of the characters of Dicken’s ‘Bleak House’ embroiled in a Victorian thriller! If you have any questions you would like to ask her then do email us bookbasedbanter@gmail.com or add a comment on the GoodReads thread and don’t forget we want you to send us your thoughts on mp3 or by leaving a voicemail on Skype calling BookBasedBanter. We will be back with a normal episode on Tuesday looking at new year resolutions and book culling. Until then, happy reading!

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The Readers Book Club #4; Some Kind of Fairy Tale – Graham Joyce

For the fourth Readers Book Club, and last of 2012, we have brought you a book which seems a nice treat for the festive season as it takes place over Christmas. ‘Some Kind of Fairy Tale’ by Graham Joyce mixes the domestic and the magical making everything familiar yet unfamiliar at once and will have you puzzling over what is real and what is not. It is a real treat of a read and one of Simon’s favourite books of the year.

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An Interview with the Author () This month we are joined by Graham Joyce and he discusses ‘Some Kind of Fairy Tale’, where the idea came from etc with Gavin and Simon. They also discuss how difficult it is to give his work a genre, the joys of mixing the domestic with a hint of magic, how important an unreliable narrator can be and why it is nice to let the reader do some of the work and not give them all the answers. Oh and how ladybirds can be scary!

 

Simon & Gavin’s Thoughts () In this section, without spoilers which is particularly hard with this book, Simon and Gavin discuss how they found ‘Some Kind of Fairy Tale’ overall. Did they both enjoy it, how did they fare with the fairy folk? You can found out spoiler free in this section.

The Readers Panel Discusses… () In the section that always features lots of SPOILERS, Gavin and Simon are joined by Darrin Turpin of Angry Robot Books. We do have to apologise as a technical glitch, and a jetlagged Gavin, meant we lost five minutes of the chat along the way, we do apologise as Darren was really interesting to talk to… though you still have fifteen minutes of him.

Next month on The Readers Book Club () We will be back on the 4th of January for the next Readers Book Club choice which is… ‘Last Rituals’ by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, the first in her series, if you have any questions you would like to ask her then do email us bookbasedbanter@gmail.com or add a comment on the GoodReads thread. We will be back with a normal episode on Tuesday.

The Readers Episode 12; Part One – Crime in a Cold Climate and Yrsa Sigurdardottir

This week you are getting a two parter podcast. On today’s episode Gavin and Simon talk crime in a cold climate. In today’s half it’s all about Nordic crime and includes an interview with Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Tomorrow we are joined by MJ McGrath to discuss her icy crime novel and living in the arctic world.

Crime in a Cold Climate (01.27) what is it with Nordic crime and it’s worldwide success? Gavin and Simon discuss the genre of cold crime and ponder is rise from nowhere. Which of the famous authors have they read? Which ones should you be looking out for? Why is this such a phenomenon and will it last?

Yrsa Siguardardottir (30.03) Simon interviews one of his and Gavs favourite cold crime writers to discuss her series, how she has used Iceland to make a criminal atmosphere, what she thinks of other writers or the genre and how it feels to be compared to Steig Larsson

 

Tomorrow on the Readers (40.04) we will carry on talking all things frosty and murderous with MJ McGrath, we look at Christmas books and what we have read, are reading and want to read next.

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