Hear… Read This! Ep. 20 – Carol by Patricia Highsmith

Finally, after keeping you waiting a little while longer than expected, Kate, Rob, Gavin and Simon are BACK! The formula of the show might have changed a little, as there is just one book discussed each month, however we can promise you that the bookish banter is still the same.

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This month the fantastic four are discussing Patricia Highsmith’s second novel Carol which was originally released under a pseudonym and with the title The Price of Salt. Kate, Simon, Gavin and Rob talk about the book in two parts, first without spoilers and then (after telling you what they have been or are reading) talking about the book in more detail with spoilers galore.

The book to get your hands on for next months episode and discussion is… The Revenant by Michael Punke, which has become another rather well known adaptation.

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If you have any comments or questions about the next book do contact them via @hearreadthis on Twitter or via @magic_kitten @gavreads @robchilver @savidgereads and you can be part of the show.

We’ll Be Back in January (And We Need Your Help!)

2016 is going to be a very exciting year for so many bookish reasons, one though we are sure you agree (ahem) of the highlights though will be the return of Hear Read This and Gav, Kate, Rob and Simon joining forces once a month to talk books… Only they are back with a difference and they want you to be more involved in all sorts of ways. The first being by choosing the book that they talk about each episode.

But hang on, before we get to the fun part of voting let us tell you about a few little tweaks and changes coming. Firstly they will only talk about one book a month; warts, spoilers and all. They will still sing a books praise (A Month in the Country) or slate it from the roof tops (The Martian) or bicker and differ they will just go into more detail  – as they heard thats what you want – and they will still tell you what else they have been reading etc. They would just really love you to join in too. Firstly, as we already said by you voting for the book, and here are the choices…

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Now we aren’t saying which host chose which book, though you might be able to guess, as we want you to simply choose the book on the books merrits, so which is it to be? Will it be some good old gothic with ghosts, apocalypses and more in Shirley Jackson’s The Sundial? A thrilling, dangerous and illicit love affair in Patricia Highsmiths cult classic Carol? A collection of mythical beasts from all over the world in Gods, Memes and Monsters? Or will it be a world in where the Nazi’s won the war as envisioned by Philip K Dick with The Man in the Castle? You can choose by voting in the comments below.

You have until the special A Little Life episode of Hear Read This goes live, with Simon and Rob, between Christmas and New Year. The winning title, along with how else you can be involved, will be announced on New Years Day, so you (and our hosts) can get spending your book vouchers asap and get reading! So which book is it to be?

Hear… Read This! Ep. 18

Hello and welcome to the March edition of Hear…Read This! It features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month.

This month, we’re discussing The Martian by Andy Weir and I’m The King of the Castle by Susan Hill. Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon of SavidgeReads and The Readers, Gav of GavReads and Rob and Kate of Adventures With Words sharing their thoughts.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter, like the page on Facebook, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Section 1: The Martian by Andy Weir

This was Rob’s choice – he had heard many a great things about this book, along with a forthcoming film version. Will we be rooting for our stranded astronaut or hoping he ends up Cast Away?

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to our second book of the episode, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month: Rob shared his thoughts on The Sculptor by Scott McCloud, Simon recommends The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, The Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill and Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, Gav is enjoying The Three by Sarah Lotz and Kate discusses A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale and After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry.

Section 3: I’m The King of the Castle by Susan Hill 

This was Simon’s classic choice and a book that many may know from school syllabuses. What will we thing of Susan Hill’s slice of darkness as two young boys take a sinister dislike to one another?

Finally, this is our season finale as we take a break for the summer months. But fear not, Hear… Read This! will return in the autumn!

Hear… Read This! Ep. 16

Hello and welcome to the January edition of Hear…Read This! It features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month – we’re back up to our usual number of hosts as Rob is back with us again now he’s feeling better.

This month, we’re discussing what we thought of Barcelona Shadows by Marc Pastor, translated by Mara Faye Lethem,  and The Invisible Man by HG Wells. Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon of SavidgeReads and The Readers, Gav of GavReads and Rob and Kate of Adventures With Words sharing their thoughts.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter, like the page on Facebook, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Section 1: Barcelona Shadows by Marc Pastor (translated by Mara Faye Lethem) 

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This was Simon’s choice – he likes nothing better to read over the festive period than something full of murder and mystery. But will we be horrified by this tale of true crime, or left haunted by the experience of reading it?

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to our second book of the episode, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month: Rob shared his thoughts on The Rabbit Back Literature Society and The Floating Admiral, as he wasn’t here last month, Simon recommends The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg and The Bees by Laline Paull (hear Simon chatting with Laline on You Wrote The Book!), Gav enjoyed the insights on reading and writing from What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton and Kate raced through Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

Section 3: The Invisble Man by HG Wells 

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This was Rob’s choice, picked because Rob suspected most people think they know the story but might be surprised to read the original tale. But will it make a lasting impression, or fade quickly from our memories?

And finally… 

Here are next month’s choices by Gav and Kate:

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We hope you enjoy listening.

Hear… Read This! Ep. 15

Hello and welcome to the December edition of Hear…Read This! It usually features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month, however we’re down to three hosts as unfortunately Rob is feeling unwell – get well soon, Rob!

This month, we’re discussing what we thought of The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmaari Jaaskeleinen, translated by Lola Rogers,  and The Floating Admiral by Members of the Detection Club. Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon of SavidgeReads and The Readers, Gav of GavReads and Kate of Adventures With Words sharing their thoughts, plus a few comments from Rob via Kate.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter, like the page on Facebook, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Section 1: The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmaari Jaaskeleinen (translated by Lola Rogers) 

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This was Kate’s choice, which she’s had on the shelf for a little while – she’d heard good things about it but couldn’t resist such a festive cover for the December episode. But will the others blow hot or cold?

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to our second book of the episode, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month: Rob has started Shoot To Kill, the new Young Bond novel by Steve Cole, Simon recommends Lord of the Flies by William Golding, which he read for his ‘bricks and mortar’ book club, Gav thought Brenda and Effie Forever by Paul Magrs was a really funny read and Kate was really moved by Phoenix by SF Said, illustrated by Dave McKean.

Section 3: The Floating Admiral by members of the Detection Club 

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This was Gav’s ‘classic’ choice, and it’s a novel written in separate chapters by a number of members of the Detection Club, including Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and G K Chesterton. But is this an exercise is unravelling the way a great thriller is plotted, or in outdoing your club members? Find out what we thought…

And finally… 

Here are next month’s choices by Simon and Rob:

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We hope you enjoy listening.

Hear… Read This! Ep. 13

Hello and welcome to the October edition of Hear…Read This!  Once again, it features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month.

This month, we’re discussing what we thought of The Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce and Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon of SavidgeReads and The Readers, Gav of GavReads and Kate and Rob of Adventures With Words sharing their thoughts.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter, like the page on Facebook, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Section 1: The Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce 

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This was Gav’s choice, as Graham Joyce sadly passed away recently. Simon and Gav had spoken to Graham Joyce previously, after reading his novel Some Kind of Fairytale and they discussed the challenge of writing a ghost story set in the summer. A little while later, Graham wrote The Year of the Ladybird, set in a northern holiday camp with a sinister secret. But did we feel chills in the heatwave?

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to our second book of the episode, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month: Rob has enjoyed We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler, Simon recommends The Dig by Cynan Jones, Gav thought The Tarot: History, Symbolism and Divination by Robert M. Place was an interesting read and Kate loved Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel.

Section 3: Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

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This was Kate’s ‘classic’ choice, and it’s something a little different, as this is part autobiography, part philosophical meditation. The author, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, was a pilot as well as a writer and Kate wondered if the group would enjoy the adventures and ideas. Will this book fly high in our appreciation?

And finally… 

Here are next month’s choices by Simon and Rob:

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We hope you enjoy listening.

Hear… Read This! Ep.12; The Poisoning Angel by Jean Teule and Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

Hello and welcome to the September edition of Hear…Read This! Featuring four hosts, two books, and lots of discussion! Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon of SavidgeReads and The Readers, Gav of GavReads and Kate and Rob of Adventures With Words sharing their thoughts.

This month, we’re discussing our views on Simon’s choice, The Poisoning Angel by Jean Teule and Rob’s choice of Scoop by Evelyn Waugh.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter, like the page on Facebook, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Section 1: The Poisoning Angel by Jean Teule 

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This was Simon’s selection, as we follow Helene as she embarks on a killing streak across France. Will this dark tale of cake and death whet our appetites?

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to our second book of the episode, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month: Rob read No Harm Can Come To A Good Man by James Smythe, Simon recommends After Me Comes The Flood by Sarah Perry, Gav read The Child Eater by Rachel Pollack and Kate read The Bunker Diary Kevin Brooks.

Section 3: Scoop by Evelyn Waugh 

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Rob’s ‘classic’ choice was another darkly comic tale as with Scoop, Waugh takes a critical and satirical look at the media’s coverage of war and the media itself. A product of its times with some very outdated attitudes, will it still be relevant today?

And finally… Here are next month’s choices by Gav and Kate:

Kate chose: 

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Gav chose:

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We hope you enjoy listening!

 

 

 

 

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We hope you enjoy listening!