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Hear… Read This! Ep.11: The Maid’s Version & The Driver’s Seat

Hello and welcome to the August 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 our views on The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell and The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark. Unknowingly, again Kate and Gav have both chosen books with a similar theme, although with an even more different tone… This time, we’re reading about society’s perception of women, and how women can subvert and take control. 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.

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Section 1: The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell 

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This was Kate’s selection, an impulse-choice based on the interesting whodunnit-style blurb and the fact that Woodrell’s previous novel, Winter’s Bone, has been very popular, and also adapted into a very successful film. This novella comes with glowing recommendations, but will we agree? Will this explosive tale blow us away or turn out to be a damp squib?

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 A Clash of Kings by George R R Martin and Jim Henson’s biography, Simon recommends ,Rose Tremains Trespass & Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens. Gav thought Elric: The Fortress of the Pearl by Michael Moorcock was a great read and Kate enjoyed Acid by Emma Pass and Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan.

Section 3: The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark 

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This was Gav’s ‘classic’ choice, and has a reputation as a very dark and shocking read, as a woman decides to take a holiday and transform herself, with very surprising consequences. Simon has already read it, Gav has been meaning to for a while but it was Rob and Kate’s first encounter with Muriel Spark. Will we be horrified, shocked or drawn in?

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

The-Poisoning-Angel scoop

We hope you enjoy listening.

Hear… Read This! Ep.10: Levels of Life & A Month in the Country

Hello and welcome to July’s edition of Hear…Read This!  Once again it features four hosts, two books, and one lovely bookish discussion.

This month, we’re discussing two short books in the form of Julian Barnes’ Levels of Life and J.L. Carr’s A Month in the Country. 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: Levels of Life by Julian Barnes 

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This was Rob’s choice and one that he had been considering reading for some time. What will the others think of a book focussing on ballooning and grief?

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to Simon’s choice, we discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month, or in Rob’s case, he hasn’t… Due to a certain Brazilian based footballing tournament Rob’s reading has hit a bit of dry spell but he has been enjoying The Circle by Dave Eggers.  Kate has been reading Jinx’s Magic by Sage Blackwood, Gav has been reading Slow River by Nicola Griffith and Simon has been reading both We Were Liars by E Lockhart and Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter.

Section 3: A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr  

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This was Simon’s ‘classic’ choice, in which Tom Birkin, having seen the horrors of the Great War, retreats to spend the titular month in the country. How can a book that is just 88 pages long have such an impact on us all?

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

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