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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. 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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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.

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

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:

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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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Hear… Read This! Ep.9

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

This month, we’re chatting about our views on Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill and A Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken, illustrated by Jan Pienkowski. Unknowingly, Kate and Gav have both chosen books with a fairytale theme, both with a very different tone… 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: Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill 

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This was Gav’s selection, written by a man better known as a screenwriter of films such as Sinister and a film critic on Ain’t It Cool News. This is C. Robert Cargill’s first novel; will we be impressed and bewitched by its magical tale, or will it be a journey to hell?

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 Solo by William Boyd, Simon recommends The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, Gav thought The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas was a great read and Kate enjoyed Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.

Section 3: A Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken, illustrated by Jan Pienkowski 

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This was Kate’s ‘classic’ choice, in fact a little too classic as we were shocked to discover that this wonderful book, first published in 1968, is currently out of print. We were all eventually able to get hold of copies, read the eight original children’s fairytales and share our thoughts. Was this just a trip down memory lane or are these tales as sweet as when we were little?

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

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We hope you enjoy listening.