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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.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:

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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.

Hear… Read This! Ep.6

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

This month the books we are discussing are The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike and Resurrection by Wolf Haas.Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon and Gav of The Readers, a Book Based Banter podcast, and Kate and Rob of Adventures With Words, exploring storytelling in all its forms sharing their thoughts.  Beware, as there are mild spoilers for both books!

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

Section 1: The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike

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This was Simon’s selection and chosen partly to give Gavin a literary genre read but I don’t think any Simon, Gavin or Kate were prepared for how far the novel deviated from the film. Rob hadn’t seen the film so didn’t need to adjust to the women portrayed by Cher, Pfeiffer and Sarandon being a little different. Not that we linger on the book but we do discuss Updike’s portrayal of women views on feminism in a lively discussion.

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to the second book for debate, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month.

Section 3: Resurrection by Wolf Hass

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A crime in translation which asks all three readers, have we found a new favourite detective or have we started scrapping the bottom of the translated crime barrel?

And finally… 

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

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We hope you enjoy listening.

Hear…Read This! Ep.4

Hello and happy New Year! Welcome to the January episode of Hear…Read This!  We’re thrilled to present four hosts, two books , making one book club every month! This month the books up for discussion are:

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Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon and Gav of The Readers, a Book Based Banter podcast, and Kate and Rob of Adventures With Words, exploring storytelling in all its forms.  Beware, as there are mild spoilers for both books!

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

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Hear…Read This! Ep.3

Hello and welcome to the return of Hear…Read This for its third episode!  We’re thrilled to present four hosts, two books , making one book club every month! This month the books up for discussion are Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.  Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon and Gav of The Readers, a Book Based Banter podcast, and Kate and Rob of Adventures With Words, exploring storytelling in all its forms.  Beware, as there are mild spoilers for both books!

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

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Section 1: Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Kate brought the first choice to the table with the last YA novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, a tale of mystery set in Barcelona. What genre can the hosts say the book is or does it in fact fall into many? Will Simon be put off by the fact it is young adult? Will it live up to Rob, Kate and Simon’s expectations after being HUGE fans of The Shadow of the Wind? Will Gavin enjoy his first novel by Ruiz Zafon? Will they all be captivated by the two mysteries in the book and the secrets they hide? What about the peril and the monsters lurking in the pages?

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading Before they move on to the second book for debate, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading, both the good and the bad. Gavin has been reading short stories in particular The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard proved a favourite, Rob has been reading Game by Anders de la Motte, Kate has been reading The Iron King by Maurice Druon and Simon has read The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough.

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Section 3: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula k. Le Guin.
In our second discussion, Gav brings us a science fiction classic, but what will everyone make of it? Simon and Rob aren’t renowned for their love of science fiction, will they be converted? What about Kate and her reaction to it as a re-read? Will Gavin love this SFF classic that everyone raves about? As for the discussion… well there is so much to talk about with its themes of difference, gender, politics, sexuality and so much more. Get ready for some more lively debate on such a famous book.

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We reveal our choices for next month.  Simon has chosen the ‘new’ book Artful by Ali Smith, and Rob has chosen the ‘old’ book Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. We’d love you to read them and join us next time on Friday the 10th of January! Until then have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.