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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.

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.8

Hello and welcome to the May 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 Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason and The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall. 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!

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Section 1: Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason 

This was Simon’s choice and chosen as a book that is said to combine comedy with a murder mystery “of Hitchcockian proportions”. It’s a debut, plus it’s published by One, a new imprint from Pushkin Press, so we were all keen to see if we’d enjoy it. Will it be more Rear Window or more backdoor recycling?

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 Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction by Chip Zdarsky, Simon recommends Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda, Gav thought Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris was a great read and Kate has kicked off a new obsession by reading Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne-Jones.

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Section 3: The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall 

This was Rob’s ‘classic’ choice, although in this case it’s a classic more because of its cult status – it was actually published in 2007. Hall was featured on Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2013, and The Raw Shark Texts is known as a combination of The Matrix, Jaws and Neverwhere. Where we bitten by this book?

And finally… 

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

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We hope you enjoy listening.