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.
Section 1: The Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce
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
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?
Here are next month’s choices by Simon and Rob:
We hope you enjoy listening.