Hello and welcome to the April edition of Hear…Read This! Once again it features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month.
This month, we’re talking about our views of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick and Under The Skin by Michel Faber. We decided to do Gav’s ‘classic’ choice, Under The Skin, second as in order to discuss it, we have to reveal something about the plot. There are no spoilers for Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, so we hope you’ll listen to that and then decide if you want to keep going (we don’t think it’ll spoil the book if you do). 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.
Section 1: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
This was Kate’s selection and chosen as a book that deals with mental illness but that has also been marketed to adults and young adults too, so she was curious to see how it would come across. Also, she loved the film of The Silver Linings Playbook, adapted from the novel by Matthew Quick. Will this live up to expectations?
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: Simon recommends The Farm by Tom Rob Smith, Gav has enjoyed Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, Rob read The Accident by Chris Pavone and Kate loved The Last Wild by Piers Torday.
Section 3: Under The Skin by Michel Faber
This was Gav’s classic choice, a shorter novel that mixes literary sensibilities with a hint of science fiction. None of us have seen the film version that has recently been released but we’d all heard reviews which reveal an important plot point. Will it be literary enough for Simon and Rob? Will it be science fiction enough for Gav and Kate?
Here are next month’s choices by Rob and Simon:
We hope you enjoy listening.