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E. 32 Graeme Simsion on The Rosie Result

In our very last episode of Metro Book Chat, Graeme Simsion discusses his latest book The Rosie Result. The final instalment in his Rosie series, it follows Don Tillman as he grapples with new family challenges. Contributors Ruth Gaukrodger Graeme Simsion Books mentioned The Rosie Project The Rosie Effect The Rosie Result (All Graeme Simsion) The Sellout by Paul Beatty


E. 31 Harriet Tyce on Blood Orange

In the penultimate episode of Metro Book Chat's podcast, we talk to Harriet Tyce about her thrilling debut; Blood Orange. Contributors Ruth Gaukrodger Harriet Tyce Graeme Simsion Books mentioned Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough Convenience Store Woman by by Sayaka Murata A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing by Emer McBride The Plague by Albert Camus


E.30 Caroline Lea on The Glass Woman

Set in Iceland, 1686, The Glass Woman follows Rosa as she leaves home to marry an enigmatic man - whose secrets begin to creep out of the stark, frozen landscape. Contributors: Ruth Gaukrodger Caroline Lea Harriet Tyce Books mentioned: The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter Confessions of a Fox by Jordy Rosenberg In At The Deep End by Kate Davies


E. 29 Stacey Halls on The Familiars

We're talking witchcraft, patriarchy and historical fiction in this week's episode! Contributors: Ruth Gaukrodger Stacey Halls Books mentioned: The Familiars by Stacey Halls How To Fail by Elizabeth Day The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal Blood and Sugar Laura Shepherd-Robinson What Red Was by Rosie Price


E. 28 The Blue Peter Book Awards

This week, we're talking with author-illustrator Alex T Smith, about his work on judging THe Blue Peter Book Awards. Here are the list of nominees: FICTION The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Raúf The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson NON-FICTION Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey by Dr. Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman The Colours of History by Clive Gifford and Marc-Etienne Peintre The Element in the Room: Investigating the...


E. 27 Rachel Burge on The Twisted Tree

This week we're talking to Rachel about her debut YA novel, The Twisted Tree. It's a Gothic ghost story, with influences of Norse mythology. Contributors Ruth Gaukrodger Rachel Burge Stacey Halls Books mentioned The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge Dark Matter by Michelle Paver White Out by Gabriel Dylan The Familiars by Stacey Halls


E.26 Jane Fallon on Tell Me A Secret

We talk to Jane about her latest novel, Tell Me A Secret, a tense novel about female friendship and the difficulties of navigating promotions. Contributors Ruth Gaukrodger Jane Fallon Rachel Burge Books mentioned Tell Me A Secret by Jane Fallon Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton White Out by Gabriel Dylan


E. 25 Sarah Moss talks about Ghost Wall

In this week's Book Chat, we talk to Sarah Moss about Ghost Wall, her latest novel that mixes folksy horror with tales of modern day abuse. Listen in to hear an extract of the novel. Plus, we have our usual 10 second review section - this week, with Jane Fallon! Contributors: Ruth Gaukrodger Sarah Moss Jane Fallon Books mentioned: Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss Women Talking by Miriam Toews Lost Property by Laura Beatty Apple of My Eye by Claire Allan


E. 24 Søren Sveistrup talks about his debut novel.

Welcome to Book Chat 2019! To kick things off, we chat to Søren about his gripping new thriller The Chestnut Man. Plus, we have a 10 second review from Sarah Moss. Contributors Ruth Gaukrodger Søren Sveistrup Sarah Moss Books mentioned: The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*** by Mark Manson Silver and Salt by Eleanor Dymott


E. 23 The Lost Letters of William Woolf

This week, we catch up with author and debut-novelist Helen Cullen to talk about her book The Lost Letters of William Woolf. It's a beautiful, compact story, that looks at the complexities of love, relationships, time and communication. It's our last podcast for 2018, but we'll be back next year with more authors and book news! Contributors Ruth Gaukrodger Helen Cullen Books mentioned Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen Less by Andrew Sean Greer


E22 The Importance Of Being Aisling

This week, we talk to Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght about their latest book, The Importance Of Being Aisling. The writing duo’s first novel, Oh My God What A Complete Aisling, was a best-seller –and for good reason too! In Aisling, they’ve created a warm, relatable character, who’s an instant hit with readers. We caught up with the authors to learn a little bit more about their Irish heroine… Contributors: Ruth Gaukrodger Sarah Breen Emer McLysaght Helen Russell Books mentioned: Oh My God...


E. 21 The Atlas of Happiness with Helen Russell

What is happiness? And does it mean different things in different countries? In this week’s podcast, we talk to Helen Russell about her latest book The Atlas Of Happiness, and look at how different countries quantify and seek out contentment. Contributors: Ruth Gaukrodger Helen Russell Books mentioned: The Atlas of Happiness by Helen Russell The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell Happy by Derren Brown Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner Follow us on


E.20 Bram Presser on his best-selling debut The Book

This week on we’re talking with best-selling Australian author Bram Presser. His debut novel, The Book of Dirt, is a tale of love and survival in the time of the holocaust. A deeply personal project, it interweaves fiction and non-fic, myth and lore as the author goes in search of his ancestor’s stories. Contributors: Alex Holmes Bram Presser Ruth Gaukrodger Books mentioned: The Book of Dirt by Bram Presser The Governesses by Anna Serre Census by Jesse Ball Follow us on...


E.19 Heather Morris: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

We caught up with Heather to talk about her novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz. It follows the true story of Lale Sokolov, who became the chief tattooist in the Nazi camp. Here, he endured great hardships, but also fell in love with one of the young women he tattooed. Contributors: Ruth Gaukrodger Heather Morris Alex Holmes Books mentioned: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell On Writing by Stephen King Lady Sings...


E.18 Sarah Perry and Melmoth

We caught up with award winning author Sarah Perry to talk about her chilling tale, Melmoth. Join us as we discuss legends, myth, horror stories and favourite spooky anecdotes. Not one to miss! Contributors: Alex Holmes Ruth Gaukrodger Sarah Perry Heather Morris Books mentioned: Daphne Du Maurier - Rebecca Shirley Jackson Hilary Mantel - Beyond Black Mary Shelley - Frankenstein Follow us on


E.17 Liane Moriarty: Nine Perfect Strangers

We caught up with best-selling author Liane Moriarty as we discuss her latest novel, Nine Perfect Strangers. The story is about nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage, and absorb the meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. Miles from anywhere, without cars or phones, they have no way to reach the outside world. Just time to think about themselves, and get to know each other...until chaos ensues... Contributors: Ruth Gaukrodger Alex...


E16. John Boyne talks about Ireland, gay marriage, and epic novels.

We caught up with John to talk about his prize-winning novel The Heart’s Invisible Furies, an epic book which follows the life of a gay man living in Ireland. The book takes us from the 1940s up until the (near) present, and tracks the way that the writer’s home country has changed in those years. Contributors: Ruth Gaukrodger John Boyne Alex Holmes Liane Moriarty Books mentioned: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne A History Of Loneliness by John Boyne A Ladder To The Sky by John...


E15. Gail Jones talks about her latest novel, The Death Of Noah Glass

This week we caught up with Gail Jones to talk about her latest novel, The Death of Noah Glass. We discuss family, grief, and the themes of masculinity that run throughout her book. Plus, we have our usual book news section, where we discuss the Booker shortlist, and we round it all off with a 10 second review from John Boyne. Contributors: Gail Jones Alex Holmes Ruth Gaukrodger John Boyne Books mentioned: The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones The Cockatoos by Patrick White In Our Mad and...


E.14 Cressida Cowell talks magic, creativity and imagination

We caught up with famous children's author and all-round good egg Cressida Cowell. We talk about the first book in her new series, Twice Magic, and the magical creatures that inhabit the world. Contributors: Alexander Holmes Cressida Cowell Ruth Gaukrodger Gail Jones Books mentioned: Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Wonder by R. J. Palacio Wonky Donkey by Shh! by Salley Grindley Ponti by Sharlene...


E. 13 James Oswald talks about his latest crime-thriller, No Time To Cry

This week, we caught up with best-selling author James Oswald to talk about No Time To Cry, the first in a new series of books focusing on Constance Fairchild, a detective constable in the Met. Contributors: Ruth Gaukrodger Alexander Holmes James Oswald Cressida Cowell Books mentioned: No Time To Cry by James Oswald Binti by Nnedi Okorafor A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee Embers Of War by Gareth L Powell Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman