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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...


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...


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


Ep. 12 Alicia Drake - I Love You Too Much: Paris, Love, Loss and Class.

This week we have author Alicia Drake who joins Metro Book Chat to speak about her novel ' I Love You Too Much'. In our Books and Views section, we speak about: - The Financial Times Weekend article about how new reading trends were directly affected by the financial crash, -The #ShareYourRejections movement; -The Guardian's article on social media influencing book cover designs; - And Literary Hub's piece on why every author should include a school on their book tours. Contributors: Alex...


E11. Sophie Mackintosh talks about her Booker-longlisted novel, The Water Cure.

We caught up with Sophie to talk about her debut novel The Water Cure, a brilliant book about three sisters growing up on an island in the near future. Isolated from the world, with only their parents for company, they distrust everything that comes from ‘the mainland’. When a group of men arrive on their shores, the balance of the girls’ lives is changed irreversibly. Contributors: Ruth Gaukrodger Sophie Mackintosh Alicia Drake Grace Harrison Books mentioned: Vox by Christina Dalcher Red...


E10. Daisy Johnson talks myths, environment and

We caught up with Daisy to talk about Everything Under, her Booker-longlisted novel about family, fate, language and belonging. Books mentioned: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson Transcription by Kate Atkinson The Long Take by Robin Robertson Contributors: Ruth Gaukrodger Daisy Johnson Follow us on


E9. Ottessa Moshfegh on sleep, drugs, and irony in the 90s.

We caught up with Ottessa to talk about My Year Of Rest And Relaxation, her latest novel about a young woman on a quest to hibernate. Books Mentioned: My Year Of Rest And Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh Fresh Water by Akwaeke Emezi Contributors: Ruth Gaukrodger Ottessa Moshfegh Daisy Johnson Follow us on


E8. Belinda Bauer talks about her Booker-longlisted novel, Snap.

We caught up with Belinda to talk about Snap, her latest novel which has been longlisted for the Man Booker 2018 prize. We discuss feminism in thrillers, doing deep dive research, and how screenwriting can shape our approach to narrative. Books Mentioned: Snap by Belinda Bauer Darkside by Belinda Bauer Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson Normal People by Sally Rooney Contributors: Ruth Gaukrodger Alex Holmes Belinda Bauer Becky Short Follow us on


E7. Tomi Adeyemi talks to us about her epic West African fantasy, Children of Blood and Bone

We caught up with Tomi to talk about her chart-topping debut, Children of Blood and Bone! This is a long-form, in-depth interview with the author, which offers a deep dive into Tomi’s writing methods, and shows how she drew from real-life instances of racism to create an allegory for the modern-day black experience. (Ten second reviews will be back next week.) Books Mentioned: Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas An Ember In The Ashes series by Sabaa...


E6. Sophia Money-Coutts talks about sex scenes, hen parties and how we look at relationships

For August, we’re reading The Plus One! A great literary romp that has been penned by Sophia Money Coutts. Listen in for details of our giveaway, then get involved with the chat through our Twitter and Facebook. Books Mentioned: The Plus One by Sophia Money Coutts Gone With The Windsors by Laurie Graham The Bonfire Of The Vanities by Tom Wolfe The Reading Cure by Laura Freeman A Very Large Expanse Of Sea by Tahereh Mafi Contributors: Alex Holmes Ruth Gaukrodger Sophia Money-Coutts Tomi...


E5. Nikesh Shukla talks about destiny, grief, racist heckles and Star Trek

Welcome to Metro Book Chat! This week we’re talking to Nikesh Shukla about his book The One Who Wrote Destiny— it’s a deeply moving and funny novel that delves into the lives of a British-Asian family. Books Mentioned: The One Who Wrote Destiny by Nikesh Shukla This Really Isn’t About You by Hannah Edelstein Heads Of The Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires Contributors: Ruth Gaukrodger Nikesh Shukla Follow us on


E4. Kate Murray-Browne Talks About Ghosts, The Housing Crisis And Her Novel Editing Process

Welcome to Metro Book Chat! This week we interview Kate Murray-Browne, author of The Upstairs Room — a haunting, cross-genre novel that was partly inspired by real-life events. Don't forget to listen in at the end of the episode, for details of this week's giveaway. Along with a lengthy chat about Kate's research and writing process, we have our usual ten second review section, where we give our verdict on a recent release. Books Mentioned: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Brown The Woman...