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Simon Mayo and Matt Williams invite the world's finest authors in for a chat. Plus the best unpublished work, giveaways and your reviews.

Simon Mayo and Matt Williams invite the world's finest authors in for a chat. Plus the best unpublished work, giveaways and your reviews.
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Simon Mayo and Matt Williams invite the world's finest authors in for a chat. Plus the best unpublished work, giveaways and your reviews.

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English


Episodes

Chris Riddell & Dermot O'Leary

10/19/2018
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In our children's special, Chris Riddell talks about Beedle The Bard which he has illustrated for JK Rowling - one of 7 books he has out at the moment. In 2015 he was appointed the UK Children's Laureate. Radio presenter Dermot O'Leary talks about the second outing for his blind ninja cat Toto - in The Incredible Cheese Heist.

Duration:00:38:13

A book Q&A with Dermot O'Leary & Chris Riddell (Beedle The Bard)

10/17/2018
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Dermot O'Leary & Chris Riddell talk about their reading habits, loves and recommendations. Plus your letters and tweets. (If you corresponded with us.)

Duration:00:18:18

Gary Barlow

10/11/2018
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The Take That frontman opens up about his life, his eating disorder, his songwriting and the stress of being an X Factor judge.

Duration:00:37:58

A quick book Q&A with Gary Barlow

10/9/2018
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Gary will help you fall asleep. Full interview in the next show. If you are awake in time.

Duration:00:06:16

A Graham Norton Special

10/4/2018
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Graham Norton pops in to catch some germs from Simon and Matt - and to talk about his latest novel A Keeper. Graham is one of the UK's best loved broadcasters. He presents The Graham Norton Show on BBC1, has a weekly show on BBC Radio 2, and writes a column for the Telegraph. He is the winner of eight BAFTA awards. Born in Dublin and raised in West Cork, Norton now lives in London. His debut novel HOLDING was a commercial and critical success, winning Norton the Irish Independent Popular...

Duration:00:33:51

Graham Norton Q&A

10/2/2018
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Enid Blyton, Richmal Crompton, Anne Griffin, Mary Lawson and more

Duration:00:07:19

SPY SPECIAL: Ben MacIntyre

9/27/2018
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(The failing...) New York Times Bestseller Ben MacIntyre pops in to chat at length about his latest effort The Spy and The Traitor. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union’s top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. “The best true spy story I have ever read.”—JOHN LE CARRÉ

Duration:00:45:39

Mark Kermode & Alan Johnson

9/20/2018
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In a (sort of) music special, journalist and broadcaster Mark Kermode and former Home Secretary Alan Johnson talk us through their new memoirs - which focus on their fledgling music careers, stolen instruments and failed bands.

Duration:00:44:41

Q&A with Mark Kermode and Alan Johnson

9/18/2018
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This week's guests answer a quickfire Q&A on their reading habits including what book do you remember being read to you as a child? Is there a book on your shelf that you love and no-one else does? Is there a book you have used to impress a potential partner? And the book you would love to step inside of…

Duration:00:13:06

John Boyne & Shaun Usher

9/13/2018
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John Boyne is one of a rare breed of authors who actually enjoy writing. He has written 11 adult novels - as in novels for adults, rather than the fruity kind. And 5 for young readers. His latest A Ladder To The Sky focuses on the life of an author who will stop at nothing for fame, adulation and respect. Shaun Usher is the writer and sole custodian of the popular blogs lettersofnote.com, listsofnote.com and speechesofnote.com. As a result, he spends much of his life hunting down words he’d...

Duration:00:57:52

Have you ever used a book to impress someone?

9/11/2018
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A taster of our next pod featuring authors John Boyne and Shaun Usher

Duration:00:02:10

Kate Atkinson

9/6/2018
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Kate joins Simon and Matt to chat about her new release Transcription. It tells the story of Juliet Armstrong, who is recruited as a young woman by an obscure wartime department. In the aftermath of war she joins the BBC, where her life begins to unravel. Kate won the Whitbread Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum.Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason...

Duration:00:36:02

Sebastian Faulks

8/31/2018
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Sebastian is invited in to chat about his latest novel Paris Echo - plus an excellent Q&A about his reading habits. Best known for the French trilogy, The Girl at the Lion d'Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray (1989-1997) Faulks was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1993 and appointed CBE for services to literature in 2002. In Paris Echo he deals with questions of empire, grievance and identity in a city in which every building seems to hold the echo of an unacknowledged...

Duration:00:36:20

Melvin Burgess and Michael Calvin

8/17/2018
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Carnegie Medal winning author Melvin Burgess (The YA-Father!) on his latest book The Lost Witch. Plus twice named Sportswriter of the Year Michael Calvin on his new book State of Play - addressing areas of football which are not on the back pages.

Duration:00:49:08

Our Q&A with authors Manda Scott and Tracy Borman

8/10/2018
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Manda Scott and Tracy Borman are the first to face our author Q&A. Manda has written A Treachery of Spies, focusing on the French Resistance. And Tracy's debut novel A King's Witch is set in the reign of James

Duration:00:08:44

Manda Scott and Tracy Borman

8/3/2018
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A historical fiction special! Manda Scott has written A Treachery of Spies, focusing on the French Resistance. And Tracy Borman's fiction debut is The King's Witch, set during the reign of James I.

Duration:00:53:39

A Q&A with Simon and Matt about their favourite books.

7/27/2018
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Simon and Matt work their way through a book questionnaire...covering crying when reading, books as gifts, being read to as a child and much more. You can join in on their conversation on twitter @booksoftheyear or email booksoftheyear@yahoo.com

Duration:00:13:17

Ant Middleton and DB John

7/20/2018
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Former SAS/SBS hero Ant Middleton talks about his time in the Special Forces, alongside DB John whose latest thriller is set inside present day North Korea. Plus your letters, reviews, suggestions... and a remarkable poem from a youngster

Duration:00:53:55

A few words from Simon and Matt

7/13/2018
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Your reviews, letters and suggestions

Duration:00:06:33

Ben Rhodes and Louis De Bernieres

7/6/2018
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Simon and Matt are joined by Louis De Bernieres - the multi million selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, to discuss his new novel So Much Life Left Over. Also in the studio is President Obama's speech writer Ben Rhodes to talk about his memoir The World As It Is. Plus your letters, reviews and Bros.

Duration:00:59:48