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Matt Haig and Bryony Gordon
Bestselling author Matt Haig and Telegraph journalist Bryony Gordon join Joe Haddow for a very interesting Book Off! As well as discussing their own books, Matt and Bryony talk about their mental health, facing demons, running and the Police Academy films!
Erin Kelly and Sabine Durrant
Thriller writers Erin Kelly and Sabine Durrant go head to head in the Book Off! They talk to Joe Haddow about taking time off social media and how some subjects are just too horrific to write about.
Louise Doherty and Araminta Hall
The bestselling author of Apple Tree Yard, Louise Doherty, joins Joe Haddow for a chat about her writing foundation and goes head to head with author Araminta Hall who discusses her latest novel, Our Kind Of Cruelty. As well as the Book Off! the three discuss the portrayal of women in fiction, how hard it is to hit deadlines and the best places to write.
Kate Mosse and SJ Parris
Bestselling author and co-founder of the Women's Prize For Fiction, Kate Mosse goes head to head with critic, journalist and author SJ Parris in the Book Off! They also discuss the importance of literary prizes, their latest novels, how to plan your writing routine and jet-lag.
Mark Billingham and David Hepworth
Bestselling crime writer Mark Billingham goes head to head with music journalist extraordinaire David Hepworth. As well as a hotly contested Book Off between Lyndon B Johnson and The Maltese Falcon (yep, seriously!) Joe Haddow gets geeky with both writers about music. They talk Steely Dan, Elvis Costello and The Beatles and why music genre trends only occur every forty years.
Donal Ryan and Imogen Hermes Gower
Irish author Donal Ryan and debut author Imogen Hermes Gower join Joe Haddow to go head to head in the Book Off, putting John Steinbeck against Beryl Bainbridge. Imogen discusses the pressures of writing after a huge bidding war and financial deal and Donal explains how he has only really been a full-time author for 3 months of his life. All this plus no carb diets and how docks can be romantic.
Jess Kidd and Simon Wroe
Jess Kidd (Himself/The Hoarder) and Simon Wroe (Chop Chop/Here Comes Trouble) join Joe Haddow to talk books, writing styles and literary parties. They discuss what it means to be described as "humorous writers", writing on a hangover, hoarding and the art of writing young narrators. In the Book Off it's True Grit by Charles Portis up against Sal by Mick Kitson...but which one will Joe take home???
Kit de Waal and Ned Beauman
Authors Kit de Waal (My Name Is Leon/The Trick To Time) and Ned Beauman (Boxer, Beetle/Glow) join Joe Haddow for another Book Off! As well as going head to head in a literary fight for glory, they discuss growing up around books, previous careers...and the golden age of cinema.
John Niven and Viv Groskop
Bestselling author John Niven and writer, broadcaster and comedian Viv Groskop go head to head in a very competitive Book Off! As well as talking to Joe Haddow about their latest books, they also discuss school reunions and great Russian novels! Naturally.
Lionel Shriver and Tracy Chevalier
The bestselling authors of We Need To Talk About Kevin and Girl With The Pearl Earring, Lionel Shriver and Tracy Chevalier, bring two contemporary novels to the Book Off! to pitch against each other. As well as a heated book fight, Lionel and Tracy talk "covering" Shakespeare, cycling and how jazz drummers can sometimes ruin dinner.
Paula Hawkins and John Boyne
Bestselling authors Paula Hawkins (The Girl On The Train) and John Boyne (The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas) go head to head in the first ever Book Off! LP Hartley's "The Go Between" will be put against "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood - but which will win!?