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Read On #85 - Tessa Fontaine, Deborah Harkness, and a nuclear reaction.

9/14/2018
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This week we’re going transatlantic with some great contemporary tales from America. Tessa Fontaine tells us about running away to join the circus, in her memoir ‘The Electric Woman’. Paul Birchard recounts the remarkable story of ‘The Boy Who Played With Fusion’. And Deborah Harkness talks about transforming ‘A Discovery of Witches’ from best-selling books to primetime TV. Join the conversation on readonair@rnib.org.uk

Duration:00:57:45

Author Interview - Deborah Harkness

9/14/2018
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As it premiers on SKY, Deborah Harkness talks about transforming ‘A Discovery of Witches’ from best-selling books to primetime TV. Clipped from Read On #85

Duration:00:16:18

Narrator Interview - Paul Birchard

9/14/2018
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Paul Birchard tells Robert Kirkwood the remarkable story of ‘The Boy Who Played With Fusion’, which he narrated for RNIB Talking Books. Clipped from Read On #85

Duration:00:09:17

Author Interview - Tessa Fontaine (Plus Books of My Life)

9/14/2018
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Tessa Fontaine tells Red Szell about running away to join the circus, in her memoir ‘The Electric Woman’. Clipped from Read On #85

Duration:00:29:20

Roald Dahl at the RNIB Talking Book Studios

9/13/2018
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A listen to Roald Dahl at the Talking Books studios from 1986, introducing and narrating his first children's book, 'James and the Giant Peach'. #RoaldDahlDay2018

Duration:00:03:41

Read On #84 Martin Nathan, Anthony Holden, Victoria Coren Mitchell and Alan Pickering

9/7/2018
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Today we’re raising the stakes and opening some books on betting. Debut author Martin Nathan discusses writing and playing poker with blind friends. Biographer Anthony Holden delves into the history of poker and its importance in his life. Victoria Coren-Mitchell shares her confessions of a poker player and what it’s like to win a million. And racehorse owner Alan Pickering discusses a life spent with sight loss and pensions.

Duration:00:57:47

Author Interview - Martin Nathan

9/7/2018
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Martin Nathan’s debut novel ‘A Place of Safety’ is a tense psychological thriller set in London. The book’s protagonist returns to the city after many years away, hoping the sins of his youth lie buried in the past – but will they stay that way? Martin Nathan came into our Camden Studio to tell me more about the book and his close links to sight loss. Clipped from Read On #84

Duration:00:10:11

Author Interview - Anthony Holden

9/7/2018
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As Martin Nathan mentioned playing poker with blind friends, Robert Kirkwood delved into the archives for a professional opinion. Here author of big Deal, Bigger Deal and Holden on Hold'em, Anthony Holden chat's to Robert about his trips to Vegas and encountering blind players. Clipped from Read On #84

Duration:00:14:24

Author Interview - Victoria Coren Mitchell

9/7/2018
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As Martin Nathan mentioned playing poker with blind friends, Robert Kirkwood delved into the archives for a professional opinion. Here Victoria Coren Mitchell chats about her book 'For Richer For Poorer' and her massive EPT wins. Clipped from Read On #84

Duration:00:09:34

Interview - Alan Pickering

9/7/2018
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Alan Pickering has led a remarkable life. Despite losing his sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa he became an acknowledged expert in pensions and led a government commissioned report into them that bears his name. He has also made his mark in several sporting fields including marathon running and horseracing! Now he is the subject of a new book: Look Where You’re Going - the biography of Alan Pickering CBE’. Clipped from Read On #84

Duration:00:20:29

The Book Group #09 - The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap

9/3/2018
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Our blind and partially sighted Book Group discuss a book with sight loss at its core, The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap. Please note there are some small SPOILERS in this episode but as its a book that has been just released we avoided talking about its later chapters ... at least while the mics were still on!

Duration:00:48:12

The Book Group #08 - The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

9/3/2018
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This month the book group discuss the winner of the Man Booker Prize from 2011, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. What will our group of blind and partially sighted book lovers think about it as they listen to the RNIB Talking Book version?

Duration:00:31:31

The Book Group #07 - Autumn by Ali Smith

9/3/2018
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This month our blind and partially sighted readers discuss Autumn by Ali Smith, shortlisted for the 2017 Booker Prize. Please note this show contains SPOILERS for the book.

Duration:00:35:42

The Book Group #06 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

9/3/2018
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SPOILER WARNING! Don't listen unless you've read the book! Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. This month our blind and partially sighted book group discuss Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. What did they think?

Duration:00:30:33

The Book Group #05 - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

9/3/2018
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In this episode our blind and partially sighted book group discuss Margaret Atwood's The Haidmaid's Tale, and we're joined by new member Lillian. What will they think this month?

Duration:00:30:17

The Book Group #04 - A Month in the Country by JL Carr

9/3/2018
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This month the group discuss J.L. Carr's A Moth in the Country. A damaged survivor of the First World War, Tom Birkin finds refuge in the quiet village church of Oxgodby where he is to spend the summer uncovering a huge medieval wall-painting. Immersed in the peace and beauty of the countryside and the unchanging rhythms of village life he experiences a sense of renewal and belief in the future. What will our group of blind and partially sighted readers think?

Duration:00:33:54

The Book Group #03 - Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

9/3/2018
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This month the group discuss a book voted as 'the best book about Britain'. Do they agree with that, and did they enjoy it? Join our group of blind and partially sighted readers in the Book Group.

Duration:00:34:05

The Book Group #02 - Chocolat by Joanne Harris

9/3/2018
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Join the conversation with a real group of blind and partially sighted book lovers and Talking Book users. This month the book group discuss Chocolat by Joanne Harris.

Duration:00:30:09

The Book Group #01 - Pilot

9/3/2018
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Join our brand new book group as they talk about reading with sight loss, missing print books, and the Talking Books that have inspired and delighted them.

Duration:00:41:19

Read On #83 - Michael Palin, Chris Hadfield, Anthony Horowitz and more

8/31/2018
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Michael Palin talks to Robert Kirkwood about forgetting lines and supporting RNIB, Anthony Horowitz tells us the books of his life and Colonel Chris Hadfield talks about his books for children and grown ups. Plus we revist both Adjoa Andoh and Dame Judi Dench. Get in touch by emailing readonair@rnib.org.uk

Duration:00:57:45