We’re joined this month by Katie Marsh, whose latest book  Unbreak Your Heart was our top selling book last month.  She’s a Petersfield author whose books sell all over the world.  After a ten year career in the NHS she left to take up writing full time.

This Months Books were: 

  • The Great Godden   Meg Rosoff
  • I Feel Bad about my Neck   Nora Ephron
  • Howl’s Moving Castle Diana Wynne Jones
  • Freshwater for Flowers  Valerie Perrin
  • Yours Cheerfully  AJ Pearce
  • Snow Country  Sebastian Faulks

What’s Coming Up

  • Woodston Portrait of a Farm  Jon Lewis-Stempel
  • Let’s do It  Jasper Rees
  • Ghosts  Dolly Alderton

Backlisted choice is: 

Fire & Hemlock Diana Wynne Jones pub in UK 1985 (blurb) based largely on the Scottish ballads “Tam Lin” and “Thomas the Rhymer”.

It’s fantasy but also bildungsroman. Published today? Friendship of an older man, even though Granny doubts him? Ambitious with paintings, music, literature (as Polly receives cultural education) yet arguably she’s never as splendid as her 10 year old self. 


Guest: Nigel Farndale 

Nigel Farndale is the bestselling author of The Blasphemer, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. His previous books include Haw-Haw: The Tragedy of William and Margaret Joyce, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He lives on the Hampshire-Sussex border with his wife and their children. His new novel, The Dictator’s Muse, is set in the 1930s.

Reading is from Nora Ephron’s one liners, like:

  • If the shoe doesn’t fit in the shoe store, it’s never going to fit.
  • When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.
  • Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of thirty-five you will be nostalgic for by the age of forty-five.

Talking Books is broadcast on the third Monday evening of the month at 8pm on Petersfield’s Shine Radio and than repeated at other times during the month