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Our guest, Jennifer Selway lives in Petersfield.  She has a book just out – The Making of Horror movies: Key Figures who Established the Genre

She was executive editor of the Daily Express and before that was a journalist on The Observer. Now Jennifer writes a weekly opinion column in Sunday Express. 

Horror films divide opinion. 

This guide, which is for both the fan and the more faint-hearted, steers an illuminating path through a genre that has, since the early days of cinema, split off into many sub-divisions – folk horror, slasher movies, Hammer, sci-fi horror, psychological thrillers, zombie movies, among others.

This book also gives concise biographies of the many actors and directors who saw their careers – for better or worse – defined by their association with horror movies, and who created a genre that is instantly recognisable in all its forms and continues to find new and ingenious ways of scaring us in the dark.

This Months Books were

  • Rodham  by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • The Man Who Died Twice  by Richard Osman
  • Missing, Presumed  by Susie Steiner
  • Beautiful World, Where are you  by Sally Rooney
  • Audiobook:  The Devil Rides Out  by Dennis Wheatley. Narrated by Nick Mercer.
  • The Rest of Me  by Katie Marsh
  • Mount by Jilly Cooper

What’s Coming Up

  • Sharpe’s Assassin by Bernard Cornwell
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
  • Whistleblower by Robert Peston
  • Transient Desires by Donna Leon (into pb)
  • Slough House by Mick Herron  (into pb)
  • The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves
  • Together by Jamie Oliver

Suzie’s backlisted, with extract from:

After You’d Gone by  Maggie O’Farrell 

A new edition of Talking Books is broadcast on the third Monday of the month at 8pm on Petersfield’s Shine Radio. It’s repeated at many other times during the month.