Talking Books – May 2021

 It’s another YA special, with Sue Wallman –  a prize-winning author of YA thrillers. Her debut, Lying about Last Summer, was Winner of Zoella Book Club 2016 and she has since published another three, all winning awards and Dead Popular was WHSmith Book of the Month 2019.

Her new book is out 6 May: I Know You Did It

Sue’s Desert Island Book was The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr

The books mentioned in this months programme were:

  • A Long Petal of the Sea – Isabel Allende
  • Tremendous Things – Susan Nielsen
  • Mrs Dalloway  Virginia Wolf
  • Early Morning Riser – Katherine Heiny
  • Graves End – William Shaw
  • The White Ship – Charles Spencer
  • Troubled Blood – Robert Galbraith

June’s Talking Books

We will be talking to Lissa Evans, about her new book, out in paperback this month.

Lissa Evans writes for both adults and children when she’s not guesting on Backlisted Pod.Her recent novel,V for Victory – which is out in paperback from Black Swan in June – is set in London at the end of the Second World War and completes a loose historical trilogy which began with Old Baggage andCrooked Heart. This is her seven-and-a-halfth Backlisted – for as well as appearing on the very first episode (on J.L. Carr’s A Month in the Country), Lissa has been a guest on episodes 36, 78, 90, 108, and 125 discussing variously the work of Patrick Hamilton, Edith Wharton, Charles Dickens, Marcel Proust and Geoffrey Willans & Ronald Searle, as well as the one-off mini-cast on George Saunders’sLincoln in the Bardo.

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

Talking Books – April 2021

 We are back in person at One Tree Books, ready for the bookshop to reopen to customers on 12 April. Our guest is Roger Morgan-Grenville. He was a soldier in the Royal Green Jackets for 9 years and led the first expedition to successfully retrace Shackleton’s  journey across the island of South Georgia. He was also a founder and first head fundraiser for the charity Help for Heroes.  But he typically describes himself as ‘a passionate, but talentless, cricketer’

Our current readsSuzie

Nothing Ever Happens Here by Sarah Hagger-Holt a Carnegie-nominated middle-grade novel for 9-12 year olds. Izzy’s dad comes out as Danielle, a trans woman. Makes it relatable, normal, funny, poignant

Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love picture book about dressing up and the wonderful thing that is a grandmother’s unconditional love.

Reef by Romesh Gunesekera Tim Bouquet’s DIB; our book club (travel)

Crooked Heart – Lissa Evans, longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Our June guest 

Tim

Also reading the wonderful Lissa Evans – her new book V for Victory and its every bit as good as Crooked Heart which it loosely follows on from.

Meg Rossoff The Great Godden

Robert Seethaler The Field

Tim’s What’s Coming:

  • The Mirror and the Light Hilary Mantel 
  • Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell 
  • Anne Tyler’s Redhead By the Side of the Road 
  • Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce who wrote The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.  
  • Wisden Cricketers Almanac.  First produced in 1864 

Suzie: Bookseller’s British Book Awards Fiction shortlist – 

  • Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  • The Mirror and The Light by Hilary Mantel
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett
  • The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

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

Talking Books – March 2021

The guest is Tim Bouquet, who grew up on his father’s farm at Butser. His mother still lives in Petersfield. He is a ghost-writer and biographer who makes dry material page-turners. Tim O’Kelly talks to him about his stunning book on Philip Jackson (sculpture studio in Midhurst; was Stroud at the start of his career) and the angel Gabriel in Harting church. But where did Writer Tim start – and how does he meet so many Indian billionaires? How did the Renault boss Ghosn escape? My Backlisted choice is Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming: published in 1954! With all the attitudes and some words we no longer use. The extract is really good writing, though, and won’t offend anyone. 

In April we’ll be talking bees and seabirds with Roger Morgan-Grenville

Our current reads:

  • Little Scratch  Rebecca Watson (Local but V literary and dark)
  • Last One at the Party  Bethany Clift (Post-apocalyptic but with humour!)
  • To Calais in Ordinary Time  James Meek (brilliant but weird – set in C14)
  • The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin  David Nobbs (hilarious)
  • You, Me and the Sea  Elizabeth Haynes (Scottish island romance)

Tim Bouquet’s books that we discussed:

  • Philip Jackson A Life in Sculpture 
  • 617 Squadron
  • Cold Steel
  • The Man Behind the Wheel
  • Cut & Run (thriller fiction)

His website: http://www.timbouquet.com

His desert island book: Reef by Romesh Gunesekera

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.

Talking Books – February 2021

Our guest is Kathryn Evans, who has been an actor, a waitress, a celery cutter and newspaper deliverer – she’s even scrubbed the decks of the Mary Rose. Now she combines being an author with being a mum, running a farm, volunteering as co-Regional Advisor for SCBWI, and fencing competitively. Her debut More of Me won the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award – the first YA novel ever to do so. It also won the 2017 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for GB and Ireland. Beauty Sleep is her latest novel, which was shortlisted for the STEAM prize and won the 2020 CrimeFest Award for a YA novel.

More of Me Teva – what if once a year, you split into two, leaving the younger version of yourself having to watch the new version take over your life.

Beauty Sleep – What if you were dying aged 16 and your only hope of a cure is to be frozen. What would happen if you wake up and it’s forty years later?

The books discussed in the February edition are:

Tim’s selection:

  • Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves 
  • Graves End by William Shaw 
  • Midnight Library by Matt Haig 
  • A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry 
  • Apeirogon by Colum McCann 
  • A Short History of Falling by Joe Hammond
  • Slough House by Mick Herron 
  • Bill Gates’ How To Avoid a Climate Disaster
  • We are Bellingcat by Eliot Higgins
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid 
  • To Calais in Ordinary Time by James Meek
  • The Most Precious of Cargoes by Jean Claude Grimberg for Holocaust Memorial

and of course

Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans

Suzie’s books are:

  • Going Gently by David Nobbs (Reggie Perrin author)
  • Expectation by Anna Hope
  • Hot Milk Deborah Levy.
  • Costa Book of the Year 2020 is The Mermaid of Black Conch
  • Audiobook:  The Dutch House by Ann Patchett read by Tom Hanks

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.

Talking Books – January 2021

Special guest Thomas Harding, a bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than 16 languages. He has written for the Sunday Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian, among other publications. He is the author of HANNS AND RUDOLF which won the JQ-Wingate Prize for Non-Fiction; THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE, which was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award; and BLOOD ON THE PAGE which won the Crime Writers’ Association “Golden Dagger Award for Non-Fiction”. His recent books include LEGACY, FUTURE HISTORY, and a picture book version of THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE. 

The books discussed in the January edition are:

Tim’s selection:

  • Double Agent by Tom Bradby
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • Just Like You by Nick Hornby
  • City of Tears by Kate Mosse
  • Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan
  • Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

and of course

The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding

Suzie’s books are:

  • The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  • Winter Kill by Ragnar Jonasson
  • The Emperors Babe by Bernadine Evaristo

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.

Talking Books – December 2020

Tim and Suzie are joined in One Tree Books by bestselling author Kate Mosse.

Suzie’s backlisted choice is Kate’s ghostly Christmas love story, set after the horrors of the First World War, The Winter Ghosts. With a short extract read by son, actor Felix Mosse.

She is published in over 40 countries. Playwright, broadcaster, defender of live theatre and libraries; champion of women’s creativity. Kate is the Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction – the largest annual celebration of women’s writing in the world – and sits on the Executive Committee of Women of the World – and she was awarded an OBE in 2013.

Settle with a comforting drink and join Suzie and Kate as they catch up with news.

(L – R) Suzie, Tim, producer John and Kate

The books discussed in the December edition are:

What Tim is reading

  • The Englishman at War by James Holland
  • My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Suzie’s book is:

  • The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale
  • Dancing with the Octopus by Deborah Harding

Also Mentioned were books by Kate Mosse:

The Winter Ghosts

The Burning Chambers and The City of Tears, both due out in January 2021

Talking Books and Talking Books Cafe

The full length programme will be on the middle Monday of every month at 8pm, when Suzie and Tim O’Kelly of One Tree Books will talk about what’s coming up; what they are currently enjoying and past favourites. There will be interviews (and do join in the chat via the website). A new addition is a shorter programme called Talking Books Cafe which will be aired two weeks after the main editions, when Suzie and Tim round up the very latest book news and gossip about film, box sets, tv, audiobooks etc. Both formats are available as podcasts. 

Talking Books Café – 30 November 2020

Tim and Suzie start their fortnightly catch up. bite-size chunks so you can have a cuppa, grab a biscuit, whatever. It’s pure pleasure – so join in twitter, FB or online.

Starting with TV:

  • Valhalla Rising
  • The Crown: fascination with 1980s! memories? Hatreds?

Reality TV

  • Bake Off
  • Strictly
  • Master Chef Professional

Series/box sets:

  • Life on Mars = Ashes to Ashes
  • Spooks
  • Black Books  – Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Dylan Moran, Graham Linehan
  • Schitt’s Creek

Films?

  • Rams 

Reading as a mild sedative?

  • Olive, Mabel and Me – Andrew Cotter
  • The Sentinel -Lee and Andrew Child

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

Talking Books – November 2020

Tim’s top picks for Christmas presents and a socially distanced interview with Niall Edworthy, the author of Main Battle Tank  and over a dozen other books under a variety of noms de plume, covering military history, biography, sport, general humour, wildlife and gardening.  WILL, the Will Greenwood autobiography, was shortlisted for the 2005 Sports Book Awards in the Best Autobiography category. His first novel, Otto Eckhart’s Ordeal, is recently published. Suzie is raving about her current read about a rock group in the Sixties and her Backlisted brings some much-needed laughter.

The books discussed in the November edition are:

What is coming up by Tim

  • Trio by William Boyd
  • My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christie Lefteri
  • Father and Son by Edmund Gosse
  • Grandmothers by Sally Vickers
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  • Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

and of course

Otto Eckhardt’s Ordeal by Niall Edworthy

Suzie’s books are:

  • Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
  • Toward the End of the Morning by Michael Frayn

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.

Talking Books – October 2020

It’s Halloween. Tim hates ghost stories and Suzie loves them. That’s not their only difference of opinion.  Tim meets Bob Stone, owner of Write Blend books in Liverpool, and I talk rainbow shelfies and Giles Coren’s end of books with author and bookstagrammer Mel Rogerson. 

The books discussed in the October edition are:

  • The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
  • Summer Water by Sarah Moss
  • This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • Never Greener by Ruth Jones
  • Because of You by Dawn French
  • 100 Great Black Britons by Patrick Vernon OBE and Dr Angelina Osborne
  • Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
  • Normandy 44 by James Holland.

Links to Mel Rogerson’s sites are:

http://www.thebookfamilyrogerson.com/

http://www.instagram.com/thebookfamilyrogerson

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.

Talking Books – September 2020

Suzie Wilde and Tim O’Kelly discuss what they are currently reading and what to look out for over the coming month.

Suzie Wilde and Tim O’Kelly discuss how they organise their bookshelves and the books they are currently reading. Tim talks about A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth while Suzie discusses Deadland by William Shaw and Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage by Tim Robinson.

Other books mentioned are:

  • Normandy ’44 by James Holland
  • Humankind by Rutger Bregman
  • V2 by Robert Harris
  • The Golden Rule by Amanda Craig
  • The Mission House by Carys Davies
  • Summerwatre by Sarah Moss
  • Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

Talking Books is broadcast monthly on Monday evenings at 8pm on Petersfield’s Shine Radio and is repeated throughout the month.

Talking Books with Suzie Wilde – August 2020

Suzie Wilde and John Welsman share their love of audio books in this first edition of  our new Talking Books series.

The next edition in September will feature Suzie and Tim O’Kelly of One Tree Books.

Talking Books is broadcast monthly on Monday evenings at 8pm on Petersfield’s Shine Radio.