The brighter books show with Suzie Wilde and Tim O’Kelly
Published author Suzie Wilde and bookshop owner Tim O’Kelly explore their love of books, the joy of stories and the craft of writing in this monthly series. We release a fresh edition of Talking Books on the third Monday of each month.
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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 month we are 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 and Crooked Heart. Both hilarious and tragic.
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.
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 guest this month is Tim Bouquet who grew up on his father’s farm at Butser. Tim is a ghost-writer and biographer who makes dry material into real page-turners.
Kathryn Evans has been an actor, a waitress, a celery cutter and a 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 and fencing. Her debut More of Me won the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award.
This time, Suzie and Tim meet Thomas Harding, a bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than 16 languages. Plus this month’s reading lists from both Tim and Suzie.
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.
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.
Tim’s top picks for Christmas presents and an 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.
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.
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 and books that are being launched over the next few weeks while Suzie discusses Deadland by Alex Cupidi.