The brighter books show with Suzie Wilde and Tim O’Kelly
Published author Suzie Wilde and One Tree Books owner Tim O’Kelly explore their love of books, the joy of stories and the craft of writing as they meet published authors, Tim recommends good reads and Suzie shares a forgotten jewel as her backlist choice.
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Suzie and Tim choose their favourite books from 2021, endeavour to lighten a dark January and look forward to what will be coming in 2022.
This month our guest is Gyles Brandreth. Gyles is already well known in Petersfield. He’s one of Britain’s most sought-after speakers. A star of Celebrity Gogglebox, a veteran of QI and Have I Got News For You, and for many years one of the stars of Just a Minute BBC Radio 4. His many books include nine detective novels biographies (notably Philip: The Final Portrait) and four recent best-sellers.
This month we are talking to bestselling author Sophie Kinsella. She has sold over 45 million copies of her books in more than 60 countries, and she has been translated into over 40 languages. Madeleine Wickham was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Her first novel was published under her real name, when she was 24, and working as a financial journalist.
Our guest is John Micklewright who is professor emeritus at University College London, an economist working on poverty and inequality with a number of books on these subjects – but now turning to travel writing. His earlier posts included a dozen years working in Italy – in Florence – and a spell with the UN. He now lives in Winchester.
Our guest, Jennifer Selway lives in Petersfield. She has a book just out – The Making of Horror movies: Key Figures who Established the Genre.
Jennifer was executive editor of the Daily Express and before that was a journalist on The Observer. Now writes a weekly opinion column in the Sunday Express.
This month’s guest is Nigel Farndale who lives near Petersfield. His new novel, The Dictator’s Muse, is set in the 1930s. He will be talking about it – and the connection with Mick Jagger!
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.