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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.