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.
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
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.