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Love listening to these fun chaps chatting about fabulous books I wouldn’t have found otherwise!

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Great podcast!! If you love to read and love excellent commentary this is the podcast for you!

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113 Ratings
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Great find...

By Travelbella - May 14 2018
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Love listening to these fun chaps chatting about fabulous books I wouldn’t have found otherwise!

Wonderful

By leroisoleil4ever - Sep 21 2015
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Great podcast!! If you love to read and love excellent commentary this is the podcast for you!

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Ep 182; The Readers Retreat 2018 & Reading Relationships

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Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS In this episode Simon and Thomas are back after another spell of bad technical issues to chat about reading relationships and most excitingly to discuss The Readers Retreat 2018.

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

The Readers Retreat () Simon and Thomas have an exciting announcement to make that they hinted at in the last show. They are finally going to organise a Readers Retreat, have a listen to their potential plans and how excited they sound.

Reading Relationships () Simon and Thomas ponder the question… as a reader do you have to have a partner that reads too? What could be the pluses and what could be the downsides?

Books Discussed on the Show () To follow.

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Feb 18 2018

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Ep 183; Reading Improperly

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In this episode Simon and Thomas talk about the things you don’t tend to talk about bookwise in proper company… does politics, sex or religion put you off reading a book?

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

Reading Improperly () Simon and Thomas discuss improper subjects in fiction in this episode of the podcast. They take three subjects you shouldn’t talk about on a first date, or even really in certain publics situations and see how they feel about them in books. Those subjects are sex, religion and politics… They would love your thoughts.

Books Discussed on the Show () To follow.

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Apr 09 2018

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Ep 176; Thomas & Simon Go Through The Shelves of Books Simon Has Read and Kept

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In this episode, Simon lets Thomas have a good old nosey through his bookshelves and they chat about some of the books as they go.

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Afternoon Tea with The Readers () Thomas goes through the bookshelves in Simon’s sitting room, with him of course, and they talk about some of the books that Simon has read and kept over the years. Some they have both read, some are just authors one or the other wants to talk about.
Books Discussed on the Show () 666 Charing Cross Road by Paul Magrs, Pages For Her by Sylvia Brownrigg, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh, Nutshell by Ian McEwan, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, The World That Was Ours by Hilda Bernstein, Any Human Heart by William Boyd, Diary of a Provincial Lady by E M Delafield, The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, At Hawthorne Time by Melissa Harrison, Rain by Melissa Harrison, Noblesse Oblige by Nancy Mitford, Pure by Andrew Miller, How To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus, A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon by Anthony Marra, Nevermind by Edward St Aubyn, The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling, The Guernsey Potato Peel Society, Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson,Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, The Night Watch by Sarah Waters, The Observations by Jane Harris, Golden Hill by Francis Spufford, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift, A Boys Own Story by Edmund White, Marry Me by Dan Rhodes, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Swimming Home by Deborah Levy, All The Birds Singing by Evie Wyld, The Sundial by Shirley Jackson, A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth, Tin Man by Sarah Winman, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Boy Erased by Gerard Connelly, A Natural by Ross Raisin, I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti,London Lies Beneath by Stella Duffy, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The Ice by Laline Paull, Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter.

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Oct 01 2017

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Ep 175; Afternoon Tea with The Readers

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In this episode, Simon and Thomas have afternoon tea together, in Simon’s dining room to catch up, chat about books and also answer some listeners questions.

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Afternoon Tea with The Readers () Simon and Thomas sit down to a slap up afternoon with sandwiches, cake and scones with jam and clotted cream. They talk about Thomas’ holiday and Africa, what has been going on with Simon and the Costa’s, have a general chit chat and then answer some lovely questions from some of our lovely listeners.
Books Discussed on the Show () Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, Howard's End by E.M. Forster, How To Be Both by Ali Smith, The Octopus by Frank Nors, Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope, Eric Ambler, Monica Dickens, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, On The Beach by Nevil Shute, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Lost City of Z by David Grann, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, Foucault's Pendulum and The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, C J Sansom's books, The Three Musketeers, Count of Monte Christo, The Black Tulip by Alexander Dumas, Moonstone and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo, Timeleone Vita Come Home by Dan Rhodes, Nutshell by Ian McEwan, The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, Buriel Rites and The Good People by Hannah Kent, See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt, The Dry by Jane Harper, Ulysses by James Joyce, Anna Karenina and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter.

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Sep 14 2017

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Ep 180; Farewell 2017… Here’s To 2018

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In this episode Simon and Thomas talk about how their 2017 was and what they are hoping for in 2018.

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Farewell 2017, Here’s To 2018 () Simon and Thomas dedicate an episode to saying goodbye to 2017 and hello t o 2018 as they discuss how their reading years were, what resolutions they kept and which they didn’t, plus they look forward at 2018.

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be discussing how their 2017 was and how they are planning 2018 being as readers.

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Dec 30 2017

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Episode 174; A Chinwag

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Show Notes Coming Soon (Sorry, Simon's New Tattoo has affected typing - Gav.)

Aug 24 2017

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Ep 181; The Readers Discuss Strangers On A Train (Finally)

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In this episode Simon and Thomas finally bring you the episode of their summer book club, in winter, oops.

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

The Readers Discuss Strangers On A Train () Simon and Thomas discuss how they got on with reading Strangers on a Train, with help from lovely listeners and their comments and questions.

Books Discussed on the Show () Just Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train and nothing else. Well Deep Water, This Sweet Sickness, Carol and The Talented Mr Ripley also by Ms Highsmith.

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in a week’s time when they will be back with more book based banter.

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Jan 28 2018

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Ep 177; A Catch Up & Reading Horizons

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In this episode, which was actually recorded last month before the Booker winner was announced, Simon and Thomas have a catch-up and discuss their reading horizons.

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Catch Up () Simon and Thomas have a chat about what they have been up to including a lovely video that they made together that you might not have seen yet. You can here though https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8VLM3ACrSk
Reading Horizons () The books that Simon and Thomas have read, are reading and want to read...

Simon has read: The History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund and A Line Made By Walking by Sara Baume
Simon is reading: Her Body and Other Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
Simon would like to read: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders or Norma by Sofi Oksanen

Thomas has read: 4321 by Paul Auster
Thomas is reading: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
Thomas is going to read: Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie

Books Discussed on the Show () Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst, The Golden House by Salman Rushdie, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, The Three Lives of Elsie by Joanna Cannon, The Gaze by Elif Shafak and the works of Kazuo Ishiguro.

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in JUST ONE WEEK when they will be back with more book based banter to discuss Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith.

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Nov 09 2017

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Ep 179; A Catch Up & Reading Horizons, Again

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In this episode Simon and Thomas are finally able to chat after almost two months, they have a catch up and discuss their reading horizons.

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Catch Up () Simon and Thomas have a chat about what they have been up to including travelling, book shopping, Man Bookers and other lovely things.

Reading Horizons () The books that Simon and Thomas have read, are reading and want to read…

Thomas has read: Fenny by Lettice Cooper
Thomas is reading: The Angel in the Corner by Monica Dickens
Thomas is going to read: Damascus Nights by Rafik Schami

Simon has read: Weathering by Lucy Wood
Simon is reading: In The Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott
Simon would like to read: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

Books Discussed on the Show () Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Autumn by Ali Shaw, Elmet by Fiona Mozely, Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, 4321 by Paul Auster, History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be discussing how their 2017 was and how they are planning 2018 being as readers.

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Dec 20 2017

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Ep 178; Simon Goes Solo

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In this weeks episode Simon goes solo and has a chat with you about lots of bookish bits and bobs. First up he talks through the Costa First Novel shortlist which he is judging, then he discusses book panics and book funks (with several tangents in between) aswell as just some general thoughts on public reading, goals and plans for 2018. It was like therapy for him.

Dec 02 2017

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Ep 188; The Readers Horizons & Reading Horizons

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OOPS!!!! Gav Apologises for the earlier version with SPOILERS!!!

In this episode Simon and Thomas have a little surprise announcement, they discuss their reading horizons and Simon has a BIG favour to ask of you at the end of the show.

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The Readers Horizons () Simon and Thomas share some slightly surprising news with you all. Yes, sadly Thomas has decided it is time to leave The Readers podcast after 107 episodes so far (and another 5 episodes ahead) which is quite some going. Simon is a little shocked and a bit sad but totally understands and wonders what should happen to the readers after December. If you would like to help decide the future of the podcast you can by heading here https://goo.gl/forms/pxg9KiOg0hn4Yv4n2

Reading Horizons () Simon and Thomas share what books they have read, are reading and want to read next.

Simon had just read: Little Beast by Julie Demers
He is reading: Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend and The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
And is planning on reading: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Thomas has read: The Pest House by Jim Crace
He is reading: Stingray Afternoons by Steve Rushin
And is planning on reading: The Second Death of Unica Aveyano by Ernesto Mestre-Reed 

Simon Asks A Favour () Simon has a little favour to ask you as he would love to know what you think should happen to the (as yet to be determined) future of The Readers.  Please give this questionnaire ten minutes of your time here

https://goo.gl/forms/pxg9KiOg0hn4Yv4n2

Many thanks!

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Oct 01 2018

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Ep 187; The Readers Catch Up After An Unintentional Summer Break

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In this episode Simon and Thomas are back after an unintentional summer break, so they have a big old catch up.

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Catching Up () Simon and Thomas have a catch up about what has been going on, how their summer reading went and what they have been reading, what they have been watching and just how everything has been over all really.

Books Discussed on the Show () To follow.

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Sep 16 2018

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Ep 186; The Readers Summer Read 2018 & Books we Would Like To Write or See Written

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In this episode Simon and Thomas are back after another absence due to all sorts of shenanigans to announce the Readers Summer Read 2018 and talk about the books they would like to write or see written.

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Catching Up and The Readers Summer Read 2018 () Simon and Thomas have a catch up about what has been going on, along with some small housekeeping notes. They also announce the book that they have chosen for the Readers Summer Read 2018. You’ll have to listen in to find out what they have picked. 

What Books Would You Like to Write or See Written () Thanks to a brilliant question (or set of questions) from one of our listeners Zoe, Simon and Thomas has a chat about what books they would like to write or would like to see written. Is there a story they feel could have more legs? Is there a budding author hosting this show? Where does fan fiction come into all this? What book that they have yet to encounter would they love to be written they just haven’t found yet? They ponder all this and more.

Books Discussed on the Show () To follow.

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Jun 19 2018

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Ep 185; Taking a Walk Through Simon’s Library

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In this episode Simon and Thomas talk about the things you don’t tend to talk about bookwise in proper company… does politics, sex or religion put you off reading a book?

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Simon’s Unread Shelves with Thomas () Thomas has a wander with Simon through his unread books shelves, aka his library.

Books Mentioned in the Episode () The Heart of London by Monica Dickens, The Winds of Heaven by Monica Dickens, Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermen Hesse, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, Shirley Jackson, Roald Dahl, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, Paradise by A L Kennedy, The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage, Stoner by John Williams, Truman Capote, The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Swann by Carol Shields, Radclyffe Hall, Emily St John Mandel, Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, E F Benson, Graham Swift, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing, Kent Haruf, E L Doctorow, All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville West, Heatwave by Penelope Lively, Madadam by Margaret Atwood, The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee, Nancy Mitford, Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels, The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet, The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson, Everyone is Watching by Megan Bradbury, As We Are Now by May Sarton, Hotel Dream by Edmund White, Jennifer McMahon, Flings by Justin Taylor, Marlon James, Ryan Gatiss, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, Sylvia Brownrigg, Austerlitz by William Sebald, Kazuo Ishiguro, Emma Donoghue, Michael Chabon, Anita Brookner.

Simon and Thomas will be back in two weeks with more book based banter.

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May 09 2018

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Ep 184; The Readers Retreat & Summer Read 2018 Announcements

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In this episode Simon and Thomas talk about the things you don’t tend to talk about bookwise in proper company… does politics, sex or religion put you off reading a book?

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here

You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

The Readers Retreat () The Readers are meeting THIS September.

Simon and Thomas will be in San Francisco on Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 and we want to hang out with our listeners. We are planning a weekend of bookish fun in the City by the Bay and hope some of you can join us. We plan on having a few opportunities to get together, but are keeping things decidedly informal. Some of the things we are thinking of: A book store crawl, a Tales of the City tour, some sort of food/drink related get together, and recording at least two episodes of The Readers with audience participation.

In order for this to be meaningful we need to keep the group size down to about 50 participants. Since we don’t plan on having a Booktopia- or Book Riot-level of organization and polish, we need to keep the size manageable. So… the fine print…if you are interested in going let us know via email at the address below by May 15, 2018. If we get more than 50 people who plan on coming we will do a random draw and confirm with you by May 20th. (Unless you were planning on going to SF that weekend anyway, you should probably hold off getting your airplane ticket until you get a confirmation.)

  • Real name
  • Online alias (if any)
  • Home city and state
  • Email address
  • Mobile phone number
  • EMAIL ADDRESS FOR REGISTRATION

readersretreat2018@gmail.com

The Readers Summer Reads Shortlist () Which book would you like to join Thomas and Simon reading this summer. Here are the options which you can vote for on GoodReads…

  • The Woman on the Stairs by Bernard Schlink
  • Mend The Living/The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • All That Man Is by David Szalay
  • The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne
  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • Girls Burn Brighter by Shoba Rao
  • This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell

That is it for this week, Simon and Thomas will be back in two weeks for more book based banter.

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Apr 22 2018

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Ep 183; Reading Improperly

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In this episode Simon and Thomas talk about the things you don’t tend to talk about bookwise in proper company… does politics, sex or religion put you off reading a book?

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

Reading Improperly () Simon and Thomas discuss improper subjects in fiction in this episode of the podcast. They take three subjects you shouldn’t talk about on a first date, or even really in certain publics situations and see how they feel about them in books. Those subjects are sex, religion and politics… They would love your thoughts.

Books Discussed on the Show () To follow.

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Apr 09 2018

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Ep 182; The Readers Retreat 2018 & Reading Relationships

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Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS In this episode Simon and Thomas are back after another spell of bad technical issues to chat about reading relationships and most excitingly to discuss The Readers Retreat 2018.

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

The Readers Retreat () Simon and Thomas have an exciting announcement to make that they hinted at in the last show. They are finally going to organise a Readers Retreat, have a listen to their potential plans and how excited they sound.

Reading Relationships () Simon and Thomas ponder the question… as a reader do you have to have a partner that reads too? What could be the pluses and what could be the downsides?

Books Discussed on the Show () To follow.

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Feb 18 2018

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Ep 181; The Readers Discuss Strangers On A Train (Finally)

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In this episode Simon and Thomas finally bring you the episode of their summer book club, in winter, oops.

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

The Readers Discuss Strangers On A Train () Simon and Thomas discuss how they got on with reading Strangers on a Train, with help from lovely listeners and their comments and questions.

Books Discussed on the Show () Just Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train and nothing else. Well Deep Water, This Sweet Sickness, Carol and The Talented Mr Ripley also by Ms Highsmith.

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in a week’s time when they will be back with more book based banter.

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Jan 28 2018

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Ep 180; Farewell 2017… Here’s To 2018

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In this episode Simon and Thomas talk about how their 2017 was and what they are hoping for in 2018.

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Farewell 2017, Here’s To 2018 () Simon and Thomas dedicate an episode to saying goodbye to 2017 and hello t o 2018 as they discuss how their reading years were, what resolutions they kept and which they didn’t, plus they look forward at 2018.

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be discussing how their 2017 was and how they are planning 2018 being as readers.

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Dec 30 2017

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Ep 179; A Catch Up & Reading Horizons, Again

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In this episode Simon and Thomas are finally able to chat after almost two months, they have a catch up and discuss their reading horizons.

Don’t forget you can find us on TwitterGood Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders

Catch Up () Simon and Thomas have a chat about what they have been up to including travelling, book shopping, Man Bookers and other lovely things.

Reading Horizons () The books that Simon and Thomas have read, are reading and want to read…

Thomas has read: Fenny by Lettice Cooper
Thomas is reading: The Angel in the Corner by Monica Dickens
Thomas is going to read: Damascus Nights by Rafik Schami

Simon has read: Weathering by Lucy Wood
Simon is reading: In The Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott
Simon would like to read: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

Books Discussed on the Show () Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Autumn by Ali Shaw, Elmet by Fiona Mozely, Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, 4321 by Paul Auster, History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be discussing how their 2017 was and how they are planning 2018 being as readers.

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Dec 20 2017

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Ep 178; Simon Goes Solo

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In this weeks episode Simon goes solo and has a chat with you about lots of bookish bits and bobs. First up he talks through the Costa First Novel shortlist which he is judging, then he discusses book panics and book funks (with several tangents in between) aswell as just some general thoughts on public reading, goals and plans for 2018. It was like therapy for him.

Dec 02 2017

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Ep 177; A Catch Up & Reading Horizons

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In this episode, which was actually recorded last month before the Booker winner was announced, Simon and Thomas have a catch-up and discuss their reading horizons.

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Catch Up () Simon and Thomas have a chat about what they have been up to including a lovely video that they made together that you might not have seen yet. You can here though https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8VLM3ACrSk
Reading Horizons () The books that Simon and Thomas have read, are reading and want to read...

Simon has read: The History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund and A Line Made By Walking by Sara Baume
Simon is reading: Her Body and Other Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
Simon would like to read: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders or Norma by Sofi Oksanen

Thomas has read: 4321 by Paul Auster
Thomas is reading: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
Thomas is going to read: Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie

Books Discussed on the Show () Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst, The Golden House by Salman Rushdie, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, The Three Lives of Elsie by Joanna Cannon, The Gaze by Elif Shafak and the works of Kazuo Ishiguro.

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in JUST ONE WEEK when they will be back with more book based banter to discuss Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith.

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Nov 09 2017

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Interlude: Simon Waffles

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We'll be back on Wednesday. Simon explains why and what's next in this brief interlude.

Nov 05 2017

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Ep 176; Thomas & Simon Go Through The Shelves of Books Simon Has Read and Kept

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In this episode, Simon lets Thomas have a good old nosey through his bookshelves and they chat about some of the books as they go.

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Afternoon Tea with The Readers () Thomas goes through the bookshelves in Simon’s sitting room, with him of course, and they talk about some of the books that Simon has read and kept over the years. Some they have both read, some are just authors one or the other wants to talk about.
Books Discussed on the Show () 666 Charing Cross Road by Paul Magrs, Pages For Her by Sylvia Brownrigg, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh, Nutshell by Ian McEwan, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, The World That Was Ours by Hilda Bernstein, Any Human Heart by William Boyd, Diary of a Provincial Lady by E M Delafield, The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, At Hawthorne Time by Melissa Harrison, Rain by Melissa Harrison, Noblesse Oblige by Nancy Mitford, Pure by Andrew Miller, How To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus, A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon by Anthony Marra, Nevermind by Edward St Aubyn, The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling, The Guernsey Potato Peel Society, Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson,Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, The Night Watch by Sarah Waters, The Observations by Jane Harris, Golden Hill by Francis Spufford, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift, A Boys Own Story by Edmund White, Marry Me by Dan Rhodes, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Swimming Home by Deborah Levy, All The Birds Singing by Evie Wyld, The Sundial by Shirley Jackson, A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth, Tin Man by Sarah Winman, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Boy Erased by Gerard Connelly, A Natural by Ross Raisin, I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti,London Lies Beneath by Stella Duffy, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The Ice by Laline Paull, Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter.

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Oct 01 2017

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Ep 175; Afternoon Tea with The Readers

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In this episode, Simon and Thomas have afternoon tea together, in Simon’s dining room to catch up, chat about books and also answer some listeners questions.

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Afternoon Tea with The Readers () Simon and Thomas sit down to a slap up afternoon with sandwiches, cake and scones with jam and clotted cream. They talk about Thomas’ holiday and Africa, what has been going on with Simon and the Costa’s, have a general chit chat and then answer some lovely questions from some of our lovely listeners.
Books Discussed on the Show () Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, Howard's End by E.M. Forster, How To Be Both by Ali Smith, The Octopus by Frank Nors, Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope, Eric Ambler, Monica Dickens, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, On The Beach by Nevil Shute, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Lost City of Z by David Grann, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, Foucault's Pendulum and The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, C J Sansom's books, The Three Musketeers, Count of Monte Christo, The Black Tulip by Alexander Dumas, Moonstone and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo, Timeleone Vita Come Home by Dan Rhodes, Nutshell by Ian McEwan, The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, Buriel Rites and The Good People by Hannah Kent, See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt, The Dry by Jane Harper, Ulysses by James Joyce, Anna Karenina and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter.

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Sep 14 2017

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Episode 174; A Chinwag

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Show Notes Coming Soon (Sorry, Simon's New Tattoo has affected typing - Gav.)

Aug 24 2017

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Ep 173; Mid Year Catch Up

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In this episode, Simon and Thomas have a big catch up how their year is going so far as they take part in a slight twist of the YouTube Mid Year Freak Out Tag.

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The Mid Year Freak Out Edition ()Simon and Thomas discuss how they are getting on with their year of reading so far. They discuss the highs and the lows and everything in between.
Books Discussed on the Show ()
Pages for You by Sylvia Brownrigg, Pages for Her by Sylvia Brownrigg, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Ben in the World by Doris Lessing, The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing, The Madadam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Christodora by Tim Murphy, Carol Shields Anthology, The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble, The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble, Sugar Money by Jane Harris, The Observations by Jane Harris, Gillespie and I by Jane Harris, The Three Lives of Elsie by Joanna Cannon, Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh, Fear by Dirk Kirbjuwiet, The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Dear Mr M by Hermann Koch, Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo, Atlantic Hotel by Joao Gilberto Knowle, The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill, The Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, The Dark Circle by Linda Grant, Angela Thirkell, House of Names by Colm Toibin, Giant of the Senate by Al Frankin, My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier, The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan, The Nix by Nathan Hill, How To Survive A Summer by Nick White, Tin Man by Sarah Winman, Capital by John Lancaster, Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter.

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Aug 05 2017

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Ep 172; What Makes A Modern Classic and Giving and Receiving Books

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Simon is joined by special guest (and listener) Russell from Ink and Paper blog, as Simon and Thomas’ diaries crashed, but he is back next episode promise. Russell and Simon talk about what makes a modern classic and the joys of giving and receiving books.

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What Makes a Modern Classic () Simon and Russell debate what makes a modern classic, which was a topic that Russell has wanted to be discussed on The Readers for a while. They look at some books which have been called modern classics and ponder why they became so and if they should have become so. They also contemplate some books they think should be modern classics.
The Joys of Giving and Receiving Books () As two people who like to send each other books, Simon thought it would be nice to chat with Russell about why they enjoy giving books and receiving books and why giving can be better than receiving books, imagine.

Other Books Discussed on the Show () Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, Tin Man by Sarah Winman, Christodora by Tim Murphy, How To Survive A Plague by David France, My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, The Beguiled by Thomas P. Cullinan, Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, The Dollmaker by Harriette Arnow, Pages for You by Sylvia Brownrigg, Pages for Her by Sylvia Brownrigg, Stoner by  John Williams, Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Buddha for Suburbia by Hanif Kureshi, White Teeth by Zadie Smith, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, I’m The King of the Castle by Susan Hill, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Cats Eye by Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, Trespass by Rose Tremain, Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner, The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall, The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, Instructions for a Heatwave by  Maggie O’Farrell, The Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, Ill Will by Dan Chaon, Theft By Finding by David Sedaris, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Dennis – Benn, A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, How To Survive a Summer by Nick White
Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter.

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Jul 06 2017

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Ep 171; Summer Plans, Summer Reads…

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In the latest episode of The Readers Simon and Thomas discuss their summer plans and the summer reads in their second Summer Spectacular

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Summer Plans () Thomas and Simon discuss what they have lined up over the summer months outside of reading, where are they going on holiday, or what are they doing if they don’t go on holiday this summer. They also discuss how they read in the summer.
Summer Recommendations () Thomas and Simon share five books each that they would recommend you lovely listeners check out over the forthcoming months…

Thomas’ five:
1. The Good House by Ann Leary
2. Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
3. Six Days of the Condor by Paul Grady/A Kind of Anger by Eric Ambler
4. The Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
5. The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

Simon’s five:
1. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
2. The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
3. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
4. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
5. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Books Mentioned On The Readers () Mapp and Lucia by E.F. Benson, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, The Magician’s Assistant by Anne Patchett, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Next time on the Readers () The Readers will be back in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter. Simon has sadly ended You Wrote The Book however you can go back and listen to all the episodes with some wonderful authors.

Jun 22 2017

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Ep 170; Bookish Places and Poetry 

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After a small break, due to things going on with Simon, Thomas and Simon return to talk bookish places they have been and would love to go as well as their thoughts on something they have never discussed properly... poetry!

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Catching Up () Having not caught up in a while, Simon and Thomas share their news. Thomas has been off gallivanting on another podcast, Reading Envy, which you can hear here. Simon has some very exciting news as he will be judging the Costa Book Awards 2017 which is going to take over his summer…. And his autumn.

Poetry () In the second section of the show they discuss a topic suggested by Carl Anthony Morries who wanted to know what their thoughts were on poetry, which amazingly is something that they have barely talked about before on the podcast.
Bookish Places () Listener Louise Edwards asks Simon and Thomas to discuss their favourite bookish places that they have been and some of the bookish places that they would like to go to in the future… and she doesn’t mean bookshops. Can you guess some of the places that they might wish to venture if they haven’t already?

Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter in a Summery Special.

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Jun 07 2017

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