Out now is Jessie Burton’s The Muse, her followup to The Miniaturist, Burton’s acclaimed debut novel. Find out how The Miniaturist came to be in this interview with Hayley Attwell, part of the 2015 More »
Rob and Simon are back with more Literally Unplanned.
This month, Kate and Darran recommend great YA books by BAME authors, and chat about the politics behind why it’s important. It’s a bit of a political episode, as it goes, given recent events around the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling, Philandro Castile and the following protests in the US, and the rise in incidents of racist abuse in the UK following the EU referendum. We wanted to use the platform we have to champion BAME authors, and some books which have BAME characters as part of a realistic diverse cast. If you click ‘read more’, you can listen, click through to buy any of the books we mention, and there are some other positive actions you can take too.
Out now is Jessie Burton’s The Muse, her followup to The Miniaturist, Burton’s acclaimed debut novel. Find out how The Miniaturist came to be in this interview with Hayley Attwell, part of the 2015 Essex Book Festival.
Rob and Simon return for another Literally Unplanned podcast. This month they discuss Harry Potter, pub dinners, The Essex Serpent and much more.
June is Pride Month, and while this year has brought with it some very dark moments, it’s still the time to celebrate the LGBTQ* community. Rob and I hope we can call ourselves allies and friends, and so we’re talking about our LGBTQ Library, in association with Penguin Pride.
Kate and Rob recap a busy fortnight of bookish events, including the Baileys Prize winner, Ian McEwan and Neil Gaiman! Plus they discuss what books they are currently reading.
This week on AWW YA, Kate and Darran talk through their thoughts on all ten books from the 2016 YA Book Prize shortlist, and the winner, One by Sarah Crossan. That means it’s a bit of a bumper episode but we hope you find it enjoyable.
This week Rob and Kate look at the six books shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016.
The first episode of our brand new podcast is here! Rob and Simon sit down for a chat once a month to talk a wide variety of things from books to films to cheesy music. It’s Literally Unplanned!
This week, it’s the relaunch of the new-look AWW YA, and Kate is joined by a new cohost, Darran Stobbart! This episode is all about getting to know Darran, so Kate is asking him so questions on your behalf, as well as having a good chat about various things book- and YA-related.
On Saturday 23rd April, as part of the commemorations of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Rob and Kate took part in The Complete Walk, a free, interactive celebration of Shakespeare’s plays created by Shakespeare’s Globe, and podcasted around the way. We talked about the walk and our thoughts about Shakespeare, including our favourite plays, most watched, and favourite productions.
Yesterday, we shared a Q&A with Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet?, one of this year’s World Book Night books. As supporters of World Book Night, I’m really pleased to be able to share another fab Q&A with you this today, just before World Book Night itself, from Leigh Bardugo, whose book Shadow and Bone I absolutely loved and reviewed. This time, Leigh shares her reading habits, advice on recommendations for reluctant readers, and Shakespearean favourites. I hope those lucky people receiving Shadow and Bone this evening enjoy it as much as I did…!
We’ve been supporters of World Book Night since before Adventures With Words properly kicked off, in 2011, and we’ve been talking to you about it most years since then. You can read all about its origins on the World Book Night website, but it came about in order to promote reading for pleasure for people who don’t read regularly, by reaching out to people in unusual places with a huge team of enthusiastic volunteers ready to give away a range of brilliant titles. This year’s set of books is no exception, and I was thrilled when the team at WBN got in touch to ask if we’d like to share some Q&As from a couple of the authors involved. This evening, Holly Bourne shares some insights into her reading habits, advice on recommendations for reluctant readers, and Shakespearean favourites (remember that anniversary?), as people all around the country prepare to share their love for her fantastically funny and feminist YA novel, Am I Normal Yet?
Next up, Kate and Darran (@ShinraAlpha) are sharing their thoughts on Concentric by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury Kids), in the run-up to the YA Book Prize 2016. Join us as we talk about the whole shortlist, before our round-up post on the Waterstones blog.