Podcast 138: We’re Back! Plus Man Booker Prize talk

After a short break we’re back! Kate and Rob fill you all in on their move to London plus discuss two of the books from the 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist. More »

House of Windows guest post, from Alexia Casale

I always think it’s fascinating to get an insight ‘behind the scenes’ into the process which brings a book from a concept to the finished article, ready to be read and enjoyed. More »

We’re in London!

A quick update on what we’ve been up to.  More »

Don’t leave these books homeless! Which do you want?

**UPDATE** Thank you to everyone who got in touch – all the books which they requested have been put aside and will be posted out as soon as possible, and everything else More »

Taking a break as… we’re off to London!

Exciting times are ahead as Rob and Kate are moving to London! More »

 
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Podcast 138: We’re Back! Plus Man Booker Prize talk

After a short break we’re back! Kate and Rob fill you all in on their move to London plus discuss two of the books from the 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist.

House of Windows by Alexia Casale

House of Windows guest post, from Alexia Casale

I always think it’s fascinating to get an insight ‘behind the scenes’ into the process which brings a book from a concept to the finished article, ready to be read and enjoyed. House of Windows is Alexia Casale’s second young adult novel, published by Faber, who also published her highly-acclaimed debut The Bone Dragon, and, as I mentioned on the podcast, is the story of Nick, who heads to university at the age of 15. That university is Cambridge and soon he is selected to cox for the college rowing crew, and things take an interesting turn.

Not only was my interest grabbed by those plot points, but Alexia has kindly written a brilliant article which introduces the way in which House of Windows has been shaped by herself as the author but also by the editorial team at Faber, and what that process has been like. It’s illuminating reading for anyone, but especially for any budding writers out there.

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We’re in London!

A quick update on what we’ve been up to. 

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Don’t leave these books homeless! Which do you want?

**UPDATE** Thank you to everyone who got in touch – all the books which they requested have been put aside and will be posted out as soon as possible, and everything else has now gone to a good home, including Birmingham Library!

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As Rob told you earlier, we’re off on the next stage of our adventure to London but that means we’re having to downsize our book collections.

I’ve had a close look at my shelves and been surprised by just how many books I have multiple copies of, which I’d love to go to a good home – you guys! If space permitted, or if I just had one copy in the first place, of course I’d hoard books like a dragon hoards gold but needs must, so Rob has helped me by typing up the following list as I took each book off the shelf.

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Taking a break as… we’re off to London!

Exciting times are ahead as Rob and Kate are moving to London!

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Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline entertained and amused us with his nostalgic adventure Ready Player One. Rob reviews his latest book, the intergalactic Armada.

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Podcast: Back to School

We’re heading back to school this week!

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Review: The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke – #laurelloganlost blog tour

LOST. 

When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister. 

FOUND.

Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…

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Podcast: Rock The Boat and Goodbye Malorie

In June’s YA Edition of Adventures With Words, Kate looks at the four titles in new YA/Children’s imprint Rock The Boat’s launch list, talks about some new books she’s received recently and the last YA book she’s read, as well as paying tribute to outgoing Children’s Laureate, the inspirational Malorie Blackman.

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What to do when you are given a ‘Bad Book’

Every book lover has been there – you’re given a ‘bad book’. So what do you do next?

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Podcast: Reading Dangerously

Kate and Rob discuss the Baileys winner, a new James Bond and a Year of Reading Dangerously.

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Review: Remix by Non Pratt

From the author of Trouble comes a new novel about boys, bands and best mates.

Kaz is still reeling from being dumped by the love of her life… Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record.

Three days. Two best mates. One music festival. Zero chance of everything working out.

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Really Bad Film Podcast: Sharknado 2 – The Second One

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the tornado…

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Podcast: Consuming a healthy reading diet

This week, Rob and Kate look at our reading in 2015 so far, to ask if we have a healthy and balanced reading diet, as well as catching up with a listener email on TBRs and what we’ve been reading lately.

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Podcast: Hot Key Hot Titles 2015

In May’s YA Edition podcast, Kate mentions the YA titles from the Pan Macmillan/MyKindaBook Vlogger Evening Pub(lishing) Quiz, and then gives the lowdown on Hot Key Books’ hot titles coming up in the second half of 2015, which she heard about at the recent bloggers’ brunch.

 

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