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New Year's Special: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Happy New Year! We discuss the a new production of the 20th Discworld book

Episode Notes

Happy New Year! We hope you all have a kickass 2022.

In a special episode, we discuss one of Poppy's favourite Discworld books Hogfather.

The Discworld books are receiving new audiobook versions and we believe that this is the first one to be released. It is read by Sian Clifford, Bill Nighy (doing the footnotes), and, Peter Serafinowicz (as DEATH).

We had a great time chatting about it.

The Blurb: 'Twas the night before Hogswatch and all through the house...something was missing.

The stockings are hanging ready, the sherry and pies are waiting by the fireplace - but where is the jolly fat man with his sack? It's not right to find Death creeping down chimneys and trying to say Ho Ho Ho - but someone's got to bring the little kiddies their presents. Or else they might stop believing. Belief is important in Discworld, particularly on the last night of the year when the time is turning. If the real man in the red suit isn't found by morning, there won't be a morning. Ever again...

The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Hogfather is the fourth book in the Death series; a festive feast of darkness (but with jolly robots and tinsel too).

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Thanks for listening we will be back soon with season 3!

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S2E10 - Somebody Loves You by Mona Arshi

A lyrical coming of age story

Episode Notes

Our last episode of season two! We review the lyrically written coming of age story Somebody Loves You by Mona Arshi. It's about Ruby's struggles to fit in against the backdrop of racism, and, her mother's bouts with mental illness.

Thank you all for listening. We will be back in the new year.

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About the author: Mona Arshi was born in West London, where she still lives. She worked as a human rights lawyer with Liberty for a decade before receiving a master’s in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. Her debut poetry collection Small Hands was published in 2015, winning the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Mona Arshi regularly appears on BBC Radio 4. Her poems have been published in The Sunday TimesThe Guardian and the Times of India and most recently the London Underground.

About the book :

A teacher asked me a question, and I opened my mouth as a sort of formality but closed it softly, knowing with perfect certainty that nothing would ever come out again. Ruby gives up talking at a young age. Her mother isn’t always there to notice; she comes and goes and goes and comes, until, one day, she doesn’t. Silence becomes Ruby’s refuge, sheltering her from the weather of her mother’s mental illness and a pressurized suburban atmosphere. Plangent, deft, and sparkling with wry humour, Somebody Loves You is a moving exploration of how we choose or refuse to tell the stories that shape us.

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S2E9 - A chat with Dr Imran Lasker

We chat podcasts, medical training, and Back To The Future

Episode Notes

We chat with Dr Imran Lasker about his favourite audiobooks. Imran is a consultant radiologist and co-host of the Two Medics Podcast (www.twomedics.com). We discuss his favourite audiobooks, why he started a podcast about medical Twitter and of course Back To The Future.

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S2E8 - Wyrd Gods by Susana Imaginário

A fantasy epic that remixes Norse and Greek myths

Episode Notes

We discuss Susana Imaginário debut novel Wyrd Gods. It is a fantasy epic that mixes Norse and Greek myths. Sex, violence and intrigue a plenty! Thanks to Susana for the review copy.

Here is the blurb:

The God of Time wants to destroy Eternity.

A mysterious immortal seeks vengeance.

And a reclusive deity does what no god should ever do: she answers a prayer. As punishment, she is stripped of her powers and trapped in a mortal's body. Now a Wyrd – a fated god – she is haunted by the memories and thoughts of her host and must hide her true identity in order to survive in Niflheim, the rival Norse Underworld. There she discovers the afterlife is not quite what it used to be. Niflheim's new ruler threatens the precarious balance of a world overrun with outcast deities and mortals alike. To save her own sanity and find her way back to the stars, she must help the other Wyrd overcome their grievances to defeat this enemy, but those who would be her allies appear to have motives as hidden as her fragmented consciousness. And yet it seems the greatest threat to her freedom comes from within, and the prize it seeks is her immortal soul...

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S2E7 - Small by Claire Lynch

This one will get you in the feels

Episode Notes

We discuss Claire Lynch's memoir Small. No spoilers but this one hit us both in the feels for very different reasons. Thank you to Claire for providing the review copy.

Here is the blurb:

"Babies who are this small, he says, have a good chance of survival. Small is not good for babies. It is not whimsical or cute or the cause of admiration. It is the first time it occurs to us that they might not survive. Babies die from smallness."

Claire Lynch knew that having children with her wife would be complicated but she could never have anticipated the extent to which her life would be redrawn by the process.

This dazzling debut begins with the smallest of life's substances, the microscopic cells subdividing in a petri dish in a fertility treatment centre. She moves through her story in incremental yet ever-growing steps, from the fingernail-sized pregnancy test result screen which bears two affirmative lines to the premature arrival of her children who have to wear scale-model oxygen masks in their life-saving incubators. Devastatingly poignant and profoundly observant - and funny against the odds - Claire considers whether it is our smallness that makes our lives so big.

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Next up is Wyrd Gods by Susana Imaginário

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S2E6 - A chat with Kelly Urgan

We chat editing, William Shakespeare, and much more

Episode Notes

We chat with editor Kelly Urgan about her favourite audiobooks. We also touch on her career as an editor, her work with the Society of Young Publishers (SYP), and, how to find work as a freelancer.

You can find Kelly at: https://www.editegrity.com/

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We also touch on David Crystal's work on Shakespeare: https://www.britannica.com/video/187707/David-Crystal-pronunciation-Ben-Elizabethan-English-British

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S2E5 - A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

Episode Notes

We discuss the latest thriller from smash-hit author Paula Hawkins. Thanks to Penguin for the ARC.

Here is the blurb.

When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim's home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbour clearly keeping secrets from the police. Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are - for different reasons - simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smoulder before they explode into flame?

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S2E4 - The Carpet People

Episode Notes

We chat about The Carpet People. We had some harsh words for it.

About the book:

In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness. Then came the Carpet… That’s the old story everyone knows and loves. But now the Carpet is home to many different tribes and peoples and there’s a new story in the making.

The story of Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction across the Carpet. The story of power-hungry mouls – and of two Munrung brothers, who set out on an amazing adventure. It’s a story that will come to a terrible end – if someone doesn’t do something about it. If everyone doesn’t do something about it…

Co-written by Terry Pratchett, aged seventeen, and master storyteller, Terry Pratchett, aged forty-three.

Sir Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages. Sir Terry Pratchett died on 12th March 2015 

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S2E3 - True Crime Story by Joseph Knox

An ingenious take on true crime

Episode Notes

We had a blast discussing this thrilling and innovative take on true crime. It is a surprising and strange story of family dysfunction, coming of age, and, how difficult it is to get to the truth of things. Thanks to Penguin for the ARC.

Blurb:

What happens to those girls who go missing? What happens to the Zoe Nolans of the world? In the early hours of Saturday, December 17th, 2011, Zoe Nolan, a 19-year-old Manchester University student, walked out of a party taking place in the shared accommodation where she had been living for three months.

She was never seen again.

Blending fact and fiction in his first stand-alone novel, Joseph Knox delivers a thrilling true crime story like no other.

Cast: Joseph Knox, Sarah Parks, Ciara Baxendale, David John, Chris Thompson, Louis Bernard, Drew Dillon, Shane Zaza, Caitlin Griffiths, Conor McLeod, Dolly Webb, Grace Cooper, Isla Lee, Levi Brown, Noah Marullo and Tara Tijani.

If you have any comments about the episode, have any recommendations or would just like to get in touch our email is: [email protected] Our next book is The Carpet People by Terry Pratchet

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S2E2 - His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

We review The Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and, The Amber Spyglass.

Episode Notes

We review the classic fantasy trilogy by Philip Pullman. All three audiobooks were advance review copies provided by Penguin Random House.

This is our longest episode to date. The His Dark Materials Trilogy is one of Poppy's favourites as mentioned in our pilot episode. With a review this long our discussion of The Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and, The Amber Spyglass covers does contain spoilers!

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If you have any comments about the episode, have any recommendations or would just like to get in touch our email is: [email protected]

Our next book is True Crime Story by Joseph Knox

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