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Books, Library, Reading / 03.12.2019

This month's episode of Love Your Library features an interview with Bravo Two Zero author Andy McNab, where he gives us the low-down on his latest book, Whatever It Takes. The story of one man’s pursuit of revenge and justice against overwhelming odds, Whatever It Takes follows James Mercer as he embarks upon a journey to right the wrongs suffered by his family - a devastating blow that left them in financial ruin. In this action-packed thriller, revenge must come at a price, and he will stop at...

Books, Library / 08.10.2019

This mini episode of the Love Your Library podcast features an interview with Mel McGrath. Mel is an award-winning author of crime fiction and historical novels, as well as non-fiction books. Her latest novel, The Guilty Party, is a chilling tale of four 30-something friends who are bystanders to a violent attack. Aysha Smith from Hampshire Libraries met up with Mel to talk about the book’s themes of guilt, innocence and betrayal. Search the library catalogue to find more of Mel’s work.    ...

Books, Library / 30.09.2019

Needlepoint, bell-ringing and a ‘surplus’ woman – these are some of absorbing ingredients of Tracy Chevalier’s latest book: A Single Thread. Our guest author for this episode, Tracy is the best-selling author of 10 novels, including the world-famous Girl with a Pearl Earring. We also discuss three recommended books with the library team at Ringwood Library: The Librarian by Salley Vickers Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck The Lido by Libby Page Let us know if you’ve read and enjoyed any of the books we’ve talked about. Get in...

Books, Library, Reading / 13.09.2019

In this mini episode of the Love Your Library podcast we feature crime writer Cara Hunter, talking about her novel No Way Out - the latest in her series of books based in Oxford with lead character DI Adam Fawley. Kate Price McCarthy met up with Cara to talk about what inspires her work. Search the library catalogue to find more of Cara's work. 18 minutes.   ...

Books, Children's, Library, Reading / 23.08.2019

It’s a celebration of reading in this episode of the podcast, featuring author and actor Charlie Higson. Charlie is a keen supporter of the Reading Agency and the annual library Summer Reading Challenge. We talk to Charlie about how he got involved in writing young James Bond books and the lengths he went to scare his youngest son with his young adult horror Enemy novels. We discuss three recommended books with the library team at Andover Library: The Salt Path by Raynor Winn Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate...

Books, Children's, Library, Reading / 14.08.2019

Welcome to our first Kids' Corner episode, where we catch up with Blue Peter award winning author, Ali Sparkes. Listen now to hear Ali discuss her latest release in the Night Speaker series, offer her top tips for young writers, and tell us her thoughts on the Summer Reading Challenge. We also sent our roving reporter Ava out on a mission to talk to children at Stubbington Library, where she found out how they’re getting on in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Find some of the books they mentioned...

Books, Library, Reading / 30.07.2019

In this episode, our hosts Kate Price McCarthy and Mary Stone talk to Joanna Trollope about her latest and twenty-first book, An Unsuitable Match, which vividly depicts the family tensions and dilemmas caused by love in later life. Joanna also talks about her updated version of Sense and Sensibility published as part of the Austen Project in 2013. We discuss three recommended books with the library team at Fareham Library: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple Normal People by Sally Rooney Never Greener by Ruth Jones You’ll find links to other books...

Books, Library, Reading / 29.07.2019

In this episode, our hosts Kate Price McCarthy and Mary Stone talk to Ann Cleeves about her latest and, can we bear it, last Shetland book, Wild Fire.  Ann also gives us the lowdown on her upcoming book The Long Call, the first in her new Two Rivers series. We also discuss three very different books with Chandlers Ford Library: The Key to Flambards by Linda Newbery The One by John Marrs The Summer Book by Tovey Jansson You’ll find links to other books we’ve mentioned on our library blog. Let us know if you’ve read...

Books, Library, Reading / 29.07.2019

This episode is an introduction to our new Hampshire Libraries podcast series: Love Your Library. Each podcast features brilliant authors talking about their wonderful books. But better than that, it’s got recommendations and reviews from the team here at Hampshire Libraries.  And there’s few people who know and love books more than our library staff in Hampshire. Coming up over the next few months, we’ve got interviews with Ann Cleeves, Joanna Trollope, Charlie Higson, Minette Walters, Patrick Gale, Cara Hunter, Hanna Jameson, Mel McGrath and Claire Fuller. Wherever you listen to podcasts...