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Books, Library, Reading / 22.07.2020

This month’s mini podcast features an interview with another Hampshire writer who’s had remarkable success with her debut novel The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox.   Claire Gradidge picked up the winner’s prize for the Richard and Judy search for a bestseller in 2019 with this World War Two crime novel set in Romsey, the town in which she was born and brought up. During the interview, Claire talks about some of the important themes of her book; about her need to give its victim a voice and an identity; and...

Books, Library, Reading / 10.07.2020

This edition of the podcast features an interview with rising star Sara Collins, winner of 2019's First Novel prize at the Costa Book Awards. The Confessions of Frannie Langton begins in 1826 at the Old Bailey murder trial of a former slave accused of the murder of her employers Mr and Mrs Benham. Sara has talked about how, as a black woman, she’d initially been reluctant to write a novel about a woman who had been a slave, but realized that, as a younger reader, she’d have loved...

Books, Library, Reading / 11.05.2020

Sunday Times bestseller Louise Doughty was a warm and entertaining author to interview for this month’s episode about her new book Platform Seven. Louise has an impressive track record: her sixth novel, Whatever You Love, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel award and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She’s probably best known for her hugely popular bestseller Apple Tree Yard which has sold over half a million copies in the UK and has been translated in thirty territories worldwide. It was adapted into a hit BBC...

Books, Library, Reading / 09.04.2020

We were delighted to meet up with broadcaster, writer and campaigner Caroline Criado Perez a few weeks before social distancing was introduced. Head of Hampshire Libraries Emma Noyce talked to Caroline about her award-winning book Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. At a young age Caroline has already had a big impact on society. Her standout campaigns include co-founding the Women’s Room project which led a drive for female experts to be better represented in the media, successfully opposing the removal of the...

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...