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Books, Library, Reading / 18.02.2021

This episode of the Love Your Library podcast features an interview with Mandy Robotham, author of The German Midwife and The Secret Messenger. Hattie spoke to Mandy about her latest release - another brilliant historical novel, this time set in the heart of a Berlin on the brink of war. Mandy's no stranger to an exciting and varied career - having worked as both a journalist and a midwife before settling (for now!) on a career in writing. The Berlin Girl follows Georgie, a foreign correspondent reporting on the...

Books, Reading / 02.02.2021

Contemporary romantic novelist Katie Fforde was our guest author in this episode of the Love Your Library podcast. She came into our virtual studios to chat with us about her new novel A Wedding in the Country, which is published on 18 February.  Katie’s latest book has been described as her most autobiographical to date and is, unusually for this author, set in 1960s London. It truly is the perfect escapist novel for a dismal winter. Katie also talked about the unusual research she undertook for her earlier novel Summer of Love. You’ll...

Books, Library, Reading / 11.01.2021

Will Dean is our guest author for this mini episode of the Love Your Library podcast, talking about his brand new book The Last Thing to Burn. You may already know Will from his brilliant series about Swedish journalist Tuva, which began with the much acclaimed novel Dark Pines and was followed by Red Snow and Black River. Will is a romantic ideal of an author, living with his family in a cabin in the middle of a Swedish elk forest, as isolated as one of the characters...

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 / 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...