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Books, Library, Reading / 14.09.2020

In the latest episode of the Love Your Library podcast, we chatted to bestselling author Heather Morris about what it takes to craft a story of hope. The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris’ first book, has already become one of the best selling books of this century. She’s since written the follow-up title Cilka’s Journey and now Stories of Hope, which tells the ‘story behind the story’ of how Lale and Gita’s love story was, at last, shared with the world. In this interview, Heather talks about Lale’s extraordinary...

Books, Library, Reading / 14.08.2020

We were thrilled to welcome million-copy-bestseller Lisa Jewell to the Love Your Library podcast virtual studios for this episode. Who wasn’t gripped by her previous psychological thriller – The Family Upstairs – which was number one in the charts in last summer? For her brand new novel, Invisible Girl, the setting is north London, where Lisa delivers an engrossing, twisty story of how we look in the wrong places for bad people. It’s rightly been described as a masterclass in character, and on how to write with pace...

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 / 17.06.2020

In this month’s mini podcast episode Mary interviews talented local writer Judith Heneghan about her debut novel Snegurochka. Judith grew up in Hampshire, studied at the University of York, worked as a commissioning editor and later spent time in Kiev, Moscow and Islamabad before settling in Winchester. She has a doctorate in Creative Arts, has written extensively for young people and lectures in creative writing. Snegurochka is her first book for adults. Set in Kiev in 1992, the story follows the character of Rachel, a troubled young English mother who joins her...

Books / 04.06.2020

Jane Austen fans will be intrigued to hear Gill Hornby talking about her number one bestseller Miss Austen in this month’s podcast. Inspired by a real-life mystery that has long puzzled biographers and academics,  Miss Austen is a thoroughly researched but fictional account of Jane’s older sister Cassandra. A few years before her death, Cassandra famously destroyed almost all the letters from her beloved sister. What secrets was she trying to hide? Kate met up with Gill just before the introduction of social distancing at Chawton Hall, where...

Books, Reading / 20.05.2020

This mini episode features an interview with Stephen Moss talking about his new book The Accidental Countryside Hidden Havens for Britain's Wildlife. Stephen’s book takes a journey of discovery through Britain, in search of the unexpected corners where wildlife survives against all odds. In the interview he talks about his childhood introduction to wildlife on the edges of the urban landscape as well as why these hidden nature havens can seem more inclusive and less excluding than other more traditional nature reserves. Stephen is a naturalist, author and broadcaster:...

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, Children's / 23.04.2020

Listen now to our fourth mini episode of the Love Your Library podcast, this time featuring an interview with Joseph Coelho. Joseph Coelho is a children's playwright and poet who was chosen to host the bedtime reading hour for this year's World Book Night (Thursday 23 April 2020). He works extensively in schools and won the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award in 2015 for his first poetry collection, Werewolf Club Rules! In this mini episode hosted by Mary Stone, Joseph talks to another Mary - our colleague...

Uncategorized / 31.10.2019

National treasure Michael Morpurgo is our very special guest in this episode. Sir Michael has written more than 100 much-loved books including War Horse, Private Peaceful and Kensuke’s Kingdom. In this interview, he talks about the inspiration behind his latest book Boy Giant: Son of Gulliver. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, the story is about Omar, a 12-year-old refugee from Afghanistan.   We also discuss three recommended Morpurgo books with some of the back office team at Hampshire Libraries: The Butterfly Lion Alone on a Wide Wide Sea The Amazing Story of...