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CL Taylor her last holiday

Disappearing Acts | CL Taylor Interview

Six times Sunday Times bestselling author CL Taylor joins Kate in our virtual studio to talk about her new thriller Her Last Holiday. She’s probably best known as the author of Sleep – one of Richard and Judy’s picks from 2019 – and Strangers which came out last year. She has also written two Young Adult thrillers, The Treatment and, more recently, The Island which came out in January this year. Her latest book which comes out next month (April 2021) delves into the world of self-help gurus and wellness retreats but is also about sisterhood and the secrets held within families. She’s an author who’s really generous to up-and-coming writers: during the interview she gives helpful writing advice, as well as an open and honest account of the difficulties and the joys of being an author.

We also had a great recommendation from one of the Hampshire Libraries team, Hayley from Basingstoke Discovery Centre who joined us online to talk about The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.

Kate and Hattie also talked about the specially curated collection of ebooks and audiobooks on our BorrowBox shelves to mark Women’s History month. We also flagged up World Book Day and the 200 Million Minute Reading Challenge which runs throughout March. The Challenge calls on everyone to log their reading time throughout the month to reach the target of 200 million minutes and is all about celebrating the love of reading.


And if you enjoyed this interview with CL Taylor, why not have a listen to our other author interviews. You might like to hear from Sara Collins, Lisa Jewell, and Louise Doughty about their latest releases.



Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer.

The Dover Café at War by Ginny Bell: the first book in a World War II saga series.

The Stranger on the Bridge by Jonny Benjamin and Britt Pflüger: the life-affirming memoir of mental health activist Jonny Benjamin and his inspirational journey from despair to hope when a stranger’s decision saved Jonny’s life.

The Visitor (Jack Reacher book 4) by Lee Child (audiobook)

Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben (audiobook): mistaken identities, dark family secrets and mysterious conspiracies.

The Cleaner by Mark Dawson (audiobook).

A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental by Natasha Devon: experts in the fields of psychology, neuroscience and anthropology debunk and demystify the full spectrum of mental health.

Crisis by Felix Francis (audiobook): a horseracing thriller in the Dick Francis tradition.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb (audiobook): interspersed with the stories of her clients are her own therapy sessions, as Gottlieb goes in search of the hidden roots of a devastating and life-changing event.

The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox by Clare Gradidge: a dark tale of wartime lies and family secrets in Romsey. Listen to a Love Your Library podcast interview with Clare as she talks about the book.

The Last Family in England by Matt Haig: meet the Hunter family: Adam, Kate, and their children Hal and Charlotte. And Prince, their black Labrador.

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst: from Oxford during the dark days of the Second world war to contemporary London, this is a masterly novel about sexuality, art and family secret.

The Wreck by Meg Keneally: an epic historical adventure about rebellion and revolt in 19th century Australia.

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella (audiobook): a standalone comedy romance from the Shopaholic author – a story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything.

29 Seconds by T M Logan: an act of bravery puts a powerful and dangerous man in Sarah’s debt. This is our online book club’s choice for March and T M Logan himself will be joining us to talk about the book. Find out more about our digital readers group on our Facebook page.

The Cockroach by Ian McEwan (audiobook): read by Bill Nighy, a bitingly funny political satire.

Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse by David Mitchell (audiobook): this book celebrates and commiserates on the state of things in our not entirely glorious modern world.

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing by Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse: join these two comedy greats and lifelong friends on their journey from recuperation to riverbank.

NYPD Red (book 5) by James Paterson (audiobook).

Dead to Me by Lesley Pearse (audiobook): spring 1935, Hampstead. Loyalty, love and the strength of friendship in the face of adversity.


Thanks to Cally Taylor, Hayley from Basingstoke Discovery Centre, and our supporter BorrowBox, the library app that allows you to download eBooks and audiobooks straight to your phone or tablet. All you need is your library membership number and PIN.


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