19 Aug Extraordinary Authors | Mike Gayle Interview
This edition of the Love Your Library podcast sees us chat to the prolific British writer, Mike Gayle. Mike recently became the first ever male recipient of the outstanding achievement award at the 2021 Romantic Novel Awards for his contribution to the literary genre. We spoke to him about his latest book, The Museum of Ordinary People, and why his writing in this space is so powerful.
The Museum of Ordinary People is a book about human lives, physical memory and the seemingly valueless objects that people just can’t bring themselves to throw away. A tender read, it manages to evoke emotion in unexpected ways – and has attracted positive reviews from the likes of Claire Mackintosh, Beth O’Leary and Ruth Hogan.
We also catch up with Donna, who works across several libraries in the south east of Hampshire – including Gosport Discovery Centre and Fareham Library, about a few recommended reads:
- The Earthspinner – Anuradha Roy
- China Room – Sunjeev Sahota
- The Four Winds – Kristin Hannah
- The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
- Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
- The Librarian – Salley Vickers
- The Plant Hunter – T.L. Mogford
- The Vacation – John Marrs
- Tides – Sarah Freeman
We also discuss all the wonderful things happening across Hampshire Libraries at the moment – most notably the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge, which is well underway. Find out more about it and sign up over on the Kids’ Zone area of our website.