Simon Mayo's Books Of The Year
By Ora Et Labora
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Simon Mayo and Matt Williams invite the world's finest authors in for a chat. Plus the best unpublished work and your reviews.
||CleanRoger Daltrey||An undiagnosed broken back, turning up to Woodstock in a VW Beetle, and 6 of the best on his bare arse. The legendary frontman of The Who tells all about his autobiography Thanks A Lot Mr Kibblewhite||13 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoger Daltrey on the life of Keith Moon||A taster from our next pod...about life on tour with The Who - and news of the new Keith Moon film||12 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSir Michael Parkinson||Sir Parky pops in to chat about his friend, the flawed footballing genius George Best- the focus of his new memoir.||10 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Simpson||John Simpson has been the BBC's World Affairs Editor for more than half his fifty-two year career. The legendary journalist tells us about his new novel Moscow, Midnight. MP Patrick Macready has been found dead in his flat. The coroner rules it an...||5 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQ&A with Cressida Cowell and Edward Brooke Hitching||Find out the writing and reading habits of this week's authors. Cressida is the multi million selling creator of How To Train Your Dragon. And Edward has compiled a book of maps which chart the rise of exploration. They talk||1 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCressida Cowell & Edward Brooke Hitching||Cressida Cowell is the multi million selling creator, author and illustrator of How To Train Your Dragon. Her latest book is the second in the Wizards Of Once series. Edward Brooke-Hitching is the author of the critically acclaimed books The...||28 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Q&A with Ian Rankin||The reading habits of bestselling author Ian Rankin - covering the likes of Charles Dickens, Alistair MacLean, RagnarJonasson...and Jilly Cooper||24 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIan Rankin||See if Matt can keep his sh*t together in front of his all time favourite author...Ian Rankin comes in to chat about his new bestseller In A House of Lies - the 22nd Rebus novel.||22 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn extra Q&A with Lee Child||The author of the multi million selling Jack Reacher thrillers talks about his reading and writing habits.||19 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLee Child||The multi million selling author of the Jack Reacher books pops in to the pod to talk coffee, movies and cotton buds.||14 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExclusive news about the new Jack Reacher TV series||Lee Child reveals that there will be no more movies with Tom Cruise||14 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe QI Elves & Levison Wood||Dan and Anna from the No Such Thing As A Fish podcast discuss their Book of the Year - amazing facts from 2018. And explorer Levison Wood tells us about his latest adventure, which he has written about in his new book Arabia - 13 countries, 5000 miles..||7 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Q&A with explorer Levison Wood & the QI Elves||Discover the reading habits, loves and suggestions of explorer Levison Wood and the QI Elves Anna & Dan (No Such Thing As A Fish). Levison has written a book about his recent journey around the Arabian Peninsular - 13 countries & 5000 miles via...||6 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarkus Zusak & Anthony Horowitz||Two of the world's finest authors grace our studios...three if you include Simon. But even Matt would agree 4 would be stretching it. Markus Zusak's debut novel The Book Thief sold over 8m copies. His latest effort Bridge of Clay has been ove...||31 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQ&A with Anthony Horowitz & Markus Zusak||Simon and Matt find out the reading habits of authors Anthony Horowitz and Markus Zusak. Plus your tweets, letters and suggestions. Anthony Horowitz is one of Britain's most successful writers - specialising in mystery and suspense. His work fo...||29 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHeather Morris - The Tattooist of Auschwitz||Heather's debut novel The Tattooist Of Auschwitz has become an international best seller. Based on the recollections of Lale Sokolov, who confided his life story to Heather back in 2003 - this is a love story in the most brutal of settings||25 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQ&A with Heather Morris||Simon and Matt chat to the best selling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz about her reading habits. Heather Morris' debut novel, at the age of 65, is an incredible piece of work based on her interviews with Lale Sokolov - about his experiences ...||22 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris Riddell & Dermot O'Leary||In our children's special, Chris Riddell talks about Beedle The Bard which he has illustrated for JK Rowling - one of 7 books he has out at the moment. In 2015 he was appointed the UK Children's Laureate. Radio presenter Dermot O...||18 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA book Q&A with Dermot O'Leary & Chris Riddell (Beedle The Bard)||Dermot O'Leary & Chris Riddell talk about their reading habits, loves and recommendations. Plus your letters and tweets. (If you corresponded with us.)||17 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGary Barlow||The Take That frontman opens up about his life, his eating disorder, his songwriting and the stress of being an X Factor judge.||10 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA quick book Q&A with Gary Barlow||Gary will help you fall asleep. Full interview in the next show. If you are awake in time.||9 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Graham Norton Special||Graham Norton pops in to catch some germs from Simon and Matt - and to talk about his latest novel A Keeper. Graham is one of the UK's best loved broadcasters. He presents The Graham Norton Show on BBC1, has a weekly show on BBC Radio 2, and wri...||4 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGraham Norton Q&A||Enid Blyton, Richmal Crompton, Anne Griffin, Mary Lawson and more||2 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSPY SPECIAL: Ben MacIntyre||(The failing...) New York Times Bestseller Ben MacIntyre pops in to chat at length about his latest effort The Spy and The Traitor. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordi.||27 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark Kermode & Alan Johnson||In a (sort of) music special, journalist and broadcaster Mark Kermode and former Home Secretary Alan Johnson talk us through their new memoirs - which focus on their fledgling music careers, stolen instruments and failed bands.||20 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQ&A with Mark Kermode and Alan Johnson||This week's guests answer a quickfire Q&A on their reading habits including what book do you remember being read to you as a child? Is there a book on your shelf that you love and no-one else does? Is there a book you have used to impress a po...||18 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Boyne & Shaun Usher||John Boyne is one of a rare breed of authors who actually enjoy writing. He has written 11 adult novels - as in novels for adults, rather than the fruity kind. And 5 for young readers. His latest A Ladder To The Sky focuses on the life of an author who.||13 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHave you ever used a book to impress someone?||A taster of our next pod featuring authors John Boyne and Shaun Usher||11 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKate Atkinson||Kate joins Simon and Matt to chat about her new release Transcription. It tells the story of Juliet Armstrong, who is recruited as a young woman by an obscure wartime department. In the aftermath of war she joins the BBC, where her life begins to unrav.||6 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSebastian Faulks||Sebastian is invited in to chat about his latest novel Paris Echo - plus an excellent Q&A about his reading habits. Best known for the French trilogy, The Girl at the Lion d'Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray (1989-1997) Faulks was elected a Fe...||30 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMelvin Burgess and Michael Calvin||Carnegie Medal winning author Melvin Burgess (The YA-Father!) on his latest book The Lost Witch. Plus twice named Sportswriter of the Year Michael Calvin on his new book State of Play - addressing areas of football which are not on the back pages.||16 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOur Q&A with authors Manda Scott and Tracy Borman||Manda Scott and Tracy Borman are the first to face our author Q&A. Manda has written A Treachery of Spies, focusing on the French Resistance. And Tracy's debut novel A King's Witch is set in the reign of James||9 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManda Scott and Tracy Borman||A historical fiction special! Manda Scott has written A Treachery of Spies, focusing on the French Resistance. And Tracy Borman's fiction debut is The King's Witch, set during the reign of James I.||2 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Q&A with Simon and Matt about their favourite books.||Simon and Matt work their way through a book questionnaire...covering crying when reading, books as gifts, being read to as a child and much more. You can join in on their conversation on twitter @booksoftheyear or email firstname.lastname@example.org||27 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnt Middleton and DB John||Former SAS/SBS hero Ant Middleton talks about his time in the Special Forces, alongside DB John whose latest thriller is set inside present day North Korea. Plus your letters, reviews, suggestions... and a remarkable poem from a youngster||20 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA few words from Simon and Matt||Your reviews, letters and suggestions||12 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBen Rhodes and Louis De Bernieres||Simon and Matt are joined by Louis De Bernieres - the multi million selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, to discuss his new novel So Much Life Left Over. Also in the studio is President Obama's speech writer Ben Rhodes to talk about ...||6 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn update from Simon and Matt about forthcoming shows||Simon and Matt discuss forthcoming guests and their books, to give you a chance to have a read in advance of their appearances.||1 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobbie Williams and Lynda La Plante||Simon and Matt are joined by Robbie Williams to discuss his memoir Reveal. And crime fiction legend Lynda La Plante talks about the enduring success of Widows. Plus a story about a balloon that will make you cry. You can follow us on twitter @booksofth.||24 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe Are Here! Sort of. A taster of things to come from Simon and Matt. Subscribe if you like!||Simon and Matt reveal just what they have been planning||22 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Like a good book itself...
It's one of life's great pleasures to hear the effortlessly affable Simon Mayo and the enthusiastic Matt Williams reunited in the Books of the Year podcast. Like a cosy hearth on a winter's evening, the informative content and natural banter are a warm, reassuring presence. Whoever the author and whatever the genre, the two presenters always succeed in bringing out the best of their guests. The Q & A episodes, where each interviewee is asked a similar set of questions, are an added joy. Long may the show continue.
Love the podcasts
Not a avid reader but love the podcasts and the reviews and the repartee between the two of you.
Miss the Monday book club and miss Matts laugh on a daily basis on “confessions”.... in your previous programme. Please keep this going as your reportee is great....
Keith in Bolton
Entertaining, Informative and Fun
Lovely to hear you guys back together again, keeping me entertained with relaxed, enjoyable and informative programmes. Just what I need on my drive home!
Maybe you could invite an occasional guest reviewer into the studio with you? I’m sure you’ll have some contacts you could ask 😉