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Papertrail is a monthly interview series with writers and creatives about the books they love. Writers suggest three books which have made an impression on them and then discuss all three with the show's host, Alex. Perfect for avid readers looking for book recommendations and insights into their favourite authors.
||Clean028 - May-Lan Tan||May-Lan Tan is a British Chinese writer based in Berlin. Having studied fine art at Goldsmiths, she now works as a ghostwriter. Her collection, Things To Make and Break, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and is one of Alex's...||22 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean027 - Hannah Lowe||Hannah is a poet, memoirist and creative writing tutor. Her books include 'Chick', 'Long Time No See', and most recently, 'Chan'. HANNAH'S'S BOOK CHOICES: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner Small Island by Andrea Levy Staying Alive: Real Poems for..||15 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean026 - Samantha Harvey||Samantha Harvey is the author of four novels, the most recent of which is The Western Wind. Her novels have been shortlisted many prizes, including the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Guardian First Book Award and the James Tait Black Prize. She won...||25 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean025 - Jules Evans||Jules is an author interested how individuals and organisations use therapeutic practices from ancient philosophies and wisdom traditions today. His first book, Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations, explored how people are rediscovering...||13 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean024 - Sharlene Teo||Sharlene Teo was born in Singapore in 1987and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship and the David TK Wong Creative Writing award. In 2016, she won the...||16 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean023 - Johnny Harris||Johnny Harris is a writer, actor, and producer. His latest film, Jawbone, came out in 2017 and has been nominated for a BAFTA. Johnny has also starred in This is England '86, Welcome to the Punch, London to Brighton, and more. He was BAFTA...||16 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean022 - Preti Taneja||Dr Preti Taneja is the author of 'We That Are Young', published by Galley Beggar Press. We that are young was listed as one of the Sunday Times' 'Books of 2017'. She is also the author of a novella 'Kumkum Malhotra' which was published in 2015 and won..||19 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean021 - Niven Govinden||Niven is the author of four books. Including All the Days And Nights, and Black Bread White Beer. He has also been featured in Best British Short Stories 2017. He is currently working on his next novel. NIVEN'S BOOK CHOICES: Shadows On The Hudson by...||16 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020 - Dan Richards||Dan is the author of 'Climbing Days' in which he retraces the steps of his great-great-aunt and uncle, the mountaineers Dorothy Pilley and I.A. Richards . He is also the author of 'The Beechwood Airship Interviews', and co-authored 'Holloway' with...||18 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean019 - Darran Anderson||Darran is the author of 'Imaginary Cities', an exploration of metropolis, imagination, and the symbiosis within. It was published by Influx Press. His second book, Tidewrack will be released on the 8th of March 2018 from Chatto & Windus. It...||20 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018 - Joanna Walsh||Joanna Walsh is a writer of fiction and non, fiction. Her latest book, 'Worlds From The Words End', is available now from And Other Stories. She has been published in a number of magazines, including Granta Magazine, Gorse Journal, and the Dublin...||14 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean017 - Daniel James||Dan is a writer and journalist. His first novel 'The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas' is currently available for pre-order from the wonderful Dead Ink Books. You can pre-order your copy of Ezra Maas, as well as four other excellent new titles, by..||18 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean016 - Cassandra Khaw||Cassandra is a writer of fantastic stories that blend cultures, mythologies, and the modern world together in wonderful ways. The sequel to her fantastic novella 'Hammers on Bone' will be out in August 2017, and she is also one of the writers for the...||16 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean015 - Helen McClory||This month I'm joined by novelist Helen McClory. Helen's novel, Flesh of the Peach, is available now from Freight Books. She is also the author of On The Edges of Vision, a collection of short stories. HELEN'S BOOK CHOICES: The Hearing Trumpet by...||17 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014 - Sarah Shaffi||Sarah is an Online Editor at The Bookseller, and writes about books for Stylist Magazine. She is also the co-founder of BAME in publishing, a network for people who are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and who work in the UK...||11 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013 - Pippa Goldschmidt||Pippa is a Novelist and Short Story writer with a PhD in Astronomy. She was awarded a New Writers Award in 2012 by the Scottish Book Trust and her novel 'The Falling Sky' was runner-up in the Dundee International Book Prize. Her latest collection,...||11 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012 - Martine McDonagh||Martine is a novelist and the Programme Leader of the MA in Creative Writing & Publishing at the University of Sussex. Her previous novels are 'After Pheonix' and 'I Have Waited and You Have Come'. Her latest novel, Narcissism for Beginners was...||15 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011 - Paul Scraton||Paul is the Editor of 'Elsewhere', a journal of place. His latest book, 'Ghosts on the Shore: Travels along Germany's Baltic Coast' will be published in June by Influx Press. You can find much of his writing about place on the website 'Caught by...||10 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010 - Irenosen Okojie||Irenosen is the author of two books. Her novel 'Butterfly Fish' won a 2016 Betty Trask Award, and her short story collection 'Speak Gigantular' is Longlisted for the inaugural Jhalak prize. Both books are published by Jacaranda Books. IRENOSEN'S BOOK...||20 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009 - Kerry Hudson||Jazz, The Accidental Tourist, Tis||15 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008 - Hannah Berry||Cruddy, Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, Through The Woods.||15 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007 - Lara Williams||Lara is a writer working and living in Manchester. Her debut short story collection, 'Treats', was published this year by Freight. Lara's Book Choices: Two Girls, Fat and Thin - Mary Gaitskill The Gin Closet - Leslie Jamison Self Help - Lorrie Moore ..||14 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006 - Harry Parker||Harry is a writer and an artist. His debut novel, Anatomy of a Soldier, came out this year and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. He's currently working on his second novel. Harry's Book Choices: For Whom The Bell Tolls - Earnest Hemingway...||30 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005 - Simon Clark||Simon runs a YouTube channel focused on teaching people about physics, climate science, and studying. He also makes videos that help people who are applying, or considering applying, to Oxford and Cambridge university. His Youtube Channel is...||19 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004 - Sophie Mackintosh||Sophie's short story 'Grace' won The White Review Short Story Prize this year. She has also been published in Tank Magazine, Neon, and Valve Journal. She is currently working on a book about an all-female community on an oil rig at the end of the...||23 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003 - Neil Williamson||Neil's debut novel 'The Moon King' came out in 2014 and was nominated for the 2015 BSFA award and British Fantasy award. He lives and works in Glasgow, and is a member of the Glasgow SF Writers Circle. NEIL'S BOOK CHOICES: The Wooden Sea -...||15 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002 - Paul Cooper||Paul's first novel 'River of Ink' was released at the beginning of 2016. He is currently working on his second novel. “An extraordinary debut … Paul M.M. Cooper is writer of real talent … River of Ink is what historical fiction should be:...||19 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001 - Tim Leach||Tim released his first book, 'The Last King of Lydia' in 2013. Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, it was one of my favourite books that year. He has since released a sequel 'The King and The Slave'. He lives in Sheffield and teaches on the...||15 4 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Glad I found it!
I came across these podcasts when I was looking for something to feed my interest in literature post-university. I was intrigued by the list of authors, particularly as I hadn't come across them before and like to find out about new books. I also liked the idea of asking them about their favourite novels and finding out why they enjoyed them so much - it can help me appreciate books I may have previously dismissed. The interviewer Alex facilitates well and lets the authors do most of the talking. He clearly enjoys the subject and has read his fair share, so holds his own in the discussion and asks relevant questions. My only complaint would be that the sound is very slightly fuzzy!
Interesting selection of books
Well worth a listen. Each of the authors comes up with some interesting selections, many of which I would never have found myself. Discussing the books without spoiling the plot can be tricky sometimes, and some interviews manage this better than others. One new podcast is released every month, so it is worth subscribing.