The Book Show Sunday 23 December 2018

The Book Show

The Book Show

The Book Show celebrates books and the world of writing with readings, discussion, author interviews and special features

The Book Show, Sunday 23rd December

This week Danny Denton (The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow) is joined by a panel of other writers to look at some of the book highlights of 2018 and to hear about some of the books coming out next year.

Danny Denton

He’s joined by Helen Cullen whose debut novel The Lost Letters of William Woolf came out in 2018. Dave Rudden is the author of The Borrowed Dark trilogy for young adults, and has also written the latest book in the Doctor Who series, called Twelve Weeping Angels. Nicole Flattery’s work has appeared in print and on the radio and her debut collection of stories, Show Them A Good Time, will be published next year.

The panel discuss the books which not only caught their attention in 2018 but also some of those books published during the year which they feel should have received a bit more press. 

As well as that, with only a few shopping days left before Christmas, they talk about the books which they always give as gifts. These aren’t necessarily newly published books and the panels’ choice ranges from the 1920s to the present day.

They also take time to look at some of the directions taken by the world of books and publishing during the year including the prominence of younger women writers and the continuing success of the personal essay.

Before wrapping up they briefly discuss the books coming out in 2019 which they're anticipating.

Here’s the full list of the books discussed by the writers as they appear in the episode.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh published by Jonathan Cape
Less by Andrew Sean Greer published by Abacus.
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado published by Serpent’s Tail.
The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh published by Hamish Hamilton.
The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books.
Limbo by Dan Fox published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.
Bizarre Romance by Audrey Niffenegger & Eddie Campbell published by Jonathan Cape.
Sandman by Neil Gaiman published by D.C. Comics
The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway published by Windmill Books
The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher published by Persephone Books.
Faces In The Water by Janet Frame published by Virago.
This Is Happiness by Niall Williams published by Bloomsbury Publishing.
Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan published by Hotkey.
Minor Monuments by Ian Maleney published by Tramp Press.

The Book Show is back for its fifth season. For the past few years we’ve interviewed hundreds of writers for the show. Now the writers get to ask the questions. In the first half of the season John Boyne, Eimear McBride, Eoin Colfer and Liz Nugent guest-present programmes. We’ll also hear from producers Regan Hutchins on Tristram Shandy and Zoë Comyns on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. 

This week on Sunday 25th March, John Boyne sits in the chair.

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