Welcome to the latest edition of For Your Ears Only. At the time of writing we are still in lockdown and restricted on our everyday social activities so we hope you are all keeping well and hopefully you’ll find some titles to entertain you and to keep you company among this season’s new books.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day), we set up a telephone interview with two of our Calibre volunteers to talk about their experiences with the war, and how they celebrated this special day.
Lynne Reid Banks is a prolific author of both children and adult novels, having written some forty-five books to date. From The L-Shaped Room (which was later turned into a movie) to Harry the Poisonous Centipede, Banks has turned her hand to a diverse range of subjects. In this interview, Emma talks to Lynne about acting, living on a kibbutz, losing the ability to read, and being the first female reporter on British TV!
Welcome to the latest edition of For Your Ears Only, packed with an abundance of titles to help you choose your next books, that will keep you company through the rest of the winter. As we enter into the new year you may want to discover some different authors, so how about trying the two new books by cosy crime author T P Fielden, or what about Elaine Roberts with her first family saga book called “The Foyles Bookshop Girls”. Then there is a book to take a chance on in the form of “Little” by Edward Carey, a fictional account of the life of Madame Tussaud, or embark on a quest to find out more about the universe in “The Planets” by Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen.
A journalist for over 25 years, Stephen Booth always wanted to be a writer and wrote his first novel at 12. Shortlisted for the Gold Dagger and winner of two Barry Awards, the Cooper & Fry series has been published in 16 languages. Here, Stephen talks to Emma Scott about discovering characters as he writes, the Peak District, breeding goats and being caught out on inconsistencies.
Paul is curator and host of award-winning LGBT+ literary salon Polari at the Southbank Centre and founder of The Polari First Book Prize for debut writers and The Polari Prize for established writers. In 2016, he featured in the British Council’s Global List of ‘33 visionary people promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights around the world.’ His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times and other publications. He has also written and presented documentaries for Channel 4 and often contributes to TV and radio. He is the author of six novels and editor of two short story collections and his debut novel Shameless (2001) was shortlisted for the State of Britain Award.
Welcome to the latest edition of For Your Ears Only with plenty of books to choose from to keep you occupied through those sometimes damp and drizzly autumnal days. We have an enticing selection of books recently added to the library that are just waiting to be borrowed. You could dive into a classic thriller with Alistair MacLean’s “Golden Gate”; pick up Michael Ondaatje’s “Warlight”, longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2018; revisit the Greek Myths in Stephen Fry’s “Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold”; take a chance on “The Binding” by Bridget Collins; or, find out about pioneering geologist Mary Anning in “Jurassic Mary” by Patricia Pierce.