I have had the great privilege of being a guest on Talking Books a couple of times now as a Book Champion and as a Book Reviewer. I have loved the opportunity to be a part of this endeavour. Well I would wouldn't I?
- I do rather like the sound of my own voice,
- a lively discussion about anything energises me,
- and anything to do with books is right up my ally.
On the 14th December I trotted off to the studios of Dubai Eye 103.8 for my first time at being a co-host. Woo Hoo.
And for the first hour of the show things were. We had a fabulous time with Frank Dullaghan doing a well thought out job of his review of Ruth Ozeki’s “A Tale for the Time Being”. One of my best reads of 2013. It is a delicious, dense, daring, book and everyone must read it now! Below is the link to our discussion:-
Talking of Books Part 1 on 14th December 2013 - A Tale for the Time Being
and here is a review of the book from NPR
As our lovely time with Frank came to an end I could not help but notice that the Book champion was nowhere to be seen. Panic started to set in. Chrissie was stepping in at the last minute and I had not done nearly enough research on the authoress Rewa Zeinati. I had only read her delightful collection of Facebook posts turned book once through. I was frightened and deeply ashamed of myself. How could I be so lackadaisical!!!!! Thank ye gods for Chrissie. I think we did a pretty bang up job under the circumstances. The bold, brave Rewa joined the show for the last half an hour of the Book Champions session and we loved having her with us so much that we sort of encroached on the children's hour. You know how women talk..... For anyone living in Dubai do get a copy of Rewa's book - Nietzsche's Camel Must Die. It is a great dipping in and out of collection and you get a delightful intimate view of who she is and what she thinks. Here is the link to pod cast of this part of the programme: Talking of books part 2 on the 14th December 2013
The final segment of the show is for the younger readers and that week the sassy young duo of Xavier and Ammelie had us entranced and delighted with their review of John Boyne’s “Noah Barleywater Runs Away”. There were some surprisingly mature observations from these two fine young people. You can listen to them here:Talking of books part 3 on the 14th December 2013
If you enjoyed "The Boy In The Stripped Pyjamas" you will love this coming of age read. Not quite as harrowing as "The Boy in The Stripped Pyjamas" but still a sensitive and well drawn-out tale of family sadness and hope.
Three hours of reader heaven. Tune into Dubai Eye at 10 every Saturday or log on to the Talking Of Books Podcasts and listen at your leisure.