By Paul Jeorrett
Bookylicious is not just any book podcast. Paul, Gwyn, Lara and Holly share their love of books. As well as interviews with authors, librarians and booksellers and our usual book chat there will be regular features such as Book of the Month and spotlights on particular authors, bookshops, libraries and other even book podcasts. Come with us on the journey and be inspired! Sometimes serious, always fun a podcast to open your mind!
Bookylicious Season 2 Episode 2 - Book of the month - The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Bookylicious Season 2 Episode 2 – Book of the Month Paul, Gwyn and Lara talk about their Book of the Month selection Susan Cooper’s ‘The Dark is Rising’ a perfect Winter read. You can find the new BBC World Service adaptation here https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/w13xtvp7 To see all the books we mention in this episode plus a few more children and young adult takes on the Arthurian legend go to https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-dark-is-rising-bookylicious-series-2-ep-2
January 23, 2023
Bookylicious Season 2 Episode 1 – New Year Reading Targets and Resolutions!
Paul, Gwyn and Lara get 2023 off to a flying start, talking about reading resolutions and targets (not challenges). Bookylicious has a new feel with two shorter episodes a month whilst keeping book chat you love and occasional author interviews we will be introducing some new feature such as Book of the Month, Classic Author Spotlight, favourite book podcasts and much more. Here are links for Horatio Clare’s Sound Walk in the Faroes and Dan Richards Only After Dark To see and buy all the books mentioned on the show go to https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/new-year-reading-challenges-bookylicious-series-2-ep-1
January 12, 2023
Episode 16 - David Ebsworth 'The house on Hunter Street' and Monika Evans on literature in translation
In this episode Paul interviews author David Ebsworth (aka Dave McCall) about his new book ‘The House on Hunter Street’ set in Liverpool in 1911. For more information about Dave and his previous books go to www.davidebsworth.com Paul also talks to Monika Evans about her love for ‘The Master and Magarita’ by Mikhail Bulgakov and the challenges and surprises (Robert Burns in Silesian!) of literature in translation. Dave also speaks from about having his novel ‘Until the Curtain Falls’ translated into Spanish. You can go and check out Monika’s excellent work as a singer songwriter here https://soundcloud.com/monikaevans-music Gwyn, Lara and Paul catch up after the long summer and check in on their current reading. Here is a link to Bloody Scotland and click here if you want to find out more about Shelterbox Book Club and Adventurous Ink Here are some of the other books we talked about: Alexandre Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo Charlotte Belton – Putin’s People Janina Ramirez - Femina Elise Downing - Coasting Arthur C. Clarke – Cradle John Woolf – The Wonders, lifting the curtain on the freak show, circus and the Victorian age Dan Jones – Hollow Crown Graham Swift – Waterland Nyuyen Phan Que Mai – The Mountains Sing Cixin Liu – The Three Body Problem Andri Snaer Magnason - Lovestar Tove Jansson – The True Deceiver Stieg Larsson – The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo Victor Hugo – Les Miserables Marjane Satrapi - Persepolis Nora Krug - Heimat
September 07, 2022
Episode 15 - Summer reading recommendations
A slightly shorter episode than usual, that's because we needed to get into a cool shady spot and read! In this episode Gwyn, Holly and Paul recommend books from their to be read pile for you to take on your Summer holidays. Be it your backyard or a beach far far away there may be a book just for you. We give a shout out to an excellent podcast The Rest is History and you can listen to it here https://open.spotify.com/show/7Cvsbcjhtur7nplC148TWy Here is the link to the Bloody Scotland website https://bloodyscotland.com/ Here are some of the books we discussed: Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo Bora Chung - Cursed Bunny Virginia Woolf - Orlando D. L. Marshall - Anthrax Island Yukio Mishima - Star Sally Rooney - Conversations with Friends Rainer Maria Rilke - Letters to a Young Poet Natalia Ginzburg - All Our Yesterdays Lucinda Riley - Seven Sisters T. S. Eliot - The Waste Land Zoe Gilbert - Mischief Acts S. G. Maclean - The Seeker Amy Liptrot - The Instant Tom Holland - Persian Fire
July 18, 2022
Episode 14 - "It is better to travel well than to arrive" Buddha
In this episode we explore travel and travel writing. Paul interviews Pete Evans (19 mins) author of 'Resurrection River' and 'The Holy Dee' and they chat about travel books that have inspired them, with lots of travellers tales weaved in. Gwyn, Lara and Paul also talk about travel writing that has inspired them (1:07). Also a shout out to friend of the show Pat Bracewell and you can find her blog here http://www.patriciabracewell.com/blog/ Here are links to the books we chat about about: Alexander Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo Emily Houghton - Before I Saw You Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea (don't forget to check out the Big Jubilee Read list) Anna Keay - The Restless Republic, Britain without a Crown Michelle Paver - Wakenhyrst As promised there is a very long list of books we talk about and we hope they inspire you to read and travel from your armchair or beyond! Dervla Murphy - A Place Apart (Charlie Connelly's article in the New European is here ) Geert Mak - In Europe and In America Robert Macfarlane - The Old Ways Dan Richards - Outpost Robert Macfarlane and Dan Richards - Holloway Amy Jeffs - Storyland Monisha Rajesh - Around the World in 80 Trains Bill Bryson - Neither Here Nor There Will Ferguson - Hokkaido Highway Blues Heinrich Harrer - Seven Years in Tibet Hilly Janes - Three Lives of Dylan Thomas George Borrow - Wild Wales Cees Nooteboom - Roads to Santiago Bruce Chatwin - In Patagonia Robert Harris - Pompeii
June 13, 2022
Episode 13 - “I am no bird, and no net ensnares me” Jane Eyre
In this episode we have an interview with Patricia Bracewell author of the Emma of Normandy historical fiction series ‘Shadow on the Crown’; ‘The Price of Blood’ and ‘The Steel Beneath the Silk’. We discuss all things Anglo-Saxon, Viking and strong women in history! This leads Paul and Gwyn on to a chat about string female leads in fiction. We also briefly mention the BBC’s Big Jubilee Read which is an interesting list of 70 books that are representative of each decade since 1952 from across the UK and the Commonwealth. Oh and not forgetting you may wish to check out the magnificent Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers As some of our regular listeners may have noticed this episode is a little late going live. The technical gremlins offered some challenges, especially in the first section of the episode, rather than delay any further we have decided to go ahead. Hopefully the sound quality won’t detract from your enjoyment. Here are some of the books which get a mention: Frances Hodgson Burnett - The Secret Garden Anna Sewell - Black Beauty Jennifer Lucy Allen - The Foghorn's Lament Mark Billingham - Rabbit Hole and Cry Baby Carys Davies - The Redemption of Galen Pike and The Mission House George Eliot - Middlemarch Charles Dickens - Bleak House and Little Dorrit Michelle Paver - Wakenhyrst Manda Scott - Boudicca Series Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones Diary Thomas Hardy - Far From the Madding Crowd and Tess of the D'Urbervilles Sarah Hilary - Fragile Terry Prachett - Discworld Series Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina
May 18, 2022
Episode 12 - Poetry in Motion Part 2
Wow! This is a bumper episode full of some wonderful things! We start with Paul and gwyn chatting about books that they are currently reading; there is an interview with poet and writer Peter Read at about 31 minutes in and we end at 1 hour 10 minutes with Lara in conversation with Paul and sharing here favourite poems and poets. You can find links to some of Peter Read’s work here https://www.gwales.com/search_basic/ To get you tickets for Wrexham Carnival of Words 2022 click here https://wrexhamcarnivalofwords.com/events/ And here are just some of the books, poems and poets we mentioned: Gwyn and I chatted about Michelle Paver author of Wakenhyrst and Dark Matter; The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles; Help the Witch by Tom Cox; Borderland, a Journey Through the history of Ukraine by Anna Reid; Putin’s People by Catherine Belton; Grey Bees and Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkuv and The Rumour by Lesley Kara. Peter Read mentions a biography of one of his favourite philosophers Clare Carlisle’s – Philosopher of the Heart, the restless Life of Soren Kierlegaard These are some of the poems and poets Lara and I mention, Spike Milligan; Ogden Nash; Daffodilsby William Wordsworth; Rememberby Christina Rosetti; Treesby Joyce Kilmer; Sonnets from the Portuguese 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Miraclesby Walt Whitman; I Felt a Funeral in my Brain by Emily Dickinson; Annabel Leeby Edgar Allan Poe; Still I Riseby Maya Angelou. Finally the new book by Ian Lucas is called Digital Gangsters
April 04, 2022
Episode 11 - Poetry in Motion Part 1
In this first of two episodes Paul and Holly explore the joys of all things poetic. At 20 minutes in you will find an interview with poet and writer Liz Lefroy. You can find out more about Liz at her website https://lizlefroy.wixsite.com/liz-lefroyand this is a link to her blog here https://someonesmumsays.blogspot.com/ This is a link for the playlist that goes with this show, please feel to add relevant tracks for us all to enjoy! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5rTORm6NCVm6CTYjRkUyct?si=25adc661b2474702 Here are some of the books and poems that get a mention Marc Morris – The Anglo-Saxons, a history of the beginnings of England 400-1066 Hermann Hesse - Steppenwolf Max Porter – Grief is a Thing With Feathers, Lanny, The Death of Francis Bacon (Grief is a Thing with Feathers title is a play on the Emily Dickinson poem ‘Hope is a thing with feathers’ Emma Souton – A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Murder in Ancient Rome John Suchet – Beethoven: the man revealed John Suchet – The Last Master Trilogy a fictional biography of Ludwig van Beethoven T.E. Carhart – The Piano Shop on the Left Bank Bloodaxe Anthologies – Being Human, Staying Alive, Being Alive T S Eliot – Collected Poems 1902-1962 Andrew McMillan - Physical Phillip Gross – Love Songs of Carbon John Donne – The Sun Rising James Joyce – Chamber Music Kate Tempest – Brand New Ancients Wendy Cope – Serious Concerns Sylvia Plath – Lady Lazarus Hannah Lowe – The Kids Mary Oliver – New and Selected poems Volume 1
March 03, 2022
Episode 10 - The Streets of London
In this episode our theme is London. At 19 minutes you will find an interview with author Jennifer Kavanagh about her book ‘Let Me Take You by the Hand, True Tales from the London’s Streets’. You can find more about Jennifer and her work here https://www.jenniferkavanagh.co.uk/ There is an eclectic Spotify playlist to accompany this episode and you can it here https://open.spotify.com/playlist/27R7wCg3896XowhqMszYyg?si=297b766b62c34384 Here are some of the books we mention ( Lara and Paul are preparing a more extensive bibliography of London books so keep an eye on our website www.bookylicious.com for that): What Paul, Gwyn, Holly and Lara reading: Grace Dent – Hungry Emily St John Mandel – Station Eleven Pat Barker – Silence of the Girls, Regeneration Trilogy Yoko Ogawa – Memory police George Eliot - Middlemarch Ian Fleming – Man with the Golden Gun Hannah Lowe – The Kids Nick Hayes - Book of Trespass Margaret Mitchell - Gone with the Wind Books set in or about London: Henry Mayhew – London Labour and the London Poor Arthur Conan Doyle – The Complete Sherlock Holmes Sarah Perry – The Essex Serpent Zadie Smith – NW and White Teeth Neil Gaimen – Neverwhere Colin MacInnes – City of Spades Beryl Bainbridge – The Bottle Factory Outing Ben Aaronovitch – Rivers of London Terry Pratchett – Dodger Andrew Taylor – Ashes of London Charles Dickens - Bleak House Iris Murdoch - Under the Net
January 27, 2022
Episode 9 - It's Christmas!
Paul and Lara chat about books that they might like to see under the Christmas tree, their favourite Christmas/winter poems and stories and what books they would like to give to others. Our Christmas stories and poems are: ‘The Dark is Rising’ by Susan Cooper (Gwyn) ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ by Christina Rossetti (Lara) ‘The Oxen’ by Thomas Hardy (Lara) ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ by Thomas Hardy (Paul) ‘What the Donkey Saw’ and ‘Not the Millennium’ by U.A. Fanthorpe (Paul The books we’d like for Christmas: ‘Help the Witch’ by Tom Cox (Gwyn) ‘Free; a Child and a Country at the End of History’ by Lea Ypi (Paul) ‘Lily’ by Rose Tremain (Lara) ‘Ariadne’ by Jennifer Saint (Lara) The books we would like to give others: ‘The Bell’ by Iris Murdoch (Paul) ‘How to be Free’ by Tom Hodgkinson (Gwyn) ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell (Lara) And the Christmas playlist can be found here https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1oQMeFB078Tzw1Rl9xa2ar?si=6b651d8eae59402c
December 15, 2021
Episode 8 - Through the Looking Glass
In this episode Paul, Gwyn and Holly celebrate the 150thanniversary of the publication of Alice Through the Looking Glass. Paul dives down the rabbit hole with Mark Davies author, guide and Oxford local historian to discuss aspects of Lewis Carroll and Alice. You can find out more about Mark’s books here Alice in Waterland and King of Balloons and a link to the Lewis Carroll Society here https://lewiscarrollsociety.org.uk/ Also in this episode we muse on the joy of bookshops with a shout out to the Ladies Who Londonpodcast and their episode on London Bookshops which you can find here https://www.ladieswholondon.com/post/bookmarking-the-best-bookshops-in-london One of Gwyn’s favourite bookshops is Troutmarkbooks in Cardiff. You can find the links for crowdfunding to keep Book-ishin Crickhowell open here https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-keep-bookish-on-the-high-street?member=15332081and the link to support the staff at Berwyn Books which burnt down recently here https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-staff-at-berwyn-books This is the link to the episode playlist with songs inspired by Carroll and Alice https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1dpcHN6KDDidmiSHwAPJo4?si=52b7cc95e0e04694 And finally here are the links to some of the books we talk about in this episode: Oliver Burkeman - Four Thousand Weeks Chinua Achebe – Things Fall Apart Virginia Woolf – To the Lighthouse Edgar Allan Poe – Short Stories Margaret Atwood – Handmaids Tale Robert Tombs – The English and their History Timothy Snyder and Nora Krug – On Tyranny Nora Krug – Heimat Timothy Snyder – Bloodlands and The Red Prince George Eliot – Middlemarch
November 30, 2021
Episode 7 - Halloween
In this episode Gwyn and Paul chat about scary stories and things that go bump in the night. Ghosts, witches and exorcists and even Holst's Planet Suite. As well as some of the books and stories we chatted about listed below we have also done a Spotify playlist to accompany the episode you can find it here https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3yTJ7q7EhKyJqS5uJNkW7u?si=4e1e0d2f08674c8d Here are some of the stories and books we discussed Edward Parnell - Ghostland, in search of a haunted country Charles Dickens - The Signalman Susan Hill - The Woman in Black and The Small Hand Jason Bray - Deliverance Phil Rickman - The Wine of Angels (the first in the Merrily Watkins series) Graham Swift - Waterland M. R. James - Rats Jon McGregor - Reservoir 13
October 27, 2021
Episode 6 - "Once upon a time in the West"
In this episode Holly, Gwyn and Paul explore the literature of the American West. Including an interview with Anna North author of 'Outlawed'. You can find more about Anna on her website www.annanorth.net where you will also a suggested soundtrack to accompany 'Outlawed' and some excellent further reading. Other books we discuss or touch on in this episode include: James Fennimore Cooper - The Last of the Mohicans (the 1971 BBC adaptation starred Welsh actor Philip Madoc as 'Magua' and the series is said to have popularised the Mohican hairstyle) Owen Wister - The Virginian Zane Grey - Riders of the Purple Sage Arthur Conan Doyle - A Study in Scarlet Elmore Leonard - Hombre Cormac McCarthy - All the Pretty Horses Thomas Eidson - St Agnes' Stand Patrick De Witt - The Sisters Brothers Charles Frazier - Cold Mountain Larry McMurtry - Lonesome Dove Stephen King - The Gunslinger Louis Sacher - Holes Dee brown - Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee and The American West Apologies if I've missed any. Last but not least the mystical western starring Pierce Brosnan that I couldn't recall in the podcast was of course 'Seraphim Falls'
October 09, 2021
Episode 5 - Gladstone's Library
In this special episode Paul speaks to Peter Francis, Warden and Louisa Yates, Director of Collections and Research at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden. In the interview we discover how Gladstone's Library was originally created and how it has evolved. We also find out what has been going on behind the scenes while the Library has been closed and look forward to the re-opening today 1 September 2021 and the forthcoming Gladfest which takes place online 11-12 September. For more information about this unique and wonderful place visit their website at www.gladstoneslibrary.org
September 01, 2021
Episode 4 - "Is this the real life, or is this just fantasy"
Books in the fantasy genre can represent a diverse range of subjects and ideas. In this episode we explore what fantasy literature might or might not be. Gwyn interviews Tiffani Angus author of 'Threading the Labyrinth' you can find out more about her here http://www.tiffani-angus.com/ Here are some of the books we mention in this episode: Robert Macfarlane - 'Underland' and 'The Old Ways' You may also like to check out Robert's recent appearance on Desert Island Discs https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000y641 Matthew Syed - 'Rebel Ideas' Franz Kafka - 'The Trial' Samantha Shannon - 'The Priory of the Orange Tree' Madeline Miller - 'Circe' and 'The Song of Achilles' Lewis Carroll - 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' Neil Gaiman - 'The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains' and 'Coraline' and 'The Sandman Vol. 1' Alice Roberts - 'Ancestors a Pre-history of Britain in Seven Burials' Robert Holdstock - 'Mythago Wood' H P Lovecraft - 'The Call of Cthulhu' Eoin Colfer - 'Artemis Fowl' JRR Tolkein - 'The Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings'
August 03, 2021
Episode 3 - "We are made by history" - Historical Fiction Extravaganza
This episode is all about history, specifically historical fiction. In this episode: Barbara Erskine talks about her new novel The Dream Weavers. Dave McCall (AKA David Ebsworth) and Holly Thorpe talk about the importance of historical fiction to them. You can find information about Dave's books here http://www.davidebsworth.com/ and the link to the Young Walter Scott Prize is here https://www.walterscottprize.co.uk/young-walter-scott-prize/ Rebecca Hill talks about how The Last Kingdom series of boom/3nc9tmmr oks changed her life. Rebecca shares her favourite historical fiction reads on Good Reads at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3639817-rebecca?shelf=historical-fiction Our book recommendations include: Paul Morley - A sound mind, how I fell in love with classical music... Clare Whitfield - People of abandoned character Kiana Davenport - Shark dialogues Maggie O'Farrell - Hamnet Charles Dickens - A tale of two cities Markus Zusak - The book thief For more information about the podcast go to https://www.bookylicious.com/
June 02, 2021
Episode 2 - Small is Beautiful
This month the Bookylicious team explore the joys of short stories and essays, each of us choosing three stories of essays to recommend. Chekhov, Sherlock Holmes, Ursula le Guin, bodysnatchers, the Moon and crows. The short form is truly beautiful and diverse. Plus we chat about books we are reading. Something for everyone to be inspired! Here are some of the short stories we discuss: Ray Bradbury - All Summer in a Day Ursula le Guin - The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas Robert Louis Stevenson - The Body Snatcher Ted Chiang - The The Story of Your Life Arthur Conan Doyle - A Scandal in Bohemia The Idler Anton Chekhov - The Black Monk Sheena Mackay - Curry at the Laburnums Amanda Thomson - Craw Sunday Helen Phillips - The Knowers Italo Calvino - Daughters of the Moon Lisa Cupolo - Fort Pierce, Florida
April 30, 2021
Bookylicious Episode 1
In this episode you will meet the team Paul, Gwyn, Lara and Holly. We chat about what we are reading just now including Neil Gaiman, Barabara Erskine, Phillip Pullman and Kathleen Jamie. Paul interviews Dylan Hughes, Dave McCall and Sue Miller founders of Wrexham Carnival of Words and previews this year's festival www.wrexhamcarnivalofwords.com.
March 24, 2021