About

The Bookaholic With a Beard Behind Savidge Reads…

Simon Savidge is the man behind Savidge Reads. Born in March 1982 and heralding from the Peak District, where he comes from a long line of Book Lovers, Simon is a book addict. Due to the influences of his Gran and Mum at an early age he became said book-a-holic,  though admits to having a few ‘wilderness years’ from reading (something English Literature at school nearly destroyed forever) where he didn’t pick up a book, fortunately he was recommended Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ by someone very kind and look what happened…

Don’t judge Simon on the shelves behind him… they aren’t his. He was being vain at a friends.

He now writes Savidge Reads, writes for the travel and lifestyle pages of a UK mens magazine and contributes to several literary magazines and tries to get in the broadsheets too… by any means. Simon is also co-founder and Honorary Director of The Green Carnation Prize (for LGBT writing) now in association with Foyles. In 2013 he also became one of the judges on the inaugural panel of The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and was the inaugural Guest Editor for Fiction Uncovered. He is also one of the voices of The Readers Podcast, Hear… Read This, and goes it alone every fortnight with You Wrote The Book a podcast in conversation with authors.

When he isn’t reading, or thinking of, books Simon enjoys falling into every charity/secondhand bookshop he passes (unless he hurts himself falling awkwardly), befriending cats who don’t like him, eating sweets a thirty year old should have given up eating a few decades ago, listening to The Archers (he dreams of moving to Ambridge and taking over the book club, don’t tell him it’s not real) and dabbles in event management. He will be your new best friend for the mere price of a vanilla slice. At night he dreams of being on Desert Island Discs, if not he would settle for a farmhouse with its own library somewhere in the Peak District, with some cats, some cows and maybe a beared companion. He currently lives on the Wirral with two cats and a Beard.

You can contact him on savidgereads@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter here @SavidgeReads

Review Policy

Simon welcomes publishers sending him lots of lovely books, though he thinks the postman hates him for it and the damage it does to his arms. He’s not an evil reviewer who looks for the negative in every book that passes his eyes though so do feel free to send books, maybe email first… send a catalogue/press release? (See contact details above.)

40 responses to “About

  1. Came to your blog almost by accident and so glad I did. I dont have your TBR for the simple reason that books are 1) prohibitively expensive 2) we dont always get the best and the latest here as we want it. However I do well with second hand/giveaways/and anyone who knows me gifting books so I dont do too badly. I am keeping your “best” list by my side so that I have something that I can refer to when I go to my second hand bookshop in Colombo. I steer clear of the bookshops here as its way beyond my purse, but the second hand bookshops have a good range and keep me going. Thank you for a very interesting blog.

  2. Hi Simon, not sure if you’re aware, but BookRabbit is up and running once more. You did a great job of rallying the troops last year to join in your group reads – we would love to see you back on the site and it’d be great to get a group read going again on the discussion boards. We’d much rather it came from book bloggers like yourself rather than us, as we like to think of it as your site. So please tell other book bloggers you know and hope we see you soon.

    Thanks and best wishes,

    Sarah and the BookRabbit Team

  3. I just found your blog as a link on “my porch” and am very happy I did. You will love Murakami; if you want to read another of his books I reccoment Kafka on the Shore.

    Thanks for a great blog,
    Tom Perkins

  4. No wonder you’re so well read, you’re an editor! Could you email me what magazine it is? It sounds interesting :)

  5. Wendy

    I have just stumbled across your fantastic site. Perfect bookworm material. I will be an avid follower (when I am not reading books of course). And I agree with Tom Perkins, Murakami is wonderful and I am just reading Dan Rhodes ‘Little Hands Clapping’.

    Many thanks for sharing.

    A new follower in Brazil!

    • Thanks very much for everyone who has commented on here and pologies for being rubbish at replying as I forget this page exists!

      Wendy I have just told The Converted One (orginally from Brazil) that I have a reader in Brazil and got a genuinely shocked ‘as if’ face! Ha!

  6. Hi, just stumbled across your blog while browsing some reviews on Amazon.

    I was in the Peaks this weekend (I only live in Yorkshire so not too far) but we went for a long weekend as we just love it there!

    Loving your blog and will be adding it to your blogroll. Will definitely be chekcing back regularly.

  7. Hello!

    A totally unoriginal introduction – I too have stumbled across your blog and found it be just lovely!

    Looking forward to following you…

    Cate aka The Book Shelf Project

  8. Hey Simon!

    Like the rest, I too stumbled across your blog and am so glad to find so many other avid readers just like you here! And just like you, I blog and review books as regularly as I can when I’m not reading haha

    Oh, and I’m another fan of Murakami :D I prefer his short stories though :)

    Anyone of you here like the works of Dahl and Gaiman?

    Love your blog too! Gonna be dropping by regularly ;)

  9. pat

    I like talking about books too and mostly I do it with myself on my own site, and I stumbled upon your blog because I was googling Ian McEwan’ Solar and I’m really impressed with all the books that you’ve read! Although I don’t think that your goal was to impress as I’ve noticed how much you really love books. I’d just like to say what a nice site you have here.

    Pat here, a follower or yours from the Philippines.

  10. Delyn

    I’m sorry I left my comment to you on your blog. Obviously this is the place to leave it but I’m only just finding my way around your site. There’s such a lot to read! But, it seems I’m not the only one to have stumbled on your blog- such a pleasurable experience. Thank you

  11. Hello Simon:
    Your blog is smart, interesting, and thought-provoking. Don’t hate me, but I’m giving you the Beautiful Blogger and Honest Scrap awards.

  12. I love your blog too. Only problem is (and I’m well aware it’s probably me being dim) is I can’t see an RSS subscribe feature anywhere. Do you have one? I have a memory like a sieve so RSS subscriptions are the only way I can keep track of all these beautiful and fascinating book blogs!

  13. great blog, and a lot of food for thought! Will keep checking in…!

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  15. Rebecca

    Sorry for confusing you with a girl in another comment! Glad I discovered your blog. I completely agree with you on Calvino and Coetzee, so I’ll be coming back frequently to read your reviews and discoveries!

  16. WHERE IS THE HAND?!

    Excellent blog and I loved your review of The Pleasures of Men! Also thrilled to find that you are another fan of the divine Mrs Agatha Raisin. :)

  17. Love your blog Simon, I am @smalldarkden on twitter. Going to get the sack soon if I don’t stop reading this blog at work! Oh well if I do it means more time for books.

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  19. Deb

    what type of beared companion – polar? brown? honey? grizzly??

  20. Hi Simon, lovely blog. I’ll be reading more of it when I get home.
    As a lover of second-hand bookshops, you might be interested in this post on my blog – http://richlyevocative.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/i-owe-my-life-to-a-second-hand-bookshop/

    There are various other posts about book related matters too.

    Cheers

    Matt

  21. ooh, this is going to be a great blog to follow, as i am always looking for a good read. =) funny how your most recent post was under one of my topics to search, which was probably “baking” or “cupcakes” or something food or pastry related.

  22. Russell Gray

    Simon- did you hear that they are working on a musical version of Rebecca for Broadway?.

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  24. Love the sense of humour in the ‘About me’ page. It reminded me that we haven’t heard much about the Ambridge Book Club recently – what are they reading now. Any more local potboilers??

  25. Hmm it appears like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I
    guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any points for first-time blog writers? I’d really appreciate
    it.

  26. As an author whose first novel will be published on 23rd August and also a champion of Independant bookshops I can confirm that there doesn’t appear to be a COMPLETE list of Indipendants – ‘tbg the book guide’ seems to be the best.

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  28. Seems like a really good blog..glad to have found it.

  29. I also dream about being on Desert Island Discs – so relieved to know that I’m not the only one!

  30. Annapoorna Anilkumar

    Hey, just came across your blog, I really loved it, loved reading all about Daphne Du Maurier and the videos. I am happy to know that there are many others who are really obsessed about Rebecca. I actually am a fashion student I have taken Rebecca as my inspiration for womens cocktail wear for my graduation show. It would be helpful if you can give me more insight about the book.

  31. I like your blog very much. Being an avid reader, I waste my time reading what others read, and the books keep piling up !
    tommy
    from Poland

  32. Hi Simon, where’s the widget thing for me to subscribe by email so that your new posts come into my inbox?

    • Lisa I don’t even know what that is, I’m the worlds most untechno blogger ;)

      • Up on the top LHS menu next to your icon, there’s a drop down menu and widgets should be there. If not, go to your dashboard and scroll down the LHS until you come to Appearance and if you hover over it, you’ll see Widgets. When you click on that a screen will open up and on the RHS it should show all the widgets you currently have (which appear to be Pages, Categories, Comments etc). You have two columns of widgets so you may need to click on the widgets header (probably called Sidebar 1) to see the second column.
        On the LHS of the screen are all the widgets you’re not using, and you simply drag ‘em over onto the RHS and there they are. You can move the order by dragging them up and down, the Follow by Email widget should logically be near your RSS widget so that people can find it easily.
        It’s possible that your theme limits the number of widgets you can have, though it looks as if there’s still plenty of room in your RHS column. If all else fails, visit WP support forums which have screenshots and videos to help with almost anything!

      • Thank you Lisa. Will have a widget wiggle shortly ;)

  33. Simon sounds like a very interesting fellow. It warms my heart to read about someone loving books this much. I’m also particularly enamoured with his love of charity shops, cats and boozy lunches. I can’t wait to read more of his blog!

    (I recommended/nominated your blog. Feel free to participate or ignore at your preference!)

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