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…
He now writes Savidge Reads to stop boring everyone he meets, who may or may not be a book addict, with tales, facts and reviews of the books he has read, is reading or simply must read soon. When he is not deeply engrossed in a book or writing blogs he works in journalism as a Features Editor for a men’s lifestyle magazine reaching over 300,000 readers a month. He also writes ‘reading group guides’, contributes to several publishing/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) which is in its fourth year. In 2013 he also became one of the judges on the inaugural panel of The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize. He is also one of the voices of The Readers Podcast, a weekly hour of book based banter, and Hear… Read This, a monthly book club podcast. He also 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 boozy lunches when he should be doing some freelance work. 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.
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. Since he has become “version 3.0″ he’s a bit harsher and will publish ‘constructive criticism’ if he has cause. 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.)