Savidge Reads on the Radio, Bookfest and Book Group

This is just a bit of an update post really; there is another post coming up shortly but more of that later on. I just wanted to let you know a few bookish bits and bobs that are on my radar and the like.

First up is Savidge Reads on the Radio though that isn’t actually the name of the radio show… hang on let me explain. A few weeks ago I got an email asking if I would be interested in being a member of a panel for a new radio show that is an hour of books, books, books. Now who could say no to a request like that? If that wasn’t enough it’s for a brilliant cause too, it just gets better and better, this is going to be for hospital radios all over the shop, which I think is brilliant. Having had a few stays in hospital myself one of the things that I spent hours doing was reading, but with no one to talk to about it and this show will encourage patients to chat, hospitals to start book groups etc. All absolutely brilliant and what’s more some of you could feature on it too! If you can be free in north London by 5pm (at the studio) towards the end of every month and want more info do contact me at savidgereads@googlemail.com

Next up is Wimbledon Bookfest which starts tomorrow; I will be bringing you some reports from the festival as it takes place over the coming week and a half. I am very much looking forward to hearing Kamila Shamsie and Tom Rob Smith talk and think that on Sunday Gyles Brandreth will be the perfect evening for my ‘Sensation Season’ as his series of murder mysteries with Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle and of course is set in the late 1800’s. So I am really looking forward to listening to him talk and might have to now have a binge read of the second in the series. I read Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders earlier in the year and it’s a series I have been planning on reading more of. Is anyone else coming along to any of the events would be lovely to see some of you?

Now last night was book group, more on the book we discussed last night later today, so what is the next novel that we will be discussing, and so can you? It was Gemma who was next up to choose last and she has chosen George Orwell’s ‘1984’. For those of you (like me) who haven’t read it here is the synopsis “Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent – even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101. “Nineteen Eight-Four” is George Orwell’s terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime.” You can pop here for more information on Book Group. I am really excited about this next choice as I haven’t read it yet though I have been meaning to for ages.

Erm, that’s all my bookish latest, apart from the fact I am doing a huge book sort over the next few days – one that is ruthless. What bookish news do you have?

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9 responses to “Savidge Reads on the Radio, Bookfest and Book Group

  1. Getting to blab about books on the radio? How fantastic. Will it be streamed online?

    1984 is one of those books that was compelling and definitely worth the time, but also one that I think would be hard for me to read a second time. The world depicted is so chilling. You should definitely listen to Eurythmics soundtrack to the film before or after reading the book.

  2. kimbofo

    Thanks for the link to the Wimbledon Book Fest; I’m really tempted to go and see Salley Vickers, one of my favourite authors, on the Sunday evening.

  3. What a wonderful thing, to be able to talk on the radio about books? To people in the hospital? You will have to let us know if it will be taped, so those of us across the pond can listen to you! I would also like details about Tom Rob Smith. I’d go to see him just to look at him, thanks! But specifically I want to know what he is working on. I have the utmost faith that his next book will be back on track!

    • It will be on the internet apparently Sandy so will no doubt be letting you all know when that happens.

      I am going to stay schtum in the Q&A with Tom Rob Smith as have had the pleasure of grilling him, think Novel Insights is looking forward to it!

  4. How strange, my book group is reading 1984 next – I read it about ten years ago, so I’m due a re-read.

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