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This week on The Magic Book Club Podcast, we kick off the year with the author of one of the biggest debuts of the season, Robert Jones Jr. Joining Tom all the way from America, the two chat about new book The Prophets, the heart breaking history of slavery, and glimmers of hope and light for America in the coming months. And in true January form, Tom recruits brilliant mind coach Don Macpherson to help us gain control over overthinking and anxiety in the third lockdown for the UK.
On this episode of The Magic Book Club Podcast, Tom chats to writing icon and best selling author Karin Slaughter all the way from the USA about her brand new standalone novel False Witness. The pair talk about not shying away from writing a novel in the covid-era, writing honestly and openly about addiction and the key to making men wear their masks... it might not be quite what you think!
On this episode of The Magic Book Club Podcast, Tom catches up with creator of The Queer Bible Jack Guinness as they talk about celebrating Pride Month, recognising LGBTQ+ icons across the decades and what not to do when you’re talking Elton John on the phone... To see the rest of our picks for summer, head to magic.co.uk, and in the meantime – happy reading!
On this episode of The Magic Book Club Podcast, Tom catches up with the brilliant mind behind Gavin and Stacey and wonderful novelist Ruth Jones! The pair talk all about the key to creating friendships that last, whether she actually swore her own relationships on a curlywurly wrapper, and of course, how she goes about writing from screen to pages in a book. And from screen to stage, Tom chats to actress, theatre deviser and writer Helen Paris about the magic of site-specific theatre and the things that people really lose on the tube! To see the rest of our picks for summer, head to magic.co.uk, and in the meantime – happy reading!
On this episode of The Magic Book Club Podcast, Tom catches up with 9 time author and star of our screens for many years, Fern Britton. Hot off the heels of her new novel Daughters of Cornwall, Fern reveals the family secrets that inspired the book and shares her favourite opening lines to the best novels. And joining us to talk about one of the biggest novels of the month, The Cancer Ladies Running Club, Tom chats to author Josie Lloyd about the taboo that still surrounds the ‘C’ word, and how you can not only survive, but thrive if you find the right group of people to support you. Head to magic.co.uk to see the rest of our April picks, and in the meantime, happy reading!
On this week's episode of The Magic Book Club Podcast Tom Price catches up with the mind behind Australian word of mouth sensation The Dictionary of Lost Words, Pip Williams. Calling in all the way from down under, the two discuss the fascinating history behind the creation of The Oxford Dictionary, and the words that were lost to us almost 140 years ago... and our very own Emma B chats to writing legend Nick Hornby about Brexit era romance novel (yes, we said all of those words at once) Just Like You.
On this episode of The Magic Book Club Podcast Tom catches up with writing legend and Book Club Podcast favourite Lynda La Plante. Together they chat about the perils of writing modern technology into crime novels, what really happens if someone suspects murder by poison, and the surprising story behind how the books villain got his name... And all the way from Jakarta, Jesse Q. Sutanto joins Tom to chat all about her hilarious brand new novel Dial A for Aunties and how it got snapped by Netflix within months of release. Head to magic.co.uk to see the rest of our April picks, and in the meantime, happy reading!
This week on The Magic Book Club Podcast, Emma B chats to two romantics in quite the romance special! Bringing us the perfect amount of armchair travel, Emma and Georgia Toffolo chat all about writing for Mills and Boon, creating characters that don't rely on men to make them happy, and of course,Emma grills Toff on some of those steamier scenes... And on the other side of the romance coin, Emma talks to Megan Nolan, the mind behind acclaimed debut novel Acts of Desperation. The pair talk about the difficulties of some relationships in your early 20s and how love isn't always plain sailing. Happy reading, and head to magic.co.uk to see the rest of our March picks!
On this week’s episode Tom Price catches up with self-proclaimed hopeful romantic and mind behind the beautiful anthology of love stories Who’s Loving You: Love Stories by Women of Colour Sareeta Domingo. Together they talk about why love wins, and take a walk down memory lane to explore just how someone gets commissioned to write stories for Agent Provocateur! And joining Tom all the way from America, author of The Stranger Harlan Coben drops in to talk all about his brand new novel Win and just what it takes to get your favourite mystery novel from paper to screen. Head to magic.co.uk to see the rest of our March picks.
On this episode of The Magic Book Club Podcast Tom Price catches up with one of Britain's biggest authors, Marian Keyes. The pair chat about being outsiders at school, opening up on difficult subjects in her work, and just how she's kept writing during lockdown. He also chats to Helen Fisher, the mind behind new time travelling debut novel Space Hopper about reviving rejected novels, and the cathartic effects of writing about a very peculiar time machine... [Content Warning: Disordered Eating and Alcoholism].
On this episode of The Magic Book Club Podcast Emma B catches up with young author Caleb Azumah Nelson about his beautiful debut novel, Open Water. Telling the love story of two young people in South East London, Emma and Caleb talk about the brilliant sound track to his novel, the struggle between assumed masculinity and race, and of course, the South East London love for Peckamplex! And Tom Price chats to Priyanka Chopra Jonas about spending lockdown as a newlywed with husband Nick Jonas, and writing a memoir at only 38.
On this week's episode of The Magic Book Club Podcast, Emma catches up with mistress of suspense, Jane Harper, all the way from Australia. The pair talk true crime, living in Australia throughout a global pandemic, and casting hearthrobs in films... well, if you wrote the book, you would, wouldn't you? And in a beautiful end to January, Emma speaks to the genius behind Midnight Chicken & Other Recipes worth Living For, Ella Risbridger about food love stories and just how she's getting through the start of 2021. Spoiler alert: it may have a lot to do with crumpets. And head to magic.co.uk to get more reading inspiration from our January 2021 picks.
On this week's episode of The Magic Book Club Podcast, we cap off the year by the virtual fireside by taking a look back on the year in books. Tom and Emma remember their favourite Magic Book Club moments of 2020 with a little help from Nadiya Hussain, Dolly Alderton and Sarah Cruddas... and we find out just how far along Tom is with potentially the wildest claim of the year... tackling War and Peace.
This week on The Magic Book Club Podcast, we’ve got a very special festive guide for you. It’s our Magic Book Club Christmas Gift Giving Guide (catchy, right?). Join Tom and Emma as they settle down by the virtual fire, and guide us through the Top 10 picks for Christmas gift giving this year. They’ll count down some of the best options for those hard to buy for friends and family members, and they might even be joined by a special guest or two… (hint: one of them is an actual Elf!).
This week on The Magic Book Club Podcast Tom Price catches up with amazing writer, editor and fashion director Kenya Hunt about her debut book Girl. An American ex-pat, Kenya chats about Trump's America, virtue signaling, and what it's like when your kids have the wrong accent! In the Magic Book Clubs first ever video chat, Tom calls James Blunt to find out just what it takes to be a Twitter legend... and of course, to have a nosy at his Ibiza pad!
This week, Emma B is joined by American author Stephanie Wrobel to chat all about her debut novel, The Recovery of Rose Gold. The Recovery of Rose Gold follows the story of mother and daughter Patty and Rose Gold Watts, as they struggle with Rose Gold’s mysterious illnesses, a discovery that rocks both their worlds, and what comes after… On this week's episode, the pair chat America vs. the UK, the wild world of Munchausen by Proxy and how to write in great twists and turns.
On this week's episode of The Magic Book Club Podcast we catch up with some British treasures! Emma B chats to Dawn French all about lockdown baking, writing comedy in difficult times and her brand new novel Because Of You, and we join Magic's very own Richard Allinson as he catches up with the brilliant Stephen Fry. The pair chat all about Stephen's love of audiobooks, working with Rowan Atkinson and Rik Mayall, and the love of Greek mythology that's influenced the very latest book in his Mythos trilogy.
This week, Emma B is joined by London based writer Louise Hare to chat about her stunning debut novel, This Lovely City, which follows the life of Jamaican jazz musician Lawrie Matthews as he arrives in London in 1950 on The Empire Windrush. In very challenging times, he falls for the girl next door, but not everything is at it seems. In this episode, the pair chat about The Windrush Scandal, changing paths midway through your career, and the kind of books you can read over and over again.
On this week's episode of The Magic Book Club Podcast Emma B is joined by the brilliant writer and columnist Dolly Alderton! The pair chat about the perils of online dating, how it feels to put your life story out in the world for everyone to read, and her debut fiction novel Ghosts. Emma also catches up with Britain's baking sweetheart Nadiya Hussain. Nadiya lets Emma into her baking secrets, including getting up at 5am to make chicken donuts, and of course, who she has her eye on to win this years series of The Great British Bake Off.
This week, Emma B is joined by writer and columnist Daisy Buchanan. A writer for the likes of The Guardian, The Telegraph and Esquire - not to mention her work as Grazia's Agony Aunt! - her new book The Sisterhood is an honest and funny love letter to the women in her life. Focusing on raising other women up, she writes about her personal experiences with biological and logical sisters. In this episode, the pair chat Bliss Magazine, growing up with 5 sisters, and miniature bottles of bubbly!