Book Off!
Book Off!
Book Off!
A fun, upbeat, accessible show about brilliant books, writing and culture. Each episode sees two authors go head to head in a war of the words, championing a book they love and think we should all read...but only one can win.This book podcast features an incredible array of authors from across the globe and some amazing, and sometimes unexpected, book recommendations. #books #bookpodcast #authors #writers #booklovers #writing #literature #bookrecommendations #bookworms Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Dermot O'Leary and Cressida Cowell
It's a children's book special this week! Former Children's Laureate, Cressida Cowell, goes head to head with broadcaster and author Dermot O'Leary. They chat about their latest novels, their passion for getting books into children's hands, a love of history - and - world building! THE BOOK OFF 'The Power Of The Dog' by Don Winslow VS 'The Joy Luck Club' by Amy Tan Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sep 20, 2023
44 min
Heidi Amsinck and Marisa Haetzman  (Danish delights and death)
Authors Heidi Amsinck and Marisa Haetzman go head to head in a war of the words, just before their appearance at Bloody Scotland. Heidi discusses her latest Jensen thriller, 'The Girl in The Photo' and her love for Denmark. Marisa tells us about collaborating with her husband, Chris Brookmyre (writing as Ambrose Parry) and their new book, 'Voices Of The Dead' They also tell us what they have been reading and enjoying recently. THE BOOK OFF Mayflies by Andrew O'Hagan VS The Elements Of Style by William Strunk Jr and EB White Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sep 14, 2023
44 min
Stig Abell and Jo Spain (Nothing beats Pride & Prejudice)
Journalist, radio presenter and author Stig Abell goes head to head with international bestselling author and screenwriter, Jo Spain in a war of the words. They discuss the politics of blurbing books, where they get their inspirations from, hard-boiled crime and when and where they write. They also recommend us some brilliant books, which they have enjoyed recently. THE BOOK OFF 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen VS 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen (Yes! The same book pitched against itself. A BOOK OFF FIRST!) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
May 26, 2023
52 min
Catriona Ward and Mat Osman  (Shelve Me!)
Bestselling novelist, Catriona Ward, goes head to head in a war of the words with Suede co-founder, bassist and author, Mat Osman! They discuss their new novels - "Looking Glass Sound" and "The Ghost Theatre" - as well as recommending us some books they have read recently and loved. These include 'Orlando' by Virginia Wolf and 'Wide Sargasso Sea' by Jean Rhys. The authors also talk about being "shelved" in the right place, the horror genre, Stephen King, Elizabethan London and what one reads on a tour bus. THE BOOK OFF 'The Haunting Of Hill House' by Shirley JacksonVS 'You Only Live Twice' by Ian Fleming Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
May 11, 2023
1 hr
Poorna Bell and Eva Rice  (what do you MEAN you haven't read it?)
Authors Poorna Bell and Eva Rice go head to head in a War of the Words! They discuss their love of the 90s and why it's such a rich decade to set fiction in. (*warning - Joe and Eva geek out a little on the music of the 90s just fyi!) We also get some brilliant book recommendations AND some very useful writing tips too. THE BOOK OFF 'Kitchen' by Banana Yoshimoto VS 'The Buddha Of Suburbia' by Hanif Kureishi Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Apr 13, 2023
50 min
Georgina Moore and Sophia Money-Coutts (Love, Landscapes and Language)
Publicist extraordinaire and debut novelist Georgina Moore goes head to head with author and journalist Sophia Money-Coutts in a war of the words. They talk to Joe Haddow about siblings, sisterhood, writing women in their thirties and boats! We also delve into literary love, language and landscapes - and the importance of a setting. George and Sophia also give us some brilliant book recommendations too. THE BOOK OFF 'By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept' by Elizabeth SmartVS'The Five' by Hallie Rubenhold Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Mar 29, 2023
41 min
Jill Mansell and Lucy Diamond  ('Riders', Rebels, Romcoms and wRiting)
Bestselling authors Jill Mansell and Lucy Diamond join Joe Haddow for a war of the words! They discuss the brilliance of Elly Griffiths (a previous BooK Off guest) and how hard it is to find the time to start a new series of books. They talk about their new novels ('Promise Me' and 'The Best Days Of Our Lives') as well as giving us some writing tips. The authors also talk about why 'feelgood fiction' is in such a good place at the moment, and how we all need a bit of it in our lives! THE BOOK OFF 'Riders' by Jilly Cooper VS 'One Good Turn' by Kate Atkinson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Mar 22, 2023
36 min
Elly Griffiths and Jane Harper (wine tasting is research!)
In this episode, bestselling crime/thriller authors Elly Griffiths and Jane Harper go head to head in a war of the words. The writers discuss their latest novels, 'The Last Remains' and 'Exiles', and give us some writing tips too. They also recommend us some books they have read recently and talk about what it means to take their research seriously. (hint - wine tasting is key) THE BOOK OFF'Cold Comfort Farm' by Stella Gibbons VS'Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone' by Benjamin Stevenson. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Mar 14, 2023
42 min
Kirsty Logan and Laura Purcell  (I didn't know I was up against the Moomins!)
In the first episode of our new series, authors Kirsty Logan and Laura Purcell go head to head in a war of the words... They discuss their new novels - 'Now She Is Witch' and 'The Whispering Muse' - writing processes and they give us some brilliant book recommendations. THE BOOK OFF 'Moominland Midwinter' by Tove Jansson VS 'The Circus Of Wonders' by Elizabeth Macneal Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Mar 8, 2023
47 min
Simon Fowler and Daniel Rachel (Is it a quail?)
Singer/Songwriter and Ocean Colour Scene frontman Simon Fowler goes head to head with music journalist, author longtime friend and collaborator Daniel Rachel, in a war of the words! They talk about collaborating on their new book, their friendship, lost songs, how great the 1990s were and what they have been reading and enjoying recently. The Book Off "Music And Silence" by Rose TremainVS "The Collected Short Stories" by William Trevor Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Dec 21, 2022
51 min
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