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By Bookworm 1977


2019

2019 will see the site launching a new page 'Readers Interviews ' all the interviews will centred around you the reader and your favourite authors. We have had a great responds to the post we posted on Facebook and quite a few well know authors have all ready been mentioned.

 

This will be a great opportunity to discover new authors to read this year. As I have already discovered for myself which but sadly this is such a good idea for my poor old book cases which are under quite a strain .



Today's guest on Readers Favourite is the author Isobel Blackthorn

Hi Isobel thank you for agreeing to talk to me can you start by tell us about your chosen author please.

 

Iain Banks (1954-2013) was a Scottish author who wrote twenty-three novels, half of them under the name Iain M. Banks, when he was penning his science fiction works based in the Culture universe. He was experimental, wrote across genres, and always with sharp wit and an awareness of the zeitgeist of the times. He enjoyed exploring controversies and conjuring whacky and disturbed characters. His writing has a punchy, urban feel. He wrote with economy, deployed the jump cut method and often wrote from multiple viewpoints. I have learned more from studying his style and techniques than I have from any other author.

 

Can you tell what first drew your interest to his books?

 

I was drawn to Iain Banks in the 1980s when I read his debut novel, The Wasp Factory. I was living Bohemian-style in a London squat at the time, and Banks provided something fresh that went with everything else around me – the music and alternative culture I was a part of. Above all, it was obvious right then that Banks was not playing to the mainstream. His early writing appealed to certain sub-cultures on the 1980s and to the radical fringes. He was fearless and prepared to shock. The Wasp Factory will shock and is also highly relevant in today’s cultural climate too, for reasons I won’t go into.

 

A hard question now, of all the novels he has wrote do you have a favourite ?

 

A very, very hard question! My favourite is Walking on Glass. This is a novel written from three perspectives. Three protagonists tell three distinct stories and the reader has no idea how these three paths will intersect, but they will. I have to say this is my favourite because I have read it three times.

 

Where there any books that you did not like or could not get into and why ?

 

No, none. Even his most obscure writing, such as Excession, had me gripped. I read Excession, like all the Banks’ books I have read, before I became an author. Now I can see the artistry and literary skill in Bank’s writing, coupled with an imagination second to none.

 

Do you own every one of the authors books and if do what formats do you have them?

 

No, sadly, I do not. I have owned all of Iain Banks’ non-science fiction novels over the years, but I lend them to people and don’t get them back and end up having to buy another copy. So there is always a shortfall of Banks’ books on my bookshelf. I have introduced many of my friends to Iain Banks over the years and will continue to do so.

 

If there is somebody reading this interview who hasn't read any of Iain Bank's books

what book would you suggest they start with?

 

For science fiction, I think a good place to start is with Against a Dark Background. Otherwise, The Wasp Factory. That way, you can see what the author is about. Yet each of his books is distinct and tackles a different theme or issue.

 

What would be the one question you would have like/ liked to ask him?

 

I would have enjoyed chatting to him about conspiracy theories. If you could be a character from any one of the books, who would it be and why?

 

None of them!  And for very good reason! Read Iain Banks and then you will know why I say that.

 

Thank you Isobel always a pleasure to talk to you.



Readers Favourite Interview Number Two

My guest today is Geoff Gorton from Australia who is going to tell us about his favourite author Dame Agatha Christie

 

For these of you not familiar with the work Dame Agatha Christie, she was born on the 15th September 1890, in Torquay England. In 1920 her first novel was published entitled 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles' this would set on the path to become one of the most famous writers in history, with unforgettable characters such as Poirot and Marple. But we must also remember she also wrote books on other great characters such as Tuppence and Tommy Beresford, Colonel Race, Parker Pyne and Ariadne Oliver. Agatha Christie later moved to Oxfordshire where she died on January 12, 1976 and is buried alongside her husband.

 

Now without futher a do I give you Geoff Gorton

 

Hi Geoff great to have you take part.

 

Can you us tell what first drew you're interest to Agatha Christie and her books ?

 

I guess that my mum read them so they were around the house, I enjoyed the first few I read so kept going.

 

A hard question now, of all the novels she wrote do you have a favourite ?

 

That is hard, probably Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case. While there were things that just didn’t fit, as she wrote it fairly early but it wasn’t released till after her death and after many other books, the plot twist was intriguing.

 

Where there any books that you did not like or could not get into and why ?

 

No

 

Do you own eveyone of the authors books and if do what formats do you have them ?

 

Yes. Paperback. (Also The David Suchet DVDs and Miss Marple DVD series, plus I think all the Muder on the Orient Express versions)

 

If there is somebody reading this interview who hasn't read any of Agatha Christie's books what book would you suggest they start with?

 

The first one , 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'.

 

What is the one question you would have liked have asked her ?

 

How did she keep churning out ideas.

 

If you could be a character from any one of the books, who would it be and why?

 

I’m not sure I’d want to one, but if so maybe Ariadne Oliver, in man form of course.I’d least want to be poor Old Hastings, always being proven wrong.

 

Thank you Geoff great to have take part.



My first guest to talk about there favourite author is Peter Coombes

 

Hi Peter thank you for agreeing to talk to me can you start by tell us us about about your chosen author please

 

Sir Terry Pratchett the author of the global bestselling Discworld series plus so many other wonderful books that where not in the discworld series. Including Truckers , Diggers and Wings three books which where more aimed at children but I love them they are so funny and well worth reading and then there was the long earth series and Johnny Maxwell Trilogy.

 

There are so many more books to be discovered by Sir Terry Pratchett and you won't be disappointed trying to collect them.

 

Also the discworld books have been made into TV series and plays what can you say he was one of the best authors of all time there will never be another Terry Pratchett he is very sadly missed.

 

Can you tell me what first drew your interest in to his books ?

 

Well it was my brother around 1990 he told me he just read this book Guards! Guards! By Terry Pratchett Discworld novel 8 and it was so funny I should give it a go so I went and got a copy and it was.He was right I thought it was just so funny and the characters where brilliant so then after that I was hooked on Terry Pratchett books

 

 A hard question now, of all the novels he wrote do you have a favourite ?

 

There are just too many to say but if I have to say one its got to be guards guards because if had not told me to give it a go and I had not read that one I would not have discovered Sir Terry Pratchett and that would have been a big lose to me for missing out as I would lost on some of the best books I have ever read

 

Where there any books that you did not like or could not get into and why ?

 

As a big fan I feel ashamed to say this but there was just one book I had trouble with and that was small God’s. Sorry Sir Terry I just don’t know why but I just had trouble trying to get into this one I feel bad now for saying that and now I will sit in the corner and say sorry to the great Sir Terry Pratchett and ask for his forgiveness .

 

Do you own everyone of the authors books and if do what formats do you have them ?

 

Well I have all the books but not in all formats so Iam working on getting everyone in each format so there will be paperbacks, hard back, audio and leather bound version which I do have twelve in leather and I also all have them all on kindle.

 

And I have three signed copy’s of Terry Pratchett books these along with my leather ones are my favourite ones.

 

If there is somebody reading this interview who hasn't read any of his books what book would you suggest they start with?

 

This is very difficult to answer but I have to say Guards Guards ,but that is a discworld book and Sir Terry Pratchett has so many great books out there.

 

One I would say buy is Dodger he lives in Dickensian London so there’s a lot of people might like this he ,my mum being of these who loved it and of course so do I.

 

What would be the one question you would have liked asked him?

 

I would have loved to have meet him and I did have the chance once a long time ago but my depression and social anxiety stoped me I will always regret that forever but if I could have I would have asked where does he come up with all the fantastic characters I know this is a sort of question every one ask but I just would have loved to ask him.

 

What character would you like to spend a day as from his books ?

 

Death in the book Mort he has a white horse called Blinky now I don’t think it’s related to Amanda Harvey Purse`s cat Blinky but then you never know maybe Terry Pratchett was a fan and called deaths house after her cat ha ha.

 

Thank you Peter , it's been great to have you take part .