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In this episode we discuss serial killer thrillers with crime writer David Fennell, chat about the Jaipur Lit Fest and the Borders Book Fest, tackle the heatwave, and are rudely interrupted by a famous writer with no opposable thumbs...
In this episode we discuss National Crime Reading Month, talk to newly knighted British Book Awards Nibbie winner Sir Ian Rankin and bestselling Irish crime writer Vanessa O'Loughlin/Sam Blake, and chat about the Platty Joobs - the Platinum Jubilee - with some fun facts about the Queen
In this episode, thriller writer Stephanie Merritt discusses her latest novel Storm, and her alter ego S.J. Parris talks us through the life of her historical crime series protagonist Giordano Bruno, philosopher and cosmologist. We also discuss the world's worst teachers.
In this episode we talk to literary titan and former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, Lord Jeffrey Archer, investigate quaint English village names, and discuss the Domesday Book.
In this episode we chat to 2022 British Book Awards Crime and Thriller book of the year nominees Val McDermid, Ian Rankin and Abigail Dean. We also discuss Gandhi's legendary spinning wheel.
In this episode, we interview thriller-writing legend David Baldacci about his new novel Dream Town, discuss his writing journey and his fear of orang-utans, and debate the "Oscars slap"
In this episode we chat to British Book Awards Crime and Thriller category shortlisted Janice Hallett about The Appeal, discuss epistolary novels from Adrian Mole to Dangerous Liaisons, and Vaseem's latest paperback, The Dying Day
In this episode Vas and Abir chat to CWA Chair Maxim Jakubowski, discuss the new crime anthology 'The Perfect Crime', debate the "bad review", and consider penning a joint erotic nove...l '100 Shades of Brown' anyone?
In this episode we chat to Anna Mazzola about her new novel, The Clockwork Girl, set in 18th century Paris; mention her pole-dancing gecko, Elektra; and Vas and Abir get serious about the war in Ukraine
In this episode we speak to Adele Parks, bestselling author of Both of You, and Alex Preston, writer, literary critic, and author of Winchelsea; we talk domestic noir and why the Robin Hood image of smugglers needs to be re-assessed.
In this episode we talk to Dean Koontz about his new novel Quicksilver, discuss dogs in literature, find out what a dude ranch is, and Abir takes on Dean in a canine-inspired quiz
In this episode we chat to crime writers Craig Robertson and Amy McCulloch, discuss cleaning up after dead bodies, and climbing into mountain "death zones"; while Vas speculates on what he might do with Abir's ashes
In this episode, we look back at 2021, take a look forward to 2022, and talk about Abir's crime-writing teapot
In this episode, we chat to Finnish crime writing superstar Antti Tuomainen, as well as talking to Tracy Fenton of The Book Club about her five favourite recent reads, discuss the world pillow fighting championships, and present a very heartfelt and candid statement from Abir about co-host Vaseem.
In this episode we talk to Stuart Turton, author of the mind bending The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, quiz Imran Mahmood on his adapted BBC show You Don't Know Me, and discuss where the word 'tomfoolery' comes from.
In this episode Mikhail Sen, star of the recent A Suitable Boy adaptation, talks to us about his acting life, and the audiobook of The Shadows of Men; we then put him to the test with a Hollywood great quotes quiz
In this episode we interview spy thriller writer Charles Cumming and discuss his latest book Judas 62, chat to Vic Watson and Simon Berwick about the upcoming Bay Tales festival, and do our bit for climate change by reducing our podcast's carbon footprint
In this episode we interview Goldsboro Books Glass Bell-winning author Clare Whitfield, whose debut re-imagines the Jack the Ripper murders, discuss the fate of the PG Tips tea chimps, and investigate awkward plurals.
In this episode we talk to historical novelist Elodie Harper about The Wolf Den, set in the brothels of ancient Pompeii; discuss French literature and Abir's trip to France
In this episode we interview author and journalist Tim Marshall and discuss how geography influences modern politics, discuss some of the best ever literary novels set in Scotland, and offer a round-up from the Bloody Scotland festival.
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Farah Egby

Upbeat and witty. Just what I need at the moment.

Apr 12th
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