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Chiltern Voice Book Club

Chiltern Voice Book Club

Chiltern Voice Book Club is a weekly radio show in which Antonia Honeywell talks books, writing reading and publishing with a varied range of brilliant writers.

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Chiltern Voice Book Club is a weekly radio show in which Antonia Honeywell talks books, writing reading and publishing with a varied range of brilliant writers. Each guest chooses a selection of songs which are played as part of the show. Unfortunately the songs can't be included here, but the words and the wisdom are unmissable. Tune in to chilternvoice.fm on Saturdays from 12 till 2 to hear the show complete with songs.

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Adele Geras (20th March 2021)
Adele Geras brings her alter ego Hope Adams to Book Club to talk about Dangerous Women, her new novel exploring the fascinating history of the Rajah quilt and the 1841 voyage of the convict ship upon which it was created. At least, that was the...
1 hr 2 min /
Eleanor Fitzsimons (13th March 2021)
Eleanor Fitzsimons joins Antonia to talk, not only about the unconventional life and extraordinary work of children’s author E. Nesbit, but about her own writing life and the very personal experience of the cancer that struck her as this fascinating...
1 hr 2 min /
Lev Parikian (6th March 2021)
Lev is an orchestral conductor, a naturalist and a writer. He takes Antonia on a gentle stroll through his music choices, taking in rediscovering the joy of birds and birdwatching, working with Unbounders, emergency birds and making Twitter a pleasant...
56 min /
Lorna Gibb (27th February 2021)
Lorna Gibb joins Antonia in a personal and wide-ranging discussion of her novel A Ghost’s Story, her memoir Childless Voices and her biographies of Rebecca West and Hester Stanhope. Matt Monroe: Walk away Joni Mitchell: Marcie Eddi Reader: Jamie,...
56 min /
Jane Smiley (20th February 2021)
International bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winning author Jane Smiley joins Antonia to talk about her new novel, The Strays of Paris, taking in husbands and ex-husbands and horses along the way. And cowboys and first love and Dickens and Shakespeare....
51 min /
Salena Godden 13th February 2021
Salena Godden talks about life and death and writing and joy, about sharing the very early stages of Mrs. Death on national radio, about a life spent revelling in words - and about having your debut novel optioned for film by Idris Elba. Join us for...
56 min /
Stella Duffy (6th February 2021)
Stella Duffy joins Antonia to talk about life and death and joy and Fun Palaces and the fierce wonder of the young, and about love and music and diagonal family relationships and beauty, all wrapped in her glorious new novel, Lullaby Beach. Global...
1 hr 9 min /
Tim Finch (30th January 2021)
Antonia chats with Tim Finch about his critically acclaimed novel, The House Of Journalist, and Tim talks openly and honestly about the experience of writing and publishing a second novel. That second novel, Peace Talks, about being shortlisted for...
52 min /
Anne Booth (23rd January 2021)
Anne Booth talks about the joy, the responsibility and the beauty of writing for children, from picture books to young readers to her Carnegie-listed middle-grade novel Girl With a White Dog. She also talks about the writing of Small Miracles, her...
57 min /
Emma Carroll (16th January 2021)
From Victorian England to Ancient Egypt, from travelling circus to deserted mansion, Emma discusses how she creates compelling characters and stories across a range of settings and times, how her career as a teacher prepared her for life as a...
47 min /
Andy Miller (9th January 2021)
Andy Miller, author of The Year of Reading Dangerously and co-host of Backlisted Pod, talks about the power of reading and the art of writing, and plays a marvellous and unexpected selection of Northern Soul. Needle in a Haystack - The Velvelettes...
1 hr 3 min /
Hayley Webster (25th December 2020)
One Christmas Night Hayley talks Christmas and kindness and how Twitter at its best gave rise to her novel One Christmas Night. Thank God It's Christmas - Queen Blue Christmas - Elvis Gaudete - Steelye Span Walking in the Air - Peter Auty Last...
56 min /
Clare Reynolds (19th December)
Antonia discusses perfect books for Christmas giving with prolific reader and book blogger Clare Reynolds (@yearsofreading). Clare’s song choices were Step into Christmas - Elton John Mary’s Boy Child - Boney M O Holy Night - *NSYNC I ‘ll be home for...
56 min /
Sophia Bennett (12th December 2020 )
Sophia Bennett talks perseverance, reinvention and the rewards of self-compassion as we untie the wonder of The Windsor Knot, in which Queen Elizabeth II turns Golden Age detective. Grace Jones - Slave to the Rhythm Kylie - Santa Baby Ian Dury...
1 hr 6 min /
Sam Mills (28th November 2020)
Sam Mills talks about her beautiful and tender memoir, The Fragments of My Father; about love, loss and Leonard Woolf; about the power and cost of caring; about writing, Will Self and setting up an independent press. We get a bit cross. We laugh. We...
1 hr 5 min /
Darren Richman (21st November 2020)
Journalist, film-maker and sorta-biographer Darren Richman joins Book Club to talk comedy, writing partnerships and Pat Sharp, and we meander (at least partly drawn by Leonard Cohen and Jarvis Cocker) into a strangely life-affirming place where comedy...
1 hr 2 min /
James Cook (14th November 2020)
Writer and musician James Cook discusses his tender and moving memoir about connecting with his autistic daughter through music, including his own experiences with 90s band Flamingoes. Cloudbusting - Kate Bush Rebel Rebel - David Bowie Life’s What...
50 min /
Stephen Moss (7th November 2020)
Naturalist, television producer and prolific writer Stephen Moss joins me to talk about birds - all kinds of birds, but particularly the swallow, which is the subject of his latest book. We discuss lockdown, writing and the healing power of nature,...
1 hr 3 min /
Una McCormack (24th October 2020)
Bestselling author Una McCormack and I boldly go where no edition of Book Club has gone before as we talk Blake`s Seven, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek and the power of space opera to change the world. Una`s songs were: Come All Ye Rolling...
1 hr /
Amanda Jennings (10th October 2020)
Amanda Jennings discusses her long and often challenging journey to her current status as the Queen of Cornish Noir with honesty warmth and generosity. We talk perseverance, family, the brilliance of teenagers and the importance of friends as well as...
1 hr 2 min /
Miranda Dickinson (17th October 2020)
Miranda Dickinson is made of glitter and starlight, two qualities which she sprinkles liberally into her bestselling stories of love and romance. Her publication story is a source of encouragement to all aspiring writers as, with her steely work ethic...
1 hr 8 min /
Anne Sebba (19th September 2020)
Bestselling historian Anne Sebba enthralls with her stories of Elizabeth Taylor and Madonna, the unknown letters of Ernest and Wallis Simpson, being Reuters` first female journalist, love, loss - and writing. Anne`s songs were: The Beatles - Yesterday...
58 min /
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