Coming Up on Book Talk
If you want to get ahead, this is the place to find out what we're reading for forthcoming Book Talk podcasts.
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March 2014: S by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst
Celebrated sci-fi filmmaker JJ Abrams joins forces with author Doug Dorst on a novel about a book that unexpectedly draws two people together. Jennifer, a college senior, discovers a copy of Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a strange and secretive author who was the subject of one of the world’s greatest mysteries. In the margins of the book are notes by Eric, a disgraced grad student who, like Jennifer, is facing some major life decisions. When Jennifer leaves some margin notes of her own for Eric to find, the resulting conversation plunges them both into a world of mystery, menace and desire.
Podcast available: 19 March
April 2014: Tenth of December by George Saunders
April’s Book Talk will feature the recently announced winner of The Folio Prize, the first major English language book prize open to writers from around the world. American writer Saunders has been called "the best short story writer in English" by Time magazine, and the Folio Prize judges claimed that the stories in this collection "take us to the edge of some of the most difficult questions of our time and force us to consider what lies behind and beyond them". We look forward to seeing what the Book Talk panel makes of this, the first short story collection we have featured.
May 2014: The Humans by Matt Haig
In a galaxy far, far away is a utopian society governed by mathematics, which finds itself threatened when Cambridge University professor Andrew Martin cracks the Reimann Hypothesis, opening the doorway to the alien planet’s technology and summoning the story’s otherworldly narrator to earth to erase Martin’s solution—and Martin himself.
At first disgusted by Earth’s violence, disease and strife, the alien slowly begins to appreciate humans’ flaws, as he tries to navigate his way through Martin’s life, leading him to question his whole mission.