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.

Please add your comments and thoughts on particular discussion topics around any of our upcoming books to the bottom of this page.


August 2014: More Than This by Patrick Ness

More Than This cover"Here is the boy, drowning". More Than This opens with this striking first line as teenage Seth dies... and then wakes up, alone, in a strangely familiar environment. Where is he? When is he? What is going on? We're looking forward to getting into the twists and turns of multiple Carnegie Medal-winning author Patrick Ness's latest gripping and imaginative Young Adult novel for August's Book Talk.

More Than This discussion questions

  • How do you feel the book measured up to the very compelling opening chapter?
  • What genre do you think More Than This is? One? Many? Any? Do you think Young Adult books have more freedom to play with genre?
  • The book deals with some very tough themes – suicide, murder, child abuse – do you think Young Adult books should censor themselves or be free to discuss these tough issues?
  • How did you feel about the gay relationship in More Than This?
  • Patrick Ness has perfected the art of keeping his writing style sparse in order to convey extreme action. How do you feel this compared to the more tender moments in the book?


September 2014: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks by David MitchellOne of the year's most anticipated new books, Cloud Atlas and ghostwritten author David Mitchell's new novel The Bone Clocks promises to be another unique storytelling adventure. Details are slight so far, but the plot centres on a teenage girl, Holly Sykes, whose life is set on a particular course after an encounter with a strange woman in the summer of 1984. The fact that the publishers are describing the story as 'kaleidoscopic' suggests that we can expect another dazzling display of narrative trickery from Mitchell, which sounds like something to look forward to. 

Check out The Bone Clocks teaser website here


October 2014: Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid

Northanger AbbeyIn October, as the nights draw in, we'll be discussing Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid, a modern re-imagining of the Jane Austen classic. This is the second release from the Austen Project, which pairs six bestselling contemporary authors with Jane Austen’s six complete works. Seventeen-year-old Catherine 'Cat' Morland has led a sheltered existence in rural Dorset, a life entirely bereft of the romance and excitement for which she yearns. So when Cat's wealthy neighbours, the Allens, invite her to the Edinburgh Festival, she is sure adventure beckons.

Read a Northanger Abbey interview with Val McDermid from The List