Read On - The Audiobook Show from RNIB

Read On - The Audiobook Show from RNIB

A weekly show all about audiobooks recorded at the RNIB Talking Book studios. We talk to your favourite authors and narrators, along with reviews and news about new audiobooks. Presented and produced by Robert Kirkwood, you'll find a new episode here every Friday at 1pm plus bonus content such as longer uncut interviews and episodes of our occasional extra show, The Book Group. Talking Books is a free service from RNIB giving access to over 40,000 fiction and non fiction books for adults and children. Find out more by searching for RNIB Library. Get involved and join the conversation by emailing radio@rnib.org.uk or find Robert on Twitter @Talking_Books (https://twitter.com/Talking_Books) Other great podcast channels from RNIB Connect Radio Connect (https://audioboom.com/channel/weeklyconnect) - Our main channel with news, features and articles on sight loss. Conversations (https://audioboom.com/channel/conversations) - Blind and partially sighted people speaking about a wide range of topics. Tech Talk (https://audioboom.com/channel/techtalkpodcast) - Technology for blind and partially sighted people. Sport (https://audioboom.com/channel/sport) - See sport differently. The Happy Hour (https://audioboom.com/channels/5022411) - Mental health, mindfulness, and overall wellbeing. Tracks of My Life (https://audioboom.com/playlists/4634228-tracks-of-my-life) - Take a journey through our guest's life. Support (https://audioboom.com/channel/rnib-support) - Other podcasts from RNIB. TV Guide (https://audioboom.com/channel/tv-guide) - Daily audio TV listings

Episodes

July 19, 2024 57 mins
In today's episode we hear from Love Island star and disability campaigner Tasha Ghouri about her novel, 'Hits Different' plus from Race Across the World we get some audiobook recommendations from Trish Sail. All that plus we listen to four brand new RNIB Talking Books.
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Recorded on location at the Boswell Book Festival, this week Kirsty Logan tells us about 'The Unfamiliar: A Queer Motherhood Memoir', journalist and author Xinran Xue uncovers 'The Book of Secrets: A Personal History of Betrayal in Red China', Nigel Toon tells us 'How AI thinks' and we end with Vivian French with 'Bibi and the Box of Fairy Tales!' All that plus some brand new audiobooks that are also in the Talking Books libra...
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Three authors today who all recorded the audio versions of their books, Great British Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant champions quality over consumption in his book 'Less', John Niven talks about his heart-breaking and sometimes hilarious memoir 'Oh, Brother' and Christian Lewis takes us around the UK coastline in 'Finding Hildasay'.

Plus we find some brand new books in the RNIB Library.
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More authors from the Boswell Book Festival this week including Catherine Coldstream on her book Cloistered: My Years As a Nun and two great but very different poetry collections with Jackie Kay's Mayday and Donna Ashworth's Wild Hope.

Plus, away from the festival, we get the books of your life from Yoto Carnegie Medal Winner Joseph Coelho and find new books available in the RNIB Library.
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A show chiefly in the Scottish dialect this week as we head to the Boswell Book Festival to talk to writer, broadcaster and language activist Billy Kay about his book Born in Kyle; poet, Scots language and mental-health advocate Len Pennie reads us some Poyums and we hear from the prolific author and now Knight of the Realm, Sir Alexander McCall Smith, plus, in the spirit of the festival, we find some memoirs in the RNIB libra...
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Our final two Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing Shortlisted authors join us this week, Nathanael Lessore with Steady For This and Sophie Cameron with Away with Words. Plus we discover some new books entering the Talking Books library.
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More Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing shortlisted authors on the show this week. Zillah Bethell on The Song Walker, Tia Fisher on Crossing the Line and Nicola Davies talks about Choose Love. Plus some new books in the RNIB library.
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To commemorate D-Day we’ve taken a journey into the RNIB Library to listen to some great history books about the Normandy landings and beyond.
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In today's show we feature two authors on the shortlist for the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing. Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho tells us how Greek myth inspired his book 'The Boy Lost in the Maze', and Hiba Noor Khan tells us the lesser known story of how the Great Mosque in Paris helped the Jewish community in World War Two in 'Safiyyah's War'
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May 24, 2024 57 mins
On today's show we listen to the brand new thriller The Deadly Spark from debut novelist Roxie Key, plus following on from last week's climate chat we turn to non-fiction and Mark Lynas' book Our Final Warning. All that plus four brand new audiobooks available from the RNIB Library.
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Today we take a deep dive into climate fiction with Greg Mosse and his books The Coming Darkness and The Coming Storm plus we find some brand new audio books that are also available from RNIB. 
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As we start gearing up for this year's Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing, we listen back to four previous winners with four very different books ... Elizabeth Acevedo, Tanya Landman, Geraldine McCaughrean and Ruta Sepetys.
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In today's show we hear the Books of My Life from both Nero debut novel winner Michael Magee and Booker shortlisted Sarah Bernstein. We also chat to C.J. Tudor about the Gathering, The Drift and more, plus find new books in the RNIB library. 
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We interview Lord Jeffrey Archer as he records a special introduction to his book Traitors Gate exclusively for RNIB Talking Books, plus as her book 'Nobody Does it Better than Me: The Story of Alma' is recorded for the library, Robert Kirkwood chats to Dr Lin Berwick MBE.
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In today's show we talk to Leeanne O'Donnell about spirit and matter, love and lust, and reality and magic, all in her book Sparks of Bright Matter. We also look forward to the Boswell Book Festival with Gordon Turnbull and find new books in the RNIB Library.
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Read On this week features Chioma Okereke with her coming of age audio book Water Baby set in the floating slum of Makoko in Lagos. We hear about The Trees: A Novel by Percival Everett and find new books entering the RNIB Library.
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In today's show we're re-joined by Louise Hare as she tells us about the sequel to Miss Aldridge Regrets, Harlem After Midnight. Plus we delve into the archive to talk to Sara Collins about The Confessions of Frannie Langton, and find some brand new audiobooks that are also available from RNIB Talking Books.
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This week Robert Kirkwood talks to former military policeman and former Met Detective, Neil Lancaster about the latest DS Max Craigie Book, The Devil You Know and how his career influenced his writing. Plus we find some brand new books out now and entering the Talking Books library.
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March 22, 2024 57 mins
In today’s show we listen to some books about music and musicians. We chat to Beth and Ben of The Bookshop Band, talk to the author of Outlaw Blues, a 500 page biography of Bob Dylan and then get some book recommendations from former Never Mind the Buzzcocks team captain, Phill Jupitus. Plus we find some brand new gems in the Talking Books library.  
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March 15, 2024 57 mins
In today's show we feature all four category winners in the first ever Nero Book Awards,

First up we listen to a clip from the Non-Fiction winning book Strong Female Character by Fern Brady 

We have a long chat with Michael Magee about his Debut Fiction winning book, Close to Home  

We listen to a clip from The Swifts by Beth Lincoln, the Children’s Fiction winner

Then, from the Booker Prize...
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