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Author interviews

We are delighted to be supported by so many high profile authors and actors who have visited our studios over the years, or have featured in our member newsletter 'Connect'. Michael Palin came into our studios to record excerpts from one of his books, and had these kind words to say about us:

'I am delighted to give my continuing support to Listening Books. They do a terrific job in making the work of myself and my fellow authors available to everybody. Long may they thrive'.

On this page you can listen to interviews with those who have kindly donated their time to Listening Books. Please click on the links to hear their interviews (all interviews © Listening Books).

 

James Runcie
James Runcie image copyright Charlotte Runcie
 

James is the author of The Grantchester Series, now a successful ITV production. Dividing his time between London and Edinburgh, he also works as the Commissioning Editor for Arts on BBC Radio 4

Image © Charlotte Runcie

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  Bernard Cornwell
Bernard Cornwell
Bernard Cornwell was born in London but now resides in America, where he writes full time. He has written a number of popular historical fiction series, include Sharpe and The Starbuck Chronicles, both of which are available in the Listening Books library collection.

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Rachel Abbott
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Rachel is a self-publishing success story. Her first novel was made available through Kindle and was the 2nd highest selling Kindle book in 2012. Since then, she has gone from strength to strength. Her 6th novel, Kill Me Again, is available now.

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Bill BrysonBill Bryson

 

 

Bill Bryson was born in America and now lives in Britain. He has written many popular books about his travels, among other topics. You can find one of his most recent, The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island in our catalogue, Listening Books number 13106CD.

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Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

 

Margaret is a Canadian author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children's literature and many popular novels. Titles in our library include The Edible Woman, available on MP3 CD number 00849CD and Cat's Eye, available to download number 11798.

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Image © George Whitside

 

Marcia Barritt

Marcia Barritt

Marcia is a bilingual author and artist, specialising in the Jamaican Patwa language. You can find Roots Recollections: Caribbean Poems and Folk Songs available in our library on MP3 CD, number 00029CD.

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M C Beaton

M C Beaton

 

Marion Chesney has written over 100 historical romance novels but she is most well known as M C Beaton for her crime novels and her characters Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth. If you are new to her novels, try Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, available to download, number 02386.

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Image © Constable and Robinson

 

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett

 

Alan is an award winning actor, author, screenwriter and playwright. His play The History Boys has been adapted into a popular film as well as receiving 6 Tony Awards for its Broadway run in 2006. The title is available to download from the Listening Books library, number 01451.

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Simon Brett
Simon Brett
 
Simon Brett is most well known for his mystery crime novels featuring actor and amateur detective, Charles Paris. He has also been a radio producer for the BBC. A Reconstructed Corpse, read by the author himself, is available to download number 10556.

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  Melvyn Bragg
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Melvyn is a writer, broadcaster, producer. He will be most well known to many for his work on The South Bank Show.

'In Our Time' is just one of his titles that are available in our library, Listening Books number 11759.

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Simon Callow

Simon Callow

 

Simon is a hugely successful actor with one of the most recognisable voices in theatre and film. His narration work includes Thames Sacred River by Peter Ackroyd, available to stream, number 00386.

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Image © The Hanbury Agency Ltd

 

Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer

Eoin is an Irish children's author, most well known for the Artemis Fowl series, a set of 8 science fantasy novels . The first book is available to download or on MP3 CD, number 08747CD.

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Image © Michael Paynter

 

           

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell

 

Cressida is the author of the fantastic children's series How to Train Your Dragon. In this interview Cressida reveals some interesting facts about how she chose her dragons' characteristics. You can borrow the book on MP3 CD, number 00164CD.

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Image © Sam Jones

 

Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis

Creator of the Didius Falco character, a Roman detective, her books have been adapted into highly successful audio dramas for the BBC. Her titles include Scandal Takes a Holiday, number 00689CD and Alexandria, number 02294CD.

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Image © Mark Harrison/Hodder & Stoughton Publishers

           

Alan Durant
Alan Durant

 

 

 

Alan Durant is an award winning children's author and his many titles include the 'Creepe Hall' series, available for members to borrow on MP3 CD.


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Fenella Fielding

Fenella Fieldin

 

 

Fenella is an actress, most well known for her appearances in the film 'Carry on Screaming' and 'The Morcambe and Wise Show' and for her distinctive vocal talent.

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Ken FollettKen Follett
 

Bestselling author of The Pillars of the Earth trilogy, Ken Follett's novels are frequently featured on the New York Times Bestsellers lists.

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  Sally GardnerSally Gardner

Sally is a Nestle Prize winning children's author and illustrator and her books have been translated into 22 different languages. You can find The Boy Who Could Fly & The Invisible Boy in our library, number 00490CD.

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Pippa Goodhart

Pippa Goodhart

 

Pippa has written numerous books for children and also writes under the name Laura Owen. You can find Whizz-Bang Winnie and Other Stories, available to download in our library, number 02576.

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Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson

Charlie is a successful actor, writer and comedian. All five books in his Young Bond series have featured in bestsellers lists and are available in the Listening Books library.

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Image © Andy Paradise

           

Caroline Lawrence

Caroline Lawrence

 

Caroline Lawrence is famed for her historical children's series The Roman Mysteries. The first title in the series, The Thieves of Ostia is available on MP3 CD, number 09843CD.

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Maureen LipmanMaureen Lipman

Maureen Lipman is a British writer, actor and comedian. Voicing many of the titles in our library, her book Lip Reading can be borrowed on MP3CD or streamed, number 00390CD.

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Rory MacLean

Rory MacLean

 

 

Rory MacLean is a Canadian travel writer and has written 10 non-fiction titles as well as presenting more than 50 BBC travel documentaries.

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Blake Morrison

Blake Morrison

Blake Morrison is an author and poet. He is currently Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, London.

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Image © Charlotte Knee

           

Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff

 

Meg has written many thought- provoking titles for young adults, as well as some great titles for younger readers. How I Live Now, number 09874CD is available in the Listening Books library now.

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Image © Geoff Pugh

 

Ali Sparks

Ali Sparkes

The award winning children's author spoke to us about her work and read a chapter of her book Frozen in Time especially for Listening Books members.

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Joe Simpson

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Joe Simpson is a mountaineer and motivational speaker. His book Touching the Void was made into a highly successful film in 2003. The original is available in our library, Listening Books number 07089CD.

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Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Worldwide sensation, Barbara spoke with us about her long career in the world of books and her role as ambassador for the Literacy Trust.

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Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig

 

Sandi Toksvig is a comedian, presenter and author who has worked extensively in film, television and radio. Our younger members will enjoy her book The Littlest Viking, Listening Books number 01296CD.

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Eleanor Updale

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Eleanor Updale is the author of the Montmorency series among other children's titles. The series can be found in the library, read by our Patron, Stephen Fry.

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Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters

 

Sarah Waters is the bestselling and award winning author of titles such as Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith.

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Image © Charlie Hopkinson

 

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson's novels often deal with many challenging themes and remain some of the most popular titles chosen in our library. The Story of Tracy Beaker is available to download or on MP3 CD, number 08662CD.

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Image © Jacqueline Wilson

           

Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah

 

Benjamin Zephaniah may be most well known to our younger members for his poetry and for his ground breaking novel Face, available in the Listening Books library, number 09272CD.

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