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Book Reviews

Sometimes when you are looking for your next book it is hard to know where to start and this is where book reviews and recommendations can help out.

St Albans and District Talking Newspaper (SADTN) has a regular feature in one of its weekly programmes called the “Talking Bookshelf” that focuses solely on books. Each item centres on a particular title with an informative discussion between a reviewer and an interviewer about the book and its author.

SADTN has kindly made these interviews available to us so that they can be listened to via the Calibre website with the hope that it may help with your next reading choices. All of the titles reviewed are available to borrow via the Calibre audio library.

SADTN and Calibre Audio have permission from Gofby Music to include incidental music from his collection.

To find out more about SADTN, visit their site or to hear more reviews by them, follow this link. If you want to find out about talking newspapers available in your area visit the Talking Newspaper Federation.

 


 

'The Dry' by Jane Harper

Camilla Chester returns to the studio to discuss Jane Harper's highly successful first novel with Rob Pearman. Set in the arid landscape of drought-afflicted Australia, this is a 'murder mystery' with a difference. The discussion includes audio extracts courtesy of Calibre Audio Library.

Reproduced with kind permission from St Albans and District Talking Newspaper (SADTN)

 

'A Tale of Two Cities' by Charles Dickens

Terry Prince explores the continuing attraction and contemporary resonance of one of Dickens' most dramatic novels. This discussion with Rob Pearman includes - once again - audio extracts courtesy of Calibre Audio Library.

Reproduced with kind permission from St Albans and District Talking Newspaper (SADTN)

 

'Halloween Party' by Agatha Christie

Deborah Heath discusses one of Agatha Christie's 'murder mysteries' and sets it in the context of the author's many other works of fiction, and tries to persuade Rob Pearman to overcome his previous lack of interest in such a famous writer.

Reproduced with kind permission from St Albans and District Talking Newspaper (SADTN)

 

'The Reader on the 6.27' by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

Sitting in the 6.27 train each day, Guylain Vignolles recites aloud from pages he has saved from the jaws of the monstrous pulping machine. When he discovers the diary of a lonely young woman, Julie - who feels as lost in the world as he does - his journey truly begins.

Reproduced with kind permission from St Albans and District Talking Newspaper (SADTN)

 

'Alone in Berlin' by Hans Falada

Hans Falada wrote ‘Alone in Berlin’ immediately after the Second World War when living in what had become East Germany, but it was only available in translation much more recently. Val Page explains to Rob Pearman why she was so impressed by this tale of an ordinary couple of Berliners and their fight back against the Nazis.

Reproduced with kind permission from St Albans and District Talking Newspaper (SADTN)

 

'The Warden' by Anthony Trollope

'The Warden' is the first of the six 'Chronicles of Barsetshire' written by Anthony Trollope in the second half of the 19th century. Val Page tells Rob Pearman why she enjoyed the characters and the humour in this novel and also how the issues raised in this novel still have contemporary relevance.

Reproduced with kind permission from St Albans and District Talking Newspaper (SADTN)

 


 

Older Book Reviews

Below is a list of older book reviews that can be listened to from our Mixcloud site.

  • 'All The Light We Cannot See' by Anthony Doerr – link
  • 'The Power and the Glory' by Graham Greene – link
  • 'The Crooked Heart' by Lissa Evans – link
  • 'Rebecca' by Daphne du Maurier – link