Sam BlakeAuthored on December 4, 2023
Join writer, broadcaster and blind adventurer Red Széll for the latest episode of AMI-audio’s My Life in Books. Each fortnight, Red invites you to join him in conversation with a renowned author about their work and the books that inspired them to write.
For this episode, Red is joined by internationally best-selling crime writer Sam Blake.
Beginning with her 2016 debut Little Bones, the Irish writer has published a slew of crime novels that have won her acclaim and fans around the world. After the success of Little Bones and its sequels, Sam moved from police procedurals to writing twisty psychological crime thrillers, the latest of which, The Mystery of Four, was published earlier this year. And in case anyone should accuse her of resting on her laurels, this summer also saw the publication of Sam’s first foray into Young Adult fiction, Something Terrible Happened Last Night.
Both novels are absolute page-turners, with Sam’s trademark keen eye for character, detail, and country-house hotel settings making it seem as if Agatha Christie had just been resurrected clutching an iPad!
Join Sam and Red as they discuss how modern technology can be both a help and a hindrance to crime writers and explore the timeless tropes that continue to thrill readers.
Andrew F. SullivanAuthored on November 20, 2023
Join writer, broadcaster and blind adventurer Red Széll for the latest episode of AMI-audio’s My Life in Books.
Each fortnight, Red invites you to join him in conversation with a renowned author about their work and the books that inspired them to write.
For this episode, Red is joined by Canadian author Andrew F. Sullivan. Over the past decade, Andrew has built a reputation as an author of gritty tales for gritty times. His debut novel, Waste, was described by the Toronto Star as "Keystone Cops meet horror in Oshawa." His latest, The Marigold, is set in a post-climate catastrophe Toronto ravaged by extreme weather, unfettered development and a toxic mould that’s rising from the groundwater and becoming sentient.
It’s not a tale for the faint-hearted, but in its often grotesquely funny portrayal of a shiny city being consumed by the very land it stands on, it poses serious questions about mankind’s corruption of nature through our relentless desire for growth.
Join Andrew and Red as they explore Toronto’s sinkholes, and the pitfalls and possible ramifications of late-stage capitalism.
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Sheila ArmstrongAuthored on November 6, 2023
For this episode, Red is joined by Irish author Sheila Armstrong whose writing has been described as, "elegiac and atmospheric, dark and disquieting." Her debut novel, Falling Animals, was inspired by a real-life mystery and like the sea off the coast of her native northwest Ireland, the tale it tells is alive with undercurrents. Each chapter focuses on a different character caught up in the wake of an unidentified man’s body appearing on a remote Irish beach. It’s a haunting tale which, like Sheila’s short stories, is rich with the landscape and thwarted dreams of a community living on the storm-tossed edge of the world.
Join Sheila and Red as they explore the real-life mystery that inspired Falling Animals and how Sheila blurs the lines between the bizarre and the every day through her lyrical prose.