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My Life in Books with Red Széll

Join broadcaster Red Széll in one-on-one interviews with authors who discuss their life, works and three books that have resonated with them. Weekdays at 1 p.m. Eastern.

My Life in Books with Red Széll

Join broadcaster Red Széll in one-on-one interviews with authors who discuss their life, works and three books that have resonated with them. Weekdays at 1 p.m. Eastern.

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Josie Lloyd

Authored on January 20, 2023

This time, Red is joined by Josie Lloyd who, since her debut in 1997, has written a string of best-selling novels, including the international smash hit Come Together, which she co-wrote with her husband Emlyn Rees.

Although her books are a celebration of life, love, and friendship, Josie has never shied away from difficult subjects, but she invariably does so with a sense of hope and humour. This was particularly true of her 2021 novel, The Cancer Ladies Running Club, which she wrote in the wake of her own diagnosis of breast cancer. The novel, published in the U.S. as The Brightside Running Club, is now being made into a film of the same name, and its themes of finding positivity through fitness and friendship are continued in Josie’s latest book, Lifesaving For Beginners.

Written during the lockdown, it too touches on some dark subject matter but as always Josie’s light touch is there to celebrate some of what the lockdown gave us as well as recognize what it took away. "Literature should be there to hold up a mirror for people to find themselves in, and I always look for the funny in life," she says.

Join Josie and Red as they discuss the healing powers of friendship, open-water swimming, and The Very Hungover Caterpillar!

Kate Summerscale

Authored on January 2, 2023

Red is joined by Kate Summerscale, an award-winning author and journalist who achieved international recognition with the publication of "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher." The book was a ground-breaking re-examination of the infamous Road Hill House case, a grisly Victorian murder that became the blueprint for the classic English country house murder story.

Since writing "Mr. Whicher," Kate has turned her forensic light onto several other seemingly inexplicable cases, including those of "Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace" and "The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story." So her most recent book might seem like a bit of a departure. But in "The Book of Phobias and Manias: A History of the World in 99 Obsessions," she offers us a series of fascinating case studies to take us on a tour of our deepest fears and compulsions.

Join Kate and Red, if you dare, as they explore foibles from arachnophobia to trypophobia with a touch of Beatlemania thrown in for good measure!

Graeme Macrae

Authored on December 19, 2022

In this episode, Red is joined by Graeme Macrae Burnet who, in his four novels to date, has created a cryptic and compelling sub-genre: false true crime. His second book, His Bloody Project, was a runaway hit, shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize and translated into more than 20 languages.

Now, his fourth, Case Study, which has recently been published in Canada, seems destined to equal, if not outperform, it. In its pages, he entwines the fictional biography of Collins Braithwaite, a radical 1960s psychiatrist, with the journal of a young woman who becomes a patient of Braithwaite’s in the belief that he drove her sister to suicide.  

"Suicide makes Miss Marples of us all," claims the young woman, who has adopted the name, Rebecca, in a nod to Daphne du Maurier. But as fans of Graeme Macrae Burnet will know, his protagonists are never reliable narrators, and like psychotherapists, it is up to his readers to tease out the truth contained in the stories he presents to us.

Join Graeme and Red as they discuss unreliable witnesses, French Existentialism, and the joy of creating puzzles.