183 million printed books were sold in the UK last year -- and many more ebooks besides - yet still there is no dedicated book show on British screens. Until now...
In episode five of BOOK BREAK, anchored by author Alexandra Heminsley (Running Like a Girl), we are joined by J B Morrisson a hugely successful musician, Tim Winton, two-time Man Booker Prize nominee and Louise Millar, who has had a career spanning 20 years as a well-respected journalist.
JB, Tim and Louise talk about their journeys into their successful writing careers and the trials and tribulations they experienced along the way.
J B Morrisson spent over ten years as a singer with punk-pop band Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, where he had 14 top 40 singles and a number one album. In this episode of Book Break, Jim Bob will be talking about how an ex Glastonbury headliner like himself came to write his third book, a quirky, life-affirming story that has enormous appeal: The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81.
Tim Winton began his writing career whilst at university, penning An Open Swimmer- which would go on to win the Australian/Vogel Literary Award in 1981- amidst his academic commitments. This early acclaim has been steadily substantiated throughout Tim’s career, being nominated for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1995 and 2002 and winning the Miles Franklin Award four times. His latest novel, Eyrie, deals with disappointment, disillusionment and self-reflection.
Joining them is Louise Millar, whose book The Hidden Girl has just been published to critical acclaim. Louise started her career as a music journalist before diversifying into women’s magazine. She has been a full time thriller writer ever since; her style is described as quietly creepy, chilling and riddled with suspense.
This month, in two special interview clips we’ll also hear from International bestselling author David Baldacci, author of recently released The Target, award winning author Emma Donoghue, author of The Room and most recently Frog Music and Professor Tanya Byron, who has just released her first novel The Skeleton Cupboard.