Rosie welcomes Catherine Hall, author of ‘The Repercussions’. It tells the story of Jo, a war photographer, who comes to terms with her past when discovering her great-aunt’s diary. Catherine explains that the inspiration for ‘The Repercussions‘ came from an exhibition at the Brighton Pavilion. It showed images of the First World War, when the Pavilion was used as a hospital. Catherine’s experience in Rwanda when she was working for peace building organisations also fed into the book. ‘The Repercussions’ is published by Alma Books.
Writer Sarah Waters offers us an insight into her latest novel ‘The Paying Guests’. Set in 1920s London, it portrays the impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, who are obliged to take in lodgers. Sarah talks about the research process for ‘The Paying Guests‘, which included reading books about the period and looking at newspapers and maps of the time. She also shares that it was a very ‘hard’, but ‘satisfying’ book to write. Rosie and Sarah also briefly discuss Sarah’s PhD thesis ‘Wolfskins and Togas: lesbian and gay historical fictions, 1870 to the present’. ‘The Paying Guests’ is published by Virago.
This year’s Polari First Book Prize winner Diriye Osman presents his collection of stories called ‘Fairytales for Lost Children’. The book features young, gay and lesbian Somalis who face the complexities of family, identity and the immigrant experience on their way to personal freedom. Diriye reveals that ‘Fairytales for Lost Children‘ was written at a time when he came to terms with his sexuality and embraced it. He recalls falling in love in Peckham, where he has lived for many years. He also describes his affection for the district and particularly its library. The author reads a poignant extract from the book that sums up what the book is about and has been cited by many readers. It starts with “Home is…”. ‘Fairytales for Lost Children’ is published by Team Angelica.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:
1) Erasure: ‘Reason’ from the album “The Violet Flame”
2) Neneh Cherry: ‘Spit Three Times’ from the album “Blank Project”
3) Rae Spoon: ‘Danger Danger Danger’ from the album “Love Is a Hunter”
4) Wallis Bird: ‘I Can Be Your Man’ from the album “Architecture”