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Download Author Interview - Monty Don   (15.44 MB)

Author Interview - Monty Don

Monty Don talks about his book 'The Road to Le Tholonet' as it enters the Talking Books Library, plus blind gardener Kevin Smith joins us to talk about sensory gardens.

Download Short Story - Sue Townsend   (3.01 MB)

Short Story - Sue Townsend

A non-fiction short story from Sue Townsend in which she talks about her sight loss, her fear of the dark and her writing. Read by Jacqueline King in tribute to Sue Townsend who passed away in April 2014.

Download Author Interviews - Dame Stephanie   (52.96 MB)

Author Interviews - Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley, Joanna Trollope and Antonia Fraser

Entrepreneur turned philanthropist Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley talks about her book, Let it Go; Antonia Fraser talks about the ‘Perilous Question' and Joanna Trollope chats about her many books in the RNIB library.

Download Special Show - Talking Books at the Oscars   (53.06 MB)

Special Show - Talking Books at the Oscars

The books behind the movies that won an Oscar for Best Picture including All Quiet on the Western Front, Gone with the Wind, The Godfather, Slumdog Millionaire and more (first played in 2011)

Download Author Interview - Jeremy Paxman   (12.95 MB)

Author Interview - Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy Paxman chat's about his book 'Great Britain's Great War' and learns about the birth of RNIB Talking Books.

Download Author Interview - Antonia Fraser   (6.84 MB)

Author Interview - Antonia Fraser

Lady Antonia Fraser joins me to discuss her new book, Perilous Question - The Drama of the Great Reform Bill 1832, as it becomes an RNIB Talking Book

Download Special Feature - Elite Audiobooks   (8.01 MB)

Special Feature - Elite Audiobooks

Dan from Fantastic Books talks about the 'Elite' audiobooks he's producing to accompany the forthcoming game, Elite: Dangerous.

Download Author Interview - Jonathan Meres   (11.98 MB)

Author Interview - Jonathan Meres

Author Jonathan Meres takes us into Norm's World, as he narrates The World of Norm - May Contain Nuts for RNIB Talking Books. Warning, your wardrobe may get wet.

Download Author Interview - Richard Madeley   (12.91 MB)

Author Interview - Richard Madeley

RNIB Ambassador Richard Madeley visits the Talking Book studios as his book 'Some Day I'll Find You' enters the Talking Books library.

Download Special Show - Book Week Scotland 2013   (52.94 MB)

Special Show - Book Week Scotland 2013

An hour long show celebrating Book Week Scotland. With Philippa Cochrane of the Scottish Book Trust I find out all about Book Week and we listen to selections from the book, 'Treasures'.

Download Author Interview - Colin Dexter   (13.25 MB)

Author Interview - Colin Dexter

The creator of Morse joins me from his home in Oxford to discuss his influences, the perfect crime novel and a happy romantic ending for Lewis.

Download Short Story - Doris Lessing   (11.25 MB)

Short Story - Doris Lessing

The Nobel Prize winning writer Doris Lessing, who died at the age of 94, reads a passage from her novel 'The Sweetest Dream'.

Download Special Feature - Book Week Scotland   (10.83 MB)

Special Feature - Book Week Scotland

Pilippa Cochrane of the Scottish Book Trust joins me to talk about Book Week Scotland. This was first broadcast as part of the 'Arts Gallery' feature from Creative Scotland.

Download Author Interview - Val McDermid   (11.96 MB)

Author Interview - Val McDermid

Val McDermid chats about her book 'The Vanishing Point' as it enters the Talking Books library, and about her re-imagining of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.

Download Special Show - Read for RNIB 2013   (52.95 MB)

Special Show - Read for RNIB 2013

For Read for RNIB Day 2013, travel to a Waterloo Wonderland, listen to narrators tell us why they Read for RNIB and listen to clips of their favourite books.

Download Author Interview - Ruth Ozeki Booker 2013   (9.29 MB)

Author Interview - Ruth Ozeki Booker 2013

Ruth Ozeki chats about her Booker shortlisted book 'A Tale for the Time Being' , tells us how she read the audio version herself and why audiobooks can enlighten.

Download Author Interview - NoViolet Bulawayo Booker 2013   (7.67 MB)

Author Interview - NoViolet Bulawayo Booker 2013

NoViolet Bulawayo chats about her Booker shortlisted book 'We Need New Names', about the world the children in the book inhabit and how simple storytelling is so important.

Download Author Interview - Jhumpa Lahiri Booker 2013   (8.49 MB)

Author Interview - Jhumpa Lahiri Booker 2013

Jhumpa Lahiri talks about her Booker shortlisted book 'The Lowland', the naxalite movement and why the audio format is important.

Download Author Interview - Eleanor Catton Booker 2013   (11.19 MB)

Author Interview - Eleanor Catton Booker 2013

Eleanor Catton chats about her Booker shortlisted book 'The Luminaries', astrology and writing to surprise yourself.

Download Author Interview - Colm Toibin Booker 2013   (8.25 MB)

Author Interview - Colm Toibin Booker 2013

Colm Toibin chats about his Booker shortlisted book 'The Testament of Mary', about protests that look bigger than they are and having Meryl Streep read his work.

Download Special Show - Thunderdog   (132.38 MB)

Special Show - Thunderdog

An abridged presentation of Thunderdog. The true story of a blind man and his guide dog who led him from the 78th floor of the World Trade Centre's North Tower on September the 11th, 2001.

Download Special Feature - Gaelic Book Council   (13.90 MB)

Special Feature - Gaelic Book Council

I chat to Rosemary Ward of the Gaelic Books Council, the lead organisation with responsibility for supporting Scottish Gaelic authors and publishers, and for raising the profile and reach of Scottish Gaelic books in Scotland and internationally.

Download Special Show - Man Booker 2012   (52.93 MB)

Special Show - Man Booker 2012

Interviews with all of the 2012 shortlisted authors - including an updated interview with Hilary Mantel after her historic second win.

Download Author Interview - Kim Newman   (17.76 MB)

Author Interview - Kim Newman

As the 4th Anno Dracula book, Johnny Alucard, is released, I chat to author Kim Newman about all things horror and vampiric. In this downloadable version of the interview, there are an extra questions and answers not heard on air.

Download Author Interview - Lynn Shepherd   (15.05 MB)

Author Interview - Lynn Shepherd

Lynn Shepherd is joined by actor and audiobook narrator John Telfer as we chat about Lynn's 'literary mysteries' including the latest book, A Treacherous Likeness, and we hear about a new work based on Dracula.

Download Special Feature -  RNIB at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013   (11.90 MB)

Special Feature - RNIB at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

The special collection of writing called 'Elsewhere' is launched by the RNIB in Braille and audio at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Featuring Anne Fine, Anne Donovan, Janice Galloway and more.

Download Author Interview - Bill Bryson   (33.13 MB)

Author Interview - Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson tells us if dogs really do hate him, why he started to narrate his own books and why he stopped travelling - we also chat about and listen to clips from his new book, One Summer - America 1927

Download Author Interview - DE Meredith   (15.75 MB)

Author Interview - DE Meredith

Author D.E. Meredith chats about her life, her work and the Hatton and Roumande Mysteries featuring the first forensic scientist, Professor Adolphus Hatton, and his trusty French morgue assistant, Albert Roumande.

Download Author Interview - Peter Robinson   (13.68 MB)

Author Interview - Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson is the most borrowed author from the RNIB Talking Books library - he talks to Insight Radio's Leeanne Coyle.

Download Behind the Scenes - Making a Talking Book   (11.65 MB)

Behind the Scenes - Making a Talking Book

I explore the process of audio book production at the RNIB Talking Book studios, from book selection to recording, to recycling the CDs ... and everything in-between

Download Narrator Interview - Eddie Izzard   (8.82 MB)

Narrator Interview - Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard records his first ever audiobook for AudioGo. It's a book called Lost Christmas by David Logan and he tells me about the story and why he wanted to record a book. (http://www.audiogo.com/uk/)

Download Short Story - Louis de Bernieres: Old Smokeytoes   (5.13 MB)

Short Story - Louis de Bernieres: Old Smokeytoes

A dream of a decaying fish under his wig and a new pair of legs changes a dictator's outlook - or does it? A strange and intriguing short story from the author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

Download Behind the Scenes - Narrator David Graham   (9.60 MB)

Behind the Scenes - Narrator David Graham

David Graham talks about his latest RNIB book, his work as Brains and Parker on Thunderbirds and coming up with the original Dalek voice.

Download Behind the Scenes - Clear Voice Books   (14.31 MB)

Behind the Scenes - Clear Voice Books

Ian Rattray of Clear Voice Books tells us why he wants the widest possible range of books by contemporary international authors accessible to everyone.

Download Author Interview - Darren Shan   (11.89 MB)

Author Interview - Darren Shan

As a Zom-B invasion his the RNIB Talking Books library I talk to the horror and fantasy author Darren Shan about all things that will make you sleep with the lights on.

Download Short Story - Odours Savours Sweet by A.S. Byatt   (24.69 MB)

Short Story - Odours Savours Sweet by A.S. Byatt

In this essay written and read by by A.S Byatt, the Booker winner talks about our sense of smell and the lengths we go to mask our own scent. This was written and recorded exclusively for Talking Books and parts are not suitable for family listening.

Download Author Interview - Julian Barnes   (11.91 MB)

Author Interview - Julian Barnes

After winning the Booker for 'The Sense of an Ending', author Julian Barnes joins me in the RNIB Talking Book Studios.

Download Author Interview - Kate Atkinson   (6.42 MB)

Author Interview - Kate Atkinson

At the Edinburgh Book Festival, Kate Atkinson tells me all about Jackson Brodie and her Dad's old guide dog.

Download Short Story - Julian Barnes: The Things You Know   (12.22 MB)

Short Story - Julian Barnes: The Things You Know

An exclusive short story written and read for Talking Books by Booker prize winning author Julian Barnes.

Download Author Interview - Janice Galloway   (10.53 MB)

Author Interview - Janice Galloway

Janice Galloway talks about her book 'This Is Not About Me' ... which is about her after all!

Download Narrator Interview - Garrick Hagon   (4.95 MB)

Narrator Interview - Garrick Hagon

Garrick Hagon talks about his career as an audiobook narrator and also about starring in both Star Wars Episode 4 and Tim Burton's Batman.

Download Author Interview - Anthony Holden   (6.50 MB)

Author Interview - Anthony Holden

The writer, biographer, broadcaster and critic Anthony Holden joins me to talk poker as we chat about his books Big Deal, Bigger Deal and Holden on Hold 'em.

Download Author Interview - Jackie Kay   (9.93 MB)

Author Interview - Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay talks about her memoir Red Dust Road as she reads it for RNIB

Download Special Feature - World Book Night   (11.73 MB)

Special Feature - World Book Night

A look back at a previous World Book Night, how it started and a chat with some blind and partially sighted givers who can now join in with the joy of sharing literature. (World Book Night 2013 feature coming soon)

Download Author Interview - Jen Campbell   (6.85 MB)

Author Interview - Jen Campbell

As 'More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' comes out I talk to Jen Campbell about the first book and how it came to be.

Download Short Story - Ida Tamson by Denise Mina   (37.84 MB)

Short Story - Ida Tamson by Denise Mina

Doing anything it takes to look after the children in her care, enter the world of Ida Tamson. For the first ever 'Aye Write' in 2005, this story by Denise Mina was presented in the Glasgow Evening Times over 5 days and recorded by RNIB Scotland.

Download Author Interview - Lesley Pearse   (9.60 MB)

Author Interview - Lesley Pearse

Author Lesley Pearse talks about her book Father Unknown, the discovery of family secrets and why you should always visit the places you write about.

Download Author Interview - Neil MacGregor   (10.34 MB)

Author Interview - Neil MacGregor

The Director of The British Museum talks about his book 'A History of the World in 100 Objects', his early inspirations and why museums should be both accessible and free.

Download Author Interview - Fay Weldon   (13.72 MB)

Author Interview - Fay Weldon

Fay Weldon chats about her new book Habits of the House, her days as a copywriter and as she takes on Google, the future of publishing. We also find out if Vodka gets you drunker quicker!

Download Author Interview - Ruth Rendell   (9.07 MB)

Author Interview - Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell chats about Wexford on TV, writing as Barbara Vine and her 50 years as a published author.

Download Author Interview - Sarah Mallory   (7.59 MB)

Author Interview - Sarah Mallory

Sarah Mallory, (who also writes as Melinda Hammond) the historical romance novelist, and winner of the Rona Rose award 2012 and 2013, chats about her novel 'Beneath The Major's Scars' as it enters the Talking Books library.

Download Author Interview - Neil Oliver   (11.44 MB)

Author Interview - Neil Oliver

Scottish archaeologist, broadcaster and writer Neil Oliver has a new book in the Talking Books library, based on the TV show Vikings, Robert Kirkwood finds out more

Download Author Interview - John Keay   (6.69 MB)

Author Interview - John Keay

The historian talks about his book 'China - A History' as it enters the Talking Books library. We also chat about how Everest was named and about James Holman, a blind travel book writer from the 1800's.

Download Author Interview - Bernard Cornwell   (8.10 MB)

Author Interview - Bernard Cornwell

Famous as the author of the Sharpe books, Bernard Cornwell joined me from his home in Charleston to talk about ‘1356' a new book set in medieval France, as the book is recorded for inclusion in RNIB's Talking Books Library

Download Special Show - James Herbert   (52.94 MB)

Special Show - James Herbert

In an hour long special, the UK's top chiller author, James Herbert, talks about his books The Rats, Crickley Hall, The Others and Ash

Download Author Interview - Michael Bond   (18.42 MB)

Author Interview - Michael Bond

The creator of Paddington Bear chats to Robert Kirkwood about the origins of one of the most loved children's characters of all time. And why Paddington wasn't allowed to compete in the Olympics.

Download Author Interview - Jonathan Dimbleby   (14.65 MB)

Author Interview - Jonathan Dimbleby

Jonathan Dimbleby talks to Robert Kirkwood about his book 'Destiny in the Desert - The Road to El Alamein' as it enters the RNIB Talking Books library.

Download Special Feature - The 'Spoken Herd' Audiobook   (8.06 MB)

Special Feature - The 'Spoken Herd' Audiobook

Spoken Herd was a crowd sourced audio book and a legacy left behind by the first Social Media Week in Glasgow. Hear the whole book at http://www.spokenherd.co.uk

Download Author Interview - Virginia Ironside   (9.22 MB)

Author Interview - Virginia Ironside

Author Virginia Ironside talks about her books 'No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club!' and 'No! I Don't Need Reading Glasses' and her granny-stand-up show 'Growing Old Disgracefully'.

Download Author Interview - Candia McWilliam   (12.22 MB)

Author Interview - Candia McWilliam

Candia McWilliam talks about, and narrates the introduction to her book, 'What to Look for in Winter - A Memoir of Blindness'

Download Author Interview - Tony Hawks   (7.57 MB)

Author Interview - Tony Hawks

Big supporter of Talking Books, Tony Hawks, talks about his second book 'Playing the Modovans at Tennis' as it enters the Talking Books library and becomes a movie.

Download Special Show - Christopher Brookmyre Part 2   (52.99 MB)

Special Show - Christopher Brookmyre Part 2

In the second part of our interview, Christopher Brookmyre discusses all his books up to 'Where the Bodies are Buried'

Download Special Show - Christopher Brookmyre Part 1   (53.02 MB)

Special Show - Christopher Brookmyre Part 1

The Scottish crime writer joins me for a chat about all of his novels to date (at the time of recording), his influences and we listen to the 'silent soundtrack' that plays along with him as he writes.

Download Author Interview - Marcus Berkmann   (9.18 MB)

Author Interview - Marcus Berkmann

Marcus Berkmann talks about his book, 'A Shed of One's Own' and has a mid-life crisis without the crisis.

Download Author Interview - Jane Green   (8.30 MB)

Author Interview - Jane Green

The 'Queen of Chick-Lit' talks about her new book 'The Patchwork Marriage' and explains why she's not a chick any more.

Download Special Show - Alan Coren: Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks   (52.93 MB)

Special Show - Alan Coren: Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks

Featuring Victoria and Giles Coren, this is a short selection from Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks, an anthology of writing from 'comic genius' Alan Coren. With contributions from Melvyn Bragg, Victoria Wood and narrated by Peter Noble.

Download Special Show - Book Week Scotland   (52.95 MB)

Special Show - Book Week Scotland

A show about the first ever Book Week Scotland and selections from the book 'My Favourite Place' from the Scottish Book Trust.

Download Special Show - Read for RNIB Day   (52.95 MB)

Special Show - Read for RNIB Day

A special show featuring Michael Sheen, Sally Gardener and many Talking Book Narrators as they celebrate Read for RNIB Day. This episode was played on January 1st.

Download Short Story - The Photograph by Romesh Gunesekera   (3.71 MB)

Short Story - The Photograph by Romesh Gunesekera

A short story by Romesh Gunesekera read by Tony Hawks. This was recorded exclusively for Talking Books for inclusion in the RNIB publication Sightlines.

Download Short Story - Brian Aldiss - Solitude So Far   (8.41 MB)

Short Story - Brian Aldiss - Solitude So Far

Read by Steve Hodson, this short story by the 'Grand Master' of science fiction looks at our belief in aliens.

Download Special Show - War of the Worlds   (53.08 MB)

Special Show - War of the Worlds

A look at the classic book, the infamous radio play, the Jeff Wayne musical and other works inspired by H.G. Wells. Features Jeff Wayne, Orson Welles and H.G. Wells himself.

Download Special Show - ebooks and ereaders   (53.09 MB)

Special Show - ebooks and ereaders

Are ebooks a revolution for partially sighted readers? Can text-to-speech unlock more books for the blind? How easy are ereaders to use? Find out in this special edition of Talking Books.

Download Author Interview - Jeffrey Archer   (6.42 MB)

Author Interview - Jeffrey Archer

Lord Archer talks about his new book and how his writing may have improved in prison.

Download Author Interview - Julia Donaldson   (12.31 MB)

Author Interview - Julia Donaldson

Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson visits the RNIB Talking Book studios to record Freddie and the Fairy and chat to Robert Kirkwood about writing some new lines especially for blind and partially sighted readers.

Download Author Interview - Frederick Forsyth   (14.06 MB)

Author Interview - Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth chats about 'The Day of the Jackal' being published without a word changed from the first draft, cocaine trafficking and why you should visit the places you write about.

Download Short Story - Frederick Forsyth - The Passing of Humpy   (7.10 MB)

Short Story - Frederick Forsyth - The Passing of Humpy

A short non-fiction story Frederick Forsyth wrote and narrated exclusively for Talking Books, about the fate of a small bird he met whilst fishing.

Download Author Interview - Danny Wallace   (12.23 MB)

Author Interview - Danny Wallace

Danny Wallace, who has in the past asked people to 'Join Me', became a 'Yes Man' and even ran his own country called Lovely, makes his first foray into fiction with the book 'Charlotte Street.'

Download Author Interview - Will Self - Booker 2012   (14.68 MB)

Author Interview - Will Self - Booker 2012

The Booker shortlisted author Will Self chats about his novel Umbrella, reading his own work for audio and debates 'readability'.

Download Author Interview - Tan Twan Eng - Booker 2012   (5.89 MB)

Author Interview - Tan Twan Eng - Booker 2012

The Booker shortlisted author of 'The Garden of Evening Mists' chats about his work and why you shouldn't write in your pyjamas!

Download Author Interview - Hilary Mantel - Booker 2012   (11.20 MB)

Author Interview - Hilary Mantel - Booker 2012

The winner of the 2012 Booker Prize tells Robert Kirkwood how it felt to win for a second time, about Anne Boelyn's downfall and the third sequel, The Mirror and the Light.

Download Author Interview - Deborah Levy - Booker 2012   (6.41 MB)

Author Interview - Deborah Levy - Booker 2012

The Booker shortlisted author Deborah Levy talks to Robert Kirkwood about her novel Swimming Home and how the audio format changes the experience of reading.

Download Author Interview -  Alison Moore - Booker 2012   (6.08 MB)

Author Interview - Alison Moore - Booker 2012

Alison Moore chats about being longlisted before her novel, The Lighthouse, was released, and the joy of being on the Booker Shortlist.

Download Author Interview - Anne Zouroudi   (6.32 MB)

Author Interview - Anne Zouroudi

Anne is the creator of Hermes Diaktoros, star of The Greek Detective Mysteries. Anne chats about her blind characters and why she supports the RNIB Talking Book Library.

Download Special Show - 75 Years of Talking Books   (52.51 MB)

Special Show - 75 Years of Talking Books

A look back at the history of this ground-breaking service and of audio recording itself. Tracking the first sounds recorded on soot covered paper to cylinder, disc, tape, CD, mp3 and download. RNIB not only kept up, but in many cases pioneered.

Download Author Interview - Robert Llewellyn (Parts 1&2)   (8.87 MB)

Author Interview - Robert Llewellyn (Parts 1&2)

The Red Dwarf star talks about his book News from Gardenia, his work on Red Dwarf, and updating his memoir The Man in the Rubber Mask (http://unbound.co.uk/ or in audio from http://audioboo.fm/channel/news-from-gardenia - the first 2 chapters are free)

Download Author Interview - Julian Fellowes   (8.57 MB)

Author Interview - Julian Fellowes

The Downton Abbey creator talks about his role as Chairman of the Talking Books Appeal and about his life as an actor, director, writer and producer.

Download Behind the Scenes - Robert Kirkwood - Books of My Life   (3.74 MB)

Behind the Scenes - Robert Kirkwood - Books of My Life

I'm interviewed by RNIB's Read On magazine for the 'Books of My Life' feature. I pick five books that have particular meaning to me.

Download Author Interview - Liz Lochhead   (8.31 MB)

Author Interview - Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochead transcribes a poem into Braille as part of Book Week Scotland - and has it read to her by Mohammed, an 8 (and a half) year old Braille user.

Download Author Interview - Andrea Levy   (9.49 MB)

Author Interview - Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy chats to Robert Kirkwood about her Booker shortlisted novel, The Long Song.

Download Short Story - The Shoplifter by Kevin Garwood   (3.67 MB)

Short Story - The Shoplifter by Kevin Garwood

A very short story from the RNIB members writing competition, about a blind man and his shoplifting accomplice.

Download Author Interview - Vicky Coren   (7.17 MB)

Author Interview - Vicky Coren

Television presenter, writer and poker player Victoria Coren talks about her memoir - 'For Richer, for Poorer' and how the publishers tried to sex it up by changing the subtitle, 'A Love Affair with Poker' to 'Confessions of a Player.'

Download Author Interview - Robin Ince   (5.75 MB)

Author Interview - Robin Ince

Robin Ince invites us to join his 'Bad Book Club' full of the beautifully bizarre and downright frightening books he has discovered over the years.

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