September 1, 2022
Two quick warnings:
- This episode contains mentions of sexual assault and abduction. Please proceed with care.
- It was recorded over the bank holiday in Brighton. Caroline and I attempted to find a quiet corner of a pub to record in during a day out, and despite fiddling with editing there is background noise.
Caroline’s choice: The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. Sadly, it seems to be out of print in the UK, and it doesn’t appear to be available as an audio book or in ebook format, which is a real shame.
Ali’s choice: A Wind in Cairo by Judith Tarr. You can find the link to the Kindle edition, the audio book and paperback via Amazon here or a Kobo ebook here.
Caroline mentions Katherine Kerr, author of the Deverry series and more.
Judith Tarr on Tor.com. Her column on what C.S. Lewis gets wrong about horses here.
Enjoy this video of Lipizzaner horses, the breed that Judith Tarr keeps. You can see some of the tricks that Khamsin performs in A Wind in Cairo.
Caroline’s Twitter. Her bio includes links to her blog and Super Relaxed Fantasy Club- enjoy the videos recorded during lockdown here!
July 29, 2022
Show notes ep 26
Fairies and witches and toads, oh my!
Kit’s choice: The Stream that Stood Still by Beverley Nichols (who is a man! And he had quite the life).
Ali’s choice: Otherland by Louie Stowell. Louie’s very funny The Dragon in the Library was one of the books discussed in Episode 1, with Helena McCallum
Kit’s book, In the Heart of Hidden Things, can be bought as a hardback or ePub. Kindle edition here and audiobook via Audible here. You can see Jenna Barton’s artwork here.
Other books with terrifying fairy folk: Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men, discussed with Fran Dowd in episode 6, and Peadar O’Guillin’s The Call and The Invasion. Be warned: these are brilliant books, but very much YA. There’s a lot of body horror involved. I talked about them at Dublin WorldCon and you can read my paper here.
You can follow Kit on Twitter here and #askafairysmith here.
Thanks, as always, to Steve Vapour Trails for production assistance and Jack Sadler-Johnson for the use of his beautiful track Bliss.
July 3, 2022
Apologies for the sound: it was incredibly hot in the kitchen in Hove so we recorded with the window open, so there is some traffic noise in the background.
Tony’s choice: Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Ali’s choice: The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman
Tony mentions the difference in portrayal of Roman slavery in Spartacus and Gladiator; can we only empathise if the protagonist is enslaved unjustly? More information on Spartacus here with links to information about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who had been blacklisted after appearing before the House of Un-American Activities Committee.
Tony watched this adaptation of Tom’s Midnight Garden; Ali watched this one while at university. There was also a BBC radio dramatization which can be obtained via Audible.
Tony on Twitter: @tonykeen46 and his blog: Memorabilia Antonia.
Thanks as always to Steve Vapour Trails for production assistance and to Jack Sadler-Johnson for the use of his beautiful track, Bliss.
June 3, 2022
Spoilers for Monstrous Regiment in this episode!
Please note that some women who went to war disguised as men lived as men for the rest of their lives (such as James Barry) while others returned to living as women after their service. Sergeant Jackrum may be considered the former; he may have considered himself a trans man, if such terms were available to him in Discworld.
Alistair’s choice: Sharpe’s Eagle by Bernard Cornwell
Ali’s choice: Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
During the discussion, Alistair and I talked about the representation of women by both novels: while there are no women viewpoint characters in Sharpe’s Eagle they are there. It’s incredible to me that women were so close to the front line in the peninsula wars, and in such a variety of roles. As I mentioned in the podcast, Phoebe Hessel’s gravestone is still (just about) legible in the graveyard of St Nicholas of Myrna, Brighton, which is just down the hill from where I live. You can find out more about the “Stepney Amazon” here.
See Alistair’s wonderful kickstarter for dyslexia-friendly books for adults, including Sharpe’s Skirmish by Bernard Cornwell!
Thank you Alistair! Follow Books on the Hill on Twitter: @Booksonthehill
Thanks as always to Steve Vapour Trails and Jack Sadler-Johnson