Shelf Help Podcast
When I was a child, I believed that books could look after you. I guess I still do.
Books, sometimes a single book, can be the making of you.
As my favourite conversation in the world starts with me asking this question, I decided to track down six of my most loved authors to find out which book it was and why.
Episode 1: Jojo Moyes
Growing up in Hackney in an "unhorsey" family, Jojo earned money from cleaning jobs, bought her first horse without telling her parents and created her own dream world, weaving in and out of traffic on horseback. In this first episode of Shelf Help to talks to Kate Weinberg about how much she identified with Velvet Brown, the protagonist of "National Velvet", and how the unlikely story of a butcher's daughter's passion and determination to win the Grand National inspired a lifetime of determination and "slightly ill-advised persistence", which included years of glass ceilings and rejected manuscripts before the life-changing success of "Me Before You".
Episode 2: Kiley Reid
Kiley Reid, debut author of the runaway bestseller 'Such a Fun Age' talks to Kate Weinberg about how watching "The Flick" by Annie Baker when she was a 26 year old receptionist informed her writing, and illuminated the themes that matter to her the most, in life as well her work. She also talks about whether she feels like a grown up, awkward pauses, reactions to being a black receptionist, and where she stands on trusting people.