Paul Hanley met up with Mickey Bradley of The Undertones at Louder Than Words Festival in Manchester. They exchanged signed books. (Paul once stood in on drums for The Undertones at a gig in the Shetland Islands which is a whole story in itself!) When Mickey got back home it was clear he was fired up by the book and dedicated half of his weekly record show on Radio Ulster to the it. Even that wasn’t enough to satisfy his enthusiasm, he did the same the following week with the second part of the book. We’ve wired both together here seamlessley for your enjoyment. You may have heard books reviewed on the radio before, but we wager you might not have heard a book review quite like this. Click play above to listen.
Paul Hanley talks with Mike Sweeney on BBC Radio Manchester about Leave The Capital. Mike makes it abundantly clear that he loved the book. Recorded on the morning of the book launch: 26th October 2017.
I often say that if people had the insight into books and authors that I have, then our books would fly off the shelves. A lot of this insider knowledge comes in the hours of conversation held with authors in examining and preparing their books. I figured that one way of sharing this privileged insight would be to record a conversation and post it as a podcast. The first one I recorded was with Michael Nath in July 2010. It’s remained in the vault ever since, but working on his new novel British Story inspired me to dig it out and clip it together. So here it is.
It was recorded at our dining table at Route Towers on a typical night with Michael. There was fags and booze aplenty. After the Holsten we cracked a bottle of champagne and then drank calvados through the night. We finished at 7am. Mercifully, we’d stopped recording by then.
Over a few cans of Holsten Pils, Michael gives great insight into the workings of his novel La Rochelle and the plight of the main protagonist, Mark. The conversation meanders through topics that include Shakespeare, Racine, Goethe, T S Elliot, St Augustine, Freud, Milton, Nietzsche, The Fall, Wyndham Lewis, Webster, Céline, Henry Miller, Bukowski, James Joyce, Thomas Hardy, the Russian novelists as well as sex, personal redemption, problems with psychotherapy, contemporary tastes in literature and other subjects. There’s music too. Plus drinking and smoking. The running time is 41:33.
by Michael Nath
Published by Route ‘In defiance of current literary trends.’ – The Spectator
‘Original, funny and absolutely spot-on.’ – The Independent
‘Nath has a confidence and attitude that rocks you on every page.’ – Daisy Goodwin Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction.
Janet Watson recorded in conversation with Ian Daley of Route, talking about her book Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge. Over a few glasses of Dry Blackthorn Cider, Janet talks about friendship, about Mark, her mum, and about the writing of the book. The podcast is soundtracked by key songs from the era.