Ex Libris After Dark Episode 14.2 Rachel Clarke, Suellen Dainty, Sophie Hopesmith & R.E.J. Karlsson

Rachel Clarke, Suellen Dainty, Sophie Hopesmith and R.E.J. Karlsson join our host David Freeman for this episode of Ex Libris After Dark, recorded in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford on the 12th of July 2017

Rachel Clarke was a TV journalist before deciding to retrain as a medic. She is now an NHS hospital doctor and the winner of the Medical Journalists’ Association award for blogger of the year. Her first book, Your Life in My Hands, seeks to capture the truth about life on the NHS frontline.

Suellen Dainty is the author of After Everything. An Australian, she was a writer for the Sydney Morning Herald before moving to London where she became the producer and director of the original series of The Book Show on Sky. Dainty will be discussing her latest novel, The Housekeeper.

Sophie Hopesmith describers herself as a reader, writer and seeker of the sublime and the ridiculous, who laughs in the dark. Her debut novel, Another Justified Sinner, is a black comedy about the rise and fall of Marcus, a ‘slippery sinner’.

R.E.J. Karlsson is a linguist who has spent his time post university split between teaching and researching for his forthcoming (yet to be named) podcast which will cover many aspects of language and linguistics.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for:

Getting Lucky With The Leprechaun, by Audrey Bloom

And

Men Are Too Horny and Women Are Too Smart, by Philosopher X

The next episode of Ex Libris Live! Will be available in two weeks.

Rachel Clarke’s works can be found here

Suellen Dainty’s works can be found here

Sophie Hopesmith’s works can be found here

and

You can follow @rhysejdanino to keep up on R.E.J. Karlsson’s works

Another Great Review

As inevitable as tinsel the Christmas season brings Ultimate Board Game Guides! We are always so thrilled when our little games make it onto these gamie who’s who lists.

The fabulous Southern In Law has released an amazingly extensive board game guide, and Anagram and Ex Libris are in some serious company. You can check out the whole list here, which we highly recommend you do!

 

Review: Ex Libris & Flummoxed

It really warms our hearts when we read such a positive review of one of our games, so it was doubly wonderful when Alejandra from Alejandra’s Life blog reviewed not one but TWO of our lovely wordy games. You can read her full review here: alejandraslife.com/witty-brain-games/ but in the mean time here are a few choice bits that made our hearts swell with pride!

‘[Ex Libris is] Great for those night-ins with your book club friends and a cup of hot cocoa.’

Praise for Flummoxed: ‘we laughed so hard bluffing each other. Absolutely recommend it!’

Ex Libris Live Episode 14 Rachel Clarke, Suellen Dainty, Sophie Hopesmith & R.E.J. Karlsson

Rachel Clarke, Suellen Dainty, Sophie Hopesmith and R.E.J. Karlsson join our host David Freeman for this episode of Ex Libris Live, recorded in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford on the 12th of July 2017

Rachel Clarke was a TV journalist before deciding to retrain as a medic. She is now an NHS hospital doctor and the winner of the Medical Journalists’ Association award for blogger of the year. Her first book, Your Life in My Hands, seeks to capture the truth about life on the NHS frontline.

Suellen Dainty is the author of After Everything. An Australian, she was a writer for the Sydney Morning Herald before moving to London where she became the producer and director of the original series of The Book Show on Sky. Dainty will be discussing her latest novel, The Housekeeper.

Sophie Hopesmith describers herself as a reader, writer and seeker of the sublime and the ridiculous, who laughs in the dark. Her debut novel, Another Justified Sinner, is a black comedy about the rise and fall of Marcus, a ‘slippery sinner’.

R.E.J. Karlsson is a linguist who has spent his time post university split between teaching and researching for his forthcoming (yet to be named) podcast which will cover many aspects of language and linguistics.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for:

My Life Outside the Ring, by Hulk Hogan

Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen

Rub It In (part of the Unbuttoned By The Boss Series, Mills & Boon), by Kira Sinclair

and

Gangsta Granny, by David Walliams

The next episode of Ex Libris After Dark Will be available in two weeks.

Rachel Clarke’s works can be found here

Suellen Dainty’s works can be found here

Sophie Hopesmith’s works can be found here

and

You can follow @rhysejdanino to keep up on R.E.J. Karlsson’s works

Ex Libris After Dark Episode 13.2 Scarlett Thomas, Angela Saini, Alex Preston & Natasha Pulley

Scarlett Thomas, Angela Saini, Alex Preston and Natasha Pulley join our host David Freeman for this episode of Ex Libris After Dark, recorded in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford on the 28th of June 2017

Scarlett Thomas not only teaches creative writing at the University of Kent, but is also the multi-award winning author of nine novels that include The End of Mr Y and PopCo. Thomas will be discussing her latest work; Dragon’s Green, which is her first work of fiction for children.

Angela Saini is an acclaimed science journalist, presenter and author, whose work appears in such diverse journals as New Scientist, The Guardian, The Economist, and Wallpaper. Saini will be discussing her latest book; Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story.

Alex Preston is a journalist and author, possibly best known for In Love and War, which was a highly popular BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime in 2014. Preston will be discussing his latest work, As Kingfishers Catch Fire, which has been described as an ‘ornithology, literary anthology & autobiography’

And

Natasha Pulley is the author of the international bestseller, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, which was described as an ‘electrifying debut’ and ‘a triumph of speculative fiction.’ Pulley will be discussing her latest book; The Bedlam Stacks.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for:

God’s Creative Powers For Finances – Charles Capps

And

Captured By The Chupacabra King (A Queen for the Chupacabra King Book 1) – Filthan Fowle

The next episode of Ex Libris Live! Will be available in two weeks.

Scarlett Thomas’ works can be found here

Angela Saini’s works can be found here

Alex Preston’s works can be found here

And

Natasha Pulley’s works can be found here

Ex Libris Live Episode 13 Scarlett Thomas, Angela Saini, Alex Preston & Natasha Pulley

Scarlett Thomas, Angela Saini, Alex Preston and Natasha Pulley join our host David Freeman for this episode of Ex Libris Live, recorded in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford on the 28th of June 2017

Scarlett Thomas not only teaches creative writing at the University of Kent, but is also the multi-award winning author of nine novels that include The End of Mr Y and PopCo. Thomas will be discussing her latest work; Dragon’s Green, which is her first work of fiction for children.

Angela Saini is an acclaimed science journalist, presenter and author, whose work appears in such diverse journals as New Scientist, The Guardian, The Economist, and Wallpaper. Saini will be discussing her latest book; Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story.

Alex Preston is a journalist and author, possibly best known for In Love and War, which was a highly popular BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime in 2014. Preston will be discussing his latest work, As Kingfishers Catch Fire, which has been described as an ‘ornithology, literary anthology & autobiography’

And

Natasha Pulley is the author of the international bestseller, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, which was described as an ‘electrifying debut’ and ‘a triumph of speculative fiction.’ Pulley will be discussing her latest book; The Bedlam Stacks.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for:

The Twits, by Roald Dahl

The Handmaids tale, by Margaret Atwood

Secretary by Day, Mistress by Night (Mills and Boon), by Maggie Cox

And

Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes

The next episode of Ex Libris After Dark Will be available in two weeks.

Scarlett Thomas’ works can be found here

Angela Saini’s works can be found here

Alex Preston’s works can be found here

And

Natasha Pulley’s works can be found here

Ex Libris After Dark Episode 12.2 Sarah Churchwell, Cally L Taylor, Danny King, Rod Duncan

Sarah Churchwell, Cally L Taylor, Danny King and Rod Duncan join our host David Freeman for this episode of Ex Libris After Dark, recorded in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford on the 30th of May 2017

Sarah Churchwell, the Professor of American Literature and public understanding for eh humanities at the University of London. She is also a journalist, and an award-winning author and a renowned Scott Fitzgerald expert. He latest critically acclaimed book is Careless People: Muder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby.

Cally L Taylor is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the psychological thrillers that include The Accident, The Missing and The Lie (Just optioned for TV). She will be discussing her latest book, The Escape, which has been described as ‘a dark and utterly gripping read’

Danny King is an actor, an award-winning author and a BAFTA nominated screen-writer best known for Wild Bill and Thieves Like Us the six part BBC 3 comedy he adapted from his book, The Burglar Diaries. King will be discussing his latest work, the black comedy vampire movie, Eat Local.

And

Rod Duncan is a creative writing lecturer, a screenwriter and an award-winning author. His latest work, The Custodian of Marvels is the third in his highly popular steam-punk series, The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, which is set in the aftermath of a revolution that has reined back technology.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for:

Cinderella: An Erotic Novelette For Foot Fetishists – Madame Gryphon

And

Children Of The Matrix – David Icke

The next episode of Ex Libris After Live Will be available in two weeks.

Sarah Churchwell’s works can be found here.

Cally L Taylor’s works can be found here.

Danny King’s works can be found here.

And

Rod Duncan’s work can be found here.

Ex Libris Live Episode 12 Sarah Churchwell, Cally L Taylor, Danny King, Rod Duncan

Sarah Churchwell, Cally L Taylor, Danny King and Rod Duncan join our host David Freeman for this episode of Ex Libris Live, recorded in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford on the 30th of May 2017

Sarah Churchwell, the Professor of American Literature and public understanding for eh humanities at the University of London. She is also a journalist, and an award-winning author and a renowned Scott Fitzgerald expert. He latest critically acclaimed book is Careless People: Muder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby.

Cally L Taylor is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the psychological thrillers that include The Accident, The Missing and The Lie (Just optioned for TV). She will be discussing her latest book, The Escape, which has been described as ‘a dark and utterly gripping read’

Danny King is an actor, an award-winning author and a BAFTA nominated screen-writer best known for Wild Bill and Thieves Like Us the six part BBC 3 comedy he adapted from his book, The Burglar Diaries. King will be discussing his latest work, the black comedy vampire movie, Eat Local.

And

Rod Duncan is a creative writing lecturer, a screenwriter and an award-winning author. His latest work, The Custodian of Marvels is the third in his highly popular steam-punk series, The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, which is set in the aftermath of a revolution that has reined back technology.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for:

The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Live, by Ivanka Trump

The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropist, by Robert Tressell

Pregnant by the Playboy Tycoon (from the Unexpected Babies Series), by Anna Oliver

And
The Phantom of The Opera, by Gaston Leroux

The next episode of Ex Libris After Dark Will be available in two weeks.

Sarah Churchwell’s works can be found here.

Cally L Taylor’s works can be found here.

Danny King’s works can be found here.

And

Rod Duncan’s work can be found here.

Ex Libris After Dark Episode 11.2 Helen Lederer, Thomas Mogford, Orlando Ortega-Medina, Ross Welford

Helen Lederer, Thomas Mogford, Orlando Ortega-Medina and Ross Welford join our host David Freeman for this episode of Ex Libris After Dark, recorded in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford on the 24th of April 2017

Helen Lederer – comedian, actor and author. Her first novel, Losing it, has been described as ‘A wickedly amusing debut novel’ – The Telegraph,  ‘Funny and sharp and horribly true’ – The Times, ‘A wry and witty rallying call for women of a certain age…VERDICT: 5/5 ‘ – The Express and ‘Packed with hilarious scenes that had me laughing out loud, Losing It is an easy to read book that is hard to put down’ – Huffington Post

Thomas Mogford – Author known for the Spike Sanguinetti series of crime novels. His books have been shortlisted for the 2013 CWA New Blood Dagger Award and The Crimefest’s eDunnit award (in 2014 and 2015). His book “Sleeping Dogs”, was chosen as one of The Guardian‘s ‘Best Holiday Reads’ of 2015. The fifth Spike Sanguinetti novel, “A Thousand Cuts”, was published  February 2017, and was hailed by The Sunday Times as ‘a traditional and thoroughly satisfying crime novel’.

Orlando Ortega-Medina – Lawyer and author. Orlando is a US born British-Canadian author of Judeo-Spanish descent via Cuba. He studied English Literature at UCLA and has a Juris Doctor law degree from Southwestern University School of Law. At university he won The National Society of Arts and Letters award for Short Stories. Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions is his first published collection. Orlando resides in London, where he practices US immigration law.

And

Ross Welford – Journalist and author. Ross’ first book Time Travelling With a Hamster has been described as (a) ‘funny, heart-warming race-against-time – and across generations – adventure that you will won’t be able to put down.’ And his new book What Not To Do If  You Turn Invisible was released earlier this year.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for:

Does God Ever Speak Through Cats? -David Evans

And

Taken By The T-Rex – Christie Sims and Alara Branwen

The next episode of Ex Libris Live! Will be available in two weeks.

Helen Lederer’s written works can be found here

Thomas Mogford’s works can be found here

Orlando Ortega-Medina’s works can be found here

And

Ross Welford’s works can be found here.

Ex Libris Live Episode 11 Helen Lederer, Thomas Mogford, Orlando Ortega-Medina, Ross Welford

Helen Lederer, Thomas Mogford, Orlando Ortega-Medina and Ross Welford join our host David Freeman for this episode of Ex Libris After Dark, recorded in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford on the 24th of April 2017

Helen Lederer – comedian, actor and author. Her first novel, Losing it, has been described as ‘A wickedly amusing debut novel’ – The Telegraph,  ‘Funny and sharp and horribly true’ – The Times, ‘A wry and witty rallying call for women of a certain age…VERDICT: 5/5 ‘ – The Express and ‘Packed with hilarious scenes that had me laughing out loud, Losing It is an easy to read book that is hard to put down’ – Huffington Post

Thomas Mogford – Author known for the Spike Sanguinetti series of crime novels. His books have been shortlisted for the 2013 CWA New Blood Dagger Award and The Crimefest’s eDunnit award (in 2014 and 2015). His book “Sleeping Dogs”, was chosen as one of The Guardian‘s ‘Best Holiday Reads’ of 2015. The fifth Spike Sanguinetti novel, “A Thousand Cuts”, was published  February 2017, and was hailed by The Sunday Times as ‘a traditional and thoroughly satisfying crime novel’.

Orlando Ortega-Medina – Lawyer and author. Orlando is a US born British-Canadian author of Judeo-Spanish descent via Cuba. He studied English Literature at UCLA and has a Juris Doctor law degree from Southwestern University School of Law. At university he won The National Society of Arts and Letters award for Short Stories. Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions is his first published collection. Orlando resides in London, where he practices US immigration law.

And

Ross Welford – Journalist and author. Ross’ first book Time Travelling With a Hamster has been described as (a) ‘funny, heart-warming race-against-time – and across generations – adventure that you will won’t be able to put down.’ And his new book What Not To Do If  You Turn Invisible was released earlier this year.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for:

Vernon God Little – D. B. C. Pierre

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – F Scott Fitzgerald

And

The Vasquez Mistress – Sarah Morgan

 

The next episode of Ex Libris After Dark Will be available in two weeks.

Helen Lederer’s written works can be found here

Thomas Mogford’s works can be found here

Orlando Ortega-Medina’s works can be found here

And

Ross Welford’s works can be found here.

Ex Libris After Dark Episode 10.2 Paul Mayhew-Archer, Ros Barber, Anthony Anazagorou and Bob Chaundy

Paul Mayhew-Archer, Ros Barber, Anthony Anaxagorou and Bob Chaundy join our host David Freeman for this episode of Ex Libris After Dark, recorded in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford on 10th March 2017

Ros Barber – poet, scholar and an award winning and critically acclaimed author. Her first novel, The Marlowe Papers, received the Desmond Elliot prize. Her latest novel Devotion was short listed for the Encore award and has been described as ‘compelling’ by both The Guardian and The Independent.

Paul Mayhew-Archer – radio and TV producer and comedy script writer, whose most notable works include The Vicar of Dibley, Mrs Brown’s Boys and Miranda. Paul will be discussing his award winning documentary, Parkinson’s: The Funny Side.

Anthony Anaxagorou – internationally acclaimed and award winning poet, short story writer, and activist whose live performances have been described as ‘a near spiritual experience’ Anthony will be discussing Heterogeneous, the definitive anthology of his poetry.

And

Bob Chaundy – freelance journalist and writer who was the obituaries editor at the BBC for 18 years. Bob’s latest book Little Black Trains: Life, Death and Commuting is a comic murder mystery story that also lifts the lid on the art and pitfalls of obituary writing.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for:

How To Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell

and

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

 

The next episode of Ex Libris Live! Will be available in two weeks.

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Ros Barber’s works can be found here.

Paul Mayhew-Archer’s written works can be found here.

Anthony Anaxagorou’s works can be found here.

And

Bob Chaundy’s book can be found here.

Ex Libris Live Episode 10

Recorded on the 10th of March 2017 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman hosts this episode of Ex Libris Live! where he is joined by

Ros Barber – poet, scholar and an award winning and critically acclaimed author. Her first novel, The Marlowe Papers, received the Desmond Elliot prize. Her latest novel Devotion was short listed for the Encore award and has been described as ‘compelling’ by both The Guardian and The Independent.

Paul Mayhew-Archer – radio and TV producer and comedy script writer, whose most notable works include The Vicar of Dibley, Mrs Brown’s Boys and Miranda. Paul will be discussing his award winning documentary, Parkinson’s: The Funny Side.

Anthony Anaxagorou – internationally acclaimed and award winning poet, short story writer, and activist whose live performances have been described as ‘a near spiritual experience’ Anthony will be discussing Heterogeneous, the definitive anthology of his poetry.

And

Bob Chaundy – freelance journalist and writer who was the obituaries editor at the BBC for 18 years. Bob’s latest book Little Black Trains: Life, Death and Commuting is a comic murder mystery story that also lifts the lid on the art and pitfalls of obituary writing.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books including:

Jimmy Hendrix: The man, the magic, the truth – Sharon Lawrence

The Lady In The Van – Alan Bennett

Untamed Billionaire, Undressed Virgin – Anna Cleary

and

The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

In the Ex Libris After Dark podcast (coming soon), you’ll be able to hear David talking about each of our guests life and works.

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Ros Barber’s works can be found here.

Paul Mayhew-Archer’s written works can be found here.

Anthony Anaxagorou’s works can be found here.

And

Bob Chaundy’s book can be found here.

 

Ex Libris Behind The Scenes

Recorded (literally) by the fireside after our ‘Staff’ Christmas lunch.

A quick excerpt of a chat the production team had in late December when we got together to celebrate our first year of Ex Libris Live.

This recording features –

David Freeman – Presenter and interviewer, and our host.

Leslie Scott – The creator of the original Ex Libris game and our executive producer.

Freddie Scott Vollrath – The show’s producer, score keeper and pretty much everything else.

and

Martin Wiggins – The show’s audio engineer and editor.

 

We’re recording another season of Ex Libris Live, starting next month at Blackwell’s book store in Oxford.

Check www.OxfordGames.co.uk for ticket information; we’d love to see you there, and we’ll be back with more podcasts soon!

Ex Libris After Dark Episode 09.2

Recorded on the 5th of December 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman hosts this episode of Ex Libris After Dark where he is joined by

Jasper Fforde – the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of the genre bending Thursday Next novels, as well as the brilliant dystopian Shades of Grey series (not to be confused), and The Last Dragonslayer, the film adaptation of which Sky will release on Christmas Day

Lisa Dickenson – an award winning author of wonderfully comic, romance novels. In true Yultide spirit, her much awaited book. Mistletoe on 34th Street, will add a spark of humour and magic to the Christmas season.
Kim Newman (aka Jack Yeovil) – an expert on horror and sci-fi cinema, as well as an award winning author whose work includes the irreverently referential Anno Dracula and, his latest novel, the witty and thrilling Angels of Music.

And
Maureen Freely – who is not only a journalist, a novelist, a professor of literature, and a translator but she is also the President of English PEN, the founding centre of the global writers’ association that promotes freedom of expression and literature across frontiers.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books including:

Friends, Voters, Countrymen: Jottings on the stump – Boris Johnson

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Jennie – Paul Gallico

 

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Jasper Fforde’s works including the Thursday Next novels, and the Shades of Grey series can be found here.

Lisa Dickenson’s  Mistletoe on 34th Street and her other works can be found here.
Kim Newman’s Works including Angels of Music can be found here.

And
Maureen Freely works can be found here and information on PEN can be found here.

 

Ex Libris Live Episode 09

Recorded on the 5th of December 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman hosts this episode of Ex Libris Live! where he is joined by

Jasper Fforde – the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of the genre bending Thursday Next novels, as well as the brilliant dystopian Shades of Grey series (not to be confused), and The Last Dragonslayer, the film adaptation of which Sky will release on Christmas Day

Lisa Dickenson – an award winning author of wonderfully comic, romance novels. In true Yultide spirit, her much awaited book. Mistletoe on 34th Street, will add a spark of humour and magic to the Christmas season.
Kim Newman (aka Jack Yeovil) – an expert on horror and sci-fi cinema, as well as an award winning author whose work includes the irreverently referential Anno Dracula and, his latest novel, the witty and thrilling Angels of Music.

And
Maureen Freely – who is not only a journalist, a novelist, a professor of literature, and a translator but she is also the President of English PEN, the founding centre of the global writers’ association that promotes freedom of expression and literature across frontiers.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books including:

Skipping Christmas – John Grisham
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror – Christopher Moore
The Twelve Nights of Christmas – Sarah Morgan
The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins

In the Ex Libris After Dark podcast (coming soon), you’ll be able to hear David talking about each of our guests life and works.

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Jasper Fforde’s works including the Thursday Next novels, and the Shades of Grey series can be found here.

Lisa Dickenson’s  Mistletoe on 34th Street and her other works can be found here.
Kim Newman’s Works including Angels of Music can be found here.

And
Maureen Freely works can be found here and information on PEN can be found here.

Ex Libris After Dark Episode 08.2

Recorded on the 3rd of November in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman hosts this episode of Ex Libris After Dark where he is joined author and television writer Jenny Colgan, author Ali Shaw, podcaster and author Jamie Morton and author, barrister and traveler Charles Foster.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books including:

The Tell Tale Heart – Edgar Allen Poe

And

Wild – Fabio

 

 

The next episode of Ex Libris Live! Will be available on the 24th of December.

 

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Jenny Colgan’s Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery and her other works are available here.

Ali Shaw’s The Girl With Glass Feet, and The Trees are available here.

Jamie Morton’s My Dad Wrote a Porno is available here, and the podcast of the same name can be found here.

And

Charles Foster’s Being a Beast is available here.

Ex Libris Live Episode 08

Recorded on the 3rd of November 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman hosts this episode of Ex Libris Live! where he is joined author and television writer Jenny Colgan, author Ali Shaw, podcaster and author Jamie Morton and author, barrister and traveler Charles Foster.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books including:

More Fool Me – Stephen Fry
The Rancher Meets His Match – Patricia McLinn
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep – Phillip K Dick
How To Survive a Garden Gnome Attack – Chuck Sambuchino

In the Ex Libris After Dark podcast (coming soon), you’ll be able to hear David talking about each of our guests life and works.

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Jenny Colgan’s Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery and her other works are available here.

Ali Shaw’s The Girl With Glass Feet, and The Trees are available here.

Jamie Morton’s My Dad Wrote a Porno is available here, and the podcast of the same name can be found here.

And

Charles Foster’s Being a Beast is available here.

Ex Libris After Dark Episode 07.2

Recorded on the 22nd of September 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman hosts this episode of Ex Libris After Dark where he is joined author, actor and television presenter Robert Llewellyn, authors Jodi Taylor and Paul Burston and  editor of Books and Arts for the Economist and 1843 Fiammetta Rocco.

The Next Episode of Ex Libris Live! Will be available in two weeks.

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Robert Llewellyn’s News From series of books, along with his other works are available here.

Jodi Taylor’s Chronicles of St Mary’s and other works are available here.

Paul Burston’s The Black Path and other works are available here.

And

The Economist online can be found here featuring Fiammetta Rocco

Ex Libris Live Episode 07

Recorded on the 20th of October 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman hosts this episode of Ex Libris Live! where he is joined author, actor and television presenter Robert Llewellyn, authors Jodi Taylor and Paul Burston and  editor of Books and Arts for the Economist and 1843 Fiammetta Rocco.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books including:

Absolute Pandemonium; My Louder Than Life Story – Brian Blessed
At the Brazilian’s Command – Susan Stephens
Goldenhand – Garth Nix
The Secret to Teen Power – Paul Harrington

In the Ex Libris After Dark podcast (coming soon), you’ll be able to hear David talking about each of our guests life and works.

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Robert Llewellyn’s News From series of books, along with his other works are available here.

Jodi Taylor’s Chronicles of St Mary’s and other works are available here.

Paul Burston’s The Black Path and other works are available here.

And

The Economist online can be found here featuring Fiammetta Rocco

Ex Libris After Dark Episode 06.2

Recorded on the 22nd of September 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman hosts this episode of Ex Libris After Dark where he is joined by award winning comedian, author and holder of several world records Tim FitzHigham, Graphic artist, animator and author Sydney Padua,  Comedian, author, podcaster and QI Elf Andrew Hunter Murray and Film and TV actor and author of the Geekhood series of books for young adults and more Andy Robb.

We’ve altered the format of the show slightly for this recording, and we’d love to know what you think. Please feel free to get in touch with us. Visit www.OxfordGames.co.uk and let us know your thoughts.

In this episode David plays the part of the reader and the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books including:

Chasing Men – Edwina Currie

The History Man – Malcolm Bradbury

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Tim FitzHigham’s book All at Sea: One Man. One Bathtub. One Very Bad Idea is available here.
Sydney Padua’s  Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is available here.
Information on the podcast No Such Thing As A Fish featuring Andrew Hunter Murray can be found here.

and

Andy Robb’s book Geekhood Close Encounters of the Girl Kind, along with information on his other books and works can be found here.

Ex Libris Live Episode 06

Recorded on the 22nd of September 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman hosts this episode of Ex Libris Live! where he is joined by award winning comedian, author and holder of several world records Tim FitzHigham, Graphic artist, animator and author Sydney Padua,  Comedian, author, podcaster and QI Elf Andrew Hunter Murray and Film and TV actor and author of the Geekhood series of books for young adults and more Andy Robb.

We’ve altered the format of the show slightly for this recording, and we’d love to know what you think. Please feel free to get in touch with us. Visit www.OxfordGames.co.uk and let us know your thoughts.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books including:

War of Love – Carole Mortimer
Dead Poets Society – N.H. Kleinbaum
The BFG – Roald Dahl
The Way Through the Woods – Colin Dexter

In the Ex Libris After Dark podcast (coming soon), you’ll be able to hear David talking about each of our guests life and works.

Ex Libris Live! Episode 6 Panel

Tim FitzHigham’s book All at Sea: One Man. One Bathtub. One Very Bad Idea is available here.
Sydney Padua’s  Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is available here.
Information on the podcast No Such Thing As A Fish featuring Andrew Hunter Murray can be found here.

and

Andy Robb’s book Geekhood Close Encounters of the Girl Kind, along with information on his other books and works can be found here.

Ex Libris Live Episode 00

Whilst we’re away on our summer holiday we thought we’d go through the archive and bring you the pilot episode of Ex Libris Live recorded at Corpus Christi College Oxford on the 27th of March 2015.

Our host David Freeman is joined by Craig Brown, Alex Bellos, John Lloyd and Helen Zaltzman

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books including:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain

Passions in the Sand – Barbara Cartland

The Spy Who Loved Me – Ian Flemming

Full Moon – P G Wodehouse

Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D H Lawrence

Malory Towers – Enid Blyton

 

Craig Brown is a critic and satirist best known for his Private Eye.  His Books are available here.

Alex Bellos is a writer, journalist and presenter best known for his books on Brazil and Mathematics as well as his column for the Guardian. His books are available here.

John Lloyd is a producer, writer and presenter best known for iconic shows such as; Spitting Image, Blackadder, QI, and author of The Meaning of Liff. His books are available here.

Helen Zaltaman is a writer, podcaster and broadcaster. Best known for her podcasts Answer Me This and The Allusionist. You can find out more about Helen’s work here.

 

Ex Libris Extra Episode 05.2

Recorded on the 19th of July 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman talks to

Producer, writer and presenter John Lloyd  best known for iconic shows such as; Spitting Image, Blackadder, QI, and author of The Meaning of Liff. His books are available here.

Award winning literary historian Robert Douglas-Fairhurst whose latest book, The Story of Alice (available here), has received critical acclaim and rave reviews.

Author, artist and QI Elf Stevyn Colgan about his new book Why did the Policeman Cross the Road? His book is available here.

and

Science editor at The Times Tom Whipple about his book How to Win Games and Beat People, which is available here.

Ex Libris Live Episode 05

Recorded on the 19th of July 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman hosts this episode of Ex Libris Live! where he is joined by producer, writer and presenter John Lloyd, award winning literary historian Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, artist, author and QI Elf Stevyn Colgan and author and science editor for The Times Tom Whipple.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books including:

Lord Edgware Dies – Agatha Christie
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
The Racketeer – John Grisham
A Dance with Dragons, Part 1 Dreams and Dust – George R R Martin
Pooh Goes Visiting – A. A. Milne
Fifty Shades of Grey – E. L. James
Funny Girl – Nick Hornby
An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill – Colonel W. F. Cody

In the Ex Libris Live! Extras podcast (coming soon), you’ll be able to hear David talking with each of our guests in turn about their past work and current projects.

Ex Libris Live Episode 05

John Lloyd is a producer, writer and presenter best known for iconic shows such as; Spitting Image, Blackadder, QI, and author of The Meaning of Liff. His books are available here.

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is an award winning literary historian whose latest book, The Story of Alice (available here), has received critical acclaim and rave reviews.

Stevyn Colgan is not only witty but also very wise, as a QI Elf, artist and author of Why did the Policeman Cross the Road? His book is available here.

Tom Whipple is the science editor at The Times and, as a consummate games player and renowned bad loser, has written How to Win Games and Beat People, which is available here.

Ex Libris Extra Episode 04.2

Recorded on the 23rd of June 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford.

David Freeman talks to

Barbara Trapido about her book ‘Sex and Stravinsky’ which is available here.

Andrew Crofts about his book ‘Confessions of a Ghostwriter’ which is available here.

Andrew Billen about his book ‘Man who Invented Christmas: The Story of Charles Dickens’ which is available here.

and
Head of Events at Blackwell’s Oxford, Sylvia Warren.

 

Ex Libris Live Episode 04

Recorded on the 23rd of June 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman hosts this episode of Ex Libris Live! where he is joined by authors Barbara Trapido & Andrew Billen, ghostwriter Andrew Crofts and head of events at Blackwell’s Oxford Sylvia Warren.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books including:

The Blob That Ate Everyone  – R L Stine
A Pelican at Blandings – P.G Wodehouse
The Twins’ Rodeo Rider – Tina Leonard
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Tale Of Mr. Jeremy Fisher – Beatrix Potter
Various Pets alive and Dead – Marina Lewycka
The Paper Man – William Golding
Flying Free – Nigel Farage

 

In the Ex Libris Live! Extras podcast (coming soon), you’ll be able to hear David talking with each of our guests in turn about their past work and current projects.

 

Ex Libris Live Episode 4

 

You can find Barbara Trapido’s book ‘Sex and Stravinsky’ here.

Andrew Crofts’ book ‘Confessions of a Ghostwriter’ is available here.
Andrew Billen’s ‘Man who Invented Christmas: The Story of Charles Dickens’ is available here.
You can find out more about Sylvia Warren’s work and the Blackwell’s events schedule here.

 

 

Ex Libris Extra Episode 03.2

Recorded on the 21st of May 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford.

David Freeman talks to

Will Gompertz about his book ‘Think Like An Artist’ Available here.

Leila Segal about her book ‘Breath, stories from Cuba’ Available here.

Jemma Wayne about ‘Chains of Sand’ Available here.
and

Helen Zaltzman about her podcast ‘The Allusionist’ which can be found here.

 

Ex Libris Live Episode 03

Recorded on the 21st of May 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman hosts this episode of Ex Libris Live! where he is joined by Will Gompertz, Leila Segal, Jemma Wayne and Helen Zaltzman

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books including:

The Sheikh’s Sinful Seduction – Dani Collins
The Road to Little Dribbling – Bill Bryson
The Fourth Bear – Jasper Fforde
Make Me – Lee Child
A Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Mark Twain
2001; A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
The Mystery of Banshee Towers – Enid Blyton
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – C. S. Lewis

In the Ex Libris Live! Extras podcast (coming soon), you’ll be able to hear David talking with each of our guests in turn about their past work and current projects.

Ex Libris Live Episode 3

You can find Will Gompertz’ book ‘Think Like An Artist’ here.
Leila Segal’s book ‘Breath, stories from Cuba’ is available here.
Jemma Wayne’s ‘Chains of Sand’ is available here.
You can hear Helen Zaltzman podcast ‘The Allusionist’ by clicking here.

Ex Libris Extra Episode 02.2

Recorded on the 30th of April 2016, in front of a live audience at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford.

David Freeman is joined by

Jerome Fletcher to discuss ‘The Decadent Sportsman’, along with other titles in the Decadent series. His books are available here.

Leigh Russell to talk about her book ‘Journey to Death’, available here.

Jonathon Kingdon to talk about his life and work. His book ‘The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals’ which, along with many of his other works are available here.

and

Sally Bayley to discuss her book ‘The Private Life of the Diary: From Pepys to Tweets’, which is available here.

 

Ex Libris Live Episode 02

Recorded on the 30th April 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman hosts this episode of Ex Libris Live! where he is joined by authors Jerome Fletcher, Sally Bayley, Leigh Russell and zoologist, author and artist Jonathan Kingdon.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books including:

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – John Gray
The Phantom Rider – Walt Keene
Ice in the Bedroom – P. G. Wodehouse
Single & Single – John le Carré
Young Elizabeth: The making of our Queen – Kate Williams
The Viking’s forbidden love-slave – Michelle Willingham
People Watching: the Desmond Morris guide to Body Language – Desmond Morris
Blue Genes – Val McDermid

In the Ex Libris Live! Extras podcast (coming soon), you’ll be able to hear David talking with each of our guests in turn about their past work and current projects.

Ep2

You can find Jonathan Kingdon’s book ‘The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals’ here.
Leigh Russell’s book ‘Journey to Death’ is available here.
Sally Bayley’s ‘The Private Life of the Diary: From Pepys to Tweets’ is available here.
Jerome Fletcher’s book ‘The Decadent Sportsman’, along with others of the Decadent series, are available here.

Ex Libris Extra Episode 01.2

Recorded on the 14th April 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s bookshop, Oxford.

David Freeman is joined by

Shamim Sarif to discuss the film adaption of her novel ‘Despite The Falling Snow’, (available here)

Leslie Scott to talk about how her world famous game Jenga came to be. (Leslie’s games and books can be found here)

David Sanger to discuss his novel ‘All Their Minds In Tandem’ (available here)

and

Mark Harrison to chat about songwriting, music, performing and more (visit Mark’s  website for live dates, to purchase his music and to find out more)

 

Ex Libris Live Episode 01

Recorded on the 14th April 2016 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s bookshop, Oxford. Our host, David Freeman, is joined by musician and songwriter, Mark Harrison;  author, David Sanger;  author and film maker, Shamim Sarif,  and the creator of the Ex Libris game (and Jenga), Leslie Scott.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books as diverse as:

The Long Dark Tea-time Of The Soul – by Douglas Adams.

The Handmaid’s Tale – by Margaret Atwood.

Trump: Art Of The Deal – by Donald J Trump.

In The House Of The Interpreter: A Memoir – by Ngugi wa Thiong’o.

Billionaire Doctor, Ordinary Nurse – by Carol Marinelli.

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone – by J K Rowling.

Cujo – by Stephen King.

Skellig – by David Almond.

In the Ex Libris Live! Extras podcast (coming soon) you’ll be able to hear David talking with each of our guests in turn about their past work and current projects.

You can learn more about Mark Harrison, his upcoming live dates, and purchase his music by visiting his website.

David Sanger’s new book ‘All Their Minds In Tandem’ is available here.
‘Despite The Falling Snow’, and other books by Shamim Sarif, is available here and the film adaption of the novel, which is directed by Sarif herself, is in cinemas now.
Leslie Scott’s book ‘About Jenga’, and her games, including the original Ex Libris game and many other OG classics, are available here.

Retro Jenga Ads

Whilst rummaging for an important, yet rather old Jenga document in some old and dusty filing cabinet above the office, I stumbled across some seriously retro Jenga ads from the 80s & 90s.

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Tatler Reviews Ex Libris

A couple of days ago Leslie and I received a mysterious parcel in the post. Inside was a note and a copy of Tatler from November 2014. After further investigation (reading the note) it turned out that a very kind and thoughtful fan of Ex Libris spotted what we had not; an amazing review of Ex Libris by Emma Kennedy.

Below you can see this lovely and funny review (WARNING contains some slightly racy language!)

Tatler review of Ex Libris

Do not pass go: The secret history of Monopoly

MT Management

Devised early in the 20th century, Monopoly was meant to be a warning about land 15-MONOPOLY-JP4-articleLargeownership by the few.

The board game’s history makes a fascinating story, says Leslie Scott in Management Today.

Monopoly turned 80 this year. Check out its website and you’ll see that you can celebrate the anniversary with a special edition of the ‘classic fast-trading property game that features tokens from 1935 all the way to 2015! With a retro board and cards, the game takes you back to when it all began.’ And, by the way, ‘Monopoly and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro’. (more…)

Bookworm, the game of reading and remembering

As children, my siblings and I loved reading and being read to. And we loved playing board games with all the family, especially ones that we had a sporting chance of winning without the adults having to play down to us.

 

Children are no different today. They love stories and being read to, and they love board games that allow them to play to their strengths – such as their amazing ability to recall precise details of a story they have just heard read aloud.

 

Inspired by the wonderful Opie Collection of children’s literature, Bookworm, introduces and celebrates the best of children’s books in the form of a fun and exciting game for all ages. Grandparents, parents and children can play together, but take heed, the youngest is most likely to win!

Bookworm

Ex Libris…Live!

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Leslie Scott at the TAGIE Awards

Last November  Leslie had the honour of awarding the Excellence in Game Design to Oliver Morris, at the TAGIE Awards. Oliver is the creator of the Gravity Maze, a brilliant game that I had the pleasure of playing only recently. (more…)

Play Bookworm with Children’s authors.

We are really excited that not only has Oxford Games republished Bookworm-the game of reading and remembering but is also organising 3 events at this years Oxford Literary Festival where you get to play Bookworm with some of your favourite authors! (more…)

For the first time ever, Ex Libris will be played as a live panel show at this years FT Oxford Literary festival!

Participating in this wonderful event will be; Craig Brown, John Lloyd, Helen Zaltzman and Alex Bellos. The event will be chaired by David Freeman. (more…)

The Second Anagram Solution!

Thanks for all your efforts. This is the word we came up with; drum role please…BOASTFUL. (using FAULT, B, S & O). Well done every one that took part this time!

The next challenge will be on its way soon.

Anagram Answer 2

Second ANAGRAM challenge

Can you beat OG at its own game, Anagram, the ingenious game of juggling words?

In the game pictured below, the letter B has just been revealed.

What is the highest scoring word you can make? Use some or all of the words already on the board, together with any (or none) of the letters face up in the centre.

Just remember: The rules of Anagram dictate that you must use all of the letters of any word you poach from another player, and the word you make must be entirely different to those already on the board e.g. you can’t just change the tense or pluralise an existing word. (e.g. adding an ‘s’ or ‘ed’)

We’ll reveal the word we have managed to make  in a few days, do you think you can match or beat us? Let us know your word in the comments below or by tweeting us using the #OGLfun.

Anagram Challenge 2

 

The First ANAGRAM OG Solution!

Thanks for all your efforts. This is the word we came up with; drum role please…ATMOSPHERIC. (using RICHES, ATOM & P)

Which, I think you will agree, is a bit of a doozy (we are usually not this good, so keep on trying to beat us!)

The second challenge will be on its way soon.

 

Answer #1

The first ANAGRAM challenge!

Can you beat OG at its own game, Anagram, the ingenious game of juggling words?

In the game pictured below, the letter P has just been revealed.

What is the highest scoring word you can make? Use some or all of the words already on the board, together with any (or none) of the letters face up in the centre.

Just remember: The rules of Anagram dictate that you must use all of the letters of any word you poach from another player, and the word you make must be entirely different to those already on the board e.g. you can’t just change the tense or pluralise an existing word. (e.g. adding an ‘s’ or ‘ed’) (more…)

About Jenga in Chicago

Back home from a fascinating two-week trip around China where the top highlights of the many, many extraordinary sights I saw, were the 2,000 terracotta warriors in Xi’an (there are many thousands still to be unearthed), the women with long hair in Huangluo Village, and coming across students playing Jenga in a board game café in Suzhuo! (more…)

Get Your Game On!

Oxford Games welcomes our first ever guest blogger!

And what a way to start; Peggy Brown is a highly acclaimed designer with hundreds of products and more than 70 board games to her name. Not just a creative superstar, Peggy is also a witty and insightful writer – about her passion for games in particular. So without further ado, we give you…Ms Peggy Brown! (more…)

Word Games I’ve known & loved

The written word cast its spell on me first

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The Oxford Games Online Store is now open!

The new Oxford Games online store is selling a gift edition of Classic Jenga which includes an extra brick that I’ve signed (as Jenga’s inventor).

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Jenga inventor revisits the first store to stock her game in the USA

Back on Fishers Island, New York, for the first time in decades, I was delighted to see the Gold & Sliver Shop still there and looking very much as I had remembered it.

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Jenga inventor, Leslie Scott, to launch online store with her award winning designer daughter

Jenga inventor and founder of Oxford Games Ltd, Leslie Scott, is to launch a new website and online store on September 26th 2014.

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