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.

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.


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.

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