In episode eight of BOOK BREAK, anchored by author Alexandra Heminsley (Running Like a Girl), we are joined by Betty Trask Prize winner David Whitehouse and Ben Collins, more commonly known as former Top Gear’s “The Stig”. We also have a special guest appearance of Film Director turned Children’s Author, Garth Jennings, as he undergoes the rigorous questioning in our Writer’s Room.
As the former “The Stig”, Ben Collins appeared on Top Gear for seven years, taking us from series three to series 15 of the TV phenomenon. He’s raced cars in almost every class you can imagine and performed as a stunt driver in films such as Skyfall and The Dark Knight Rises, he talks to us about his latest release, How to Drive, a perfect stocking filler for all petrol heads.
Award winning author of Bed, David Whitehouse’s breakout second novel is Mobile Library. Quirky, dark, magical and full of heart, is both a tragicomic road trip and a celebration of the adventures that books can take us on. It's a love-letter to unlikely families and the stories that shaped us. Mobile Library tells a tragicomic adventure about a troubled adolescent boy who escapes his small town in a stolen library-on-wheels.
Garth Jennings is best known as a film director, although he started out directing music videos for the likes of Blur, Radiohead and Fatboy Slim. He moved into feature films with The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy which he followed with Son Of Rambow. He’s now turned his talents to Children’s Literature with THE DEADLY 7 and he talks about his work as an author and the inspiration behind this book.
Finally Alexandra will share her recommendations on books you might like to buy for your friends and family this Christmas – as well as the books you might want to keep for yourself!