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Damian Barr's Literary Salon tempts the world's best writers to read exclusively from their latest greatest works and share their own personal stories. Star guests include: Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Yaa Gyasi, Mary Beard, Diana Athill and Louis de Bernières - all in front of a live audience at leading glamorous locations world-wide. Our London home is the Savoy. Suave Salonnière Damian Barr is your host.


Produced by Megan Bay Dorman and Russell Finch.

Damian Barr's Literary Salon Damian Barr's Literary Salon

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Damian Barr's Literary Salon tempts the world's best writers to read exclusively from their latest greatest works and share their own personal stories. Star guests include: Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Yaa Gyasi, Mary Beard, Diana Athill and Louis de Bernières - all in front of a live audience at leading glamorous locations world-wide. Our London home is the Savoy. Suave Salonnière Damian Barr is your host.


Produced by Megan Bay Dorman and Russell Finch.

    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Ruth Gilligan reads from 'The Butchers'

    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Ruth Gilligan reads from 'The Butchers'

    A photograph is hung on a gallery wall for the first time since it was taken two decades before. It shows a slaughter house in rural Ireland, a painting of the Virgin Mary on the wall, a meat hook suspended from the ceiling - and, from its sharp point, the lifeless body of a man hanging by his feet. The story of who he is and how he got there casts back into Irish folklore, of widows cursing the land and of the men who slaughter its cattle by hand. 
    Note: Damian mentions that The Butchers was shortlisted for the 2021 RSL Ondaatje Prize as our episode was recorded before the announcement on 11th May 2021. We're delighted to add that The Butchers is now the winner of this year's prize!!!
    The Butcher’s by Ruth Gilligan is published by Atlantic Books and available now in paperback. We recommend buying from your local indie or you can get it from our shop at Bookshop.org.
    If you enjoyed this episode, listen back to our archives for readings and complete Literary Salon interviews with hundreds of your favourite authors!




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    • 13 min
    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Meg Rosoff reads from 'The Great Godden'

    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Meg Rosoff reads from 'The Great Godden'

    In a holiday house by the sea, in a big, messy family, one teenager watches as brothers and sisters, parents and older cousins fill hot days with wine and games and planning a wedding. Enter the Goddens - irresistible, charming, languidly sexy Kit and surly, silent Hugo. Suddenly there's a serpent in this paradise - and the consequences will be devastating.
    The Great Godden by bestselling author Meg Rossoff is published by Bloomsbury and available in hardback now or from 10th June in paperback in all good bookshops. We recommend buying from your local indie or you can get it from our shop at Bookshop.org.
    ‘This smart and humorous novel is, from the first sentence, rapture to read. Each paragraph is crafted with a joke, insight or observation that makes you eager for more.’ Sunday Times, Children’s Book of the Week



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    • 13 min
    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Krystal Sutherland reads from House of Hollow

    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Krystal Sutherland reads from House of Hollow

    As we continue to highlight young adult fiction books throughout the month of May, we invite you to enjoy a spine tingling reading by international bestselling author Krystal Sutherland. House of Hollow is a dark and twisted modern fairytale about a glamorous trio of otherworldly young women, who share the secret of what really happened to them all those years ago.  Everyone knows who the Hollow sisters are, because one day they simply disappeared, and when they came back one month later, with no memory of where they had been, they had changed. Their appearance was altered, a little scar that had appeared in the hollow of their throats... and there was a whispering sense that something was not quite right about them, despite (or maybe because of) the terrible passion to be with them that they can exert on anybody at will...
    With lyrical prose and an atmosphere that oscillates between eeriness and utter dread, you’ll be captivated right up to the novel’s shocking end. 
    Don’t miss House of Hollow, published by Hot Key Books and available now in all good bookshops. We recommend buying from your local indie or you can get it from our shop at Bookshop.org. Happy reading!



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    • 12 min
    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Ross MacKenzie reads from 'Feast Of The Evernight'

    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Ross MacKenzie reads from 'Feast Of The Evernight'

    For a change of pace we’re featuring our very first children’s book on the Lit Salon podcast! As a special treat, all this month we’ll be featuring children’s and YA books, selecting titles for kids and adults who are kids at heart. 
    We’re kicking things off with the riveting fantasy novel Feast of the Evernight by Ross Mackenzie (suitable for ages 9+). With the events of the Evernight behind her, Lara must now face a new threat as a series of murders take place and Lara’s friend Double Eight is the prime suspect. Ross is a fantastic author, previously shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize and nominated for the coveted Carnegie Medal, and we're thrilled to share his special reading with you.
    The book is published by Andersen Press on 6th May and available to pre-order from all good bookshops. Grab it from your local indie or from our shop on Bookshop.org
    ‘There’s epic good-versus-evil fantasy in Evernight, an assured and atmospheric novel.’ - Guardian



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    • 12 min
    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Dawnie Walton reads from 'The Final Revival of Opal & Nev'

    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Dawnie Walton reads from 'The Final Revival of Opal & Nev'

    We’re thrilled to feature another unmissable novel by a debut author exploding onto the literary scene. The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton is a novel Cosmopolitan is calling 'an absorbing tale bursting with colour', told through an oral history reminiscent of bestselling novel Daisy Jones & The Six, but with its own unique style and fully realised characters. 
    Back in New York in the early 1970s, Opal Jewel is a black punk artist before her time, before afropunk even existed. When she meets British singer, Nev Charles, the two come together like music and lyrics to form a cult band on the rise. But when a rival band signed to their label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert the night ends in tragedy.
    Only in 2016 when the band is considering a reunion tour and a young music journalist is writing a piece about them does the terrible truth behind their stardom come to light.
    Published by Quercus, you can welcome back bookshops by buying your copy today! As always, we recommend buying from your local indie, but if that’s not possible it’s also available from our online bookshop now (with a percentage of proceeds going to indies around the UK).


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    • 15 min
    Salon News - so much better than the real news.... April 2021

    Salon News - so much better than the real news.... April 2021

    Welcome to the latest instalment of Salon News! Listen in for all the goss on mystery filming Damian's doing, our new Reading Agency partnership, proof that books make you a better person, and our upcoming Salons - the next few months are promising to be glorious!
    We start with an incredibly exciting FREE Salon on Thursday 22nd April (8pm UK time), with the iconic architect and designer David Rockwell - the designer of the Oscars, the Hairspray set, numerous theatres, and so much more. Join us live on our YouTube channel for an evening of stories and drama. MORE INFO HERE
    Then we kick off our new strand of Salons in which some of our favourite people will be guest Salon hosts! On 14th May Paris Lees will be interviewed by Alexandra Heminsley, and on 3rd June Kate Mosse will be interviewed by Sam Baker. Damian will of course still be there to mingle in the online chat with you all, and we can't wait! MORE INFO HERE
    Plus get tantalising clues about Damian's mystery filming and hear what else we're up to, involving the Reading Agency, World Book Night (free books anyone?!), bibliotherapy, and tentative first steps back into bookshops.
    Salon News - so much better than the real news.


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