RNIB Connect Radio presents
Read On - The Audiobook Show from RNIB
A weekly show all about audiobooks recorded at the RNIB Talking Book studios. We talk to your favourite authors and narrators, along with reviews and news about new audiobooks. Presented by Red Szell in Camden and produced by Robert Kirkwood in Glasgow, you'll find a new episode here every Friday at 1pm plus bonus content such as longer uncut interviews and episodes of our occasional extra show, The Book Group. Talking Books is a free service from RNIB giving access to over 30,000 fiction and non fiction books for adults and children. Find out more by searching for RNIB Library. Get involved and join the conversation by emailing [email protected] or find us on Twitter, Red is @redszell ( and Robert is @Talking_Books (
May 7, 2021
218: Ruta Sepetys, Joely Richardson and 'Kolymsky Heights'
We continue our review of this year’s CILIP Carnegie shortlist with author Ruta Sepetys and and her novel 'The Fountains of Silence'. Hollywood actress Joely Richardson reveals what it was that profoundly moved her when she visited the RNIB Talking Books studios. Red reviews the spy story that 007 author Anthony Horowitz selected as one of the Books of His Life.And we return to Ruta Sepetys for the Books of Her Life.
April 30, 2021
217: Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Lynne Truss and 'Lady Audley's Secret'
We continue our review of this year’s CILIP Carnegie shortlist, with the author of ‘On Midnight Beach’, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick. Red reviews a classic Victorian suspense novel, 'Lady Audley’s Secret'. Lynne Truss takes us back to the 1950s for a seaside crime caper.And we return to Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick for the Books of Your Life.
April 23, 2021
216: B.A. Paris, Jason Reynolds and Penny Melville-Brown
International best-seller B.A. Paris discusses her latest psychological thriller ‘The Therapist’.Penny Melville-Brown introduces us to her favourite spy writer.We continue our review of this year’s CILIP Carnegie shortlist, with middle-grade sensation Jason Reynolds. And we go back to B.A. Paris for the Books of Your Life.
April 16, 2021
215: Elizabeth Acevedo, Kim Jaye and David John
Blind chef Kim Jaye tells us how lockdown inspired her to write two accessible cookbooks, and shares her passion for reading. Narrator David John discusses the joys and challenges of recording Talking Books. We begin our review of the shortlist for this year’s CILIP Carnegie Medal by interviewing former winner and 2021 contender, Elizabeth Acevedo.And we go back to Kim Jaye for the Books of Your Life.
April 2, 2021
213: Ericka Waller, 2000AD Graphic Novels in Audio and Frances Hardinge
We learn how our canine companions can help us become better human beings, as Ericka Waller walks us through her novel 'Dog Days'. Robert Kirkwood discovers how a selection of 2000AD graphic novels, including Judge Dredd, have been transformed into audio. Bestselling children’s author, Frances Hardinge, gets darkly supernatural in her historical novel ‘A Skinful of Shadows’.And we return to Ericka Waller for the Books of Your Life.
March 19, 2021
212: Fiona Lucas, Samuel West and Sita Brahmachari
Fiona Lucas talks about moving on in her new novel 'The Last Goodbye', and tells us why writing for Mills and Boon was such a great apprenticeship. We go behind the scenes with actor Samuel West as he records new versions of the House Of Cards trilogy. Sita Brahmachari discusses the importance of tackling the big global issues in her books for children.And we return to Fiona Lucas for the Books of Your Life
March 12, 2021
211: EJ Harper, Jessica Townsend and Andrew Cullum
E.J. Harper introduces us to 'Lazarus Remembered', her novel on family and redemption, written specifically to be an immersive audiobook experience. Andrew Cullum talks about his life as an audiobook narrator. Jessica Townsend discusses the world of 'Nevermore' and her heroine, Morrigan Crow. And we return to E.J. Harper for the Books of Her Life.
March 5, 2021
210: Richard Herring, Deborah Frances-White and World Book Day
Richard Herring discusses 'The Problem with Men', his new book about toxic masculinity, and reveals the extra features available in the audiobook version. Deborah Frances-White talks about turning The Guilty Feminist podcast into a bestselling audiobook. And we take a look at some of the terrific titles available to younger listeners this World Book Day.
March 1, 2021
RNIB Library and World Book Day 2021
World Book Day on 4 March 2021 is all about celebrating the magic of books and reading. RNIB is proud to continue to support World Book Day's mission to give every child and young person a book of their own, by making 13 titles available in audio (DAISY CD) and braille. Titles can be pre-ordered from 1 February 2021 for despatch on 1 March 2021. Orders will be taken until 31 March 2021. Titles are also available in large print (English) or giant print (Welsh). To order the English-language titles in large print, contact Guide Dogs by calling 0118 9838275. The Welsh-language title can be ordered in giant print by contacting the RNIB Helpline. Only one title per person can be ordered, in one format.