Matt Cain is an author, broadcaster and former journalist. He was Channel 4’s first Culture Editor, Editor in Chief of Attitude magazine and currently a presenter for Virgin Radio Pride UK. He grew up in Bolton in England’s north and now lives in London. Today, we’re discussing his upcoming novel, One Love.
Our interview begins at 28.00
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Caitlin recommends: You Could Be So Pretty by Holly Bourne*
Holly Bourne's latest YA novel takes the pressures of social media and society and notches it up in an intense dystopian exploration of feminism.
Thank you to Usborne Books for sending copies for review.
Michelle recommends: Weyward by Emilia Hart
A gripping and emotional story of three generations of women told through alternating timelines.
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In this interview, we chat about:
Why One Love is a slight departure from Matt's previous two novels
Exploring class, straight-passing privilege and intersectionality through main characters Danny and Guy
Encouraging and allowing people to change their minds
Body image in the queer community
Crowdfunding Matt's novel The Madonna of Bolton and overcoming prejudice in publishing
Layton Williams, who recorded the audiobook for Albert Entwhistle, and Nikita on Strictly Come Dancing 2023 and breaking barriers for future generations
Books and other things mentioned:
Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill
The Burning by Laura Bates
The Curious Case of the Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett