The Book Alchemist: New podcast made in Scotland unveils a treasure trove of book recommendations

06/12/2023
Heather Suttie (The Book Alchemist)

RENOWNED Scottish broadcaster and passionate reader, Heather Suttie, has unveiled a captivating podcast series destined to inspire and entertain book lovers around the globe. “The Book Alchemist,” a celebration of the enchanting world of books and the art of storytelling, promises to be an invaluable resource for those seeking fabulous book recommendations.

Heather Suttie, the creative force behind this literary venture, has curated a diverse library of episodes featuring engaging conversations with notable personalities. From the illustrious Brookside actress Sheila Grier to esteemed journalist Alice Hinds and the bestselling, award-winning author of “The Young Team,” Graeme Armstrong, each episode promises to be a journey into the magical realm of literature.

At the core of “The Book Alchemist” is the ethos that life is too short for s*** books. This sentiment is not only echoed in the podcast but is also a fundamental principle of Heather’s thriving online book group, Bookface, boasting a membership of 3400 avid readers spanning 48 countries.

Heather Suttie shares her passion, stating, “I absolutely love reading and fully appreciate the transformative power of a brilliant read, which is why my book group and podcast focus solely on exceptional book recommendations across all genres. In a world filled with critics, this is an uplifting space to celebrate the books that have brought us joy and meaning.”

Guests featured on “The Book Alchemist” hail from various walks of life, including authors, musicians, creatives, business leaders, and individuals with an unwavering love for reading. The series promises not just celebrity names but true bibliophiles with a voracious appetite for literature. Upcoming episodes feature McIlvanney award-winning author Callum McSorley, wellness entrepreneur Davinia Taylor, and the renowned 8-time Emmy and 5-time BAFTA award-winning photographer and filmmaker Doug Allan.

Her Bookface events have featured authors such as Susannah Constantine, John Niven, Sam Baker, Helen Fields, Alan Parks, Guy Grieve, Helen Fitzgerald, Lisa Gray and more and the podcast will also be recorded live at events around the UK.

Describing the podcast as “a bit like Desert Island Discs but with books,” Heather emphasises that it is not reliant on celebrity status but rather on individuals who share an ardent love for exceptional literature or authors who have created compelling reads. Excitingly, with the extensive global membership of Bookface, Heather anticipates recording hundreds of episodes in the coming year.

“The Book Alchemist” releases new episodes every Thursday at 7 am, GMT, making it easily accessible to listeners worldwide on popular platforms such as Apple, Spotify, and all major podcast platforms.

As the podcast unfolds its treasure trove of literary gems, Heather Suttie invites listeners to join her on a journey where the magic of storytelling meets the joy of discovering exceptional books.

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