Author Q&A

Every episode, we have a Sound Bite in which the authors recommend their favourite book read recently and their favourite cookbook. After all, that’s what Word of Mouth TV is all about, sharing tips on books and authors.

This episode, Kelly Rimmer shares her precious gems; and Kate and Sarah pull a few recommendations out of their back pocket as well.

Favourite books

Kelly recommends Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fineby Gail Honeyman.

Kate recommends Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz.

Sarah recommends The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.

Favourite cookbooks

Kelly recommends Jolly Good Food by Allegra McEvedy:

Sarah recommends Modern Classics Book 1 by Donna Hay.

Following is a round up on each book, and a buy button if you decide you’d like to read it for yourself. For a full explanation of why Kelly, Kate and Sarah loved these books, check out our Youtube channel at:


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gay Honeywell

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes …

Magpie Murders
Anthony Horowitz

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she’s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages.

Conway’s latest tale has Atticus Pünd investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. The more Susan reads, the more she’s convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript …

The Sparrow
Mary Doria Russell

Set in the 21st century – between 20 and 60 years from now – The Sparrow is the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and talented linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who – in response to a remarkable radio signal from the depths of space – leads a scientific mission to make first contact with an extraterrestrial culture.

Written in clean, effortless prose and peopled with memorable, superbly realised characters who never lose their humanity or humour, The Sparrow is a powerful, haunting fiction – a tragic but ultimately triumphant novel about the nature of faith, of love and what it means to be ‘human’.


Jolly Good Food
Allegra McEvedy

Delicious and easy recipes, inspired by the beloved stories by Enid Blyton. Bake your own pop-cakes and google buns, and wash them down with homemade ginger beer!

Have you ever dreamed of having picnics with the Famous Five, midnight feasts with the Malory Towers girls or party teas with the Folk of the Faraway Tree? With this cookbook, inspired by Enid Blyton’s stories, you can! Packed full of yummy recipes, lively artwork and extracts from Enid Blyton’s stories, this cookbook will inspire children – and the whole family – to get busy in the kitchen.

Modern Classics, Book 1
Donna Hay

In Modern Classics, Australia’s bestselling food writer Donna Hay takes the food from the past we love the most and makes it irresistibly new. Then she looks at what’s the best of the new and turns it into a cooking classic.

Coleslaw gets a well-deserved makeover while free-form ratatouille tart enters the classics category. Chicken soup comes of age again while the fresh, crunchy and healthy rice paper roll makes its debut.