Off Air
Wizard Radio Media - Books

BKMRK | What is a social issue you want to stand up for?

3rd September 2018 | Books

BKMRK | What is a social issue you want to stand up for?

This discussion is brought to you by BKMRK, the book club operated by Hachette Children's Group. To find out about Lekhika Chaudhary's book of the month as part of the BKMRK book club, click here.

The fourth book as part of Lekhika Chaudhary's BKMRK book club is Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla.

'Run, Riot' centres on Aspiring MC Taran and her twin brother Hari. The book opens with them moving to Firestone House – a place they never wanted to move to, but when the rent was doubled overnight and their Dad’s chemo meant he could not work, they had to make the tower block their home. It’s good now though; they feel a part of something here.

When they start noticing boarded-up flats and glossy fliers for expensive apartments, they don’t think much of it – until Hari is caught up in tragedy and they are forced to go on the run. It’s up to these teenagers to uncover the sinister truth behind what’s going on in the block, before it blows their world apart.

The novel talks about community and corruption and also the importance of standing up for what is right, and being counted. It also talks about police brutality and “gentrification” – the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to “middle class” taste.

Inspired by the book, on Lekhika Chaudhary's radio show she asked: What is a social issue you feel passionate about want to stand up for?

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

[audio audio="http://www.wizardradio.co.uk/campaigns/bkmrk/RunRiotWebClip.mp3" title="What is a social issue you want to stand up for?" descr="Inspired by the book Run Riot by Nikesh Shukla, Lekhika Chaudhary asks her listeners about issues they are passionate about.…

Interview with Robert Muchamore

1st August 2018 | Books

Interview with Robert Muchamore

Robert Muchamore got his start in writing after his nephew complained of having nothing interesting to read.

Now, over 14 million copies of his books sold later, he has two award-winning and best-selling series: Cherub and the Henderson's Boys. Both center around the interesting subject of teenage spies - part childhood fantasy, but also part real-life controversy.

In his latest standalone book, Killer T, he sits at the cross-center of two major topics of conversation - the subject he's covered multiple times (teenage spies) and genetic modification. Set across 10 years in Las Vegas, the story covers an outbreak of a genetically engineered virus, and the aftermath in a changing society where futuristic science meets moral sensibilities.

Matthew Stiles interviewed Robert Muchamore the new novel, his best-selling series and the controversies at the heart of the issues he writes about.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

Matthew Stiles interviews Robert Muchamore

Matthew Stiles interviews Robert Muchamore the new novel, his best-selling series and the controversies at the heart of the issues he writes about.  (9 minutes)

BKMRK | How do you handle pressure put on you by your parents?

29th July 2018 | Books

BKMRK | How do you handle pressure put on you by your parents?

This discussion is brought to you by BKMRK, the book club operated by Hachette Children's Group. To find out about Lekhika Chaudhary's book of the month as part of the BKMRK book club, click here.

The third book as part of Lekhika Chaudhary's BKMRK book club is A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews.

The story revolves around Beck, a high school student who hates his life. He lives with his younger sister who he loves, and his mother who he hates. Beck’s mother was once an international pianist but can’t play anymore due to an illness. She forces Beck to play the piano, every day, hour after hour.

At school, Beck doesn’t have any friends: another one of his mother’s rules. However, due to a project he gets paired up with and meets August – a girl full of life and energy. She becomes the way that Beck sees an escape from his current situation.

'A Thousand Perfect Notes' explores the impact that a parent can have on their child – a study carried out by Utrecht University in the Netherlands found that the more a mother or father saw of themselves in their child, the more likely they would want the child to live our their unfulfilled ambitions.

Inspired by the book, on Lekhika Chaudhary's radio show she asked: How do you handle pressure put on you by your parents?


Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

How do you handle pressure put on you by your parents?

Inspired by the book A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews, Lekhika Chaudhary asks her listeners how they handle pressure from their parents. (17 minutes)