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41 minutes | Jan 16, 2022
Book club: Lolly Willowes and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Charmingly eccentric tale with a sharply feminist point of view or a 'hot mess' – what did Laura's book club make of Lolly Willowes by Silvia Townsend Warner? Meanwhile The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers explores loneliness, the human need for understanding and the search for love. What did Kate's book club think. Should you pick it up? Listen in to find out. We also discuss Furious Hours by Casey Cep and A Start in Life by Anita Brookner. Robert McCrumb's 100 Best Novels Written in English 1 in 5 does not represent over 300 years of women in literature: Rachel Cooke's response. Join the conversation between episodes: follow us on Instagram or Facebook @BookClubReview podcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you like what we do, please pass it on, share the episode link on social media, and help us spread the word.
66 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
Best books of 2021 Part 2: Our books of the year
It's part 2 of our end-of-year special, in which we look back over the books we read outside of book club, the ones we chose for ourselves, and pick out our favourites. And so listen in for more book recommendations than you can shake a stick a, plus recommendations from our book clubs and friends of the pod. We also look ahead to some new releases coming out in 2022. Booklist Kate's top three favourites from 2021 Don't Touch My Hair, Emma Dabiri A Ghost in the Throat, Doireann ní Ghríofa Lean, Fall, Stand, Jon McGregor Laura's top three favourites from 2021 A Life's Work, Rachel Cusk Miss Iceland, Audur Ava Olafsdottir Indian Horse, Richard Wagamese Kate's longlist of favourite reads in 2021 The Moth and the Mountain, Ed Caesar Writers and Lovers and Euphoria Lily King Real Estate, Deborah Levy The Library Book and The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean All My Friends are Superheroes, Andrew Kaufman Owls of the Eastern Ice, Jonathan C. Slaght Nightbitch, Rachel Yoder Don't Touch My Hair, Emma Dabiri Fun Home, Alison Bechdel Parisan Lives, Deidre Bair Nightbitch, Rachel Yoder Early Morning Riser, Katherine Heiny Love Letters, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West (Alison Bechdel, ed.) A Ghost in the Throat, Doireann ni Ghriofa Re-Educated, Lucy Kellaway Pew, Catherine Lacey Happy All the Time, Laurie Colwin Whereabouts, Jhumpa Lahiri Sorrow and Bliss, Meg Mason Lean, Fall, Stand, Jon McGregor Assembly, Natasha Brown The Stranding, Kate Sawyer The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers Empire of Pain, Patrick Radden-Keefe Matrix, Lauren Groff The See-Through House, Shelley Klein Laura's longlist of favourite reads in 2021 His Only Wife, Peace Adzo Medie Miss Iceland, Hotel Silence and Butterflies in November, Audur Ava Olafsdottir Indian Horse, Richard Wagamese On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong Homeland Elegies, Ayad Akhtar No-One is Talking About This, Patricia Lockwood Great Circle, Maggie Shipstead D: A Tale of Two Worlds, Michael Faber Graceling, Kristin Cashore A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik The Annals of the Western Shore, Ursula Le Guin The Book of Hidden Things, Francesco Dimitri Frederica, Georgette Heyer Conundrum, Jan Morris A High Wind in Jamaica, Richard Hughes The Rules of Civility, Amor Towles Chrissy Ryan's recommendations Open Water, Caleb Azumah Nelson Assembly, Natasha Brown Detransition Baby, Torrey Peters Elizabeth Morris' recommendations Nightbitch, Rachel Yoder Book club recommendations The Summer Book, Tove Jansson The Mermaid of Black Conch, Monique Roffey Whereabouts, Jhumpa Lahiri The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne BrontÃ« A Dance to the Music of Time, Anthony Powell The Siege of Krishnapur, J. G. Farrell The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst Isaac Steele and the Forever Man, Daniel Rigby Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer Albert and the Whale, Philip Hoare Trieste or the Meaning of Nowhere, Jan Morris The Bass Rock, Evie Wyld Autumn, Ali Smith The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead Small Things Like These, Claire Keegan The Offing, Benjamin Myers Circe, Madeleine Miller Three Women, Lisa Taddeo My Dark Vanessa, Kate Elizabeth Russell Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid Upcoming books in 2022 We also discussed our inordinate desire for The Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss to finally be published, and Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel Notes Full details of all the titles discussed in this episode can be found in the shownotes on our website thebookclubreview.co.uk. Do keep up with us between episodes on Instagram and Facebook @bookclubreviewpodcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or email email@example.com. We always love to hear from you.
49 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
Best books of 2021 Part 1: best book club books
In part one of our 2021 end-of-year special episode we look back over the books we’ve covered for book club. Which ones have stayed with us? Which were our stand outs? And which are we going to crown our book club book of the year. Whether you're looking for your next book club read or just a great book for your personal reading pile, don't miss it. We also look forward to new book club plans and projects for the coming year. For our best books of 2021 (from our own personal reading piles) go to Part 2, available in your podcast feed now. Booklist Writers and Lovers, Lily King Early Work, Andrew Martin Euphoria, Lily King Shuggie Bain, Douglas Stuart The Mermaid of Black Conch, Monique Roffey Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden A Lonely Man, Chris Power (recommended by Gary) The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro Like a Sword Wound by Ahmet Altan I Will Never See the World Again by Ahmet Altan How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue, As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann and The Barsetshire Chronicles by Anthony Trollope (Phil's recommendations) Second Place by Rachel Cusk Matrix by Lauren Groff Full shownotes are on our website thebookclubreview.co.uk, where you can browse our full episode archive and sign up for our bi-weekly-ish newsletter, full of recommendations and bookish links. Keep up with us between episodes on Instagram and Facebook @bookclubreviewpodcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We always love to hear from you.
45 minutes | Dec 12, 2021
Kate Sawyer and The Stranding • 108
Join us as we talk all things books, apocalypses, whales and the Costa Prize shortlist with Kate Sawyer, author of The Stranding. It's a novel about a woman who survives the end-of-the-world by hiding inside the belly of a whale. Find out why we loved it, as we consider its place in the canon of apocalypse novels from Z for Zachariah to The Road. We've also got a ton of book club recommendations, find out what Kate's been reading recently and have some follow-on read suggestions for when you've finished The Stranding. Book list Moby Dick by Herman Melville The Road by Cormac McCarthy Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien Nights at the Circus and Wise Children by Angela Carter Matrix and Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff Larry’s Party and Unless by Carol Shields Assembly by Natasha Brown Still Life by Sarah Winman Wahala by Nikki May (out Spring 2022) Burntcoat by Sarah Hall The Smallest Man by Frances Quinn Weather by Jenny Offill Humankind by Rutger Bregman The Life of the Mind by Christine Smallwood Follow us on Instagram or Facebook @BookClubReview podcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or email email@example.com. Don't miss our website where you can find our archive of over 100 shows to browse through. Don’t miss our recent Booker Prize special, or our discussion of Lauren Groff’s latest book Matrix and find out why we just can’t stop thinking about nuns. You can also find our library of articles including our recent one on our favourite book podcasts. And you can sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter for book reviews, recommendations and more.
49 minutes | Nov 27, 2021
Matrix by Lauren Groff • 107
Join us as we dive, in spoiler-free fashion, into Lauren Groff's latest novel, Matrix. It tells of Marie de France, a cast-off from Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine's court, exiled to be a prioress at a run-down Abbey inhabited by starving nuns. Devastated and grieving the young Marie thinks only of regaining the queen's favour and returning to court. Gradually, though, she comes to see that if she is to stay, she must change, and the Abbey with her. The book has been a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist but what did Laura's book club think? We're joined by pod-regulars Phillip Chaffee and Sarah Oliver to discuss it.
59 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
The 2021 Booker Prize • #106
Join us as we discuss the 2021 Booker shortlist in typical book club style, with journalist Phil Chaffee and Chrissy Ryan, owner of Bookbar. We livestream the Booker ceremony so you can catch our immediate reactions to the winner. Did we agree? Was there a book we loved more? Was there one we loathed? Whether we loved them or loathed them, as ever, you can be assured of good debate. We thoroughly recommend any and all of these books for a good read and good discussion. Notes The Paris Review article on Anuk Arudpragasam Phil mentions is here Click here if you're wondering what a nudibranch looks like? Check out our website for our episode archive and more. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook @BookClubReview podcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us what you’re reading for book club right now – we love to hear from you. If you've enjoyed this episode please leave us a quick online review, it helps other listeners find us :)
49 minutes | Oct 9, 2021
Second Place by Rachel Cusk
It's our latest Book Club episode, and we're discussing Rachel Cusk's latest novel, Second Place. It was longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize, but didn’t make the cut for the shortlist. Sally Rooney calls it ‘masterful’, saying it ‘achieves a kind of formal perfection’ while the Observer newspaper lauds it as ‘A landmark in twenty-first-century English literature.' But what did Laura’s book club make of it? And who would we rather have to dinner, Rachel Cusk or Deborah Levy? Listen in to find out. Book recommendations To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf The Outline trilogy, by Rachel Cusk, read on audio by Kristen Scott Thomas Things I Don’t Want to Know by Deborah Levy The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe The audiobook of Second Place by Rachel Cusk is published by Faber & Faber and narrated by Kate Fleetwood. It’s available for download now. Listen to the Rachel Cusk interview Phil mentioned at the Edinburgh Literary Festival Find our full episode archive and sign-up link for our newsletter at our The Book Club Review website. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook @BookClubReview podcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or email email@example.com. And if you’re not already, why not subscribe to us on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. If you like what we do please help spread the word and tell a book-loving friend about our show.
43 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
104. Bookshelf: Back-to-school reads
We've shaken the sand from our flip-flops and put our suitcases away. Now it's back to business as Kate and Laura catch up on their recent reads, everything from this year's Booker International Prize winner to a fantasy romp about teenage wizards. Booklist Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop Mud and Stars by travel writer Sara Wheeler A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik Re-Educated by Lucy Kellaway We also discuss the property website themodernhouse.com if you’d like to see what we’re up to between episodes check out the website at www.thebookclubreview.co.uk, find us on Instagram or Facebook @BookClubReview podcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop us a line and tell us what you’re reading, we always love to hear from you. Next episode: Book club on Second Place by Rachel Cusk
24 minutes | Sep 18, 2021
Close-up: Adam Ashton and Adam Jones
"Ashto" and "Jonesy" are two Australians who devour books on everything from self-improvement to business and marketing for their weekly podcast, What You Will Learn. They’ve recently launched their own book, The Sh*t They Never Taught You. They joined Kate to discuss what books have taught them, and provide her with some personal bibliotherapy to kick her out of her counter-productive ways. Listen in to find out what you can learn.
45 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Bookshelf: Summer Reading 2021
It's our 2021 Summer Reading episode! What are we looking for in our summer reading? We want books that are going to carry us away, books that are immersive and compelling, books that take us places and teach us things. Sometimes we want short reads to suit our mood, others we want long immersive books that will last us through the summer. And as ever, we want books we can discuss and debate. Embracing our usual tendency to veer away from the obvious we've compiled an eclectic list. We’ve got summer buzz books The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris and Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, but we’re also delving into mental health with Meg Mason’s hilarious and moving novel Sorrow & Bliss, considering the joys of the untethered life with Jhumpa Lahiri and learning about the Sackler family – architects, it turns out, of America’s opioid crisis – with Patrick Radden-Keefe’s Empire of Pain. Plus Laura throws in Michael Faber’s beguiling fantasy novel D: A Tale of Two Worlds, a novel by First Nations author Richard Wagamese she wants everyone to read, and we briefly consider Erik Larson’s gripping history of World War 2, The Splendid and the Vile and why really it’s the perfect thing to have beside your deckchair. Wherever you are we wish you a brilliant summer and lots of happy reading. Booklist Sorrow & Bliss by Meg Mason Hotel Silence by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden-Keefe D (a Tale of Two Worlds) by Michael Faber The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalia Harris Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead You can also find full details plus a few extras on our website, thebookclubreview.co.uk. And if you’re so inclined you can also sign up for our bi-weekly newsletter there. It has reviews and recommendations and is full of reading inspiration to tide you over until our next episode. Follow us between episodes on Instagram @bookclubreviewpodcast, on twitter and facebook @bookclubrvwpod or email us at email@example.com – do drop us a line and tell us what you’re reading, we always love to hear from you. Special thanks to Mason Dietrich, our new Production assistant.
42 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Like a Sword Wound by Ahmet Altan
Looking for something a little off the beaten path for your reading pile? Join us as we discuss Like A Sword Wound by renowned Turkish writer Ahmet Altan. It's the first volume in a quartet and traces not only the social currents of the final years of the Ottoman Empire but also the erotic and emotional lives of its characters. Like A Sword Wound has been described as the Turkish War & Peace. Did Laura's book club agree? We're joined by journalist Philippe Chaffee to discuss it. Like A Sword Wound is translated by Brendan Freely and Yelda Türedi Book recommendations The Passenger magazine on Turkey Beyond the Walls by Nazim Hikmet My Name is Red and The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk Laurence in Arabia by Scott Anderson Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy We also mentioned authors Elif Batuman and Elif Shafak. For full show notes go to www.thebookclubreview.co.uk where you can also sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter, which has reviews, links and plenty of bookish inspiration to keep you going between episodes. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook @BookClubReview podcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts. If you like what we do please do take a moment to rate and review the show, it helps other listeners find us.
49 minutes | Jul 17, 2021
100: Kate and Laura answer your questions
In celebration of our 100th episode we turn the spotlight on ourselves a little more than usual to answer listeners' questions. From our favourite childhood reads to the books that shaped us as adults, from books which kept us up all night to books we disagree on (with a shocking mid-show revelation from Laura that threatens to derail the whole discussion), listen in to learn more about us as readers and how we came to make the podcast. Find our full show notes for this episode plus archive of all our past shows on our website, follow us on Instagram and Facebook @bookclubreviewpodcast or Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or drop us an email at email@example.com and tell us about a book you love. Booklist Childhood reads The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling The Chalet School books by Elinor M. Brent Dyer The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Miss Happiness and Miss Flower and Little Plum by Rumer Godden Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien Dark Canyon by Louis L’Amour A Devil to Ride by Patricia Leitch Cobbler’s Dream by Monica Dickens Howl’s Moving Castle and other books by Diana Wynne Jones The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper White Boots, Ballet Shoes, Theatre Shoes, Hollywood Shoes by Noel Streatfield Transition books To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien General books Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden Normal People by Sally Rooney The Moth and the Mountain by Ed Caesar The Time-Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenneger Watership Down by Douglas Adams Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart The Red Tent by Anita Diamant The Idiot by Elif Batuman Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason The Ascent of Rum Doodle by W. E. Bowman Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin The Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo Miss Iceland by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir Parisian Lives by Deidre Bair The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross West With the Night by Beryl Markham Travels by Michael Crichton
60 minutes | Jun 19, 2021
The Women's Prize 2021 episode
It’s here. After weeks of reading, tons of post-it notes and a WhatsApp group busy with thoughts flying back and forth we proudly present our 2021 Women’s Prize episode. We’re joined by returning podcast guests Elizabeth Morris and Sarah Oliver to review all six shortlisted titles. This is book club so expect the full range of opinions, find out what we loved, and what we didn’t, but we’ve also worked hard to keep the spoilers away so you can enjoy the show and still enjoy the books. Which are your favourites? Listen in and see if you agree with us as we attempt to pick a winner. Booklist Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi How the One Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones Piranesi by Susanna Clarke No-One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood Don’t miss Crib Notes, the newsletter by Elizabeth Morris for new and busy mothers – an essential monthly run-down of the very best books from the practical to the poetic. She includes just the right information about each, and offers different suggestions according to whether you want something to sink into, or you only have time to scroll. Follow us between episodes on Instagram or Facebook @BookClubReview podcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Were you jumping up and down with thoughts on any of the books we discussed today? Drop us a line and let us know, we always love to hear from you. And don’t miss our website, thebookclubreview.co.uk for our full archive of shows and to sign up to our weekly newsletter. It comes out on Sundays and is full of reading inspiration for the week ahead.
17 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
98. The Happy Reader
A magazine that has always been dear to our hearts is Penguin's Happy Reader, an occasional publication that takes inspiration from the idea of a book club. In the early days of the podcast we were delighted to interview its editor Seb Emina. To celebrate the launch of The Happy Reader's latest edition we're releasing that interview again. From the thinking that goes into every issue, from treasure hunts to the perfect way to drink your tea, from book recommendations to unusual ideas for book club meet ups, this episode has it all. Booklist So many books are mentioned in passing in this episode, but in particular Seb talks about The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (and listen in to episode 9 of the pod for our full book club discussion on that one) Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard You can find out more about The Happy Reader, buy the latest issue or subscribe at their website thehappyreader.com. You can also sign up to their newsletter, Happy Readings, where once a month you’ll get a little dose of Happy Readerness in your inbox. Seb is on Instagram and Twitter @sebemina If you’d like to see what we’re up to between episodes follow us on Instagram or Facebook @BookClubReview podcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or email email@example.com. Don’t miss our website, thebookclubreview.co.uk, where you can find our archive of almost 100 shows to browse through and sign up for our weekly newsletter. It comes out on Sundays, and it full of reading inspiration for your week ahead.
38 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
97. The Remains of the Day
Join us as we discuss The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. It's a modern classic, 1989 Booker Prize winner and the author is also the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature but none of this led Laura to hold back, calling it 'dull' and incredibly slow reading. But, of course, hers is not the only voice, so listen in to find out what Kate thought, and what Laura's book club thought. We've also got some book recommendations for your next book club read. Booklist Mrs Dalloway and To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf Amsterdam and On Chesil Beach by Ian McKewan Staying On by Paul Scott. If you enjoyed this show check out our website, www.thebookclubreview.co.uk where you can find our archive of shows to browse through. You can also explore our library of book reviews and articles. If you’d like to hear more from us sign up for our weekly newsletter which comes out on Sundays and is full of reviews and recommendations to top you up with bookish inspiration for the week ahead. Sign up via the shownotes, our website or at the link in our Instagram bio. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @BookClubReview podcast, and on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or why not get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we always love to hear from you. And if you’re not already, why not subscribe to us on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts and never miss an episode. If you like what we do please do take a moment to rate and review the show. It helps other listeners find us, so we really appreciate it.
39 minutes | May 23, 2021
96. Bookbar, with Chrissy Ryan
We chat with Chrissy Ryan, founder of Bookbar, a new bookshop and bar in Kate's North London neighbourhood. Chrissy's vision is for Bookbar to be a social space where people can discover their next read and meet other readers in a place where conversation is encouraged. We loved hearing about everything from her in-house book club featuring authors like Ingrid Persaud, Brit Bennett and Curtis Sittenfeld to her shelf-medicate book subscription service – as Chrissy says, like having a literary matchmaker on speed-dial. We come up with an idea for the perfect book club party and talk favourite books. Listen in for Chrissy's must-reads out now or coming soon. Booklist Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe Bad Blood by John Carreyrou Dopesick by Beth Macy Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Faultlines Emily Atami Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters The Female Persuasion by Meg Wollizer China Room by Sunjeev Suhota Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason Red Comet by Heather Clark Conversations on Love by Natasha Lunn For more about Bookbar check out their website. For more from us follow us on Instagram or Facebook @BookClubReview podcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or email email@example.com. Drop us a line and let us know what you’re reading – we always love to hear from you. For more listening browse our episode archive where you can also sign up for our weekly newsletter. Our next book club read is The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. That episode is coming soon.
39 minutes | May 15, 2021
95. Bookshelf: the rundown of our best recent reads
Listen in for Laura’s take on Matt Haig's bestselling The Midnight Library, which Kate hasn’t yet read. Should she? Meanwhile Kate gets swept into literary Paris with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir. Laura takes us to Iceland with an immersive novel that she now wants everyone to drop everything and read, and we catch up with Deborah Levy with the third volume of her living autobiography, Real Estate. Also, we consider what it’s like to live in Iceland for two years with writer Sarah Moss, and remember Boomerang, Michael Lewis’s enjoyable (though also alarming) economic world tour, and how Iceland’s fishermen took to currency speculation like ducks to water. Booklist The Midnight Library by Matt Haig Parisian Lives by Deirdre Bair Miss Iceland by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir Real Estate by Deborah Levy Names for the Sea by Sarah Moss Boomerang by Michael Lewis Sign up to our weekly newsletter which comes out on Sundays and is full of reading inspiration for the week ahead. You can subscribe via the link in our Instagram bio or on our website, thebookclubreview.co.uk. If you’d like to see what we’re up to between episodes follow us on Instagram or Facebook @BookClubReview podcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop us a line and let us know what you’re reading – we always love to hear from you.
45 minutes | May 1, 2021
94. Mrs Death Misses Death
Join us as we tackle this unusual book that mixes prose with poetry and a play script, in which Death is embodied in the form of an old black woman. Mrs Death befriends a young writer, Wolf, who agrees to ghost-write her memoirs. Laura and her book club had strong reactions against this book. It’s up to Kate and our special guest author Gary Wigglesworth to see if they can make the others see it in a different light. But are they persuasive? Listen in and see what you think. Book list Watership Down by Richard Adams Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller A Lonely Man by Chris Power Grief is a Thing With Feathers by Max Porter. Want to keep up with us between episodes? Sign up for our newsletter, or follow us for daily book reviews and recommendations on Instagram or Facebook @BookClubReview podcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or email email@example.com. Don't miss our website thebookclubreview.co.uk for our episode archive and library of book reviews and articles. Do subscribe to us on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, and never miss an episode. If you like what we do please take a moment to rate and review the show, which help other listeners find us.
37 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
93. Bookshelf: A little bit of Maas hysteria
Join us for this 'bookshelf' episode as we discuss the books we've been reading outside of book club. In this episode Kate gets tied up in existential knots over House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas and we consider the parallels between this 800-page fantasy bonkbuster and War and Peace. We explore the idea of ‘reading offsetting’ whereby we balance our guilty pleasures with books more worthy of our time. We rediscover the Queen of Fantasy Ursula Le Guin and remember why we think her books are so amazing. Kate pronounces ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ by Emma Dabiri her new favourite book of the year. And we end with an excursion into Arctic landscapes and consider moving to Svaallbad where apparently you don’t need a visa! Books mentioned: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas A Fall from Grace and Philippa Holds Court by Jennie Goutet The Western Shore trilogy by Ursula L. Guin Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri Americanah by Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie A Woman in the Polar Night by Christiane Ritter Terra Incognita by Sara Wheeler Want to keep up with us between episodes? Sign up for our newsletter, or follow us for daily book reviews and recommendations on Instagram or Facebook @BookClubReview podcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't miss our website thebookclubreview.co.uk for our episode archive and library of book reviews and articles. Do subscribe to us on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, and never miss an episode. If you like what we do please take a moment to rate and review the show, which help other listeners find us.
44 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
92. Ella Berthoud and The Art of Mindful Reading
Bibliotherapist and author (with Susan Elderkin) of classic books about books The Novel Cure and The Story Cure, Ella Berthoud's most recent work is The Art of Mindful Reading, a practical guide that promises to help people to read more mindfully, bringing their lives to books and books into their lives equally. As you might expect we have a lot of book recommendations in this show, plus advice on everything from how to keep a successful book journal to what to do when you’re not enjoying your book club book – we've all been there. Listen in and learn how to make the very most of your precious reading time, and even find out how to carve out more of it. Book recommendations What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey, The Pisces by Melissa Broder, Elijah’s Mermaid by Essie Fox, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar, Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towes and There But For The by Ali Smith You can keep up with Ella via her website, ellaberthoud.com and don’t miss her themed sessions on Damian Barr’s Literary Salon facebook page and her Instagram and YouTube channels. And if you’re in need of a literary makeover or have something you want to work through in your life you can sign up for a bibliotherapy session at the School of Life website. • sign up for our weekly newsletter here • Follow us on Instagram • Follow us on Facebook • Follow us on Twitter • Check out our website
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