80 episodes

Diving In is a conversation you will want to be part of - Louise and Virginia have been best friends since university - they share a passion for story telling and read loads of good books. Make yourself a cup of tea and listen in as they share the books they’ve been loving, and also the films, TV series, podcasts and articles they’ve enjoyed.

Diving In Virginia Seymour and Louise Jones

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 127 Ratings

Diving In is a conversation you will want to be part of - Louise and Virginia have been best friends since university - they share a passion for story telling and read loads of good books. Make yourself a cup of tea and listen in as they share the books they’ve been loving, and also the films, TV series, podcasts and articles they’ve enjoyed.

    73: The Ghost of Charles Dickens sitting on Barbara Kingsolver’s Shoulder

    73: The Ghost of Charles Dickens sitting on Barbara Kingsolver’s Shoulder

    Virginia and Louise do a deep dive into Barbara Kingsolver’s Pullitzer Prize winning and compelling novel Demon Copperhead and talk all things Charles Dickens as well as adding some shameful new entries to the infamous Ick Register.BooksOliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, 1838Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, 1854Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver, 2023 More Deep DivesEmma, by Jane AustenTelevisionEmma, mini series, 2009 Slow Horses, series 1-3 Apple TV+One Day, Netflix 2023

    • 1 hr
    72: This Is A Bit Embarrassing… (books we’ve never read)

    72: This Is A Bit Embarrassing… (books we’ve never read)

    Louise and Virginia thought it might be fun to do an episode on books that they feel a bit embarrassed to have never read (until now). There were a lot of books to choose from, but they discuss four in this conversation. During this chat they also create an Ick Register for authors who use words that give the ick, so that readers can be warned in advance (kind of like a trigger warning, but more basic). Books The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro ...

    • 52 min
    71: The Next Diving In Book Club – Salt River Road by Molly Schmidt

    71: The Next Diving In Book Club – Salt River Road by Molly Schmidt

    Louise and Virginia have a great conversation about a lovely Western Australian novel. Salt River Road by the very talented debut author Molly Schmidt captures the large Tetley family at the worst time of their lives. Their wife and mother, Elena, has died after a long illness and left them all devastated. Although the book looks at grief through the eyes of several different characters, it has a forward-moving arc, plenty of heart, and a wonderful ending, with an authentic Western Australian...

    • 45 min
    70: A Spotlight on Early Australia

    70: A Spotlight on Early Australia

    Louise and Virginia have a conversation about two books with many overlaps, one fiction and one non-fiction, and reflect on the fact that none of this information was taught in the classroom when they were at school.BooksKilling for Country by David MarrEdenglassie by Melissa LukashenkoTV ShowThe Crown – NetflixPodcastsThe Rest is History – Dominic Sandbrook and Tom HollandThe Rest is Entertainment – Richard Osman and Marina Hyde

    • 1 hr 12 min
    69: It's the very best time of year! It’s new release time and there is a publishing frenzy.

    69: It's the very best time of year! It’s new release time and there is a publishing frenzy.

    Virginia and Louise dive into four new releases some of them from our favourite authors! They also encourage everyone to get their hands on Salt River Road by Molly Schmidt for a bookclub deep dive episode coming up. Books The Fraud, Zadie Smyth, 2023, Hamish Hamilton Penguin Normal Rules Don’t Apply, Kate Atkinson, 2023, Penguin Random House Tom Lake, Ann Patchett, 2023, Harper Collins Pearl, Sian Hughes, 2023 UQP L...

    • 51 min
    68. Literary Scandals, Hoaxes and Controversies

    68. Literary Scandals, Hoaxes and Controversies

    Louise and Virginia have finally had a conversation about six literary controversies/hoaxes/scandals and it’s a lot of fun! This is a Topic they both find fascinating so it was great to select three stories each and dive in. Authors Norma Khouri John Hughes Carmen Mola Antonio Mercero Agustin Martinez Jorge Diaz Harold Stewart James McAuley Dawn Dorland Sonya Larson Helen Demidenko/ Darville &nbs...

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

Jetjob ,

A favourite

I look forward to listening as each new podcast becomes available. Love your humour chat and analysis, and always follow up with your recommendations.

BourkieThe CricketNutter ,

PC gone mad.

Why the acknowledgement of country at the beginning ? Ridiculous . Unsubscribing as we are sick of this fake nonsense being shoved down our throats .

Lilburneremy ,

SO THERAPEUTIC! better than a cappuccino…

Can’t tell you what a delight it is to listen to Virginia and Louise…feel like I am at a friend’s house with great company,cosy cuppa and engaging repertoire.
I’ve just had a knee replacement and the hours spent with you two have been lovely. I struggle with many podcasts, but your gentle tones, self effacing humour and intellect are a delight. I love your beautiful use of the English language, varied and eclectic suggestions and the wonderful life hacks.
Hope you are proud of your work… you are doing a fabulous job. Many thanks from the rehab couch!

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