28 episodes

Whether you're a big juicy book worm or you want to include more reading into your life, the podcast book club is the place. Read the book club selections then join Jessie Stephens and a host of her Mamamia guests as they dive between the pages of some brilliant, (and not so brilliant) reads. Should you recommend it to a friend or forget it ever happened? Listen in as we debate the works.

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Whether you're a big juicy book worm or you want to include more reading into your life, the podcast book club is the place. Read the book club selections then join Jessie Stephens and a host of her Mamamia guests as they dive between the pages of some brilliant, (and not so brilliant) reads. Should you recommend it to a friend or forget it ever happened? Listen in as we debate the works.

    Introducing Lady Startup Stories: Sally Hepworth Wrote A Book That Wasn't Good Enough

    Introducing Lady Startup Stories: Sally Hepworth Wrote A Book That Wasn't Good Enough

    Hey! We're just popping into your feed to share an awesome episode of Lady Startup Stories with you - the podcast where Mia Freedman interviews female founders about the highs and lows of running their own business.

    This episode features Sally Hepworth. Sally is an author, a mother, a wife, and the primary breadwinner for her family.

    From the outside, Sally’s business is successful. Amy Poehler has even optioned the rights to turn one of her books into a TV show. 

    But last year, Sally was told that the book she was writing wasn’t good enough, which meant she had no income for a year. 

    So she had to adapt and this is how she did it. 

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    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au

    CREDITS:

    Host: Mia Freedman, co-founder of Mamamia and founder of Lady Startup

    Guests: Sally Hepworth

    You can buy Sally's books here - https://www.sallyhepworthauthor.com/.


    Producers: Leah Porges and Samantha McDonald

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    • 36 min
    Gloria Steinem Knows The Truth Will Piss You Off

    Gloria Steinem Knows The Truth Will Piss You Off

    It was Gloria Steinem who said, “The truth will set you free… but first it will piss you off.”

    Now, 62 years since she wrote her first book, ‘The Thousand Indias’, Steinem has published a book of her most iconic quotes.

    “Without leaps of imagination” she once wrote, “or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

    And then there was, “Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.”

    Now 85, Steinem is the author of eight books, and best known as one of the most effective and admired spokespeople of the American feminist movement. 

    So, what is she currently pissed off about? And has the world actually changed that much since feminism challenged everything?

    Remember, this is a Book Club, so we're assuming if you're listening you've read the book.  That means there will be spoilers, so if you haven't read it, grab a copy, get reading and join us after you've turned the last page.  We'll be right here waiting for you!

    Come join our Book Club Facebook group here.

    You can buy Gloria Steinem's books on Apple Books at apple.co/mamamia

    Your host is Jessie Stephens. 

    Leah Porges is the producer of Mamamia Book Club. 

    You can call Jessie and Leah on 02 8999 9386. 

    Head to https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribe/ to get this and all our pods delivered straight to your inbox.

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    • 35 min
    Paullina Simons: What Makes The Perfect Love Story

    Paullina Simons: What Makes The Perfect Love Story

    Ask a woman to name her favourite book of all time, and many, without skipping a beat, will tell you it’s The Bronze Horseman. 

    Often referred to as one of the greatest love stories of all time, The Bronze Horseman is set in Leningrad, upon the backdrop of World War II. As Hitler’s armies encroach on the Russian city, Tatiana, nearly 17, meets, Alexander, and their relationship begins to develop. 

    When Paullina Simons was writing the novel, she prayed that someone else would feel just half of what she felt while writing it. No doubt, they did.

    Selling more than 400,000 copies in Australia alone, Simons’ book, and the subsequent series, have become a cult classic. 

    So where did the idea for The Bronze Horseman come from? And is Tatiana based on anyone specifically? And, as corny as it sounds, how do you write a book that finds its way into the hearts of people all over the world? 

    Remember, this is a Book Club, so we're assuming if you're listening you've read the book.  That means there will be spoilers, so if you haven't read it, grab a copy, get reading and join us after you've turned the last page.  We'll be right here waiting for you!

    Come join our Book Club Facebook group here.

    You can buy Paullina Simons' books on Apple Books at apple.co/mamamia

    Your host is Jessie Stephens. 

    Leah Porges is the producer of Mamamia Book Club. 

    You can call Jessie and Leah on 02 8999 9386. 

    Head to https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribe/ to get this and all our pods delivered straight to your inbox.

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    • 22 min
    Peter FitzSimons Knows How To Write A Bestseller

    Peter FitzSimons Knows How To Write A Bestseller

    Peter FitzSimons is one of Australia’s best selling non-fiction authors of the last 20 years. With no less than 36 published works to his name, FitzSimons is also one of the countries most popular columnists and after-dinner speakers. 

    In 2011, FitzSimons was named a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to literature, and his significant community contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sport. 

    But despite how busy he is, FitzSimons endeavours to write a book a year - something he has managed to do for at least the last decade. 

    Host Jessie Stephens chats to FitzSimons about what makes a great story, why he’d never write fiction and how he manages to write a book a year. 

    Remember, this is a Book Club, so we're assuming if you're listening you've read the book.  That means there will be spoilers, so if you haven't read it, grab a copy, get reading and join us after you've turned the last page.  We'll be right here waiting for you!

    If this podcast has raised any issues for you or someone you know, please contact Lifeline 13 11 14 for support.

    Come join our Book Club Facebook group here.

    You can buy Peter FitzSimons' books on Apple Books at apple.co/mamamia

    Your host is Jessie Stephens. 

    Leah Porges is the producer of Mamamia Book Club. 

    You can call Jessie and Leah on 02 8999 9386. 

    Head to https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribe/ to get this and all our pods delivered straight to your inbox.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min
    Jane Harper's Formula For Writing Books You Can't Put Down

    Jane Harper's Formula For Writing Books You Can't Put Down

    Jane Harper is the author of international bestsellers The Dry, Force of Nature and The Lost Man, and is inarguably one of the biggest names in Australian fiction. 

    Harper, a former journalist, has a formula for writing a book that’s now been shared all over the world. She knows better than just about anyone, how to build intrigue, mystery and suspense, upon the backdrop of Australia’s harsh and unforgiving landscape. 

    So, how does she make sure that the reader is entirely unable to put her book down? And where does she get her ideas from? 

    In this episode, Jessie Stephens and Harper explore the processes behind Jane’s much-loved novels that have resonated deeply with more than one million people. 

    Remember, this is a Book Club, so we're assuming if you're listening you've read the book.  That means there will be spoilers, so if you haven't read it, grab a copy, get reading and join us after you've turned the last page.  We'll be right here waiting for you!

    Come join our Book Club Facebook group here.

    You can buy Jane Harper's books on Apple Books at apple.co/mamamia

    You can listen to Jane Harper’s Ted Talk about creativity here

    Your host is Jessie Stephens. 

    Leah Porges is the producer of Mamamia Book Club. 

    You can call Jessie and Leah on 02 8999 9386. 

    Head to https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribe/ to get this and all our pods delivered straight to your inbox.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 30 min
    Memoir or Fiction? Trent Dalton On Boy Swallows Universe

    Memoir or Fiction? Trent Dalton On Boy Swallows Universe

    Trent Dalton’s childhood was filled with dark people, underground rooms and strange secrets. In his critically-acclaimed debut book Boy Swallows Universe, memoir meets fiction, as Dalton explores suburban Australia, brotherhood and the most unlikely of friendships. 

    All the questions you had after reading Boy Swallows Universe are answered as Jessie Stephens interviews Trent Dalton about what is widely considered one of the best Australian novels of the last decade.

    Remember, this is a Book Club, so we're assuming if you're listening you've read the book.  That means there will be spoilers, so if you haven't read it, grab a copy, get reading and join us after you've turned the last page.  We'll be right here waiting for you!

    Come join our Book Club Facebook group here.

    You can buy Trent Dalton's book Boy Swallows Universe on Apple Books at apple.co/mamamia

    Listen to Season 3’s episode on Boy Swallows Universe with Jessie Stevens and Holly Wainwright here.

    Your host is Jessie Stephens. 

    Leah Porges is the producer of Mamamia Book Club. 

    You can call Jessie and Leah on 02 8999 9386. 

    Head to https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribe/ to get this and all our pods delivered straight to your inbox.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
258 Ratings

258 Ratings

hobart listener ,

The Dry

I had The Dry as an audiobook. Fantastic story and tightly woven. The book club interview got me to plug in my earphones and listen. Well worth it!!

Talitha Jane ,

My favourite podcast!

Jessie, thank you so much for making this podcast!
It’s the book club I’ve always needed. My favourite episode so far is the episode with Trent Dalton, safe to say I now have a crush on him 🤣

Mini-Kb ,

Trent Dalton

Fantastic listening ! You’ve nailed this one Jessie. I loved hearing him appreciate how you completely understood his writing skill. It prompted me to go back to Ep no1 where Holly Wainwright waxes lyrical about Trent Dalton and everything that is Trent Dalton, also fabulous listening.

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