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The Book Club: The ouevre of Ian McEwan
In this edition of RN's monthly Book Club, we look at Ian McEwan's extraordinary body of work, paying particular attention to his new novel Lessons, a meditation on history and humanity presented through the span of one man's lifetime.
Pod extra: Hilary Mantel, the Booker prize-winning author of the Wolf Hall trilogy has died
English writer Hilary Mantel has sadly died, aged 70. The Booker prize winning author spoke to Kate Evans for the Big Weekend of Books in 2020.
Siblings, revelry and fear: Peggy Frew, Kate Atkinson and Adrian McKinty
Three sisters, locked in their lifelong roles, on a roadtrip, in Peggy Frew's Wildflowers; a London underworld full of betrayal and promise, in Kate Atkinson's Shrines of Gaiety (read by Rohan Wilson); and talking to Adrian McKinty about the differences between noir and thrillers.
Drugs, gangs, racism and reputation: three new works of fiction
Reading Tracey Lien's All That's Left Unsaid, Diane Connell's The Improbable Life of Ricky Bird and Clarissa Goenawan's Watersong – Kate Evans and Elizabeth Flynn with guests George Haddad and Mandi McIntosh.
A Renaissance wedding, a Mediaeval war and the ghosts of Modernism: three new novels
Kate and Cassie with three new novels: grappling with modernism and creativity in Sophie Cunningham's This Devastating Fever; a young woman caged by intrigue and expectations in Maggie O'Farrell's The Marriage Portrait; and working soldiers bleed across France in Dan Jones' Essex Dogs – with guests Stephen Gapps and Amy Walters
The Book Club: Is crime fiction a literature of resistance? (plus a guide to Korean lit)
RN's Book Club in a different format to usual: a panel discussion plus a quick reading guide. The big question: Is crime fiction a literature of resistance? Also, a guide to fiction in translation from Korea
Can we have a list of the all the books reviewed
Love this podcast.
It would be great if there was a list online of all the books that had been reviewed and what episode they were reviewed in.
Great book chat!
Consistently the best book reviews podcast - great format, useful opinions, good guest reviewers, and great source for new books to read.
Tyson Yunkaporta was spot on about Greenwood!