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What are you reading, loving or being challenged by? We review the latest in fiction for dedicated readers and for those who wish they read more and join out monthly Book Club on Facebook.

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    • 4.3 • 206 Ratings

What are you reading, loving or being challenged by? We review the latest in fiction for dedicated readers and for those who wish they read more and join out monthly Book Club on Facebook.

    'Uneasy, Ambiguous and Strange': Why rewrite Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann?

    'Uneasy, Ambiguous and Strange': Why rewrite Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann?

    On Colm Tóibín's The Magician (a fictionalised life of Nobel Prize winning author, Thomas Mann), Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Velvet Was the Night and Sarah Bailey's The Housemate with guests Paige Clark and Mark Sutton

    • 57 min
    Yes, we are reviewing Sally Rooney's new novel

    Yes, we are reviewing Sally Rooney's new novel

    Novelist J P Pomare and memoirist Ianto Ware join Kate and Cassie, and the books discussed today are Sally Rooney's Beautiful World, Where Are You, Paula Hawkins' A Slow Fire Burning and Pascal Janovjak's The Rome Zoo

    • 54 min
    The Book Club: On Memory

    The Book Club: On Memory

    Why is memory such a potent theme in fiction? On Jessica Anderson's Tirra Lirra by the River and Hugh Breakey's The Beautiful Fall, with guests - novelists both - Robert Lukins and Alison Booth

    • 54 min
    How to read like an Australian writer

    How to read like an Australian writer

    What does it mean to read like an Australian writer? Insights from writers Belinda Castles, Debra Adelaide and Nicholas Jose. Also, crime writer Will Dean on the dark fairytale woods of Sweden and the Bookshelf that Made Him; and a preview of The Big Weekend of Books

    • 55 min
    Why you should read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (and meet his feistiest character)

    Why you should read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (and meet his feistiest character)

    Boastful, funny, clever, skilled and much maligned: meet Geoffrey Chaucer's Wife of Bath, both his fourteenth-century invention and a fresh remaking of her in Karen Brooks' The Good Wife of Bath. Also, the feelgood book of the year, with Sarah Winman's Still Life. Mediaeval literature specialist Louise D'Arcens and novelist Robert Gott join Kate for a lively discussion.

    • 53 min
    Wolves, ghosts and a great flood: scary things in books

    Wolves, ghosts and a great flood: scary things in books

    Broadcaster and journalist Melanie Tait joins Kate to talk wild empathy, in Charlotte McConaghy's Once There Were Wolves. There are also reviews of Jennifer Mills' The Airways and Jessie Greengrass's The High House; the Bookshelf that Made English writer Sunjeev Sahota, and new poetry from Luke Currie-Richardson. (Cassie is away this week.)

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
206 Ratings

206 Ratings

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Great book chat!

Consistently the best book reviews podcast - great format, useful opinions, good guest reviewers, and great source for new books to read.

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A joy - a readers delight!

Great presenters and guests. Discussions on books with readers and writers. Usually they also talk about what they are each reading - have your pen ready!

The shear joy they bring to books and reading is infectious. Thank you.

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