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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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    • Arts
    • 4.4 • 230 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.

    Serial killers, thrillers and Shirley Hazzard: new books from Bret Easton Ellis and Deepti Kapoor

    Serial killers, thrillers and Shirley Hazzard: new books from Bret Easton Ellis and Deepti Kapoor

    Kate and Cassie are back with new fiction for 2023: reading Bret Easton Ellis' The Shards and Deepti Kapoor's Age of Vice with guests Geordie Williamson and Sue Turnbull; and Brigitta Olubas on her biography of writer Shirley Hazzard

    Summer Reading: Where will books take you?

    Summer Reading: Where will books take you?

    Hoofbeats, assassins and tracks in the snow. Rereading Gillian Mears’ novel Foal’s Bread;  reading Kári Gíslason's The Sorrow Stone; and speaking to Karen Joy Fowler about her novel Booth and the books that shaped it.

    Books Extra: Fiona McFarlane's The Sun Walks Down

    Books Extra: Fiona McFarlane's The Sun Walks Down

    A child is lost in a nineteenth-century landscape carved out of both thousands of years of history, and more recent expectations and misunderstandings. An entire community rallies to find him – but their pathways diverge, overtake, retrace and obliterate each other. What a story! Novelist Fiona McFarlane speaks about The Sun Walks Down with Kate Evans.

    • 30 min
    Summer reading: from the afterlife to New Zealand fiction, we have you covered

    Summer reading: from the afterlife to New Zealand fiction, we have you covered

    Reading Steve Toltz's Here Goes Nothing and Ashley Goldberg's Abomination, and speaking to Tracey Lien (All That's Left Unsaid) and Sue Orr (Loop Tracks) about the books that have shaped them.

    Books Extra: Becky Manawatu and Leila Mottley

    Books Extra: Becky Manawatu and Leila Mottley

    Stories that are tough and joyful, heartbreaking and beautiful, confronting and worth it:  Kate Evans speaks with New Zealand writer Becky Manawatu about her novel, Aue; and to American writer Leila Mottley about Nightcrawling

    • 30 min
    Summer Reading: It's time to catch up on some great books you missed

    Summer Reading: It's time to catch up on some great books you missed

    Reading Canadian Métis writer Katherena Vermette's The Strangers, Irish writer Louise Kennedy's Trespasses, and speaking to Scottish writer Graeme Macrae Burnet about Case Study and the bookshelf that made it

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
230 Ratings

230 Ratings

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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.

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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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