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A fortnightly show about news and views from the world of British books and publishing

The Brit Lit Podcast Claire Handscombe

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A fortnightly show about news and views from the world of British books and publishing

    67: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, with Milly Johnson

    67: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, with Milly Johnson

    Our guest today is bestselling novelist Milly Johnson, who’s the author of many books of romantic fiction, most recently I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day. Milly has had a fascinating career, including as a greetings card joke writer, and I hope you’ll enjoy learning about that as much as I did! She talks to us about Christmas themed-book recommendations, why her latest book is her favourite of hers, her time ghost writing for Purple Ronnie, and more.

    • 40 min
    66: Afraid of the Dark, with Lucy Farfort

    66: Afraid of the Dark, with Lucy Farfort

    Our guest on episode 66 is Lucy Farfort, who’s the illustrator of the gorgeous new picture book Afraid of the Dark, written by Isabel Otter and Sarah Shaffi.  It’s a lovely book about moving house, new beginnings, friendship and finding ways to cope with fear.  Lucy and I talked about the process of illustrating books, advice for anyone who’d like to get into the field, the importance of diversity in publishing, and more. 

    • 23 min
    65: Eudora Honeysett Is Quite Well, Thank You, with Annie Lyons

    65: Eudora Honeysett Is Quite Well, Thank You, with Annie Lyons

    Our guest on episode 65 is Annie Lyons, who, among other books, is the author of the lovely, heart-warming novel Eudora Honeysett Is Quite Well, Thank You, known in the US as The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett. It’s about an older woman who grew up in the Second World War and is now at the end of her life, and kind of over the whole thing, and ready to be done. But then a new family moves in next door, and she makes a new friend. I read it this spring, when reading had been a struggle for weeks –it was just the book I needed.
    Among other things, Annie talked to me about her recent favourite reads, her love of Mary Berry, and about her fascinating career in publishing – she worked as a bookseller on Charing Cross Road for a while, and I guarantee you will never be able to guess who her most famous customer was.
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    Books Mentioned on the Podcast:
    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeysett
    The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, by Ruth Hogan
    Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding
    Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis de Bernieres
    The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
    The Book of Echoes by Rosanna Amaka
    Mary Berry's Christmas Collection, by Mary Berry
    Mary Berry's Baking Bible, by Mary Berry
    Once Upon a Tyne, by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly
    Byker Grove, by Adele Parks
    The Diary of an MP’s Wife, by Sasha Swire
    The Baby Group, by Caroline Corcoran
    Everything I Know About Love, by Dolly Alderton
    The High Moments, by Sara-Ella Ozbek
    Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
    In the US, buy your hardbacks and paperbacks from Bookshop.org to support the podcast, as well as independent bookshops!
    In the UK, you can support the podcast by using this link to buy from Blackwells.com, which ships internationally at inexpensive rates.
    Get your first two audiobooks for just $14.99 with the code BRITLIT on Libro.fm.
    Buy Claire’s novel, Unscripted.
    Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com
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    • 31 min
    Everything Is Fine, with Gillian Harvey

    Everything Is Fine, with Gillian Harvey

    Our guest today is Gillian Harvey, the author of Everything Is Fine. She and I talked about how she ended up living in France, how social media can affect our self-worth, and more. 
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    Books Mentioned on the Podcast:
    Everything is Fine, by Gillian Harvey
    A Year in Provence, by Peter Mayle
    A Year in the Merde, by Stephen Clark
    The Neighbour, by Nicola Gill
    Normal People, by Sally Rooney
    This Lovely City, by Louise Hare
    After the End, by Clare Mackintosh
    Intimations, by Zadie Smith 
    The Fleet Street Girls, by Julie Welch
    Love in Colour, by Bolu Babalola
    Diamonds at the Lost and Found, by Sarah Aspinall
    Shuggie Bain, by Douglas Stuart
    Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
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    Want to help the Brit Lit Podcast survive and thrive? Here are some painless ways.
    In the US, buy your hardbacks and paperbacks from Bookshop.org to support the podcast, as well as independent bookshops!
    In the UK, you can support the podcast by using this link to buy from Blackwells.com, which ships internationally at inexpensive rates.
    Get your first two audiobooks for just $14.99 with the code BRITLIT on Libro.fm.
    Buy Claire’s novel, Unscripted.
    Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com
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    • 21 min
    63: Come Again, with Robert Webb

    63: Come Again, with Robert Webb

    Our guest on episode 63 is Robert Webb, who, as well as being a writer, is an actor, best known for the hit British comedy Peep Show. He’s the author most recently of the novel  Come Again. He describes that novel like this: Middle-aged widow time travels back to 1992 and tries to save future dead husband when he is an annoying student. Grief, nostalgia, jokes, car-chase, new love, renewal, joy. He and I talked about 90s nostalgia, the unusual structure of his book, and the emotional toll of time travel.

    • 25 min
    Ordinary People, with Diana Evans

    Ordinary People, with Diana Evans

    Today, we’re revisiting our interview with Diana Evans from a couple of years ago, as well as hearing about new books out this month. Diana Evans is the author of three novels, 26a, The Wonder, and most recently Ordinary People, which came out this spring in the UK to much acclaim and is out this week in the US. She talked to Claire about her favourite London-set books, her own past life as a dancer, why it was important for her to capture the experience of middle class black brits, and more.
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    Books Mentioned on the Podcast:
    26a, by Diana Evans
    The Wonder, by Diana Evans
    Ordinary People, by Diana Evans
    After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie, by Jean Rhys
    On Beauty, by Zadie Smith
    This Is London: Life and Death in the World City, by Ben Judah
    Heart Berries, by Terese Marie Mailhot
    Tender Is the Night, by F Scott Fitzgerald
    Dancer, by Colum McCann
    Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake, by Lucia Joyce
    Nijinski, by Richard Buckle
    The Cranes Dance, by Meg Howrey
    Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates
    Get a Life, Chloe Brown, by Talia Hibbert
    Take a Hint, Dani Brown, by Talia Hibbert
    To Be Someone, by Ian Stone
    Out of Love, by Hazel Hayes
    The Seduction, by Joanna Briscoe
    Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
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    I encourage you, now and always, to buy some of your books from Black-owned bookshops in London and in the UK more generally.
    Here's a list of books by Black British authors.
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    Sign up for Book of the Month and get your first book for just $9.99 with the code BRITLIT!
    In the US, buy your hardbacks and paperbacks from Bookshop.org to support the podcast, as well as independent bookshops!
    Get your first three audiobooks for under $5 each with the code BRITLIT on Libro.fm.
    Buy Claire’s novel, Unscripted.
    Want to help the Brit Lit Podcast survive and thrive? Here are some painless ways. 
    Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com
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    • 26 min

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