Bibliophile beams to you from independent bookshop Golden Hare Books in Edinburgh, Scotland. Hosted by resident booksellers David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan Taylor, Bibliophile is your resource for book recommendations and literary chat.
Each month Julie, Jonathan and David discuss what they've been reading and a Big Topic from the book world, such as awards shortlists, how to choose your next book and what to do when you're in a reading rut. They also recap the monthly book group pick in-depth, so each month you can read the selected book in advance and join in with our discussion.
Bibliophile Live *TEASER*
We’re so excited that our first ever live podcast is coming to your ears AND eyes on Friday 18th October in Edinburgh!
That’s right, booksellers David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan “JT” Taylor are appearing live at the Golden Hare Books Festival in Edinburgh, talking book recommendations, Nobel Prize for Literature winners and taking audience questions! We’re zany and have fun and talk about books!
We hope to see you at St Vincent’s Chapel, Edinburgh – just along the road from the bookshop. 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Don’t miss it! Tickets are available HERE: https://bibliophilelive.eventbrite.co.uk
Bibliophile Book Chat: A Civilised, Sensible Discussion
Bibliophile is back! After a humidity-induced hiatus, we’re back in full flow and coming at you across the airwaves (that’s how podcasts work, right?).
In this episode, we discuss racist horror novels, space operas set on ice planets (In space! On ice!), and New York utopian fiction covered in gorgeous gold foil! We also chat about our reaction to the Booker Longlist, and raise more questions than ever: can David get through a review without being contrarian? Can Julie avoid getting egg on her face? Is crank a sensual word??
Our book recommendations:
Ancillary Justice by Ann LeckieSong of Kali by Dan SimmonsThe Heavens by Sandra NewmanThe Hiding Game by Naomi Wood Dandelion Wine by Ray BradburyGroundings with my Brothers by Walter RodneyRebel Cities by David Harvey
Testaments by Margaret AtwoodNight Boat to Tangier by Kevin BarryMy Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan BraithwaiteDucks, Newburyport by Lucy EllmannGirl, Woman, Other by Bernardine EvaristoThe Wall by John LanchesterThe Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah LevyLost Children Archive by Valeria LuiselliAn Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie ObiomaLanny by Max PorterQuichotte by Salman Rushdie10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
Bibliophile Book Chat: How To Grease Books
In this episode of Bibliophile, booksellers Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan Taylor catch up with what they’ve each been reading. They pause for a moment to reflect on a recent victory, winning Independent Bookshop of the Year 2019 at the British Book Awards, and talk sagely about their experiences running a small bookshop and all it entails. Even answering a few questions! From you!Apologies for background noise in this episode, our dulcet tones were accompanied by football fans outside the pub beneath our bookshop…
i: What We’re Reading and Who Recommends It…
* Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel (David)* Fludd by Hilary Mantel (Julie)* Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (David and David’s partner Heather)* The Wind That Lays Waste by Selva Almada (JT)* Feebleminded and Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz (David)* Guest Book: Ghost Stories by Leanne Shapton (Julie)* Worn Stories by Leanne Shapton (Julie)* *mistake!* Julie recommended Worn Stories but actually meant Women in Clothes, which is written by Sheila Heti, Leanne Shapton and Heidi Julavits* Safe as Houses by Stuart Hodkinson (David)* My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies by Ed Brubaker & Sean Philips (JT)* What You Pay For by Claire Askew (Julie)* All The Hidden Truths by Claire Askew (Julie & JT)
ii: Running Golden Hare Books…
We’re very pleased that we’ve won Independent Bookshop of the Year in the UK and Ireland! David wrote a blog post about it here. We answered a few of your questions…
* What is your favourite customer or fave customer story?* What happens if you order books that don’t sell? Can you return to publishers?* What advice would you give someone who dreams of opening their own bookshop?
iii: General Recommendations
* JT: Chernobyl on HBO (TV)* David: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (book)* Julie: The Dropout from ABC (podcast)
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Bibliophile Book Club: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
Sexy segueways, Freudian complexes and bad times on the canal, we could only be discussing the 2018 Man Booker shortlisted debut novel Everything Under by Daisy Johnson. What is the bonak? Can we ever avoid our fate? What will our booksellers David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan Taylor make of it?
It’s been sixteen years since Gretel last saw her mother, half a lifetime to forget her childhood on the canals. But a phone call will soon reunite them, and bring those wild years flooding back: the secret language that Gretel and her mother invented; the strange boy, Marcus, living on the boat that final winter; the creature said to be underwater, swimming ever closer. In the end there will be nothing for Gretel to do but to wade deeper into their past, where family secrets and aged prophesies will all come tragically alive again.
Bibliophile Book Club #1: Little by Edward Carey
Bibliophile has grown! Our bookish babble can no longer be contained within the confines of a single audio file! Welcome to the first Bibliophile Book Club, where we talk exclusively about a single book!
In this episode, we’re talking exclusively about the novel Little by Edward Carey and published by Gallic Books. Why does David like it so much? Why didn’t Julie finish the novel? And why is this podcast somehow about the battle for JT’s love?
Bibliophile Episode 11: “Classic Arch-Enemy Banter”
In this episode, David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan (JT) Taylor talk about the best Westerns in the first of a new 'Genre Breakdown' series. How much does JT know about Bitcoin? Can the gang finish recording in time for David to fetch his moving van? Will Julie ever finish another book again? And from now on, there will be two Bibliophile episodes each month! All this and so much more in the latest episode...
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I love bibliophile, it’s funny; interesting and you get amazing book recommendation :)
The podcast I needed!
This podcast is wonderful - a cozy chat about books and the book industry from inside a bookshop between two intelligent, funny women - I can’t imagine anything better. Can’t wait to keep listening.
Love this podcast - I always come out of listening to it with a new book on my to-read list and new perspectives on things I have already read. They cover interesting topics and I haven't seen a book-themed podcast like this before (maybe I haven't been looking hard enough?) The only drawback is that the sound could be a little bit clearer, but it is very good for a first podcast from people who don't usually record things for a living. Also if you happen to be in Edinburgh sometime, the shop is definitely worth a visit.