114 episodes

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE is a podcast for grown-ups who love children's books.

Each week, our hosts Caroline Carpenter, Hannah Love, Charlie Morris and Sam Sedgman welcome special guests for wide-ranging chats about our new discoveries and perennial favourites, from picture books to young adult novels and everything in-between.

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    • 4.9 • 38 Ratings

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE is a podcast for grown-ups who love children's books.

Each week, our hosts Caroline Carpenter, Hannah Love, Charlie Morris and Sam Sedgman welcome special guests for wide-ranging chats about our new discoveries and perennial favourites, from picture books to young adult novels and everything in-between.

    Bears with Hannah Gold and Sophy Henn

    Bears with Hannah Gold and Sophy Henn

    Pack your marmalade sandwiches, because this week we're going on a bear hunt - and we're NOT scared.



    Hannah Gold, author of The Last Bear, and Sophy Henn, writer and illustrator of Where Bear? join Sam on a quest through the rabbit hole's bookshelves to find the best bears in children's fiction. Along the way, we discover why bears are especially good animals to draw in picture books, hear the unexpectedly horrific origin story of the teddy bear, and try to work out why bears are so over-represented in the bookshop menagerie.



    In short: "Bears! Why do we like 'em so much?"



    Find more about Hannah at her website and on Twitter

    Find more about Sophy on Twitter and on Instagram

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    This episode was produced by Sam Sedgman.

    Our music is Hustle by Kevin MacLeod from ⁠incompetech.com⁠, licensed by Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0

    • 45 min
    Feminism in YA with Laura Bates and Holly Bourne

    Feminism in YA with Laura Bates and Holly Bourne

    This week we're joined by two brilliant writers to discuss the role feminism has played in Young Adult novels.

    Laura Bates, creator of Everyday Sexism and the author of Men Who Hate Women now brings us Sisters of Sword and Shadow, an epic YA fantasy reimagining Arthurian legend with a fearless sisterhood of knights.

    And Holly Bourne, bestselling author of Am I Normal Yet? and The Places I've Cried in Public, returns to our bookshelves with You Could Be So Pretty, a gripping dystopian thriller that puts modern beauty standards under the microscope.

    Together we talk through the challenges and opportunities YA fiction presents when engaging with feminism, and share some of our favourite recommendations for YA books that are written by and about women.

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    This episode was produced by Hannah Love.

    Our music is Hustle by Kevin MacLeod from ⁠incompetech.com⁠, licensed by Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0

    • 39 min
    Fantasy Trilogies with Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Katherine Rundell

    Fantasy Trilogies with Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Katherine Rundell

    Down the Rabbit Hole is back for a new season! And we begin with wild and untamed adventures, courtesy of two incredible authors and friends of the podcast: Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Katherine Rundell, who join us to talk about their brand new fantasy trilogies being released this autumn: In the Shadow of the Wolf Queen and Impossible Creatures.



    We ask - why is three the magic number? Which are the greatest children's fantasy trilogies of all time? When is a trilogy not a trilogy? And can you even call yourself a fantasy author if your book doesn't have a map at the front?



    Let us know what you make of the show – or pitch us some new ideas for future episodes – on Twitter or Instagram ⁠@dtrhradio⁠. Plus, don't forget to check out our website at ⁠dtrhradio.com⁠.


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    This episode was produced by Hannah Love.


    Our music is Hustle by Kevin MacLeod from ⁠incompetech.com⁠, licensed by Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0

    • 50 min
    Killer Reads with Maureen Johnson and Ravena Guron

    Killer Reads with Maureen Johnson and Ravena Guron

    Charlie Morris and Caroline Carpenter are getting to the bottom of what makes a Killer Read in YA mysteries and thrillers. Joining us on the case are Maureen Johnson author of a brand new Stevie Bell mystery, Nina Liars, and debut YA author Ravena Guron, author of This Book Kills.From a reluctant detective in British Indian scholarship student Jess Choudhary to the crime-solving aficionado with anxiety Stevie Bell, we talk about the enduring appeal of a murder mystery, how being an outsider can help hone your detective skills, and what makes the perfect murder mystery setting. Plus, we all share books we’re looking forward to reading from our to be read piles.

    Follow us on Twitter @DTRHradio or Instagram at @DTRHradio. Follow Charlie @charlieinabook, Caroline @carolineC1988, Maureen @MaureenJohnson, and Ravena @RavenaGuron

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    This episode was produced by Charlie Morris.

    Our music is Hustle by Kevin MacLeod from incompetech.com, licensed by Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0

    • 31 min
    Reimagining London with Patrice Lawrence and SF Said

    Reimagining London with Patrice Lawrence and SF Said

    Grab your A to Z, mind the gap, and watch out for dragons guarding the city gates. On today's episode of Down the Rabbit Hole we're taking a trip to the edge of reality, and exploring stories that reimagine London by blending fantasy and history together. And in this sprawling city of myth and legend, who's to say where the boundary is?

    Helping Sam swim through the long-buried rivers underneath the Square Mile and the West End are two spectacular special guests: the authors Patrice Lawrence and SF Said, whose recent novels The Elemental Detectives and Tyger both shake up London's history like a snow globe to merge fantasy and reality into exceptional storytelling.

    Let us know what you make of the show – or pitch us some new ideas for future episodes – on Twitter or Instagram @dtrhradio. Plus, don't forget to check out our website at dtrhradio.com.

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    This episode was produced by Sam Sedgman.

    Our music is Hustle by Kevin MacLeod from incompetech.com, licensed by Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0

    • 50 min
    Christmas Countdown with Special Guests

    Christmas Countdown with Special Guests

    Caroline, Charlie, Hannah and Sam gather round the tree for our annual Christmas spectacular! An extra-special bumper episode packed with holiday treats and book recommendations, as well as three very special authors and illustrators who've popped down the chimney to share some particularly festive tales. Plus, we chat about some of our favourite books from 2022.

    Follow Mel Taylor-Bessent at @MelTBessent

    Follow Steven Butler at @sbutlerbooks

    Follow David Litchfield at @dc_litchfield

    Let us know what you make of the show – or pitch us some new ideas for future episodes – on Twitter or Instagram @dtrhradio. Plus, don't forget to check out our website at dtrhradio.com.

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    This episode was produced by Hannah Love.

    Our music is Hustle by Kevin MacLeod from incompetech.com, licensed by Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Sarah Lovell Art ,

Brilliant

Love listening in about all the new books , hearing some of our favourite authors and illustrators interviewed and getting ideas for new books for my children .

Todd L ,

The best children’s book podcast!

Always witty, informative and a great way to learn about some great books you may not have come across. A monthly must-listen for book lovers of all ages.

Mark2000 ,

Love this podcast

Have really enjoyed listening to this - particularly as a parent looking for good new books for children.

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