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    • 4.3 • 86 Ratings

Listen to the latest literary events recorded at the London Review Bookshop, covering fiction, poetry, politics, music and much more.
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    Julian Barnes and Chris Power: Elizabeth Finch

    Julian Barnes and Chris Power: Elizabeth Finch

    Julian Barnes’s latest novel Elizabeth Finch, his first since The Only Story in 2018, is very much a novel of ideas. As a student sorts through the notebooks of his former teacher, the inspirational Elizabeth Finch, her ideas unlock for him the philosophies of the past and illuminate the present, underpinned by the story and ideas of Julian the Apostate, the late Roman Emperor who abandoned Christianity in favour of a neo-Platonic Paganism. Barnes was in conversation with Chris Power, author of A Lonely Man (Faber).
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    • 48 min
    Nick Blackburn & Helen Macdonald: The Reactor

    Nick Blackburn & Helen Macdonald: The Reactor

    From debut author Nick Blackburn, a therapist specialising in LGBTQ+ issues, comes The Reactor, a powerful new addition to the literature of grief and recovery. Following the death of his father Blackburn examines the nature of destruction, both natural and human-made, drawing on a repertoire of film, music and pop-culture. Olivia Laing has described The Reactor as ‘Beautiful, strange and completely compelling’ and Helen Macdonald praises it as ‘One of the finest accounts of the mysterious workings of grief I have ever read.’
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    • 50 min
    Niven Govinden & Gareth Evans: Diary of a Film

    Niven Govinden & Gareth Evans: Diary of a Film

    Niven Govinden’s sixth novel Diary of a Film (Dialogue) follows an unnamed director through the streets of an Italian town as he muses on cinema, queer love and the creative process; on its hardback publication, during first lockdown, the Financial Times described it as ‘a wise and skilfully controlled novel, which can be read in an afternoon, but which radiates in the mind for much longer.’ To celebrate the novel’s release in paperback, Govinden talks to Gareth Evans, the Whitechapel Art Gallery’s Moving Image curator.
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    • 48 min
    Preti Taneja & Lola Olufemi: Aftermath

    Preti Taneja & Lola Olufemi: Aftermath

    On 29 November 2019 Usman Khan murdered Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt at Fishmongers’ Hall in London. Recently released from prison after serving a sentence for terrorism-related offences, Khan was attending an event to mark the anniversary of a writing course he had attended while in prison. Novelist Preti Taneja had been one of his tutors.
    In Aftermath (And Other Stories), described by Nikesh Shukla as ‘a masterclass work of literary brilliance’, Taneja has created from the horrific events of that day a searing lament, interrogating the language of terror, trauma and grief, a powerful indictment of the prison system and an equally powerful plea for its abolition. She was in conversation with Lola Olufemi, author of Feminism, Interrupted and Experiments in Imagining Otherwise.
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    • 50 min
    Celia Paul & Olivia Laing: Letters to Gwen John

    Celia Paul & Olivia Laing: Letters to Gwen John

    Although born 20 years after Gwen John’s death, Celia Paul has always felt a strong affinity with the older artist. In Letters to Gwen John (Cape), described by Julia Blackburn as ‘A miraculous, door-opening book’, Paul has created in words and images an imaginary correspondence, and a spell-binding portrait of two women artists creating work against the grain, and entirely on their own terms. Paul talks about the book with the polymathic Olivia Laing, whose latest book is Everybody (Picador).
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    • 58 min
    Helen Thompson and Ann Pettifor: Disorder

    Helen Thompson and Ann Pettifor: Disorder

    In her latest book Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century (Oxford) Helen Thompson argues that while the earthquake that was the Covid-19 pandemic profoundly shocked the world order, the fault lines along which it operated had been building for decades. Her story begins with the energy crises of the 1970s, takes in the financial crash of 2008 before leading us to our current state of unease, disorder and instability. Thompson is in conversation with Ann Pettifor, economist and author of The Production of Money and The Case for the Green New Deal.
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4.3 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

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Brilliant content, sound quality not always great

This podcast is often brilliantly rich, and always worth listening to, often repeatedly, and it is for this reason that the not great sound quality is sometimes frustrating - background noise etc. If the sound quality, both in recording and mixing, were to be given just a little more attention this would be a completely excellent podcast.

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