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Ourshelves is a place where writers from the legendary feminist publishing house Virago will talk about their cultural worlds. Host Lucy Scholes will be diving into writers’ bookshelves, record collections and recollections to discover what inspires them.

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    • 4.9 • 20 Ratings

Ourshelves is a place where writers from the legendary feminist publishing house Virago will talk about their cultural worlds. Host Lucy Scholes will be diving into writers’ bookshelves, record collections and recollections to discover what inspires them.

    OurShelves with Marilynne Robinson

    OurShelves with Marilynne Robinson

    Can solitude be a source of inspiration?


    In this bonus episode, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson talks to Lucy Scholes about her latest novel, Jack and its place in the Gilead quartet. Exploring the idea of solitude, Marilynne speaks with characteristic insight about living with her characters as she writes and the absence they leave behind.
     
     
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    • 50 min
    OurShelves with Austin Channing Brown

    OurShelves with Austin Channing Brown

    Who is your feminism for?
    Austin Channing Brown was named by parents who deliberately wanted people to presume their daughter was a white man when applying for jobs. Now a speaker and writer working for Racial Justice in the US and the author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, she explains how her hopefulness is not rooted in white people but in the work. With candour, insight and a lot of laughter, she tells Lucy why her recent bestseller’s royalty check only reinforced her resolution that economic success should not determine her feminist principles, reveals that ‘a woman becoming herself’ is her favourite fiction genre and raves about the beauty of textile art that recalls our foremothers.
     
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    • 50 min
    OurShelves with Chibundu Onuzo

    OurShelves with Chibundu Onuzo

    What can we learn from African women’s movements?
    If you knew about the women who fought a freedom war in 1914 Nigeria, would it alter your view of feminist history? Chibundu Onuzo, award-winning author and performer, talks to Lucy Scholes about her new novel Sankofa. Join a conversation of riotous laughs and deep thinking as Chibundu tells Lucy about the economics of cheating, Ugandan Mwenkanokano and why the Nigerian Elena Ferrante is her favourite book.
     
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    • 42 min
    OurShelves with Susan Spindler

    OurShelves with Susan Spindler

    Would you become a surrogate mother?


    Publishing her first novel over the age of fifty, Susan Spindler writes brilliantly about post-menopausal life in her thriller Surrogate. Join her and Lucy Scholes as they discuss why older women are forced to emulate fertility or risk being called a ‘hag’ and to hear them talk about mothers in recent literature – from joyful physical intimacy to inherited trauma and the curious cases of women addicted to pregnancy.
     
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    • 43 min
    OurShelves with C Pam Zhang

    OurShelves with C Pam Zhang

    How can you create your own world when this one doesn’t serve you?
    Join as we radically restructure myths, stories and genres – from the American West to fairy tales and nineties pop icons. C. Pam Zhang is author of How Much of These Hills is Gold, longlisted for the Man Booker and Rathbones Folio Prizes and one of Barack Obama’s books of the year. She talks to Lucy Scholes about defiantly imagining herself into erased histories of Asian Americans, sexy feminists and how eavesdropping inspires her writing.
     
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    • 33 min
    OurShelves with Amanda Coe

    OurShelves with Amanda Coe

    Join Lucy Scholes as she has a frank, funny and fascinating talk with Amanda Coe, author of three novels, BAFTA award winning scriptwriter of Black Narcissus – for which she also wrote the introduction to the new Virago Modern Classics edition. Amanda talks about adapting novels for screen (like fancying someone on the first date) and explores the feminist texts that changed her life, from the profundity of The Golden Notebook (like making you wear a sanitary pad for 600 pages) to the levity of Heartburn (proving middle aged women do laugh).
     
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

RNTZ1288 ,

Inspiring, feminist and fun

I loved listening to these conversations - so dynamic, wide-ranging and fascinating. They start out discussing writers’ favourite books but it branches into a beautiful view of a life lived in feminism, ideas, work, news and relationships. Relevant and kind of timeless too. Would definitely recommend!

rich vlietstra ,

Great podcast

Reavealing discussion with an author whose books I love

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