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Kate and Laura on the books that get you talking. Every episode we sit down to chat about the books read most recently by our book clubs. What did we make of them? Did they spark debate? And whether we loved them or loathed them, we always try to answer the big question: were they great book club books?

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    • 4.9, 51 Ratings

Kate and Laura on the books that get you talking. Every episode we sit down to chat about the books read most recently by our book clubs. What did we make of them? Did they spark debate? And whether we loved them or loathed them, we always try to answer the big question: were they great book club books?

    Summer Reading Special: Find your perfect 'beach read'

    Summer Reading Special: Find your perfect 'beach read'

    'Beach read', 'holiday read', 'summer read'. This year there’s another term in the mix: the ‘stay-cation read’. But whatever you call it, for us summer reading is all about choice. Reading what you want. Not reading what you should. 

    So, what do YOU feel like reading? We’re here to help you decide. Wish fulfillment romance. Genre-bending Whodunnit. Rollicking historical epic. Forgotten 1930s gem. We’ve got you covered. Listen in to find your perfect ‘beach read’ – even if you’re now

    • 35 min
    73. Bookshelf: What we're reading outside of book club

    73. Bookshelf: What we're reading outside of book club

    It’s a summer sizzler of a Bookshelf with rave reviews from both Laura and Kate for their eclectic books of choice. For Kate, it’s all about hot contemporary reads, including Carmen Maria Machado's In the Dream House, an eye-opening memoir about an abusive lesbian relationship. Whereas Laura’s enchanted by the African adventures of 1930s aviatrix Beryl Markham, and dazzled by William Melvin Kelley’s portrait of a black musician in Jazz Age America.
    Listen in to hear what we made of…
    In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
    Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener
    Morning by Allan Jenkins
    West with the Night by Beryl Markham
    A Drop of Patience by William Melvin Kelley
    The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel
    Also mentioned on this episode:
    A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
    The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
    Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
    Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood
    Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou – listen in to episode 55 for a full discussion
    Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
    Plot 29 by Allan Jenkins
    Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker – listen in to episode 38 for a full discussion
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    • 31 min
    100 of the Finest Short Stories Ever Written

    100 of the Finest Short Stories Ever Written

    The short story. Sad sister to the novel? Or pinnacle of the literary form? In this episode, Laura sets out to persuade Kate, self-professed short story sceptic, she’s got it all wrong. 

    Since the Covid Crisis went global, Laura’s book club has been working their way through That Glimpse of Truth: 100 of the Finest Short Stories Ever Written. One short story, once a week, with a Zoom chat every Monday to discuss it. 

    Listen in to hear the standout stories – and if Kate is convinced.

    • 26 min
    The Beekeeper of Aleppo

    The Beekeeper of Aleppo

    In honour of National Reading Group Day and World Refugee Day, we discuss The Beekeeper of Aleppo, the bestselling novel by Christy Lefteri. 

    It’s a heartrending and important novel. The story of Nuri and Afra, a devastated couple forced to flee their home in Aleppo in the hopes of reaching safety in the UK.

    Harrowing and haunting, it’s a must read. But did it make for a good discussion book? Is there any hope amid the heartbreak? Listen in to find out.

    • 46 min
    The BritLit Podcast

    The BritLit Podcast

    We cross the Atlantic to catch up with Claire Handscombe, presenter and producer of BritLit, a fortnightly podcast that tracks what's going on in the British publishing world.

    We talk about Claire's novel Unscripted, which she highly recommends as a beach read, whether you're able to go to an actual beach or just have to make do with a deckchair in your garden.

    • 29 min
    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

    Where the Crawdads Sing is Delia Owens's bestselling novel about a girl who lives isolated in the wilderness, wrestling with loneliness. Drawing together romance, crime and a courtroom drama the plot builds to a suspenseful conclusion.

    A page-turner, then, but what did Kate's book club make of it? Listen in to find out.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

efl99 ,

Brilliant

A must for book lovers - I just wish they did more!!

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A Must for Book Lovers

Two intelligent ladies discussing great reads - what could be better? Fantastic audio quality and the content is on-point.

One avid reader ,

A fantastic way to expand your reading horizons

This podcast is such reliably great company. Kate and Laura are great hosts - always warm, honest, intelligent, never pretentious! There is so much inspiration for reading here. Just listened to the episode about the Reading Retreat and now desparately want to go on one. Thank you Book Club Review

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