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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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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?

    59. How to Start a Book Club: The Ultimate Guide

    59. How to Start a Book Club: The Ultimate Guide

    Kate and Laura bring you a special episode on how to start and run a flourishing book club. We give you a variety of ways to get going and cover the pitfalls you’ll want to avoid. Packed full of inspiration from book clubs we’ve interviewed over the years from Proust to Jilly Cooper, from Horror to Hampstead Heath, we've got it all covered, plus a top ten of books we think are guaranteed to get the debate flowing and make your book club a roaring success.

    • 38 min
    58. Bookshelf: Our reads beyond book club

    58. Bookshelf: Our reads beyond book club

    In our stacks this episode: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Becoming by Michelle Obama, Seven Days in the Artworld by Sarah Thornton, 84 Charing Cross Road and The Duchess of Bloomsbury by Helene Hanff and Help Me! by Marianne Power. Listen in to find out what we thought of them, and whether there are any gems in there for your next book club read.

    • 36 min
    57. Book Club: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

    57. Book Club: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

    Pat Barker's retelling of the Iliad from the female perspective proved a surprisingly marmite read. It was shortlisted for the Women's Prize and received wide critical praise but did it make for a good book club book? Listen in to find out whether we loved or loathed it, plus some recommendations for your next book club read. Laura's off for this episode, back for our next Bookshelf show, coming soon. THIS SHOW CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS.

    • 42 min
    56. Close-up: Bee's Bookshare

    56. Close-up: Bee's Bookshare

    A book club for people who don't like the idea of all having to read the same book. At Bee's Bookshare everyone brings a book they’ve loved, loathed, can’t put down or can’t get into and shares them – best of all everyone gets to take away a new read at the end. We met up with Bryony Bishop, founder of Bee’s Bookshare, to find out more.

    • 16 min
    55. Book Club: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

    55. Book Club: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

    We delve into the whirlwind story of Elizabeth Holmes and her biotech company Theranos, at its height valued at 9 billion dollars, at its heart a product that didn't work. Wall Street Journal writer John Carreyrou's dogged efforts to penetrate the wall of fear and intimidation that locked in the truth are detailed in this compelling book but did it make for a good book club read? What did Kate's book club think? Listen in to find out. Plus our usual recommendations for your next book club read.

    • 37 min
    54. Bookshelf: What we're reading beyond book club

    54. Bookshelf: What we're reading beyond book club

    Listen in as we discuss the books we've reading outside of book club. In Laura's stack: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch and Queenie, by Candice Carty Williams; while Kate has The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, The Friend by Sigrid Nunez and The Easternmost House by Juliet Blaxland. We also discuss the Wainwright Prize shortlist, how to dip into your TBR and whether there are any gems in all of these for your next book club read.

    • 36 min

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A Must for Book Lovers

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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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