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The Sunday Salon is a podcast celebrating brilliant books and the women who write them, hosted by journalist Alice-Azania Jarvis. Each week she chats to an inspiring female author about her work, her career, how she writes, what she reads and everything in between. This is not some academic textual analysis – it’s about finding the stories behind the stories. Tune in each Sunday to hear from guests including Isabel Allende, Jessie Burton, Holly Bourne, Diana Evans, Elizabeth Day, Nimco Ali and Sophie Kinsella.
Edited by Chelsey Moore.

The Sunday Salon with Alice-Azania Jarvis The Sunday Salon

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The Sunday Salon is a podcast celebrating brilliant books and the women who write them, hosted by journalist Alice-Azania Jarvis. Each week she chats to an inspiring female author about her work, her career, how she writes, what she reads and everything in between. This is not some academic textual analysis – it’s about finding the stories behind the stories. Tune in each Sunday to hear from guests including Isabel Allende, Jessie Burton, Holly Bourne, Diana Evans, Elizabeth Day, Nimco Ali and Sophie Kinsella.
Edited by Chelsey Moore.

    Grace Dent on food, class, ambition and coping with her father’s dementia

    Grace Dent on food, class, ambition and coping with her father’s dementia

    We are back! Welcome to series three of the Sunday Salon - and I’m kicking the new season off with a really special guest: the one and only Grace Dent, restaurant critic, columnist, novelist, TV personality and now, memoirist. Her new book Hungry: A memoir of wanting more is undoubtedly one of my reads of the year. Taking in Grace’s childhood in Carlisle, where she dreamed of glamour and the bright lights of London, then her break into the media industry, and her raucous climb up the career ladder, it is a total riot to read - and also deeply, deeply moving, as she chronicles her father’s journey into dementia and her struggle to hold the family together without herself falling apart. It’s evocative, and clever, and made me laugh and cry several times over.

    I really loved speaking to Grace about all of this - as well as the peculiarities of class in Britain, writing at 5am and why she wishes she’d spent less time worrying about men. It was a very, very special conversation. So thank you Grace - and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

    By the book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/hungry/grace-dent/9780008333171

    Twitter: @gracedent / @aliceazania
    Instagram: @gracedent / @aliceazania

    Edited by Chelsey Moore

    • 51 min
    Isolationcast #24: Rebecca Ley on writing about death, recovering from anorexia and finding her voice

    Isolationcast #24: Rebecca Ley on writing about death, recovering from anorexia and finding her voice

    So - it's the final episode of season two, my 76th episode - and my 24th lockdown isolationcast! Thank you so much for bearing with me as I've done the podcast remotely in this way. My guest today is Rebcca Ley, whose debut novel For When I'm Gone is a hugely moving and yet also uplifting look at family, motherhood, grief and love. Rebecca was such a fascinating guest - as well as being a novelist, she is a journalist for the likes of The Times and the Guardian, for whom she wrote a popular column, Doing it for Dad, about her father's dementia. We discussed all of this, as well as her childhood growing up in Cornwall (as well as her time being homeschooled while her parents travelled in India), her teenage struggle with anorexia, her abandoned first novel, her writing process and so much more. I loved it - and I hope you do too

    Twitter: @aliceazania / @rebeccahelenley
    Instagram: @aliceazania / @rebeccaley
    Buy the book: https://www.waterstones.com/book/for-when-im-gone/rebecca-ley/9781409195375
    Edited by Chelsey Moore

    • 40 min
    Isolationcast #23: The Luminary Bakery on keeping a social enterprise afloat in lockdown and that surprise visit from Meghan Markle

    Isolationcast #23: The Luminary Bakery on keeping a social enterprise afloat in lockdown and that surprise visit from Meghan Markle

    As some of you know, I was meant to be getting married next weekend. I'm not anymore - we've postponed - but as it happens this episode has a bit of wedding theme, since Luminary Bakery are making my cake! More importantly, they have also just published a brilliant new cookbook, Rising Hope: Recipes and Stories from Luminary Bakery. If you aren't familiar with them, they are a bakery and cafe with branches in Stoke Newington and Camden - and are an incredible force for good, training women who've experienced severe disadvantage, from homelessness to domestic violence, in baking and patisserie - and thereby offering them a future route to employment. You might remember them from the visit they received from the Duchess of Sussex (she also featured them in her guest-edited edition of Vogue). I loved chatting to Rachel Stonehouse and Kaila Johnson from their team about all of this - as well as the challenges presented by the lockdown, both in terms of finances and maintaining contact with the vulnerable women they work with. Thank you Rachel and Kaila for opening up. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

    Twitter: @aliceazania / @LuminaryBakery

    Instagram: @aliceazania / @luminarybakery

    Buy the book: https://luminarybakery.com/pages/luminary-cookbook

    Edited by Chelsey Moore

    • 39 min
    Isolationcast #22: Xiaolu Guo

    Isolationcast #22: Xiaolu Guo

    My guest today has had the most phenomenal life. Xiaolu Guo was born in a fishing village in the south of China. She grew up with her grandparents, until she was seven when she went to live with her parents in a communist-era compound. She studied film in Beijing, then moved London in 2002. Five years later her first English Language novel A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. We talked about all of this - what it was like to grow up in such a unique political climate, finding creativity amidst the uniformity of the communist regime, the process involved in writing in a second language, her success as a film maker - and more. And she explained why she chose to examine a post-Brexit world in her new novel, A Lover's Discourse. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    Twitter: @aliceazania

    Instagram: @aliceazania

    Buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07YYXB238/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

    Edited by Chelsey Moore

    • 39 min
    Isolationcast #21: Kit de Waal on literary snobbery and why coming to writing late made her a better author

    Isolationcast #21: Kit de Waal on literary snobbery and why coming to writing late made her a better author

    My guest this week is someone I have wanted to interview for absolutely ages. Ever since her debut novel My Name is Leon was published in 2016, Kit de Waal has been one of the most thoughtful and interesting voices in the industry. Having crowdfunded and edited an anthology of working class memoir, Common People, she has spoken frequently of the need for the publishing world to become more diverse. In response to the pandemic, she co-founded The Big Book Weekend, a virtual festival in May.
    Now she has published a collection of short stories, Supporting Cast, which revisits some of the characters from her previous works. We spoke about all of this and more - including how she became an author in her 50s, why coming to publishing late made her a better writer, and why we should all be less snobby about audiobooks. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    Twitter: @aliceazania / @KitdeWaal

    Instagram: @aliceazania /
    @kitdewaal

    Buy the book: https://www.waterstones.com/book/supporting-cast/kit-de-waal/9780241973424

    Edited by Chelsey Moore

    • 35 min
    Isolationcast #20: Frances Cha on quarantine in Korea, how teaching has made her a better writer, and taking 10 years to write a novel

    Isolationcast #20: Frances Cha on quarantine in Korea, how teaching has made her a better writer, and taking 10 years to write a novel

    This conversation was utterly fascinating. As you know, I've been asking all my guests for a few of their isolation stories. Well, today's guest has a particularly interesting tale. After going through New York's long and grueling lockdown, Frances Cha has moved to South Korea, where she always spends the summer, and had a very different experience. It was absolutely riveting to hear about.

    Of course we discussed lots else - not least her dazzling debut novel If I Had Your Face which explores, among other things, South Korea's huge plastic surgery industry and highly stratified society. And we discussed how teaching helps her writers block, her long journey to publication - and why sometimes the best writing is painful.

    Instagram: @aliceazania / @franceschawrites

    Twitter: @aliceazania / @Frances_H_Cha

    Buy the book: https://www.waterstones.com/book/if-i-had-your-face/frances-cha/9780241396070

    Edited by Chelsey Moore

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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98 Ratings

98 Ratings

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Inspiring podcast!

Recently discovering this wonderful podcast and have been binge listening!

Love Alice’s easy interview style and as an aspiring author with a love of books, it’s fantastic to hear her guest’s stories and experience.

Some really interesting guests featured 👏

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I adore listening to the Sunday Salon. Alice’s line of questioning is forensic, yet never pushy or dominant.
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I love The Sunday Salon podcast. Alice has an interesting array of guests and there’s always a gem to take away in every episode. On a side note, the production quality is fab - even during lockdown the standard has remained immensely high. Definitely my favourite books/authors/writing life podcast

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