A podcast about books. It's like a bookclub, but you don't have to leave your house and you don't have to bring a plate of cheese.
Hosted by Fiona, Laura and Cool Ben.
Last night we dreamt we went to Manderley again
We thought it was high time we dove into a classic, and what could be more classic than Daphne Du Maurier's 1938 gothic thriller, Rebecca? A best seller that has spawned multiple movies and never, ever, been out of print. Classic like tea in the library at Manderley.
Find out which characters we loved (hi, Frank), which characters we loved to hate (hello, Mr Favell) and who we would definitely save from a fire (good boy, Jasper).
This month we popped on our jerkins & sheepskin gloves, and relaxed on the second-best bed, to read Hamnet, the 2020 novel by Maggie O'Farrell.
Set in late 16th century England, Hamnet imagines the emotional, domestic, and artistic repercussions after the world's most famous playwright and his wife lose their only son, 11-year-old Hamnet, to the bubonic plague.
Prepare the tissues, because this one will make you feel some things. But only in the best ways. We loved this one, Bookworms. Get reading.
Mini Episode - I'm Thinking Of Ending Things with a Dance
After reading Iain Reid's debut novel I'm Thinking Of Ending Things, we jumped on Netflix to watch the new movie adaptation, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman.
And really, folks, what a movie.
Find out what's the same, what's missing, which bits we fast-forwarded through, and whether anyone did the worm.
**SPOILERS** (for the book and for the movie, and yes, they are very different spoilers)
44. I'm Thinking of Ending Things
This month we turned on all of the lights and made sure we locked the doors before reading I'm Thinking of Ending Things, the 2016 debut novel of Canadian writer Iain Reid.
This psychological thriller slash horror fiction slash newly-adapted Netflix movie kept us on the edge of our seats, and had us asking questions like "how easy is it to lose a toenail?" and "why are high schools so terrifying?" and "did you hear that?"
Happy Listening! Please tell us if you know how to do the worm!
43. Death in Her Hands
Bookworms, it's time to pop on your camouflage onesie, feed your best friend, and settle down in front of some Christian call-in radio, because this month we read the much talked about Death in Her Hands, the latest novel by American author Ottessa Moshfegh.
Come and hear us chat about unreliable narrators, what we would Ask Jeeves, and whether dogs like lentils (they do not).
Tell us what you think about the book! Or the podcast! We are @bookwhostalking.
Mini Episode - Lili Wilkinson & The Erasure Initiative
In this mini we welcome author Lili Wilkinson back to the podcast to talk about her brand new book, The Erasure Initiative.
A spoiler-free chat about how Lili found the story, the challenges of writing it, and what we loved (spoilers: all of it). Also, why teenagers are the best, and why Laura's childhood fave Mia Thermopolis is a hero for us all.
Absolutely get and read this book (especially if you have a long bus ride coming up), and let us know what you think.
Find Lili on Twitter - @twitofalili