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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, and celebrating the joy that books bring, no matter what genre, or style. Tune in each Sunday to hear from guests including How Do You Like Me Now author Holly Bourne, Ordinary People’s Diana Evans, The Reading Cure’s Laura Freeman, and Nell Stevens, author of Mrs Gaskell and Me.
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, and celebrating the joy that books bring, no matter what genre, or style. Tune in each Sunday to hear from guests including How Do You Like Me Now author Holly Bourne, Ordinary People’s Diana Evans, The Reading Cure’s Laura Freeman, and Nell Stevens, author of Mrs Gaskell and Me.
Edited by Chelsey Moore.

    Coronavirus special: Gina Martin on ways to help and coping with overwhelm

    Coronavirus special: Gina Martin on ways to help and coping with overwhelm

    It's the second Sunday Salon isolation special. This week, as we all adjust to life under lockdown, I’m talking to Gina Martin, author of Be The Change: A Toolkit for the Activist in You.
    You probably know Gina because of her amazing campaign against upskirting. In June 2017, a man took a photo up her skirt at a music festival. The police told her that this was not a sexual offence; the man would not be charged. Instead of accepting this, however, Gina launched a campaign to make upskirting a crime. Eighteen months later, she had succeeded. In her book, she recounts how she found the courage (and stamina) to do this - and offers readers a guide to campaigning in their own societies. I thought she’d be a great person to speak to now about how we can make positive changes even in these difficult circumstances, and how we can get involved in fundraising and local initiatives. But we also discussed why it’s totally understandable and normal to sometimes be unproductive, to feel helpless or down - as well as how she has been handling the upheaval, health concerns and loss of work caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
    Her advice was really solid and reassuring. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    Twitter: @aliceazania / @ginamartinuk

    Instagram: @aliceazania / @ginamartin

    Buy the book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/be-the-change/gina-martin/9780751577884

    Edited by Chelsey Moore

    • 45 min
    Coronavirus special: Holly Bourne and Laura Freeman on coping with anxiety and isolation

    Coronavirus special: Holly Bourne and Laura Freeman on coping with anxiety and isolation

    What a strange and unsettling time we find ourselves in. So strange that I didn't think I could post a regular episode - so instead, here is the first Sunday Salon isolation special, one of several dedicated #togetherapart episodes I will be bringing you to - I hope - offer a balm for the soul over the coming weeks. I'm so grateful to the authors Holly Bourne and Laura Freeman for coming on the podcast (remotely) at short notice to offer their advice on coping with anxiety and our new way of living. Both have written extensively about mental health before - and their contributions were super-helpful, taking in everything from the power of having a "worry window" (a sanctioned time to worry about everything you're anxious about), to why now is probably NOT the moment to embark upon a massive, ambitious work or self improvement project (whatever Instagram is leading you to believe) and how it is totally ok to feel down and to allow yourself to wallow at times. They also have some fabulous, uplifting reading recommendations.

    Holly is the author of the best-selling How Do You Like Me Now, as well as the brilliant new novel Pretending which has been described by none other than Marian Keyes as "magnificent". She started her writing career as a news journalist, where she was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general 'agony aunt' for a youth charity - helping young people with their relationships and mental health. Inspired by what she saw, she started writing teen fiction, including the best-selling, award-winning 'Spinster Club' series which helps educate teenagers about feminism. When she turned thirty, Holly wrote her first adult novel, How Do You Like Me Now, examining the intensified pressures on women once they hit that landmark. Alongside her writing, Holly has a keen interest in women's rights and is an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health problems. She's helped create online apps that teach young people about sexual consent and is an ambassador for Women's Aid. You can buy her new book, Pretending, here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-What-You-Want/dp/1473668131/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1585388974&sr=1-1
    Laura is an author, freelance writer and art critic. Her first book The Reading Cure: How Books Restored My Appetite, detailed how books helped her in her recovery from anorexia. Published in 2018, it was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and for First Book and Food Book at the Guild of Food Writers Awards. The Reading Cure was a Times, Daily Telegraph and Spectator Book of the Year 2018. She is currently writing a biography Ways of Life: Jim Ede and the Kettle’s Yard Artists to be published by Jonathan Cape. You can buy the Reading Cure here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reading-Cure-Books-Restored-Appetite/dp/1474604641

    Twitter: @aliceazania / @holly_bourneYA

    Instagram: @aliceazania/ @ hollybourneya / @laurasophiafreeman

    Edited by Chelsey Moore

    • 42 min
    Deepa Anappara

    Deepa Anappara

    Deepa Anappara's novel Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line was one of the most hotly anticipated debuts of the year. Set in a slum on the outskirts of an unnamed Indian city, it centres on nine year old, cop-show obsessed Jai and his two best friends, who go looking for local children who’ve gone missing. It has won rave reviews from critics and high praise from Ian McEwan who described it as ‘brilliant’. Not that Deepa is aware of this - she told me she was too nervous to read any of the reviews. Perhaps this has to do with the controversy that Indian writers writing in English often face - namely, the idea that they are pandering to stereotypes of India, or romanticising poverty or even appropriating others' experiences. Our discussion of this was one of many things I found fascinating in our conversation, which also took in Deepa's career as an award-winning reporter in India, her habit of waking at 5.30am to write, the benefit of studying creative writing, and more. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    Twitter: @aliceazania
    Instagram: @aliceazania / @deepa.anappara

    Buy the book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/djinn-patrol-on-the-purple-line/deepa-anappara/9781784743086
    Edited by Chelsey Moore

    • 30 min
    Libby Page

    Libby Page

    On the outside, Libby Page's life looks pretty perfect. Just 27, she has already written two hit novels - the Sunday Times bestseller The Lido and now, The 24 Hour Cafe. She has worked in both fashion journalism and in marketing, and briefly lived in Paris after quitting her job and renting an Air BnB for six weeks which sounds pretty dreamy. But as she reveals here, she has also battled anxiety and panic attacks - and had to fight to get her first book published, approaching endless agents and being rejected time and again. I'm so grateful to her for opening up about all of this - and I love the fact that, as a child, she was so book-obsessed that she used to go to writing camps! What a joyous chat - thank you Libby.

    Twitter: @aliceazania / @LibbyPageWrites
    Instagram: @aliceazania / @libbypagewrites

    Buy the book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-24-hour-cafe/libby-page/9781409175247

    Edited by Chelsey Moore

    • 35 min
    Alice Vincent (aka @noughticulture)

    Alice Vincent (aka @noughticulture)

    Would we all be happier if we took up gardening? Possibly. Certainly, when Alice was left heartbroken after the collapse of a long-term relationship, she found tending to the collection of plants on the balcony of her South London flat helpful. The creator of the hugely popular ‘plantstagram’ account @noughticulture, Alice's memoir Rootbound: Rewilding a Life is beautifully written, and woven with fascinating dives into botanical history - as well as genuinely useful green-fingered advice. I loved chatting about her early career in music journalism interviewing wayward rock stars, the discipline it took to write alongside a full-time job, why botany was an early breeding ground for feminism, how she navigates the down sides of social media when she has such a massive following - and why you shouldn't feed plants in winter.

    Twitter: @aliceazania / @alice_emily
    Instagram: @aliceazania / @noughticulture

    Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rootbound-Rewilding-Life-Alice-Vincent/dp/1786897709

    Edited by Chelsey Moore

    • 33 min
    Isabel Allende

    Isabel Allende

    What a way to start the new series! So much about this very special conversation with the literary legend that is Isabel Allende will stay with me - from her meeting with Barack Obama (he's ‘adorable’ apparently) to the terrible grief she experienced after her daughter's death, to the incredible archive of letters she has acquired from writing to her mother every day, finding love in her 70s, and what it was like living and working as a journalist in Chile during the Pinochet coup. We spoke at her hotel in Soho as she was promoting her brilliant new book A Long Petal of the Sea and it was just the most incredible experience.

    Twitter: @aliceazania / @isabelallende

    Instagram: @aliceazania / allendeisabel

    Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Long-Petal-Sea-Isabel-Allende/dp/1526615908

    Edited by Chelsey Moore

    • 30 min

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