The Hope Book Club will help you find your next great read! Katrina Roe and Natasha Moore review books that will enrich your life. They relish well-written fiction with intriguing characters and thought-provoking themes, and tackle non-fiction with a challenging question at the core.
Hope Book Club, Ep 26: The Pandemic Edition
These cracking books all feature a plague of some description, but they’ll also make you feel a whole lot better about the current crisis.
Hope Book Club, Ep 25: The Brainy Edition
Upgrade your brain, show off your smarts and get your genius on. It’s the brainy edition of the Hope Book Club, with a focus on Australian non-fiction.
Hope Book Club, Ep 24: Books About Books!
What could be better than reading about books?
In this episode, Hope 103.2’s Katrina Roe and Natasha Moore from the Centre for Public Christianity explore some of the best books about books.
The Dictionary of Lost Words - the debut novel from Australian author Pip Williams, this delightful tale is set around the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. Young Esme spends her childhood hanging around the lexicographers in the Scriptorium, but as she grows she realises that some words, especially women’s words, aren’t making it into the dictionary.
Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookshop – by Robin Sloane. This mystery/adventure is about an unemployed digital designer who finds himself working the graveyard shift in a very unusual bookstore in San Francisco.
And How Proust can Change Your Life, by Alaine de Botton – Part literary biography, part self-help, this witty and wise book by Britain’s favourite philosopher might just convince you to finally tackle Proust yourself!
Plus we discuss the TV shows that are actually better than the books they’re based on.
It’s the extremely bookish episode 24 of the Hope Book Club podcast – Because life’s just better with a book about books!
Ep 23: The Fireside Fiction Edition
Perfect for these chilly winter days, the Hope Book Club fires up some crackling good fireside fiction for Episode 23.
Katrina Roe and Natasha Moore from the Centre for Public Christianity discuss:
Fleishman is in Trouble - the debut novel of Taffy Brodesser-Akner. It’s the story of a 41 year man, Toby Fleishman, going through a bitter divorce from his wife of 15 years.
Bel Canto by Anne Patchett - Loosely based on true events, a group of high profile diplomats and an opera singer are taken hostage by terrorists in South America. It’s a lockdown experience like no other.
And The Giver of Stars, by Jojo Moyes - about the packhorse librarians in the mountains of Kentucky.
Plus, we bring our top five heart-warming reads for the Pandemic.
That’s all in episode 23 of the Hope Book Club podcast.
Because life’s just better with a book!
Episode 22: The Popular Crime Fiction Edition
Hope Book Club returns to the scene of the crime with another popular crime fiction episode.
Natasha Moore from the Centre for Public Christianity has been reading the morbidly funny book, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Nominated for the Booker Prize in 2019, it’s about how blood is thicker than water, and also harder to get out of the carpet.
Still Life by Louise Penny is the first book in the much-loved Chief Inspector Gamache murder mystery series, set in small town Quebec.
And Katrina’s been reading The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan - a cracking, Aussie-penned murder mystery set in rainy Galway, Ireland.
Plus, we discuss the big, thick books we’re finally tackling in lockdown.
Ep 21: The Personal Transformation Memoirs Edition
As the Hope Book Club turns 21, it’s all about becoming – which seems appropriate for a 21st!
In this memoir-focussed episode, Katrina Roe and Natasha Moore (from CPX) share personal stories of transformation from inspiring women. These stories of resilience and flourishing in spite of life’s challenges are perfect for these challenging times:
Educated by Tara Westover, a memoir about overcoming a socially isolated childhood, growing up in a household of extreme End Times preppers
Metanoia, a memoir by the Australian screen actor Anna McGahan about making peace with her body
And Becoming – the much-loved autobiography of former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Plus, we play Change One Word, Ruin a Book Title! So much fun!!!
That’s all in this transformative, auto-biographical episode of the Hope Book Club - Because life’s just better with a book!