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One lifetime is too short to visit everywhere and meet everyone. That‘s why we love books with a strong sense of place — they let us travel the world in our imagination. In each episode of our podcast, we explore one destination and talk about what makes that place different from everywhere else on earth. Then we recommend five books that took us to that place on the page. We‘re on a trip around the globe, one great read at a time. Please join us!

Strong Sense of Place Realm

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One lifetime is too short to visit everywhere and meet everyone. That‘s why we love books with a strong sense of place — they let us travel the world in our imagination. In each episode of our podcast, we explore one destination and talk about what makes that place different from everywhere else on earth. Then we recommend five books that took us to that place on the page. We‘re on a trip around the globe, one great read at a time. Please join us!

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    LoLT: The Currywurst Story & Two New Books (replay)

    LoLT: The Currywurst Story & Two New Books (replay)

    In this episode, we get excited about two books: ‘Cold People’ by Tom Rob Smith and ‘Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life’ by Dacher Keltner. Then Mel shares the delicious history of Berlin’s currywurst.
    Links
    Cold People by Tom Rob Smith
    Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life by Dacher Keltner
    Currywurst History
    Currywurst Recipe
    Top 20 Hangover Foods
    Herta Heuwer Memorial Plaque
    Herta Heuwer Google Doodle

    Transcript of this episode
    The Library of Lost Time is a Strong Sense of Place Production! https://strongsenseofplace.com
    Do you enjoy our show? Want access to fun bonus content? Please support our work on Patreon. Every little bit helps us keep the show going and makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside - https://www.patreon.com/strongsenseofplace
    As always, you can find us at:

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    • 9 min
    LoLT: Inspiring Brontë Stories and Two New Books

    LoLT: Inspiring Brontë Stories and Two New Books

    In this episode, we get excited about two books: How to Solve Your Own Murder by Kristen Perrin and Table for Two: Fictions by Amor Towles. Then Mel explains how much she’s loving the new Brontë Parsonage podcast. 
    Links
    How to Solve Your Own Murder by Kristen Perrin
    Table for Two: Fictions by Amor Towles
    Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
    The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
    Podcast: Russia: Revolution, Hope, and Vodka
    Video: A Gentleman in Moscow trailer
    Brontë Parsonage website
    Behind the Glass: A Parsonage Podcast
    The Guardian on Anne Brontë’s interest in geology
    Photos that take you inside the Parsonage
    Video: Tour of the Parsonage
    Rowan Coleman’s website
    The Brontë Mysteries series by Bella Ellis
    Bella Ellis on Instagram

    Transcript of this episode.
    The Library of Lost Time is a Strong Sense of Place Production! https://strongsenseofplace.com
    Do you enjoy our show? Want access to fun bonus content? Please support our work on Patreon. Every little bit helps us keep the show going and makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside - https://www.patreon.com/strongsenseofplace
    As always, you can find us at:

    Our site

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    • 17 min
    LoLT: Immersive Theater and Two New Books

    LoLT: Immersive Theater and Two New Books

    In this episode, we’re excited two new books: The Extinction of Irena Rey by Jennifer Croft and Why We Remember: The Science of Memory and How It Shapes Us by Charan Ranganath. Then Dave shares his thrilling experience at Guys and Dolls in London.
    This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/StrongSense and get on your way to being your best self.
    Links
    The Extinction of Irena Rey by Jennifer Croft
    Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
    Excerpt of The Extinction of Irena Rey by Jennifer Croft
    Why Translators Should Be Named on Book Covers
    27 Great Books In Translation
    Why We Remember: The Science of Memory and How It Shapes Us by Charan Ranganath
    Nye at the National Theatre, London
    National Theatre Tour info
    Six, The Musical around the world
    Guys and Dolls at the Bridge Theatre, London
    Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club, London

    Transcript of this episode.
    The Library of Lost Time is a Strong Sense of Place Production! https://strongsenseofplace.com
    Do you enjoy our show? Want access to fun bonus content? Please support our work on Patreon. Every little bit helps us keep the show going and makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside - https://www.patreon.com/strongsenseofplace
    As always, you can find us at:

    Our site

    Instagram

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    • 15 min
    LoLT: Rambutan Restaurant London and Two New Books

    LoLT: Rambutan Restaurant London and Two New Books

    In this episode, we get excited about two books: The Morningside by Téa Obreht and James by Percival Everett. Then Mel tells us about an unforgettable Sri Lankan meal at Rambutan.
    This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/StrongSense and get on your way to being your best self.
    Links
    The Morningside by Téa Obreht
    The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
    Téa Obreht on How She Found The Morningside
    Excerpt of The Morningside by Téa Obreht
    James by Percival Everett
    Podcast: Sri Lanka: Remarkable, Relentless, Resplendent
    Rambutan: Recipes from Sri Lanka by Cynthia Shanmugalingam
    Rambutan website and Instagram
    Recipes from Rambutan here and here
    Borough Market website
    Cubitts eyeglasses

    Transcript of this episode.
    The Library of Lost Time is a Strong Sense of Place Production! https://strongsenseofplace.com
    Do you enjoy our show? Want access to fun bonus content? Please support our work on Patreon. Every little bit helps us keep the show going and makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside - https://www.patreon.com/strongsenseofplace
    As always, you can find us at:

    Our site

    Instagram

    Patreon


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    • 17 min
    LoLT: The Forty Elephants Girl Gang and Two New Books — 05 May 2023

    LoLT: The Forty Elephants Girl Gang and Two New Books — 05 May 2023

    This is a replay of an episode featuring Dinner Party by Sarah Gilmartin and You Could Make This Place Beautiful by Maggie Smith. Then Dave tells the tale of remarkable women involved in London’s criminal underworld.
    This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/StrongSense and get on your way to being your best self.
    LINKS
    Dinner Party by Sarah Gilmartin
    You Could Make This Place Beautiful by Maggie Smith
    Maggie Smith’s website and Twitter
    Legal Design Podcast: Fighting Crime by Design with Lorraine Gamman
    Podcast: London: The Tower, Tudors, and a Nice Cuppa Tea
    Wikipedia: Shirley Pitts
    Wikipedia: Alice Diamond
    Gone Shopping: The Story of Shirley Pitts, Queen of Thieves by Lorraine Gamman
    The Guardian: Girl Gang’s Grip on London Underworld Revealed
    Criminal Secret Society: The Story of Forty Elephants
    Video: Diamond Annie and the Forty Elephants — The All-Female Gang That Terrorized London
    Abbie Davis with her cover of 'London Town'
    Transcript of this episode
    The Library of Lost Time is a Strong Sense of Place Production! https://strongsenseofplace.com
    Do you enjoy our show? Want access to fun bonus content? Please support our work on Patreon. Every little bit helps us keep the show going and makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside - https://www.patreon.com/strongsenseofplace
    As always, you can find us at:

    Our site

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Patreon


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    • 9 min
    LoLT: Stanfords Travel Bookshop and Two New Books

    LoLT: Stanfords Travel Bookshop and Two New Books

    In this episode, we’re excited about two new books: Piglet by Lottie Hazell and Local: A Search for Nearby Nature and Wildness by Alastair Humphreys. Then Dave tells us about the awesome Stanfords bookshop.
    This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/StrongSense and get on your way to being your best self.
    Links
    Piglet by Lottie Hazell — audiobook
    Piglet by Lottie Hazell — print
    Local: A Search for Nearby Nature and Wildness by Alastair Humphreys
    Stanfords Map and Travel Bookshop
    Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2024
    Wikipedia: Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards
    Transcript of this episode.
    The Library of Lost Time is a Strong Sense of Place Production! https://strongsenseofplace.com
    Do you enjoy our show? Want access to fun bonus content? Please support our work on Patreon. Every little bit helps us keep the show going and makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside - https://www.patreon.com/strongsenseofplace
    As always, you can find us at:

    Our site

    Instagram

    Patreon


    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
458 Ratings

458 Ratings

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I love this podcast! They make me smile. They make me curious. They inspire me to be adventurous. They spark new interests. There is never a dull moment. (I always trust Mel’s assessment on the foods she talks about because her Well Fed series has some of my very favorite foods) Bonus: every single book that I have purchased based on their discussion has been a pleasure. THANK YOU for your impeccable work.

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Great podcast!

Thank you for making such a great podcast. I love the book recommendations. I have read many of them. I love the hosts. They seem to be really fun and sweet people.

MN.Walks&Reads ,

Books and armchair travel

I love this podcast! The hosts have an engaging format that feels like a conversation with a great friend, a mini info guide about a destination/theme, and diverse book recommendations they’ve fully read! After listening, I check out books from the library I never would have encountered, everything from nonfiction, to graphic novels, to literary fiction. This podcast feeds my love for reading and travel in one place! I learn about places around the world, and am reminded of how beautiful each culture and region is in its unique way. If we *see* people who live in a different part of the world as *real*, simply by reading a book, it makes us all more connected and kind. What a gift this podcast is! Plus, wow…their website has tons of additional content to deep dive into a location. Highly recommend!!

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