Simon (Stuck in a Book) and Rachel (Book Snob) debate the difficult decisions of reading and books.
Tea or Books? #93 Do We Care What Characters Are Called? and Two Tove Jansson Novels
Summer, Winter, names – welcome to episode 93. In the first half, we ask: ‘Do we care what characters are called?’, looking at the strange and ordinary names that characters are given. In the second half, we compare Tove Jansson’s
Tea or Books? #92: Do We Care What Characters Wear? and Girl, Woman, Other vs Life After Life
Bernadine Evaristo, Kate Atkinson, and clothes – welcome to episode 92. In the first half of the episode, Rachel and I discuss clothes in books – do we care what characters wear? I forgot to mention, but do check out
Tea or Books? #91: Familiar or Unfamiliar Settings? and Two Elizabeth von Arnim novels
Elizabeth von Arnim and settings of novels – welcome to episode 91! In the first half of the novel, we look at the settings of novels, and ask whether we prefer familiar or unfamiliar settings. In the second half, we
Tea or Books? #90: Good or Bad Reading Year? and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn vs O, The Brave Music
Betty Smith, Dorothy Evelyn Smith, and a review of our reading years… In the first half, we look back over a very unusual year and ask – was it a good reading year or a bad reading year? We’ve not
Tea or Books? #89: Do we care about gardens?, and Gilead vs Home
Marilynne Robinson and gardens – welcome to episode 89! We are scraping the barrel a little in our first half, and arguably repeating ourselves, but please enjoy our musings on gardens. In the second half, after answering a question from
Tea or Books? #88: Blurbs or No Blurbs, and The Remains of the Day vs Never Let Me Go
Blurbs and Kazuo Ishiguro – welcome to episode 88! In the first half of this episode, Rachel and I talk about whether we want blurbs – i.e. do we do research on what we’re reading before we pick it up.
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Thanks, Rachel and Simon, for your long-awaited conversation about Marilynne Robinson. It did not disappoint. I listen to you from Oklahoma, in the heart of the heart of America, and have begun sharing you with friends. You are informative, yes. But your podcast succeeds with me, I believe, because of its casualness and intimacy. In its own way it is also reassuring, in the way the Shipping Forecast is reassuring. Oh, here are Simon and Rachel again, and they’re going to let us listen to another book chat. I can’t wait. Every program is a feast. Thanks for allowing us in.
I’m happy I’m a few years late to the game because I have so many episodes to catch up on! I only have a few bookish friends, and none with my specific tastes, and it is so enjoyable listening to Simon and Rachel chat about things I already love or things I will most likely love. Very intelligent, interesting conversationalists and such a needed break from my usual political podcasts!
I love the dynamic between Rachel and Simon. You both make me laugh and I love listening to you talk about books.