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A fortnightly show about news and views from the world of British books and publishing

The Brit Lit Podcast Claire Handscombe

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A fortnightly show about news and views from the world of British books and publishing

    59: Everything I Know About Love, with Dolly Alderton

    59: Everything I Know About Love, with Dolly Alderton

    Our guest on episode 59 is Dolly Alderton. As well as being half of the High Low podcast, Dolly is also a successful journalist and columnist, and her novel, Ghosts, is forthcoming later this year. Her bestselling memoir Everything I Know About Love came out in the UK in 2018, and is finally out in the US this month, in hardcover, ebook and also audio. We covered her favourite literary friendships, how it feels to write a novel after writing a memoir,  the challenges and joys of working closely with a good friend on a hugely successful project, and more.
     Books Mentioned on the Podcast:
    Everything I Know About Love, by Dolly Alderton
    Ghosts, by Dolly Alderton
    My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
    Standard Deviation, by Katherine Heiny
    Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding
    Your Voice in My Head, by Emma Forrest 
    The Hungover Games, by Sophie Heawood
    The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
    The Sea, the Sea, by Iris Murdoch
    Me, by Elton John
    Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones
    Reckless Daughter: a Portrait of Joni Mitchell, by David Yaffe
    High Times, Hard Times, by Anita O'Day
    A Theatre for Dreamers, by Polly Sampson
    Actress, by Anne Enright
    Nothing To See Here, by Kevin Wilson
    The Pisces, by Melissa Broder
    Actress, by Anne Enright
    My Dark Vanessa, by Kate Elizabeth Russell
    Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
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    58: Stay Up with Hugo Best, by Erin Somers

    58: Stay Up with Hugo Best, by Erin Somers

    On episode 58, we hear from Erin Somers, the American author of the novel Stay Up with Hugo Best. From time to time on the podcast, I interview people who are not British, for their take on UK books and culture, and it was great to chat to Erin about what differentiates British humour from American humour in particular. We talked about the American institution that is the late night show, the challenge of writing humour, the ridiculous tradition of book blurbing, and more.

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    57: Get a Life, Chloe Brown, with Talia Hibbert

    57: Get a Life, Chloe Brown, with Talia Hibbert

    Our guest on episode 57 is Talia Hibbert, who’s the author of many romance novels including, most recently, Get a Life, Chloe Brown.

    We talked about the illustrated cover trend, how she got her start writing novels, what it’s like to get picked as a Book of the Month author, and more.

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    56: The Little Library Year, by Kate Young

    56: The Little Library Year, by Kate Young

    On episode 56, we hear from Kate Young, who’s the author of The Little Library Cookbook and The Little Library Year, collections of recipes inspired by books. Kate Young is Australian but has lived in the UK for ten years, so I think we can claim her as one of our own. We talked about her journey writing about books and food, the process of creating recipes, Australian authors who deserve to be better known elsewhere, and more. 

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    55: You, Me and the Movies, with Fiona Collins

    55: You, Me and the Movies, with Fiona Collins

    Our guest on episode 55 is Fiona Collins, who's the author of several novels including, most recently, You, Me and the Movies, a story about bumping into a long-ago love and the feelings it reignites. It's out now as an ebook and will be coming out in paperback on Boxing Day.

    Fiona Collins and I talked about audiobooks, one of my favourite American authors, and film adaptations -- including the perennial debate of which screen version of Pride and Prejudice we prefer.

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    54: Our Child of the Stars, with Stephen Cox

    54: Our Child of the Stars, with Stephen Cox

    On this episode, we hear from Stephen Cox, whose debut novel Our Child of the Stars came out earlier this year. And he’s also part of an innovative new bookshop in North London that’s being run by a cooperative.
    He and I talked about what makes the '60s such an interesting time to set a novel, the importance of bookshops on the high street, what makes a great writers’ group, and more.
    Books Mentioned on the Podcast:
    Our Child of the Stars, by Stephen Cox
    This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone 
    The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood Today would have been my dad's 76th birthday. In his honour, I've made five of his songs public on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, and all (or most of) the other places people listen to music.


    These songs were part of the soundtrack to my childhood. You On My Mind is my favourite of these, and I love that Have Another Drink really showcases his piano playing -- the riffs are very him, very representative of his best musicianship.


    In his later years, he got a bit obsessed with adding electronic music effects, and I much prefer the original song-and-piano only versions of his songs. I hope some of those survive somewhere, and that I'll be able to share them one day.


    He also got a bit obsessed with the Obama campaign in '07-'08, and wrote a whole load of songs about that. They're not his best work, but I'll share them at some point too. Heck, maybe the Crooked media boys will get a kick out of them.


    I miss my dad often and a lot these days -- a lot of his heroes and influences are hitting milestones, releasing memoirs, and, sadly, passing away. I wish I could have seen Rocketman with him, and bought him Elton John's memoir. I wish I could have ranted about Brexit with him, too -- though it's probably best he never had to live through it. I know he'd be pleased that his music lives on, though. I hope people will enjoy it.


    https://open.spotify.com/album/6Gw81dZOrnvx2kpFKpKN8P?si=NG9WPRjpQSSQPNod7CtN5w
     
    The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
    The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
    Beowulf
    Dracula, by Bram Stoker
    Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
    Grand Union: Stories, by Zadie Smith
    Me, by Elton John
    Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Julie Andrews
    Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella
    Christmas Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella
    Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
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