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

The Brit Lit Podcast Claire Handscombe

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

    78: Murmuration, with Blake Auden

    78: Murmuration, with Blake Auden

    Our guest on episode 78 is poet Blake Auden, who has almost 300,000 Instagram followers and is known for speaking openly about mental health. He also has four collections of poems out in the world, and the most recent is Murmuration, which came out in October.
    He and I talked about what therapy and writing have in common, how he approaches social media so that it helps rather than hinders his mental health, and lots more.
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    Books Mentioned in this episode:
    Murmuration, by Blake Auden
    On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong
    Weather, by Jenny Offill 
    Dept of Speculation, by Jenny Offill
    Girl, Unstrung, by Claire Handscombe
    This Time Next Year, by Sophie Cousens
    Just Haven't Met You Yet, by Sophie Cousens
    The Twelve Dates of Christmas, by Jenny Bayliss
    The Winter of Second Chances (UK)/The Season of Second Chances (US), by Jenny Bayliss
    On a Night Like This, by Lindsey Kelk
    Gifts, by Laura Barnett
    Black British Lives Matter, ed. Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder
    Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
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    Register for Claire's online book launch for Girl, Unstrung on 5th December here.
    In the US and now the UK, buy your hardbacks and paperbacks from Bookshop.org to support the podcast, as well as independent bookshops!
    In other countries, you can support the podcast by using this link to buy from Blackwells.com, which ships internationally at inexpensive rates.
    Get your first two audiobooks for just $14.99 with the code BRITLIT on Libro.fm.
    Help fund the podcast through this PayPal link!
    Buy Claire’s novels, Unscripted and Girl, Unstrung.
    Sign up for Claire’s mailing list.
    Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com
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    • 25 min
    78: The Idea Of You, with Robinne Lee

    78: The Idea Of You, with Robinne Lee

    My guest in this special bonus episode is Robinne Lee, the author of my favourite read of 2021, The Idea Of You. She's not British, but I loved this book so much that I wanted to bring you this interview anyway!
    Robinne and I talked about her origin story as a fanfic writer, why she chose to make her main character French, why love stories that don’t end happily can have such a big impact on us both in fiction and in real life, and a whole lot more.  
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    Books Mentioned in this episode:
    The Idea of You, by Robinne Lee
    Bringing Up Bébé (US)/French Children Don't Throw Food (UK),
    by Pamela Druckerman
    Bonjour Tristesse, by Françoise Sagan (French version)
    Bonjour Tristesse, by Françoise Sagan (in English)
    My Oxford Year, by Julia Whelan
    Girl, Unstrung, by Claire Handscombe
    Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
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    In the US and now the UK, buy your hardbacks and paperbacks from Bookshop.org to support the podcast, as well as independent bookshops!
    In other countries, you can support the podcast by using this link to buy from Blackwells.com, which ships internationally at inexpensive rates.
    Get your first two audiobooks for just $14.99 with the code BRITLIT on Libro.fm.
    Help fund the podcast through this PayPal link!
    Buy Claire’s novel, Unscripted.
    Pre-order Claire’s YA novel, Girl, Unstrung.
    Sign up for Claire’s mailing list.
    Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com
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    • 40 min
    77: The Party Crasher, with Sophie Kinsella

    77: The Party Crasher, with Sophie Kinsella

    I’m so excited to bring you an interview with none other than Sophie Kinsella, who’s known to many as the queen of British chick lit and the author of the mega-bestselling Shopaholic series. 
    We talked about her new book The Party Crasher, how being a musician and being a writer are interconnected, what it’s been like to be a comedy writer over the last year and a half, what her favourite biscuit is, and a whole lot more!
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    Books Mentioned in this episode:
    The Party Crasher, by Sophie Kinsella
    Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella
    The Tennis Party, by Madeline Wickham
    An Island Wedding, by Jenny Colgan
    The Beloved Girls, by Harriet Evans
    Sorrow and Bliss, by Meg Mason
    Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi
    Murmuration, by Blake Auden
    The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan
    Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
    Girl, Unstrung, by Claire Handscombe
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    In the US and now the UK, buy your hardbacks and paperbacks from Bookshop.org to support the podcast, as well as independent bookshops!
    In other countries, you can support the podcast by using this link to buy from Blackwells.com, which ships internationally at inexpensive rates.
    Get your first two audiobooks for just $14.99 with the code BRITLIT on Libro.fm.
    Help fund the podcast through this PayPal link!
    Buy Claire’s novel, Unscripted.
    Pre-order Claire’s YA novel, Girl, Unstrung.
    Sign up for Claire’s mailing list.
    Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com
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    • 31 min
    76: Careless, with Kirsty Capes

    76: Careless, with Kirsty Capes

    This month’s guest is Kirsty Capes, author of the novel Careless. We talked about why she wanted to write about female friendship, what it was like to study with Bernadine Evaristo, why it's especially important for kids in the foster care system to see themselves reflected in books, and a whole lot more.
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    Books Mentioned in this episode:
    Careless, by Kirsty Capes
    The Tracey Beaker series, by Jacqueline Wilson
    No One Is Talking About This, by Patricia Lockwood
    All the Fun of the Fair, by Caroline Hulse
    The Adults, by Caroline Hulse
    Complicit, by Winnie M Li
    Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke
    The Bookshop of Second Chances, by Jackie Fraser
    The Hidden Child, by Louise Fein
    Endgame, by Malorie Blackman
    The Literary Almanac, by Francesca Beauman
    Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
    Girl, Unstrung, by Claire Handscombe
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    In the US and now the UK, buy your hardbacks and paperbacks from Bookshop.org to support the podcast, as well as independent bookshops!
    In other countries, you can support the podcast by using this link to buy from Blackwells.com, which ships internationally at inexpensive rates.
    Get your first two audiobooks for just $14.99 with the code BRITLIT on Libro.fm.
    Help fund the podcast through this PayPal link!
    Buy Claire’s novel, Unscripted.
    Pre-order Claire’s YA novel, Girl, Unstrung.
    Sign up for Claire’s mailing list.
    Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com
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    • 29 min
    75: The Roxy Letters, with Mary Pauline Lowry

    75: The Roxy Letters, with Mary Pauline Lowry

    This month’s guest is Mary Pauline Lowry, who wrote The Roxy Letters. Mary is married to a Brit, and she had lots of fascinating insights about the cultural differences between the countries, and I loved talking to her back about Bridget Jones and Jane Austen too. The Roxy Letters was one of my favourite reads of 2020. It was really fun and just what I needed. It’s out now in paperback.  

    Mary and I talked about why we love epistolary novels, took a bit of an accidental deep dive into books about Hollywood, chatted about the difference between British humour and American humour, and lots more! 

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    Books Mentioned on the Podcast: 

    The Roxy Letters, by Mary Pauline Lowry 

    Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding 

    Where D'you Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple 

    Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher 

    A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy O'Toole 

    The Color Purple, by Alice Walker 

    Emma, by Jane Austen 

    Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen 

    Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen 

    Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen 

    Persuasion, by Jane Austen 

    The Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler 

    Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld 

    Men Are From Mars, Woman Are From Venus, by John Gray 

    Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe 

    Girl, Unstrung, by Claire Handscombe 

    Damnation Spring, by Ash Davidson 

    Grown Ups, by Emma Jane Unsworth 

    Breast and Eggs, by Mieko Kawakami, transl. Sam Bett and David Boyd  

    He Will Be Mine, by Kristy Greenwood 

    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

    Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

    The Idea of You, by Robinne Lee 

    Mona at Sea, by Elizabeth Gonzalez James 

    Rosaline Palmer Take the Cake, by Alexis Hall 

    Boyfriend Material, by Alexis Hall 

    Perfect Timing, by Owen Nicholls 

    Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins 

    A Slow Fire Burning (signed edition!), by Paula Hawkins 

    They: What Muslims and Non-Muslims Get Wrong About Each Other, by Sarfraz Manzoo 

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    In the US and now the UK, buy your hardbacks and paperbacks from Bookshop.org to support the podcast, as well as independent bookshops! 

    In other countries, you can support the podcast by using this link to buy from Blackwells.com, which ships internationally at inexpensive rates. 

    Get your first two audiobooks for just $14.99 with the code BRITLIT on Libro.fm. 

    Buy Claire’s novel, Unscripted. 

    Pre-order Claire's YA novel, Girl, Unstrung. 

    Sign up for Claire's mailing list. 

    Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com 

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    • 43 min
    74: The Summer Job, with Lizzy Dent

    74: The Summer Job, with Lizzy Dent

    Our guest on episode 74 of the Brit Lit Podcast, is Lizzy Dent, who wrote The Summer Job, and who’s also a YA author -- as Rebecca Denton, she wrote This Beats Perfect, among other books.
    She and I talked about her favourite food writing, what it’s like to have a novel come out during a pandemic, why we love the book Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, and more.
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    Books Mentioned on the Podcast:
    Buy all the books available in the UK from Bookshop UK here 
    Buy all the books available in the US from Bookshop US here
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    In the US and now the UK, buy your hardbacks and paperbacks from Bookshop.org to support the podcast, as well as independent bookshops!
    In other countries, you can support the podcast by using this link to buy from Blackwells.com, which ships internationally at inexpensive rates.
    Get your first two audiobooks for just $14.99 with the code BRITLIT on Libro.fm.
    Buy Claire’s novel, Unscripted.
    The Brit Lit Podct has recently been named as one of the top 10 British literature podcasts!
    Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Heather- Ft. Lauderdale, FL ,

Fantastic

I throughly enjoy listening to this podcast. It’s fantastic!

38BlackBirds ,

30 mins or so of charm.

This podcast is an excellent choice for fun, polite, smart discussions of books and the publishing world. I've discovered many authors and books through this podcast. I also love that the host reads the books before the discussion.

TJBunnys ,

Fun and Engaging

I discovered three new books that I want to read during one podcast. I'm looking forward to listening to all the episodes and to future ones as well. Thank you for creating Brit Lit!

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