80 episodes

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

The Brit Lit Podcast Claire Handscombe

    • Arts
    • 4.6 • 41 Ratings

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

    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.

    • 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 


    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. 

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    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.

    • 27 min
    73: Star-Crossed, with Minnie Darke

    73: Star-Crossed, with Minnie Darke

    Our guest on episode 73 of the Brit Lit Podcast is Danielle Wood who, as Minnie Darke, wrote one of Claire's very favourite books of recent years, called Star Crossed. Among other things, she discussed what makes One Day by David Nicholls such an amazing novel, and gave some recommendations for books by Tasmanian authors.

    • 39 min
    72: Who's Loving You: Love Stories by Women of Colour, with Sareeta Domingo

    72: Who's Loving You: Love Stories by Women of Colour, with Sareeta Domingo

    Our guest today is Sareeta Domingo, who’s the author of both adult and young adult fiction, and most recently the editor of the collection called Who's Loving You: Love Stories by Women of Colour. She talks about romantic reads she loves, the process of putting together an anthology, why books by British authors of colour are important, and more.

    • 27 min
    71: Exciting Times, with Naoise Dolan

    71: Exciting Times, with Naoise Dolan

    Today, we hear from Naoise Dolan, who’s an Irish author and the writer of the Women’s Prize longlisted novel Exciting Times. She and I talked about cultural and literary differences between the UK, the US, and Ireland, what we both think about the idea of “likeable” characters, some great Irish authors, and more.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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41 Ratings

41 Ratings

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

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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.

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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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