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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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