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A podcast where we talk about our book of the week. Read along with us!

A podcast where we talk about our book of the week. Read along with us!

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United States

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A podcast where we talk about our book of the week. Read along with us!

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English

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Episodes

Ep 135: How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang

7/12/2020
Anna and Amanda discuss the bookstores reopening after lockdown. Our book of the week is How Much Of These Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang. This debut novel which reimagines the American Western has been getting so much buzz. It's been a national best-seller, and described as 'outstanding' (Washington Post) an 'epic drama' (San Francisco Chronicle) and 'a glittering debut' (Esquire). Coming up: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke and our top Wellbeing books. Follow us! Facebook: Books On...

Duration:00:17:21

Ep 134: Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami

7/5/2020
Anna and Amanda discuss the Australian government's Arts package announced recently. Our book of the week is Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd. Kawakami is a feminist icon in Japan. She has been profiled in the New York Times, praised by Haruki Murakami and has won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. This novel explores womanhood and life as a single woman in Tokyo. Much hype for this one! Coming up: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters and our top...

Duration:00:23:01

Ep 133: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

6/30/2020
Anna and Annie discuss the Miles Franklin shortlist and the Booker Prize statement. Our book of the week is The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. This novel set in a reform school in Florida in the 1970s is the follow-up to his multi-award winning The Underground Railroad. Whitehead won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize, becoming only the fourth author to win the Pulitzer twice. The Nickel Boys is a New York Times best-seller and was a Best Book of the Year for Time, Esquire, Washington Post and...

Duration:00:31:16

Ep 132: Cleanness by Garth Greenwell

6/21/2020
Anna and Amanda discuss JK Rowling's comments about gender identity. Our book of the week is Cleanness by Garth Greenwell. This short story collection is his follow-up to the hugely successful, 'instant classic' What Belongs To You. An American teacher in Sofia navigates sex, love and a wild night out. Named a Time and Esquire Best Book of 2020 So Far, it's been described as 'incandescent', 'extraordinary' and 'a work of genius'. A great Pride Month read and one of our books of the...

Duration:00:22:45

Ep 131: The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack by H. M. Naqvi

6/15/2020
Anna and Annie discuss the publishing industry's pledge to increase diversity and the books by black authors topping the best-seller charts. Our book of the week is The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack by H. M. Naqvi. Abdullah is a 70-year-old man on a mission to save his family empire in this rich, playful novel set in Karachi. Naqvi's writing has great rhythm and brings to life the joy and chaos of the city. Coming up: Cleanness by Garth Greenwell and How Much Of These Hills Is...

Duration:00:25:05

Ep 130: Pride Month Recommendations and TBR

6/10/2020
Anna and Annie discuss the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize, Lot by Bryan Washington. Our Pride Month recommendations are: - Orlando by Virginia Woolf - Snare by Lilja Sigurðardóttir translated by Quentin Bates - Trumpet by Jackie Kay - You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr - Amateur by Thomas Page McBee - Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda Books on our TBR: - In The Dream House by Carmen Maria...

Duration:00:36:15

Ep 129: The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

6/5/2020
Anna and Amanda discuss the Jhalak Prize winner, Afropean by Johny Pitts. Our recommendations for anti-racist books: Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Edo-Lodge The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (ep 85). Our book of the week is The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak, Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in This Strange World (ep 87). This explores Turkish history through rebellious Asya and her...

Duration:00:23:24

Ep 128: Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

5/31/2020
Anna and Amanda find out that Britons are reading more in lockdown and query whether dystopia has lost its lustre. Our book of the week is Red At The Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, a young adult author, former Young People Poet Laureate, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and recipient of the Hans Christian Anderson Award. Red At The Bone was a New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book of the Year, one of Oprah Magazine's Best Books of 2019 and was longlisted for the Women's...

Duration:00:14:11

Ep 127: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

5/24/2020
Anna and Annie discuss the 2020 Miles Franklin Longlist. Our book of the week is Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, author of the best-selling memoir I Am, I Am, I Am. Her latest novel tells the story of Shakespeare's wife Agnes and their son Hamnet, who died aged 11, four years before Shakespeare wrote Hamlet. Marian Keyes has called it "O'Farrell's best book yet." It has been getting all the buzz and is shortlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize. Coming up: Red at the Bone by Jacqueline...

Duration:00:29:28

Ep 126: The Bass Rock

5/18/2020
Anna and Amanda discuss the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, awarded to Colson Whitehead for The Nickel Boys. Our book of the week is The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld, award-winning author and "gothic genius" (Hannah Kent). This is a gripping novel about three women set in brooding coastal Scotland in the 18th century, 1950s and today. Described as "#MeToo Gothic" (Sydney Morning Herald), we love Jen Campbell's book maths: "Sarah Waters meets Ali Smith meets Fleabag". It's brilliant. Coming up: ...

Duration:00:21:55

Ep 125: Crime Recommendations

5/14/2020
Anna and Annie discuss the 2020 Old Peculier Crime Novel Longlist . We reveal our top crime picks for isolation reading: Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty Conviction by Denise Mina Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty And other favourites: The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan The Trick of the Light by Louise Penny On our TBR: Worst Case Scenario by Helen...

Duration:00:41:21

Ep 124: Miles Apart with Annabel Bower

5/10/2020
A special episode: we sit down with Annabel Bower to discuss her new book Miles Apart: A Heartfelt Guide to Surviving Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Baby Loss. Annabel wrote this book after her fourth baby, Miles, was stillborn. It's a beautifully written, brave and heartbreaking story, combined with medical research and stories from other parents. Engaging and uplifting, this will be a valuable resource and great comfort for anyone suffering baby loss. Annabel recommends Grown Ups by Marian...

Duration:00:23:46

Ep 123: Isolation Reading Recommendations

5/6/2020
Anna and Annie recommend books to read in isolation. Our top 6 are: - This Lonely City by Olivia Laing - A Month in Siena by Hisham Matar - A Tale For the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki - The Summer Book by Tove Jansson translated by Thomas Teal - Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín - Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann translated by Ross Benjamin Coming up: The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld and Miles Apart with Annabel Bower. Follow us! Facebook: Books On The Go Email:...

Duration:00:25:31

Ep 122: The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness by Kyung-sook Shin translated by Ha-Yun Jung

5/3/2020
Anna and Amanda discuss the William Dean Howells Medal, awarded to Richard Powers for The Overstory. Our book of the week is The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness by Kyung-sook Shin translated by Ha-yun Jung. A coming-of-age story of a factory girl in Seoul in the 1970s, this shows a different side of the rapid development of South Korea. Cited in Korea as one of the most important literary novels of the decade. Coming up: our isolation reading recommendations. Follow us! Facebook: Books On...

Duration:00:22:12

Ep 121: An American Sunrise with Jenny Colvin

4/30/2020
A special episode: Anna chats with Jenny Colvin, host of Reading Envy, one of our favourite bookish podcasts. Our book of the week is An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States. Joy Harjo has won multiple awards for her poetry telling First Nation stories and is also an acclaimed musician. Her memoir Crazy Brave won the American Book Award. Harjo goes back to the lands of her Mvskoke Creek people in An American Sunrise. It's a slim book and the poems are...

Duration:00:38:02

Ep 120: The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel

4/26/2020
Anna and Annie discuss the Women's Prize Shortlist. Our book of the week is The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel. This is the follow-up to her hugely successful, multi-award winning pandemic novel Station Eleven. Inspired by the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, it centres on the fraudster's wife Vincent, who goes missing on a container ship. A New York Times, Newsweek and USA Today Most Anticipated Book of 2020, it's been described as 'a masterpiece' (NPR) and 'your perfect survival bunker...

Duration:00:32:26

Ep 119: Vernon Subutex by Virginie Despentes translated by Frank Wynne

4/20/2020
Anna and Amanda discuss the Stella Prize winner, See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill. Our book of the week is Vernon Subutex 1 and 2 by Virginie Despentes translated by Frank Wynne. Virginie Despentes is a sensation in France and a 'rock and roll Balzac' (Times Literary Supplement). The Vernon Subutex trilogy has been described as 'the zeitgeistiest thing I ever read' (Bustle), 'a sprawling Parisian epic' (New York Review of Books) and Volume 1 was shortlisted for the Man Booker...

Duration:00:26:58

Ep 118: The Turn of the Key with Ruth Ware

4/15/2020
A special episode: Anna chats with international number one best-seller Ruth Ware about her new thriller The Turn of the Key. We have long been fans of Ruth Ware's crime novels, from In A Dark, Dark Wood (optioned by Reese Witherspoon) to The Woman in the Cabin Ten , The Lying Game and The Death of Mrs Westaway. The Turn of the Key is a modern-day haunted house thriller - a perfect page-turner for isolation reading. Ruth recommends Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie and the podcast Reply...

Duration:00:29:01

Ep 117: The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

4/13/2020
Anna and Annie discuss the Booker International Shortlist and Annie recommends new release Phosphorescence by Julia Baird for Aussie April. Our book of the week is The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel. This is the much anticipated final book in her trilogy about Thomas Cromwell after her double Booker win with the first two novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. It's been critically acclaimed and is longlisted for the Women's Prize. High expectations for this one! Next up: The...

Duration:00:33:21

Ep 116: Lockdown Lit Fest and Women's Prize with Jamie Klingler

4/8/2020
A special episode: Anna chats with Jamie Klingler, founder of Creative Influence Alliance, the London Book Club and now working with Lockdown Lit Fest, a virtual literary festival. Jamie is reading the Women's Prize longlist and all 24 previous winners. She recommends The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames and the podcast This American Life. Next week, Anna and Annie will be reading The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel. Follow us! Facebook: Books On The Go Email:...

Duration:00:18:59