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Ep 31: Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

10/15/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss the Nobel Peace Prize and Nadia Murad's book The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against The Islamic State. Our book of the week is Clock Dance by Anne Tyler. Tyler has won numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons, and was short-listed for the Man Booker prize in 2015 for A Spool of Blue Thread. Is she the queen of domestic realism? Next week, Anna and Annie will be reading The Lost Man by Jane Harper. Follow us! Facebook:...

Duration:00:20:28

Ep 30: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

10/8/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss the Goldsmiths Prize and Baillie Gifford Prize shortlists. Our book of the week is 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. Described as 'a guru for our times', Harari tackles today's most urgent issues. This is a whistle-stop tour of world history, from ancient China to fake news and Facebook. Grab a strong coffee and join us! Next week, Anna and Amanda will be reading Clock Dance by Anne Tyler. Then Anna and Annie will be back with The Lost Man by...

Duration:00:33:24

Ep 29: Snap by Belinda Bauer

10/5/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss the New York Times and Sunday Times best-sellers. Our book of the week is Snap by Belinda Bauer. A Sunday Times best-seller, it was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2018, but is it Booker-worthy? Next week, Anna and Annie are reading 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. Follow us! Facebook: Books On The Go Email: booksonthegopodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @abailliekaras@gmail.com Instagram: @abailliekaras@gmail.com and...

Duration:00:18:37

Ep 28: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

10/1/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss the Man Booker 2018 shortlist. Our book of the week is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. A story of slavery and the chance of a second life (complete with a hot air balloon), it has just been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It's not our favourite on the list (but what do we know!). Next week, Anna and Amanda will be reading Snap by Belinda Bauer. Follow us! Facebook: Books On The Go Email: booksonthegopodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @abailliekaras and...

Duration:00:31:34

Ep 27: Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

9/24/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss the National Book Awards longlists. Our book of the week is Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton. Compared to John Irving (The Australian) it's 'profound and witty' (Sydney Morning Herald), 'unputdownable' (David Wenham) and has become a word-of-mouth sensation. Next week, Anna and Annie will be reading Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. Then Anna and Amanda will be back with Snap by Belinda Bauer. Follow us! Facebook: Books On The Go Email:...

Duration:00:20:25

Ep 26: Normal People by Sally Rooney

9/17/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss the top 10 best-sellers and the release of Fear by Bob Woodward. Our book of the week is Normal People by Sally Rooney. Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2018 and hailed by the Guardian as a 'future classic', it's compulsively readable. Why has it struck such a chord? Next week, Anna and Amanda will be reading Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton. Then Anna and Annie will be back with Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. Follow us! Facebook: Books On The...

Duration:00:24:19

Ep 25: Milkman by Anna Burns

9/9/2018
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Anna and Annie have an update on the New Nobel Prize and the Ned Kelly Awards for crime. Our book of the week is Milkman by Anna Burns, which has made this year's Man Booker longlist. It is nominally set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the 70s (although this is never explicitly stated) and follows a young woman trying to fly under the radar in dangerous and unusual times. Both Anna and Annie found it a challenging read, but was the struggle worth it? Next week, Anna and Amanda...

Duration:00:35:23

Ep 25: The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

9/3/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss the Miles Franklin Literary Award, which has been won by Michelle de Kretser for The Life to Come. Our book of the week is The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner, National Book Award finalist for The Flamethrowers. Her latest novel, set in a women's prison in California, has been long-listed for the Man Booker prize. Described as 'unflinching and immersive', but also 'bleak', it has divided critics. What did Anna and Amanda think? And will it make the Booker...

Duration:00:25:30

Ep 24: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

8/29/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss the Jaipur Literary Festival coming to Adelaide, and Barack Obama's summer reading list. Our book of the week is An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. A study of the marriage of two young black people in American and what happens when Roy is wrongfully imprisoned, this was an Oprah Book Club pick and one of Obama's summer reads. Will it live up to the hype? Next week, Anna and Amanda are reading The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. Follow us! Facebook: Books On The...

Duration:00:29:10

Ep 23: Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

8/26/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss upcoming book releases by Khaled Hosseini, Marcus Zusak and Liane Moriarty. Our book of the week is Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. Borne from a blog post that went viral, this became a Sunday Times best-seller, Foyles' and Blackwell's non-fiction Book of the Year 2017 and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. Everyone has been talking about it (ironically). Our verdict? It's a must-read. Next...

Duration:00:29:11

Ep 22: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

8/21/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss the Not The Booker shortlist. We're doing better with this one and have read two of the books already! Our book of the week is Everything Under by Daisy Johnson. A debut novel after her striking collection Fen, this mixes family drama, inventive language and Greek myth in a modern way that will leave you thinking. It has been long-listed for the Man Booker prize. Next week, Anna and Amanda are reading Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni...

Duration:00:23:00

Ep 21: Dear Friend, From My Life I Write To You In Your Life by Yiyun Li

8/17/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss the Man Booker Longlist and make a 'Snap' decision to read The Mars Room (see what we did there). Our book of the week is Dear Friend, From My Life I Write To You in Your Life by Yiyun Li. A memoir of reading and her battle with depression, it's a melancholy but beautiful read. It certainly challenged us! Next week, Anna and Annie will be reading Everything Under by Daisy Johnson. Follow us! Facebook: Books On The Go Email:...

Duration:00:21:37

Episode 20: Crudo by Olivia Laing

8/13/2018
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We've got some new entries into the Australian top 10 books alongside some familiar names this week. Anna also caught the author of our book of the week, Olivia Laing, in London. You too can hear Laing in conversation with Ali Smith on the London Review Bookshop podcast. The book of the week itself is Crudo, which is an experimental novel set in the tail end of 2017. It's a madcamp romp that reanimates Kathy Acker into the post-Trump, post-Brexit world - the perfect mouthpiece to narrate...

Duration:00:24:48

Episode 19: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

8/6/2018
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This week it's all about the Man Booker Prize with Anna and Annie. Anna was in London to coincide with the announcement of the Golden Booker, celebrating 50 years of the Man Booker Prize. While she was there, she was lucky enough to hear previous winners, Peter Carey and Julian Barnes, in conversation. Our book of the week is Paulette Jiles' News of the World, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2016. A gentle, poetic Western-cum-road novel, News of the World explores ideas...

Duration:00:26:15

Episode 18: Winter by Ali Smith

7/30/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss the trend in celebrity book clubs with Jimmy Fallon hosting Tonight Show Summer Reads. And the Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction has been awarded to We That Are Young by Preti Taneja. We're adding it to our list! Our book of the week is Winter by Ali Smith. This is the second in her seasonal quartet novels set in post-Brexit Britain. We loved Autumn, and Winter is just as good if not better. One of our top books of 2018! Next week, Anna and Annie are reading ...

Duration:00:17:40

Episode 17: Wise Children by Angela Carter

7/22/2018
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Anna and Annie talk about the newly announced alternative to the cancelled Nobel Prize for Literature amidst the scandal surrounding the Swedish Academy. Our book of the week is Wise Children by Angela Carter, a magical, sequined romp through 100 years of show business. There's Shakespeare, debauchery, twins, feasts and fire simply oozing out of this novel. Next week, Anna and Amanda are reading Winter by Ali Smith. Follow us: Facebook: Books On The Go Twitter:...

Duration:00:22:49

Episode 16: Less by Andrew Sean Greer

7/16/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss the New York Times bestsellers, including The President Is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton. Our book of the week is Less by Andrew Sean Greer. A comic novel about a writer traveling the world to avoid his ex-boyfriend's wedding, it won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Next week, Anna and Annie are reading Wise Children by Angela Carter. Follow us: Facebook: Books On The Go Twitter: @abailliekaras Instagram: @abailliekaras and...

Duration:00:17:49

Episode 15: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

7/9/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss book news: Michael Lewis has signed his latest book deal with Audible as audio-book sales keep growing. Our book of the week is Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. He's known for The English Patient, which has just won the Golden Booker prize. But did Anna and Amanda enjoy his latest novel? Next week, Anna and Amanda will be reading Less by Andrew Sean Greer. Follow us: Facebook: Books On The Go Twitter: @abailliekaras Instagram: @abailliekaras and...

Duration:00:20:39

Episode 14: The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

7/5/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss book news: the Stella Count is in. Has gender balance in publishing improved? Our book of the week is The Passion by Jeanette Winterson. Set in Boulogne and Venice during the Napoleonic Wars, hugely praised, it has been on our to-read list for years. Expectations are high! Next week, Anna and Amanda will be reading Warlight by Michael Ondaatje.

Duration:00:22:15

Episode 13: Dark Pines by Will Dean

6/27/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss book news: Mike McCormack has won the Dublin Literary Award for Solar Bones. And we're looking forward to these book-to-screen adaptations: Crazy Rich Asians, Women in Black and Disobedience. Our book of the week is Dark Pines by Will Dean. A Swedish noir crime thriller - perfect winter reading! Next week, Anna and Annie will be back with The Passion by Jeanette Winterson.

Duration:00:19:06