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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...

Duration:00:26:15

Ep 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

Episode 12: Delirium by Laura Restrepo

6/25/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss book news: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie has won the Women's Prize for Fiction and Annie has the latest top 10 best-sellers. Our book of the week is Delirium by Lara Restrepo. A Colombian novel described as 'stunning' (Washington Post), 'disconcertingly lovely' (New York Times) and 'one of the finest novels written in recent memory' (Jose Saramago), this one kept us on our toes! Next week Anna and Amanda are reading Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. Follow...

Duration:00:22:04

Episode 11: From the Wreck by Jane Rawson

6/20/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss book news: Liane Moriarty has a new book coming out, Nine Perfect Strangers. Set at a health retreat, it sounds perfectly intriguing! And we chat about the Women's Prize. Our book of the week is From The Wreck by Jane Rawson. Winner of the Aurealis prize and longlisted for the Miles Franklin, this is a highly original novel by a talented Australian author. Next week, Anna and Annie are reading Delirium by Laura Restrepo.

Duration:00:20:56

Episode 10: The End by Fernanda Torres

6/17/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss book news: Philip Roth has passed away. Should we read more of his books? And the Miles Franklin longlist has been announced. Our book of the week is The End by Fernanda Torres, translated by Alison Entrekin. A lively story set in Rio de Janeiro, these five men were fun to hate! Next week Anna and Amanda will be reading From The Wreck by Jane Rawson. Follow us: Facebook: Books On The Go Instagram: @abailliekaras and @mr_annie Twitter: @abailliekaras and...

Duration:00:19:04

Episode 9: Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag

6/15/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss the late Tom Wolfe, the Wodehouse prize for comic fiction and the British Book Awards. Our book of the week is Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag, translated by Srinath Perur. A New York Times Critics' Top Book of 2017, finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, it's been described as 'a modern classic'. And all in only 118 pages! Next week, Anna and Annie will be reading The End by Fernanda Torres.

Duration:00:14:38

Episode 8: Tracker by Alexis Wright

6/12/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss books news: the #MeToo movement has hit author Junot Diaz and the Nobel Prize. Our book of the week is Tracker by Alexis Wright. This collective biography of Tracker Tilmouth won the Stella Prize. Original, epic and thought-provoking, it hurt our brains a little bit, in a good way. Next week, Anna and Amanda will be reading Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag.

Duration:00:29:22

Episode 7: All That Man Is by David Szalay

6/11/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss the ABIA awards: winners include Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend, See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt, The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham, The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krassnostein and Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes. We're adding a few to our list! Our book of the week is All That Man Is by David Szalay. Next week, Anna and Annie will be reading Tracker by Alexis Wright.

Duration:00:19:50

Episode 6: The Red Parts by Maggie Neslon

6/10/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss books news: Amazon has sold out of Michelle McNamara's book I'll Be Gone In The Dark after news that the Golden State Killer has been arrested. Our book of the week is The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson, a true account of her attending the trial of her aunt's accused killer. Next week, Anna and Amanda will be reading All That Man Is by David Szalay.

Duration:00:16:27

Episode 5: Circe by Madeline Miller

6/8/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss this week's best-sellers, including Haruki Murakami's Men Without Women and Meg Wolitzer's The Female Persuasion. Our book of the week is new release Circe by Madeline Miller. Next week, Anna and Amanda will be reading All That Man Is by David Szalay.

Duration:00:18:26

Episode 4: The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton

6/3/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss the Pulitzer Prize winners, including Less by Andrew Sean Greer and DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar. Our book of the week is The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton. Winton is an Australian 'Living Treasure' and has won the Miles Franklin award four times. Will this be his fifth? Next week, Anna and Annie will be reading Circe by Madeline Miller. Credits: Artwork by Sascha Wilkosz.

Duration:00:20:06

Episode 3: In The Garden Of The Fugitives by Ceridwen Dovey

6/1/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss book news: Tracker by Alexis Wright has won the Stella prize for Australian women's writing. Our book of the week is In The Garden Of The Fugitives by Ceridwen Dovey. She has been called "one of the most exciting writers working in Australia today" (Readings) and this novel has been praised by Kirkus Reviews, The Australian and The Herald Sun. But what did Anna and Annie think? Next week, Anna and Amanda will be reading The Shepherd's Hut by Tim...

Duration:00:22:42

Episode 2: Sight by Jessie Greengrass

5/30/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss book news: a new Harry Potter game and a TV adaptation of Australian classic Picnic at Hanging Rock. Our book of the week is Sight by Jessie Greengrass, shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction. Next week, Anna and Annie will be reading In The Garden Of The Fugitives by Ceridwen Dovey.

Duration:00:15:33