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Ep 43: Summer Reads

12/12/2018
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Anna, Annie and Amanda are back with their recommendations for summer books. Your beach holiday reads are sorted! Books discussed: Normal People by Sally Rooney (and see episode 27) The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, translated by Philip Gabriel My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Pachinko by Min Jin Lee The Bookshop of the Broken-Hearted by Robert Hillman Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag (and see ep 9) Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh The Lost Man by Jane...

Duration:00:24:35

Ep 42: Disoriental by Négar Djavadi translated by Tina Kover

12/9/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss the winner of the Staunch prize, On Java Ridge by Jock Serong. Our book of the week is Disoriental by Négar Djavadi translated by Tina Kover. This debut novel is the story of Kimiâ, who flees Iran aged 10 and now lives in exile in Paris. It weaves her family history with the story of Iran. Winner of numerous awards, this is a lyrical book, beautifully translated. A challenging but valuable read. Next week, Anna and Amanda are reading The Last Girl by Nadia Murad...

Duration:00:28:18

Ep 41: Top Reads of 2018

12/5/2018
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Anna, Annie and Amanda pick their top reads of 2018. Drum roll.... Non-Fiction Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Edo-Lodge The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain Lost Connections by Johann Hari Fiction The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton Winter by Ali Smith Children's (8 - 12) Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend The Murderer's Ape by Jakob Wegelius A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg Picture Books All The Ways to...

Duration:00:23:12

Ep 40: The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

12/2/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss Margaret Atwood's sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, Testaments, due out in September 2019. And one of our favourites, Normal People by Sally Rooney, is Waterstones' book of the year. Our book of the week is The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose. Winner of the Stella Prize in 2017, the Christina Stead prize and recently launched in New York with Marina Abramovic, this is a beautiful book. It more than lives up to the hype! Next week, Anna and Amanda will be...

Duration:00:25:15

Ep 39: There There by Tommy Orange

11/25/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss recent book to screen adaptations and the Jaipur Literary Festival in Adelaide. Our book of the week is There There by Tommy Orange. A New York Times best-seller, described as 'the year's most galvanising debut novel' (Entertainment Weekly) and 'a thunderclap' (Marlon James), it was long-listed for the National Book Awards. Next week, Anna and Annie will be reading Disoriental by Négar Djavadi. Follow us! Facebook: Books On The Go Email:...

Duration:00:22:03

Ep 38: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

11/17/2018
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Anna and Annie are excited to hear that Heather Rose's Stella Prize-winning novel The Museum of Modern Love has been sold into the UK and US markets, as well as the news that we'll be getting a new title from bestselling Australian author, Graeme Simsion, in 2019. Our book of the week is The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, a retelling of the Iliad from the perspective of the Trojan Queen-turned-slave, Briseis. Barker's working class origins lend a novel view to this ancient story but...

Duration:00:23:03

Ep 37: Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak

11/11/2018
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Annie, Anna and Amanda discuss the top 10 best-sellers and the line-up for Adelaide Writers' Week in March 2019. Our book of the week is Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak, - his highly anticipated follow-up to The Book Thief. It's been described as 'exquisitely written' (Publishers Weekly) and a 'big-hearted, multi-generational Australian epic' (Good Weekend magazine). Does it live up to the hype? We didn't think so -but had fun discussing it! Next week, Anna and Annie are reading The Silence...

Duration:00:37:04

Ep 36: Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope

11/4/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss the Prime Minister's Awards shortlists; and the alternative Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to Maryse Conde. Our book of the week is Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope. The true story of the 1MDB scandal involving Jho Low, the Malaysian Prime Minster and The Wolf of Wall Street, soon to be made into a movie by the producers of Crazy Rich Asians. Is there such a thing as a financial thriller? Next week, Anna, Annie and Amanda are reading...

Duration:00:31:55

Ep 35: Trick by Domenico Starnone

10/30/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss the CWA Dagger Awards, with the Gold Dagger going to The Liar by Steve Cavanagh. Closer to home, Amanda saw Julia Gillard interview Anne Summers and is inspired to read Unfettered and Alive. Our book of the week is Trick by Domenico Starnone, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri. A duel between an old artist and his grandson plays out in a Naples apartment. This realist drama by an Italian maestro comes with ghosts and Henry James - what more can we say? Next week, Anna,...

Duration:00:20:22

Ep 34: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

10/28/2018
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Anna and Amanda discuss the Man Booker 2018 winner: Milkman by Anna Burns. We loved this (see episode 25 for our discussion)! Apparently it's superb on audio so we recommend that - let us know if you've read (or listened to) it! Closer to home, Jennifer Downs has won the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction with Pulse Points. Our book of the week is Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. The author of three New York Times No. 1 best-sellers including Big Little Lies, Moriarty...

Duration:00:23:19

Ep 33: The Lost Man by Jane Harper

10/22/2018
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Anna and Annie discuss Super Thursday, the National Book Awards finalists and a new report on the book market down under. Our book of the week is The Lost Man by Jane Harper. Harper has won numerous awards for The Dry; this is her latest, a stand-alone novel set in outback Australia with her trademark atmospheric suspense. We loved it! Next week, Anna and Amanda will be reading Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. Follow us! Facebook: Books on the Go Email:...

Duration:00:31:06

Ep 32: 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 31: 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 30: 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 29: 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 28: 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 27: 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 26: 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