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The Sunday Salon is a podcast celebrating brilliant books and the women who write them, hosted by journalist Alice-Azania Jarvis. Each week she chats to an inspiring female author about her work, her career, how she writes, what she reads and everything in between. This is not some academic textual analysis – it’s about finding the stories behind the stories, and celebrating joy that books bring, no matter what genre, or style. Tune in each Sunday to hear from guests including How Do You Like Me Now author Holly Bourne, Ordinary People’s Diana Evans, The Reading Cure’s Laura Freeman, and Nell Stevens, author of Mrs Gaskell and Me.

The Sunday Salon is a podcast celebrating brilliant books and the women who write them, hosted by journalist Alice-Azania Jarvis. Each week she chats to an inspiring female author about her work, her career, how she writes, what she reads and everything in between. This is not some academic textual analysis – it’s about finding the stories behind the stories, and celebrating joy that books bring, no matter what genre, or style. Tune in each Sunday to hear from guests including How Do You Like Me Now author Holly Bourne, Ordinary People’s Diana Evans, The Reading Cure’s Laura Freeman, and Nell Stevens, author of Mrs Gaskell and Me.
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The Sunday Salon is a podcast celebrating brilliant books and the women who write them, hosted by journalist Alice-Azania Jarvis. Each week she chats to an inspiring female author about her work, her career, how she writes, what she reads and everything in between. This is not some academic textual analysis – it’s about finding the stories behind the stories, and celebrating joy that books bring, no matter what genre, or style. Tune in each Sunday to hear from guests including How Do You Like Me Now author Holly Bourne, Ordinary People’s Diana Evans, The Reading Cure’s Laura Freeman, and Nell Stevens, author of Mrs Gaskell and Me.

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Episodes

Ottessa Moshfegh

5/19/2019
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My guest this week is Ottessa Moshfegh, author of My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Set in New York City in the year 2000, it tells the story of a wealthy young woman who decides to go into hibernation with a cocktail of sedatives. Recently released in paperback, it’s darkly funny and wonderfully, unashamedly strange. Ottessa is undoubtedly one of the most original voices in fiction today, whose stories share an intriguing sense of the grotesque - and I found our conversation, which took in...

Duration:00:35:10

BONUS EP: Yvonne Battle-Felton

5/14/2019
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Yvonne Battle Felton’s brilliant novel Remembered tells the story of Spring, an emancipated slave whose son Edward has been accused of driving a streetcar into a shop window. I love this book - and am not surprised that it was longlisted for The Women’s Prize For Fiction. This is also my first ever live episode - I spoke to Yvonne for the monthly literary salon I host at the Ned hotel in London so it is recorded there. We discussed her decision to leave the US for the UK, why rejection can...

Duration:00:41:05

Alex Holder

5/12/2019
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My guest this week is Alex Holder, whose book Open Up: The Power of Talking About Money aims to break the taboo around money by encouraging us to be more open about what we earn and how we spend, save and deal with debt. It’s a brilliant read – hugely relatable and relevant, and it might just change your life. We talk about all of this, as well as how to say no to hen parties, the mental health toll of feeling financially out of control, and how we can all get on top of our money. Buy Open...

Duration:00:42:09

Sophie Mackintosh

5/5/2019
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My guest this week is Sophie Mackintosh, whose debut novel The Water Cure was the subject of a seven-way bidding war. Telling the story of three sisters whose parents have brought them up on an isolated island to inoculate them from the dangers presented by men and a toxic world, it won rave reviews, was longlisted for The Booker Prize, and has recently come out in paperback. I LOVED talking to Sophie - we talk about how growing up speaking Welsh made her a better writer, how she wrote The...

Duration:00:37:29

Sharlene Teo

4/28/2019
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I have a special affinity with Sharlene. One of the characters in her remarkable novel Ponti, which has just been released in paperback, is a former cult horror actress. My mum is also a former cult horror actress. That’s where the similarities end - but it feels fittingly spooky given the super-natural aspects of Ponti, a sweeping tale of friendship and jealousy, which won the inaugural Deborah Rogers writers’ award and was described by none other than Ian McEwan as “remarkable.” I loved...

Duration:00:35:10

Candice Carty-Williams

4/21/2019
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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams is my favourite debut of the year so far - I’m not surprised it was the subject of a bidding war. It tells the story of Queenie Jenkins, a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, who works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white, middle-class peers. When she breaks up with her long-term boyfriend, she enters a period of anxiety, and awful relationships. I LOVE this book - it’s funny and poignant and...

Duration:00:36:26

Elizabeth Day

4/14/2019
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Elizabeth Day is an award-winning author and journalist - and host of the brilliantly successful and totally riveting podcast How To Fail with Elizabeth Day, in which she interviews the likes of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alastair Campbell and Lily Allen about the things that haven’t gone right in life. Having published four novels, including the 2017 smash-hit The Party, she has just released her fifth book, also called How To Fail. Part memoir, part mediation on the power of failure, it takes...

Duration:00:41:51

Lynn Enright

4/7/2019
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My guest this week is the remarkable Lynn Enright, whose book Vagina: A Re-education is, well, exactly that. Taking in everything from biological myths, to the penis-centric bias of modern sex education, to reproductive rights, fertility, FGM, the orgasm gap, sexual health, periods and the period industry, it is utterly brilliant and essential reading whether you are in possession of a vagina or not. Lynn is also a successful journalist who was a vocal campaigner in Ireland’s Repeal the...

Duration:00:41:30

Laura Freeman

3/31/2019
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My guest this week is Laura Freeman, author of The Reading Cure - an incredibly moving but also totally life-affirming memoir about how reading helped her enjoy food again after suffering anorexia. Last year the book saw her shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, and it was named one of books of the year by the Times, the Telegraph and the Spectator – and it has just been released in paperback. As well as being an author, Laura is also a successful journalist and...

Duration:00:29:35

BONUS EPSIODE: Emily Hill

3/26/2019
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It’s my first ever bonus episode! To celebrate my birthday (narcissistic much?), I’m releasing this very special episode with Emily Hill, whose short story collection Bad Romance recently came out in paperback. She is ferociously clever, funny and creative and was totally fascinating to talk to. We talk about crap flatshares, our shared history as gossip columnists, why modern romance is rubbish - and how she came to crowdfund Bad Romance’s publication. Buy Bad Romance at...

Duration:00:31:34

Daisy Buchanan

3/24/2019
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My guest this week is the author and journalist Daisy Buchanan, whose brilliant second book, The Sisterhood, is a love letter to the women who have shaped her – including her five sisters. We talk about friendship and family, going on TV, how it feels to write about difficult subjects (such as her eating disorder and experience of abuse), the highs and lows of social media, trolling, comparison culture and more. She is so funny and clever and warm - a total joy to speak to. I hope you enjoy...

Duration:00:45:33

Diana Evans

3/17/2019
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Ordinary People by Diana Evans is one of my favorite books about love and relationships ever. Newly available in paperback, it examines the gradually crumbling relationship of former golden couple Melissa and Michael and tackles big subjects such as the tension between motherhood and creativity. I found talking to Diana totally fascinating. We spoke about how the terrible pain of her twin sister’s suicide prompted her to write her first book, 26a, why depicting middle-class black Londoners...

Duration:00:33:56

Rose McGowan

3/10/2019
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Rose McGowan is an actor, artist and activist, whose astonishing memoir Brave details her journey from growing up in the Children of God cult to Hollywood, where she became a film icon but also suffered the most appalling sexism and abuse. Rose, of course, has been one of the key voices in the #MeToo movement. Since speaking about her experiences, industries from fashion to politics have been convulsed by similar allegations in what has undoubtedly been, as she puts it in Brave, “a...

Duration:00:39:22

Sophie Kinsella

3/3/2019
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Sophie Kinsella is a publishing legend, who has sold more than 40 million books worldwide, including the iconic Shopaholic series, which became a Hollywood film, Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring Isla Fisher. As she publishes her new novel, I Owe You One, we discuss emotional labour, the controversial term "chick lit", how women's writing is undervalued, and why she buys her Christmas presents in Oxfam. She also tells me how CBT has helped her anxiety, why mobile phones have ruined...

Duration:00:41:13

Charly Cox

2/24/2019
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Charly Cox is bringing poetry to a new generation. In her best-selling collection She Must Be Mad, she tackles mental illness, sex and body image. She was utterly fascinating to speak to – so incredibly warm and honest. We talk about her diagnosis, at 17, with bipolar II, society’s hierarchy of mental illnesses, why she hates the label “insta-poet”, writing as a form of therapy, why she reads aloud every day – and she reveals the details of her next project. She also tells me the one piece...

Duration:00:42:45

Olivia Sudjic

2/17/2019
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My guest this week is the phenomenal Olivia Sudjic, author of the 2017 hit Sympathy, a riveting tale of obsession described by The Observer as “Alice through the looking glass for the Instagram generation” as well as “inventive and highly charged” by the Telegraph and (my personal favourite) “an absolute fizz” by the Spectator. Last year, she followed it up with Exposure, a brilliant collection of essays about anxiety and female creativity. We cover everything from online stalking and the...

Duration:00:47:13

Lucy Vine

2/10/2019
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Warning: there is a LOT of laughter in this episode. In a Valentine’s Day special (or should that be an anti-Valentine’s Day special?), I’m joined by Lucy Vine, the bestselling author of Hot Mess, What Fresh Hell, and Are We Nearly There Yet? We talk about how Lucy started writing novels because she was fed up with clichéd depictions of single women, as well as her childhood spent hiding in the loo reading books, the curse of Bridget Jones, finishing a book in eight weeks (yes, really), and...

Duration:00:38:40

Farrah Storr

2/3/2019
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My guest this week is the phenomenal Farrah Storr, author of The Discomfort Zone, one of the most thought-provoking and useful books I read last year. Farrah manages to squeeze in a few other things too. As Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, she took a struggling magazine brand and turned it around, increasing its circulation 59% to become the highest-selling British glossy. Before that, she was the launch Editor of Women’s Health, the most successful magazine launch of the decade. She’s also...

Duration:00:38:46

Holly Bourne

1/27/2019
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Her best-selling book How Do You Like Me Now? was both wildly funny and brilliantly perceptive – and I can confirm that Holly Bourne is both of these things, not to mention clever, kind and wise. We talk about everything from the surreal pressure society puts on 30-something women, to conquering stage fright (Holly used to get so nervous before public speaking that she would be sick) and why she started rationing her news intake in 2016. She also reveals how she comes up with her ideas – a...

Duration:00:34:52

Trailer

1/9/2019
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The Sunday Salon is a podcast celebrating brilliant books and the women who write them, hosted by journalist Alice-Azania Jarvis. Each week she chats to an inspiring female author about her work, her career, how she writes, what she reads and everything in between. This is not some academic textual analysis – it’s about finding the stories behind the stories, and celebrating the joy that books bring, no matter what genre, or style. Tune in each Sunday to hear from guests including How Do You...

Duration:00:00:57