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Books + is the one-stop destination for bibliophiles, a digest of the week’s best interviews about books and writing across RN. Presented by Kate Evans.

Books + is the one-stop destination for bibliophiles, a digest of the week’s best interviews about books and writing across RN. Presented by Kate Evans.
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Brisbane, QLD

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Books + is the one-stop destination for bibliophiles, a digest of the week’s best interviews about books and writing across RN. Presented by Kate Evans.

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English

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Books + ABC Radio National GPO Box 9994 Brisbane 4001


Episodes

On Melissa Broder's The Pisces, Audrey Schulman's Theory of Bastards and V S Naipaul - with writers Felicity Castagna, Margo Lanagan and Khalid Warsame

8/16/2018
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Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh with novels about animals, sex and research (and a few other things)

Duration:00:53:58

On crime writer Ann Cleeves, Laura Elizabeth Woollett's Beautiful Revolutionary, Simon Mawer's Prague Spring and A People's History of the Vampire Uprising

8/9/2018
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Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh with crime writer Ann Cleeves, historian David Girt, memoirist Vicki Laveau-Harvie and bookseller Jennifer Stephens - and a whole lot of revolutionary novels.

Duration:00:53:56

On Melissa Lucashenko's Too Much Lip, Chris Hammer's Scrublands and Gregory Day's A Sand Archive

8/2/2018
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Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh with literary academic Nicole Moore and the Sydney Story Factory's Catherine Keenan on Melissa Lucashenko's Too Much Lip, Chris Hammer's Scrublands and Gregory Day's A Sand Archive

Duration:00:53:56

On Maria Vargas Llosa, Libby Page's The Lido, Sharlene Teo's Ponti and Tim Ayliffe's The Greater Good

7/26/2018
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Kate and Cassie disagree (again!) about Mario Vargas Llosa's The Neighbourhood, writers Bridie Jabour and Sheila Pham review debut novels by Libby Page and Sharlene Teo, and journo and novelist Tim Ayliffe reveals his crime and suspense filled bookshelves

Duration:00:53:56

On Tara Isabella Burton's Social Creature, Barry Hill's Reason and Lovelessness, Natasha Lester's The Paris Seamstress and Sunni Overend's The Rules of Backyard Croquet

7/19/2018
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Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh are at loggerheads this week over Tara Isabella Burton's Social Creature, and you'll hear from the American writer herself. Barry Hill reveals a career shaped by encounters with writers and writing, and Sally Seltman reviews two Australian novels.

Duration:00:53:52

On Rachel Cusk's Kudos, Maria Tumarkin's Axiomatic and Kim Scott's bookshelf

7/12/2018
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Novelists Mireille Juchau and Susan Johnson join Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh to discuss Rachel Cusk's Kudos and Maria Tumarkin's Axiomatic; and Kim Scott reveals the bookshelf that shaped him

Duration:00:53:56

Barbara Kingsolver, Alexander McCall Smith and why some novelists disappear

7/5/2018
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Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh with what Alexander McCall Smith reads (hint, there's a collection of poetry in his pocket), why Barbara Kingsolver reads at traffic lights, and Christopher Fowler on The Book of Forgotten Authors

Duration:00:53:59

On Enza Gandolfo's The Bridge, Hallgrímur Helgason's The Woman at 1000 Degrees, The Book Ninja & Michael Robotham's The Other Wife

6/28/2018
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Writers, readers and reviews Michael Robotham, Robyn Annear, Anthony Funnel, Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus join Kate Evans to talk books books books.

Duration:00:53:59

On Peter Cochrane's The Making of Martin Sparrow, Willy Vlautin's Don't Skip Out on Me, Meg Wolitzer's The Female Persuasion and Sally Seltman's bookshelf

6/21/2018
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Kate and Cassie are joined by readers and reviewers, historian Stephen Gapps, novelist Peggy Frew and essayist Michael Dulaney.

Duration:00:53:51

Poet A F Harrold; Claire G Coleman, Melanie Cheng and Felicity Castagna telling 'home truths' through fiction; and SF writer Jay Kristoff

6/14/2018
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English poet and children's book author A F Harrold reveals how libraries have shaped him; writers Melanie Cheng, Felicity Castagna and Claire G Coleman discuss how fiction might illuminate the most difficult aspects of our national life; and sci-fi and fantasy author Jay Kristoff reflects on the bookshelves that made him.

Duration:00:53:58

Writer Erik Jensen on Helen Garner and Jim Crace's The Melody, historian Clare Corbould on Charles Frazier's Varina and Nathaniel Rich's King Zeno, Kate and Cassie on Kit de Waal's The Trick to Time and Irish writer Danny Denton on the bookshelf that made

6/7/2018
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It’s the twentieth edition of RN’s weekly review of new fiction, and never in the short history of The Bookshelf has there been so much loathing for a novel! Which is the book that will generate so much dislike and despair? You will need to listen to find out.

Duration:00:53:58

Aminatta Forna's Happiness, Emily O'Grady's The Yellow House, Meena Kandasamy's When I Hit You, Joseph Cassara's The House of Impossible Beauties and Westwords

5/31/2018
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Kate and Cassie discuss Aminatta Forna's Happiness, Emily O'Grady's The Yellow House, Meena Kandasamy's When I Hit You, Joseph Cassara's The House of Impossible Beauties and Westwords — with Emily O'Grady, Chloë Cooper and Michael Campbell

Duration:00:53:51

Raymond E Feist's King of Ashes, Kate Mosse's The Burning Chambers and Lisa Genova's Every Note Played

5/24/2018
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Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh are joined by George Williams on Raymond E Feist's King of Ashes, by Fiona Lowe on Kate Mosse's The Burning Chambers and by Lynne Malcolm on Lisa Genova's Every Note Played

Duration:00:53:51

Christos Tsiolkas on Patrick White, Stuart Coupe on Irvine Welsh's Dead Men's Trousers, Eleanor Limprecht on Alicia Drake's I Love You Too Much and Jonathan Green on Meanjin's short fiction collection

5/17/2018
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Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh have a great stack of books and readers to share with you: Christos Tsiolkas on Patrick White, Stuart Coupe on Irvine Welsh's Dead Men's Trousers, Eleanor Limprecht on Alicia Drake's I Love You Too Much and Jonathan Green on Meanjin's short fiction collection

Duration:00:53:51

On Michael Ondaatje's Warlight, Jenny Ackland's Little Gods, Charmaine Craig's Miss Burma and David Peace's Patient X.

5/10/2018
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Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh are joined by journalist Stephen Romei as they disagree over Michael Ondaatje's Warlight, by novelist Suzanne Leal to discuss Jenny Ackland's Little Gods and David Peace's Patient X, and by academic and biographer Bernadette Brennan to ponder Charmaine Craig's Miss Burma.

Duration:00:53:51

Cassie and Kate present the Bookshelf live from the Sydney Writers Festival with Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan and Tayari Jones

5/3/2018
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What books will these three extraordinary writers offer up as influential titles on their own bookshelves? Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan and Tayari Jones step onto the stage to share the reading that has made them.

Duration:00:54:41

Laura Lindstedt's Oneiron, Madeline Miller's Circe, Bridie Jabour's The Way Things Should Be and Madeleine Seys on Fashion and Narrative in Victorian Popular Literature

4/26/2018
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Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh are joined by Maria Takolander and Tamara Neal to talk Laura Lindstedt's Oneiron, Madeline Miller's Circe, Bridie Jabour's The Way Things Should Be and Madeline Seys is along on Fashion and Narrative in Victorian Popular Literature

Duration:00:53:51

Rodney Hall's A Stolen Season, Leïla Slimani's Lullaby, Imogen Hermes Gowar's The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock and Natasha Lester's bookshelf that made her

4/19/2018
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Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh are joined by novelist Sandra Leigh Price and political scientist Shaun Crowe as they discuss Rodney Hall's A Stolen Season, Leïla Slimani's Lullaby, Imogen Hermes Gowar's The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, and Natasha Lester reveals the fashion-filled bookshelf that made her in light of her novel The Paris Seamstress.

Duration:00:53:51

Review discussions of Gail Jones' The Death of Noah Glass, Antonio Muñoz Molina's Like a Fading Shadow, Åsne Seierstad's Two Sisters and Heidi Sopinka's The Dictionary of Animal Languages

4/12/2018
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Kate and Cassie are joined by reviewers Luke Stegemann, Sonya Voumard and Bri Lee as they discuss Gail Jones' The Death of Noah Glass, Antonio Muñoz Molina's Like a Fading Shadow, Åsne Seierstad's Two Sisters and Heidi Sopinka's The Dictionary of Animal Languages.

Duration:00:53:51

Robert Hillman's The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, Robyn Cadwallader's Book of Colours, Dervla McTiernan's The Rúin & Mick McCoy's What the Light Reveals

4/5/2018
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Mediaeval historian Kimberley Knight and Sisters in Crime's Robyn Walton join Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh as they discuss four new books by Australian writers. Novels set in regional Victoria in the 1960s, England in the 1320s, in contemporary Ireland and inside Cold War suspicion. (Robert Hillman's The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, Robyn Cadwallader's Book of Colours, Dervla McTiernan's The Rúin & Mick McCoy's What the Light Reveals.)

Duration:00:53:51