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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

Podcast Extra edition: with Fiona Wright, Kimberley Knight, Stephanie Bishop and Moreno Giovannoni

11/19/2018
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You did what with your salad spinner? Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh continue their bookish conversation with poet Fiona Wright and historian Kimberley Knight, and writers Stephanie Bishop and Moreno Giovannoni share the bookshelves that shaped them

Duration:00:36:15

On Anna Burns' Milkman, Esi Edugyan's Washington Black and Philip Teir's The Summer House

11/15/2018
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Kate and Cassie are joined by essayist Fiona Wright and historian Kimberley Knight as they discuss Anna Burns' Irish novel Milkman, Esi Edugyan's story of slavery and escape Washington Black and a Finnish novel of claustrophobic decay, The Summer House. Oh, and there are saints and tears in the mix too.

Duration:00:54:06

On Robert Graves' Good-Bye to All That and a coda for Vera Brittain

11/9/2018
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A conversation with Jean Moorcoft Wilson on the life of British war poet and novelist, Robert Graves; and a postscript on the life of writer and peace activist Vera Brittain.

Duration:00:34:10

Australian WWI fiction

11/8/2018
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How has the First World War been fictionalised, in Australia, over the past century? And what about the Indian experience, with 1.5 million soldiers at war: has that story entered its popular imagination?

Duration:00:53:59

New fiction from Andrew Miller, Anne Tyler and Victor LaValle

11/1/2018
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On Andrew Miller's Now We Shall be Entirely Free, Anne Tyler's Clock Dance and Victor LaValle's The Changeling, with novelists Jane Rawson and John Tesarsch and literary academic David Ellison. (Speaking with Kate Evans on her lonesome this week, while Cassie McCullagh is away.)

Duration:00:53:52

On Krissy Kneen's Wintering, Les Zig's August Falling, Margaret Morgan's The Second Cure, Ilka Tampke's Songwoman and more

10/25/2018
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Kate and Cassie are joined by historian Ruth Balint, crime writer Peter Cotton and Science Fiction reader George Williams to discuss fiction by Krissy Kneen, Les Zig, Margaret Morgan, Peter F Hamilton and Sayaka Murata

Duration:00:53:57

On Haruki Murakami's Killing Commendatore, Sarah Perry's Melmoth and Kristina Olsson's own bookshelf

10/18/2018
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Cassie and Kate are joined by TV writer and Dylanologist Mark Sutton to discuss Murakami's mammoth Killing Commendatore and Sarah Perry's gothic Melmoth, while novelist Kristina Olsson (Shell) reveals the bookshelf that made her.

Duration:00:53:57

On Kristina Olsson's Shell, Markus Zusak's Bridge of Clay and Prayaag Akbar's Leila

10/11/2018
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Kate and Cassie talk books with novelist Suzanne Leal and translator and memoirist Vicki Laveau-Harvie. Kristina Olsson's reimagining of the building of the Sydney Opera House (Shell), Markus Zusak's ramshackle family story (Bridge of Clay) and Prayaag Akbar's dystopian tale of 'purity' (Leila).

Duration:00:53:57

Reading habits, influences and recommendations from Australian novelists Emma Viskic, Melissa Lucashenko, Chris Hammer and Christian White

10/4/2018
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Writers and their reading: novelist Melissa Lucashenko (Too Much Lip) and crime writers Emma Viskic (And Fire Came Down), Chris Hammer (Scrublands) and Christian White (Nowhere Child)

Duration:00:53:59

On books by J M Coetzee, Kate Morton, Sebastian Faulks, Rebecca O'Connor and John Connell

9/27/2018
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Kate and Cassie speak to novelist Ceridwen Dovey about J M Coetzee, encounter very different ghosts in the latest novels of Sebastian Faulks (Paris Echo) and Kate Morton (The Clockmaker's Daughter), and encounter both cows and awkward teens in Irish fiction

Duration:00:53:58

New novels from Louis de Bernières, Kate Atkinson, Andrew Sean Greer and Rebecca Lim

9/20/2018
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Kate and Cassie discuss Louis de Bernières' So Much Life Left Over, Kate Atkinson's Transcription, Andrew Sean Greer's Still and Rebecca Lim's The Relic of the Blue Dragon, with writer Sam Twyford-Moore and academic Zora Simic.

Duration:00:53:57

On Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls, Patrick de Witt's French Exit and the Australian Reading Hour

9/13/2018
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Kate and Cassie are joined by lawyer and novelist Andreas Heger and publisher and writer Phillipa McGregor to discuss the latest books by Pat Barker and Patrick de Witt, while Morris Gleitzman tells Cassie about the Australian Reading Hour and the bookshelf that made him.

Duration:00:53:57

Short stories from Robert Drewe, Curtis Sittenfeld, Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, William Trevor & John Edgar Wideman

9/6/2018
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Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh with rather a lot of short stories, and the reader reviewers Roanna Gonsalves, Brett Evans and Michael Dulaney

Duration:00:53:59

On Sally Rooney's Normal People and Stephanie Bishop's Man Out of Time (just for starters)

8/30/2018
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Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh with reader Patrick Carey, editor of the Australian Book Review Peter Rose, writer and translator Tiffany Tsao and a whole lot of books.

Duration:00:53:56

Vale Crimewriter Peter Corris: Cliff Hardy has made his exit

8/30/2018
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Peter Corris was known as the Godfather of Australian crime. He wrote more than forty Cliff Hardy novels, as well as works of history, co-authored biography and many more (ninety books at least)

Duration:00:15:43

On Anna Seghers' The Seventh Cross, Tiffany Tsao's Under Your Wings and books by Edward St Aubyn and Roland Schimmelpfennig

8/23/2018
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Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh are joined by arts journalist Martin Portus, literary scholar Helen Groth and historian Clare Monagle to talk fiction.

Duration:00:53:56

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 Hunt, 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 Mario 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