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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 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

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 reviewers Michael Robotham, Robyn Annear, Antony Funnell, 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 Seltmann'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