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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

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

Mark Brandi's Wimmera, Steven Camden's Nobody Real, Han Kang's The White Book, Holly Ringland's The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart and reading Muriel Spark

3/29/2018
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Mark Brandi wins the Indie Award for debut fiction for Wimmera; writer Cath Crowley reviews Steven Camden's Nobody Real; Kali Napier reviews Han Kang's The White Book; Cassie and Kate read Holly Ringland's The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart; and literary academic Susan Sheridan on Scottish writer Muriel Spark.

Duration:00:53:52

Alan Hollinghurst's The Sparsholt Affair, Eleanor Limprecht's The Passengers and reviewers Nicole Abadee, Frank Bongiorno and Geordie Williamson

3/22/2018
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Cassie and Kate read variations on the 1940s in Alan Hollinghurst's The Sparsholt Affair and Eleanor Limprecht's The Passengers, with insights and expert commentary on these and other books from critics Nicole Abadee and Geordie Williamson and historian Frank Bongiorno. And there's some disagreement about whether everyone owns a book bag.

Duration:00:53:51

Vale Peter Temple, Tim Winton's The Shepherd's Hut, Jenny Erpenbeck's Go Went Gone, Sarah Winman and Steven Camden's bookshelves

3/15/2018
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Fiction that takes on big ideas: Tim Winton's The Shepherd's Hut and Jenny Erpenbeck's Go Went Gone, with critics Mireille Juchau and Brett Evans

Duration:00:53:51

The Stella Prize shortlist, Danny Denton's The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow, Dan Sheehan's Restless Souls and Marieke Krügel’s Look at Me

3/8/2018
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Kate and Cassie are joined by chair of the judging panel for the Stella Prize, Fiona Stager, to reveal the shortlist; and writers Trent Jamieson and Robert Lukins reveal their cornerstone books and discuss new Irish fiction; while Kate and Cassie disagree about German novel Look at Me by Marieke Krügel.

Duration:00:53:51

Katherena Vermette's The Break, Ahmed Saadawi's Frankenstein in Baghdad, Stuart Turton's The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and Michael Mohammed Ahmad's The Lebs

3/1/2018
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Cassie and Kate are joined by writers Pamela Hart, Bri Lee and Tara June Winch to review new books by Katherena Vermette, Ahmed Saadawi, Stuart Turton and Michael Mohammed Ahmad.

Duration:00:53:51

Ceridwen Dovey's In the Garden of the Fugitives; Emma Glass', Peach; C J Tudor's The Chalk Man; Caroline Fraser, Prairie Fires

2/22/2018
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Cassie and Kate are joined by writer Krissy Kneen and criminal psychologist Tim Watson Munro to discuss new fiction from Emma Glass, Ceridwen Dovey and C J Tudor; and literary history with Caroline Fraser on Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House books.

Duration:00:53:52

Shaun Prescott's The Town, Julian Barnes' The Only Story, Attica Locke's Bluebird Bluebird and Paul Lynch's bookshelf of inspiration.

2/15/2018
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At Lunar New Year, Chinese-Australian writer Isabelle Li shares her insights into China’s dynamic literary and genre fiction; and with a nod to Valentine’s Day, she reviews Julian Barnes’ new novel, The Only Story. Crime writer Aoife Clifford reveals her past, as a shelver at a supermarket in regional Australia, feeding into the discussion of Shaun Prescott’s surreal novel, The Town, while also reviewing Attica Locke’s Bluebird Bluebird; and Irish writer Paul Lynch reveals the bookshelf...

Duration:00:53:51

Cassie and Kate on A J Finn's The Woman in the Window, Louise Erdrich's Future Home of the Living God, forty years of the Australian Book Review and Claire Tomalin's A Life of My Own

2/8/2018
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Kate and Cassie discuss A J Finn's bestselling thriller The Woman in the Window, and are also joined by novelist Catherine McKinnon to talk Louise Erdrich's chilling and funny dystopian Future Home of the Living God, by editor Peter Rose to talk forty years of fiction and the Australian Book Review, and literary biographer Claire Tomalin on her memoir A Life of My Own and an entire life shaped by books. Also, the longlist for the Stella Prize for Australian women's writing.

Duration:00:53:51

Cassie and Kate on Gail Honeyman, Stanley Johnson and Tayari Jones

2/1/2018
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Kate and Cassie are joined by writer Roanna Gonsalves and political journalist Dennis Atksins as they discuss Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Stanley Johnson's Kompromat, Tayari Jones An American Marriage and twitter bookclub #TheDarkisRising

Duration:00:53:52

Kate and Cassie are joined by writers and critics Ashley Hay and Lev Grossman to discuss new fiction

1/25/2018
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Summer reading and reviews of Peter Carey's A Long Way from Home, Chloe Benjamin's The Immortalists, Naomi Alderman's The Power, John Green's Turtles All the Way Down

Duration:00:53:51

What to read and what have I missed? Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach; Kathryn Heyman, Storm and Grace; Chris Brookmyre, Want You Gone

1/20/2018
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Working lives, luck and corruption on the waterfront in Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach; charismatic leaders and the damage they can do, in Kathryn Heyman, Storm and Grace; an online thriller with smart edges in Chris Brookmyre, Want You Gone

Duration:00:53:51

Some of the best reads of the past year: Brit Bennett, The Mothers; Rachel Seiffert, A Boy in Winter; Peter Polites, Down the Hume

1/13/2018
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Young black lives under scrutiny in Brit Bennett, The Mothers; the ethics and tragedy of World War ll in Rachel Seiffert, A Boy in Winter; queer urban noir in Peter Polites, Down the Hume

Duration:00:53:51

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