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What are you reading, loving or being challenged by? We review the latest in fiction for dedicated readers and for those who wish they read more.

What are you reading, loving or being challenged by? We review the latest in fiction for dedicated readers and for those who wish they read more.

Location:

Brisbane, QLD

Description:

What are you reading, loving or being challenged by? We review the latest in fiction for dedicated readers and for those who wish they read more.

Language:

English

Contact:

Books + ABC Radio National GPO Box 9994 Brisbane 4001


Episodes

These books are edged with gold

4/2/2020
Emily St John Mandel's The Glass Hotel, Mirandi Riwoe’s Stone Sky Gold Mountain, C Pam Zhang's How Much of these Hills is Gold and book recommendations that include Jane Austen, F Scott Fitzgerald and a couple of Very Big Books Indeed

Duration:00:54:07

Reading in isolation? We’ve got you covered

3/26/2020
Tom Keneally’s The Dickens Boy, Joan Silber’s Improvement, Ceridwen Dovey’s Inner Worlds Outer Spaces, Ken Gelder’s The Colonial Kangaroo Hunt and Jo Lennan's In the Time of Foxes

Duration:00:57:44

Novels from Poland, Norway and Crescent City

3/19/2020
Tomasz Jedrowski's Swimming in the Dark, Lars Mytting's the Bell in the Lake, Sarah J Maas's Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood - and being Mary Gulliver in 1702

Duration:00:54:06

Fiction that takes on the world

3/12/2020
Colum McCann's Apeirogon; Jenny Offill's Weather and Tommy Wieringa's The Blessed Rita

Duration:01:20:05

'The dice is shaken in a bone cup,' in Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light

3/5/2020
New fiction from Hilary Mantel, Vivian Pham and Abi Daré.

Duration:00:54:42

In the wings, on the reservation, inside a woman's rage

2/27/2020
Three new novels: Louise Erdrich's The Night Watchman, Graham Swift's Here We Are and Cho Nam-Joo's Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

Duration:00:54:06

In which we give Tyson Yunkaporta a book that's too good

2/20/2020
On Michael Christie's Greenwood, José Luis de Juan's Napoleon’s Beekeeper and the bookshelf that made crimewriter Abir Mukherjee

Duration:00:54:05

Novels by Anne Enright, Aravind Adiga and Kiley Reid

2/13/2020
Anne Enright's Actress, Aravind Adiga's Amnesty and Kiley Reid's Such a Fun Age

Duration:00:54:06

New books by Carmen Maria Machado, Evie Wyld and Emma Forrest

2/6/2020
Leap into the early 1980s, step onto an isolated rocky outcrop, and walk through a fraught dream house, all in a collection of new writing.

Duration:00:57:09

Novels by Eimear McBride, Romesh Gunesekera and Benjamin Myers

1/30/2020
A woman in a series of hotel rooms, two boys riding bikes in 1960s Sri Lanka, and a girl fleeing an ominous pairing of a Priest and a Poacher. New fiction.

Duration:00:58:07

New books by Garth Greenwell, Isabel Allende and Jeanine Cummins

1/23/2020
Reviews and discussion of Garth Greenwell's Cleanness, Jeanine Cummins' American Dirt and Isabel Allende's A Long Petal of the Sea. New fiction, every week

Duration:01:00:19

Summer reads from India, Russia, Japan and the Amazon

1/16/2020
Me Myshelf and I with Indian writer Tishani Doshi; with Roger Pulvers, who reads Russian and Japanese; YA novelist David Nicholls and children’s author Katherine Rundell

Duration:00:53:51

When reading is gothic, digital or just plain hard

1/9/2020
What does it mean if you have to grit your teeth to get through a book? Endurance reading with too much pain or violence?

Duration:00:53:51

Begin your reading year with Peter Goldsworthy, Sarah Bailey and Anna Krien

1/2/2020
Reading influences and recommendations from three Australian novelists

Duration:00:53:51

Fantasy with Samantha Shannon, Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

12/26/2019
Three fantasy writers share the bookshelves that have shaped them, and some writing insights too.

Duration:00:53:51

Book recommendations from Kate Forsyth, Heather Rose and Alex McClintock

12/19/2019
Boxing, fairytales and political scandal as three writers share the bookshelves that have shaped them.

Duration:00:53:51

The Bookshelf's best books of 2019

12/12/2019
A trio of readers join Kate and Cassie with their reading recommendations.

Duration:00:53:57

New fiction from Ben Lerner, Marcy Dermansky and Curdella Forbes

12/5/2019
Novelist Graeme Simsion and reviewer Nicole Abadee on Marcy Dermansky's Very Nice and Curdella Forbes' A Tall History of Sugar, and reading America in Ben Lerner's The Topeka School

Duration:00:54:09

Pod Extra: Poet Lemn Sissay and the many foster children of literature

12/3/2019
A podcast special edition of the Bookshelf, in which English poet and writer Lemn Sissay reveals his life and history as a child in care, and connects it to the many foster children of literature.

Duration:00:55:03

Pod Extra: Charlotte Wood's The Weekend

12/2/2019
In this podcast extra edition of The Bookshelf, writer Charlotte Wood talks to Kate Evans about writing friendship, ageing, grief and joy.

Duration:00:45:21