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A podcast where we revisit the books of our youth, and, on alternating episodes, explore the uncanny wilds of contemporary adolescent fiction.

A podcast where we revisit the books of our youth, and, on alternating episodes, explore the uncanny wilds of contemporary adolescent fiction.
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A podcast where we revisit the books of our youth, and, on alternating episodes, explore the uncanny wilds of contemporary adolescent fiction.




When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - Judith Kerr

In case there weren’t already enough reasons to hate him, he’s now stealing beloved soft toys and using your Snakes & Ladders set without permission. This episode, we examine Judith Kerr’s semi-autobiographical delight, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. For some of us this was a heartfelt glimpse into the life of a WWII-era family of refugees; for another, a rare chance to complain that the book wasn’t set wholly in Castle Wolfenstein. Join us as we try to come to some kind of vague, bitter...


Throne of Glass - Sarah J Maas

You've seen it everywhere! Laurie got it as a Christmas present! Nobody recommended it to us! It sounds like the perfect opportunity for Laurie to out-Brog himself. This episode we review book one of the best-selling Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Join us for a laugh and another exciting game from Keith!


A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin

It has been far too long coming, but finally we address Ursula K Le Guin's influential classic A Wizard of Earthsea. What's in a name? Find out as we forge ahead into the meditative reflective waters of Earthsea, a mere 50 years after the words found their way to paper. We never said we were punctual!


Night Swimming - Steph Bowe

This episode we’re delighted to be joined by the wonderful Steph Bowe, author of the 2018 CBCA notable contemporary YA title, Night Swimming. This is her third book, her first published at the remarkable age of 16. Listen in to find out who acts the goat, shoe-horning in a supposedly popular anthropomorphic series. Bri grinds Pat’s gears with an alleged geo-brag before we dip into Steph’s favourite children’s and YA titles. Doe be shore to join us, this episode can’t be bleat!


The Book Thief - Film (2013)

Seasonal greetings to all in this completely un-Christmassy episode of Seeking Tumnus, where instead of looking at a work of Young Adult fiction we dissect a big screen adaptation of one; Marcus Zusak's The Book Thief, directed by Brian Percival. Discover which Tumnite couldn't stomach the 2013 film and hear who has a bee in their bonnet regarding books vs movies. You'll also learn who has complete and utter disdain for the Grammys. Tune in for the final episode of Seeking Tumnus in 2017.


The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

It was in the spring of 2017 that Seeking Tumnus foolishly decided to read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Little did the unsuspecting populace know that their dams, levees and waterways were simply inadequate for the deluge that would follow. Can the stone eggs in Patrick's heart be cracked open? Will Keith's run of average ratings come to an end? Is Bri still dirty about Laurie's book thievery? To what degree can Laurie mangle his favourite non-English language? Find out here meine Damen...


Over Sea, Under Stone - Susan Cooper

Fantasy for the fantasy sceptic in this episode as Bri, no wait Laurie, takes us Over Sea, Under Stone with Susan Cooper's first book in The Dark is Rising Sequence. Life imitates art with the 1960s Cornwall treachery bleeding through to modern day suburban Melbourne, in a whodunnit for the ages (Clue: it was Laurie in the spreadsheet with die schnellen finger). You'd be barking mad to miss this one, because in the end we're still fools for the holy grail.


Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

Warm on the heels of the acclaimed and controversial television series, we go back to the source with Jay Asher's 2007 best seller Thirteen Reasons Why. Watched and/or read? Join us on a merry dance through the trigger minefield as we tiptoe around sensitive topics including sexual assault, mental health, bullying, suicide and Brog the Stoop. Sounds like a riot eh? Listen in here!


Northern Lights - Philip Pullman

Waking from our wintry slumber we trudge through snow and Dust as we explore the first book of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series; Northern Lights (also published as The Golden Compass). In this episode we reveal our inner Daemons, slander a missing co-host and attempt all the while not to disappoint a beloved fan. The 2007 film also gets a spin, adjusted for inflation it's one of the fifty most expensive films of all time!


The Silent Invasion - James Bradley

Our first interview! We sit down with author James Bradley to discuss his first foray into YA fiction - The Silent Invasion. We talk diversity, influential science fiction, climate change, impending disaster and stinky teddy bears before some clown keeps Seeking Tumnus bingo alive with Stephen King. We're so engaged by our guest that Laurie forgets to swear all episode and Keith neglects the most powerful man in the universe. Bri gets a little giggly and Pat seeks some writing advice to...


A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls and Seeking Tumnus answers this episode, as we review Patrick Ness' fantastically dramatic 2011 work - now also a major motion picture. Laurie gets a little grim, and reaps the rewards of talking about his favourite Death whilst Bri continues her journey of fantasy denialism! Patrick gives parenting advice and doesn't mention Stephen King before Keith gently weeps as he breaks free from the tyranny of Laurie's scoring! (BYO weeping).


Sabriel - Garth Nix

It's finally time for Sabriel, book one of the bestselling Old Kingdom/Abhorsen series by Australian author Garth Nix! Can this mysteriously positioned fantasy bridge the stalwart gorge or will Bri and Keith plummet to a watery demise in the river of death. It's all a little tributary thanks to the suggestion of a listener, and don't even question for whom the bell tolls, there's plenty of ringing for all. Finally Pat shines a light on his fascination with pop culture, then steps from the...


The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

What would happen if the world of the fae lay just at the outskirts of our own? What if you could visit? And what if something found its way home with you? Join us this episode as we immerse ourselves in Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and help us decide where the boundaries lie between fantasy and reality.


Half a King - Joe Abercrombie

Seeking Tumnus returns with a review of Joe Abercrombie's Half a King, the first book of the Shattered Sea trilogy. It's a low fantasy bestseller featuring a young prince seeking vengeance for betrayal and murder, in a harsh and brutal kingdom. Laurie has some sympathy for Yarvi, as his fellow hosts circle like hungry wolves.


The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton

In this episode we take a look at S.E. Hinton's classic coming of age novel The Outsiders. Join us as we inadvertently insult the elderly quadragenarians, discuss the fine distinctions of processed meat and prove ourselves incapable of matching one Tumnite's boundless enthusiasm. To round things out we'll also take a peek at the star-studded 1983 movie adaptation.


Laurinda - Alice Pung

This episode we delve into the dark secrets of private Girl's school life in Alice Pung's 2014 Australian cultural drama Laurinda. For an at best tenuous reason we also take a look at the 2004 comedy, Mean Girls. Is technology changing the way in which we tell stories? Listen in to find out, or like, just google it.


Goodnight Mister Tom - Michelle Magorian

This episode we're back in our classics zone with Michelle Magorian's Goodnight Mister Tom, the story of a timid and abused London boy evacuated to country England during World War II. We take a fresh look at what is at times a confronting read that pulls no punches despite being for children. Did this selection of Pat's maintain his impressive run of quality? Listen in to find out.


Divergent - Veronica Roth

Post apocalyptic dystopian sci-fi romance is back on the agenda this episode as we take on Veronica Roth's 2011 best seller Divergent. Will there be compliance in the Seeking Tumnus faction? Or will there be a divergent revelation? Along the way we'll also take a look at the 2014 movie and consider our own factional allegiances.


Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

We turn back the clock almost 150 years this episode as we get up close and personal with the diminutive ladies of Louisa May Alcott's breakout coming of age novel Little Women. No prizes for guessing who selected this one, or for what the reception will be!


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling

In this deluxe episode we wander the great halls of Hogwart's, exploring J.K. Rowling's blockbuster Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for our American listeners). We of course also take a gander at the 2001 movie of the same name(s); naww ain't they soooo cute! Laurie casts a spell on us with a spot of Hogwart's "Would You Rather?", and Brie enchants not only us, but the general(ish) public with some word association fun.