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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


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BooksPlus - 2017-08-13

8/12/2017
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A collection of short stories from one of Australia's most interesting writers Tony Birch called Common People and Wong Souk Yee, the author of the new book Death of of a Perm Sec, on her arrest and subsequent detention for being part of a Marxist conspiracy in her homeland of Singapore. Plus RN's Latin American Book Club. This time it's The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez.

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-08-06

8/5/2017
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A special Sydney Writers Festival event with Ashely Hay on colours, baby magpies, the Brisbane River and her new book, A Hundred Small Lessons.

Duration: 00:53:52


BooksPlus - 2017-07-30

7/29/2017
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A lively and funny poetic guidebook in Colum McCann's Letter to a Young Writer. Hanif Kureishi's latest book The Nothing asks what is left of us when youth, beauty and power are gone. In The Last Days of Ava Langdon Mark O'Flynn tells us a story loosely based on a woman who dressed as a dandy and spent her last days as a hermit in a hut. Then the story of an English gypsy family torn apart by convict transportation to New South Wales in Sandra Leigh Price's novel The River Sings.

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-07-23

7/22/2017
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A new novel that takes us into the world of the creator of doublethink and Big Brother with Dennis Glover's The Last Man in Europe and the last in a trilogy known as Fitz and the Fool in Robin Hobb's fantasy fiction Assassin's Fate. Then a 12 year old boy wants to solve a crime, a murder, in The Fall, the latest novel by Tristan Bancks and finally what's on Ayelet Walderman's Top Shelf?

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-07-16

7/15/2017
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David Sedaris began keeping a diary while a drug-taking college drop out in North Carolina, hoping it would make him into a writer. Excerpts from his early diaries have just been released in Theft by Finding: Diaries Volume One. We leave the earth, or at least we prepare for a long space journey in Meg Howrey's The Wanderers and we meet a witch and her best friend, who just happens to be a monster in highly acclaimed children's author, Sally Rippin's new book Polly and Buster: The Wayward...

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-07-09

7/8/2017
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Lisa McInerney's new novel The Blood Miracles is full of Hibernian sweariness and is tough gritty and funny. Magabala Books turns 30 and a book that is famous in Brazil but perhaps not in Australia, The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector.

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-07-02

7/1/2017
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A teenage girl called Skye and her slightly odd little brother Ben are more grown up than the adults around them in Anna Spargo- Ryan's The Gulf and we're off to the doctor in Wayne Macauley's Some Tests. Find out what short story made a mark on Margo Lanagan and why Buffy The Vampire Slayer inspires Chris Brookmyre; plus ever changing, ever evolving feelings in literature.

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-06-25

6/24/2017
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Today in a special Sydney Writers Festival event a poet, a stolen child and civil war. And yet there’s nothing poetic about the real story behind Caroline Brothers novel, The Memory Stones, set in the aftermath of Argentina’s so-called ‘Dirty War’. People were murdered, babies were stolen and adopted by members of the regime, and many other people fled their country in fear. And the memory of these events remains contested. A discussion recorded onstage in front of a live audience.

Duration: 00:53:52


BooksPlus - 2017-06-18

6/17/2017
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Elizabeth Strout, acclaimed author of My Name is Lucy Barton, on her latest novel, Anything is Possible; Ivan Coyote’s fearless and funny Tomboy Survival Guide; the creation and revolutionary context of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserable; and getting on board with audio books, with long-distance truck driver Rod Hanifey (who has listened to about 500 audiobooks), and Krissy Kneen, on reading her own erotic literature.

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-06-11

6/10/2017
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Arundhati Roy on her first novel in 20 years, The Ministry of Small Things, which largely takes part in the middle of a cemetery and children's author and creator of Winn Dixie, Despereaux , Kate Di Camillo, with her new book Raymie Nightingale and Rachel Seiffert takes us back to 1941 and a small Ukrainian town in A Boy in Winter.

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-06-04

6/3/2017
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The story of growing up as an only child in Richard Ford's memoir Between Them and Nadeem Aslam tells us about the religious turmoil in Pakistan in his fifth novel The Golden Legend. Jack Parlabane returns to break more rules an create more mayhem in Chris Brookmyre's latest book Want You Gone and we met the winners of the inaugural audio book of the year at the ABIA Awards which were held at the Sydney Writers' Festival

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-05-28

5/27/2017
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A special Sydney Writers Festival edition of Books Plus where fresh from opening night Brit Bennett talks about her debut novel The Mothers, George Saunders recasts the personal grief of President Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln in the Bardo. Margo Lanagan turns things inside out in her short story collection My Sister Down, and Lauren Child the author of the Charlie and Lola series wins an award and then Ian Rankin tells us why he loves A Clockwork Orange.

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-05-21

5/20/2017
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Two 80 year old woman in South Africa are neighbours and they despise each other in Yewande Omotoso's second novel The Woman Next Door and French philosophers and theory in a detective novel in The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet. There's a big black door with no handle and no mail slot and behind it is Dr Darke who just wants to be left alone in Rick Gekoski's Darke and then what's on when and with who at this years Sydney Writers Festival.

Duration: 00:53:52


BooksPlus - 2017-05-14

5/13/2017
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Abstract art, a socialisation machines and sharing undies in Charlotte Hobson's The Vanishing Futurist and gardens, horses and a lost boy in The Last Garden by Eva Hornung. A little girl is learning to shoot in Hannah Tinti's The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley and a critical study of Helen Garner in A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work by Bernadette Brennan.

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-05-07

5/6/2017
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Blood and tragedy and the cycle of violence in Com Toibin's House of Names and the working men and woman of London in the mid 19th Century and now in Michele Roberts' The Walworth Beauty. A lost 13 year old girl meets the Creeper in Mr Romanov's Garden in the Sky, the new YA novel by firefighter Robert Newtown and what makes Joy Rhoades top shelf.

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-04-30

4/29/2017
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F.Scott Fitzgerald is known for his glittery tales of excess but he was also a prolific short story writer as Anne Margaret Daniel explains in I'd Die For You: And Other Lost Stories. Then a novel in five parts in Krissy Keen's An Uncertain Grace and the tale of a Chinese Soldier at Gallipoli in Ouyang Yu's Billy Sing.

Duration: 00:53:52


BooksPlus - 2017-04-23

4/22/2017
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A mysterious thread throughout with Samanta Schweblin and her unsettling book Fever Dream. John Darnielle takes us to the cornfields of Iowa in Universal Harvester and in Claire Fuller's Swimming Lessons we wonder what happened to Iris. We also want to know what is on Kayla Rae Whitaker's top shelf.

Duration: 00:53:52


BooksPlus - 2017-04-16

4/15/2017
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Lia Hills book The Crying Place was written as she drove through central Australia; while Bentley Frazer drives through his own past in a book he calls a novelised memoir, Scoundrel Days. There's also an entire invented Woolgrowers Companion in Joy Rhoades novel The Woolgrower's Companion.

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-04-09

4/8/2017
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A intimate story about Oliver Sacks by the man who loved him in Insomniac City and art meet popular culture via comics and zines in The Animators. A look at what's on Jeff Sparrow's top shelf and to end a ship of lost souls sailing the world and turned away form every port in The German Girl

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-04-02

4/1/2017
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A house of books with a creepy neighbour in Dirk Kurbjuweit's Fear and a claustrophobic 1890's home in See What I Have Done and a weatherboard Brisbane cottage in the rain in A Hundred Small Lessons. Then we go back to Michael Rosen's childhood with Emile and the Detectives.

Duration: 00:53:51

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