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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

Novelists; Alex Miller, Alice McDermott, Jesmyn Ward and Roger McDonald

11/18/2017
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Fictionalising a life in Alex Miller’s The Passage of Love; Irish Catholic Brooklyn uncovered in Alice McDermott's, The Ninth Hour; pain, racism and incarceration in Jesmyn Ward's, Sing, Unburied, Sing; from schoolroom to sailing boat with Roger McDonald in A Sea-Chase.

Duration: 00:53:51


Philip Pullman’s Book of Dust reviewed; Crime fiction revisits the 1930s; a fictional take on Mikhail Bulgakov; Jeffrey Eugenides short stories

11/11/2017
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Philip Pullman’s Book of Dust an ‘equal’ to His Dark Materials; Crime fiction revisits the 1930s with Sulari Gentil and Stewart King; a fictional take on Russian Mikhail Bulgakov in Mikhail and Margarita; Jeffrey Eugenides’ new short stories, Fresh Complaint.

Duration: 00:53:52


Omar El Akkad's American War; Amy Tan's Where the past begins; Morris Gleitzman's Maybe; Rachel Leary and Rohan Wilson on Tasmanian gothic fiction.

11/4/2017
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Omar El Akkad dystopian novel American War. Amy Tan's memoir Where the past begins, her journey as a daughter and a writer. Morris Gleitzman's Maybe - a 14 year old Felix comes to Australia as a refugee at the close of World War Two. Rachel Leary and Rohan Wilson discuss Tasmanian gothic fiction.

Duration: 00:53:51


Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach; Tracey Chevalier's New Boy; Jessica Townsend's Nevermoor

10/28/2017
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Jennifer Egan's new novel about the waterfront, women and secrets Manhattan Beach; Tracey Chevalier rewrites Othello; Australian fantasy writer Jessica Townsend's new hero Morrigan Crow.

Duration: 00:53:51


Daniel Handler on All the Dirty Parts; Maggie O’Farrell's I Am, I Am, I Am; Ann Patchett on the poet Lucy Grealy

10/21/2017
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Teen sexuality - Dan Handler's new work for young adults 17 true stories about Maggie O'Farrell close encounters with death. Ann Patchett reflects on grief and her friendship with the poet Lucy Grealy.

Duration: 00:53:51


Fiona Mozley’s Elmet; Michelle de Kretser, The Life to Come; Ali Alizadeh, The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc

10/14/2017
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Man Booker Shortlisted novel Elmet, by Fiona Mozley; Award winning Australian novelist Michelle de Kretser’s sharp story of writers and travel, The Life to Come; the ongoing appeal of the Maid of Orlean with Ali Alizadeh and Lili Wilkinson, on Joan of Arc.

Duration: 00:53:51


Writing women's lives with memoirist Lucy Palmer and literary biographer Karen Lamb; and what's on crime writer Denise Mina's Top Shelf.

10/7/2017
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What does it mean to write the lives of real women, especially when one of those women is a novelist? Memoirist Lucy Palmer and Thea Astley’s biographer Karen Lamb in conversation. And Scottish crime novelist Denise Mina reveals the works that have influenced her.

Duration: 00:53:52


Criminal minds, criminals romanticised, stories of con artists and prisons; and the latest novel from Garry Disher.

9/30/2017
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Criminal Psychologist Tim Watson-Munro with his stories from the dock; Journalist Matthew Benns with tales of skulduggery; and novelist Garry Disher reveals the fate of a small girl, sold, in the Australian bush.

Duration: 00:53:51


Cressida Cowell, The Wizards of Once; Norwegian Lars Mytting, Sixteen Trees of the Somme; Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire.

9/24/2017
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English fantasy writer Cressida Cowell on training dragons & her new series, The Wizards of Once; Norwegian journalist and novelist Lars Mytting on woodworking and his novel The Sixteen Trees of the Somme; Man Booker longlisted novelist Kamila Shamsie reworks Antigone in Home Fire.

Duration: 00:53:51


Don Winslow's cop novel, The Force; Nicole Krauss' new book, The Forest Dark; Richard Hamblyn on clouds; writers on reading

9/17/2017
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Corrupt cops and violence in New York in Don Winslow’s The Force; Israel and Dante in Nicole Krauss’ The Forest Dark; Richard Hamblyn on clouds in art and culture; writers on what reading means to them.

Duration: 00:53:11


Chris Womersley’s City of Crows; Sofie Laguna’s The Choke; crimewriter Denise Mina; Charlotte Hobson on Russian literature & art.

9/10/2017
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Grimoires, witches and the tarot in Chris Womersley’s City of Crows; a child alone in Sofie Laguna’s The Choke; walking the mean streets of Glasgow with Denise Mina; and the Russian things that inspire the novelist Charlotte Hobson

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-09-03

9/3/2017
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Steven Carroll on the third in what will be four novels about English poet T.S Eliot, A New England Affair. Morris West is discussed by his daughter and his publisher ahead of the re-release of 26 of his books and we travel to the a small town in Queensland in Steven Lang's new novel Hinterland.

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-08-27

8/27/2017
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A new novel imagines the last days of Robert Louis Stevenson in Michael Fitzgerald's The Pacific Room. Six generations of a family meet up to celebrate a milestone in Robert Drewe's Whipbird and poet Philip Salom introduces us to Big and Little in his novel Waiting.

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-08-20

8/20/2017
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Two time winner of the Miles Franklin Award, Kim Scott, on his new novel Taboo and two debut novels, Pip Smith's Half Wild and Brodie Lancaster's No Way! Okay, Fine.

Duration: 00:53:51


BooksPlus - 2017-08-13

8/13/2017
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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

8/6/2017
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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

7/30/2017
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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

7/23/2017
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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

7/16/2017
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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

7/9/2017
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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

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