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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

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 that...

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

Books with imaginative flourishes: Catherine McKinnon, Storyland; Robyn Hobb, Fitz and the Fool; Polly Clark, Larchfield

1/6/2018
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Australia’s history and a speculative future in Catherine McKinnon, Storyland; epic fantasy concludes with Robyn Hobb, Fitz and the Fool; W H Auden and time slips in Polly Clark, Larchfield and what's on Sofie Laguna's Top Shelf.

Duration:00:53:51

Summer reading: Kayla Rae Whitaker, Lisa McInerney and Neil Gaiman

12/30/2017
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What to read over Summer: Kayla Rae Whitaker, The Animators; Lisa McInerney, The Blood Miracles; Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology

Duration:00:53:51

Novelists: Jacqueline Woodson, Anna Spargo-Ryan and Michèle Roberts

12/23/2017
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Some of the year’s best books: Jacqueline Woodson Growing up Girl; Anna Spargo-Ryan The Gulf; Michèle Roberts The Walworth Beauty

Duration:00:53:51

Jennifer Byrne's book club. What RN's Books and Arts loved in 2017. Stephen Romei's reading list

12/16/2017
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Jennifer Byrne looks back fondly on her 11 years presenting ABC TV's Book Club. RN's Books and Arts serve up their picks of the year and what's on, Literary Editor of The Australian, Stephen Romei's reading list.

Duration:00:53:51

Writers and their works; Jenny Uglow, Isabele Allende, Miguel Angel Asturias, Joy Williams

12/9/2017
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Jenny Uglow's biography of the owl and the pussycat creator Mr Lear: a life of art and nonsense. Isabele Allende's latest novel In the Midst of Winter. Reflections on Miguel Angel Asturias 1949 Guatemalan novel, Men of Maize. Joy Williams collection of very short stories 99 stories of God.

Duration:00:53:51

Australian writers; Peter Carey, Melina Marchetta, Luke Slattery and Michael Robotham

11/25/2017
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Peter Carey remembers Australia in the 1950's in his new novel a Long Way from Home. Celebrating 25 years since the publication of Looking for Alibrandi with it's author Melina Marchetta. Colonial Sydney reimagined in Luke Slattery's Mr's M and what's on crime writer Michael Robotham's top shelf.

Duration:00:53:51

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

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