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08: We Just Need a Hot Air Balloon
Our guest today is Nikesh Shukla, writer, editor, rapper, and advocate for BAME voices in publishing. We talked about the pervasiveness of social media, the upcoming US edition of The Good Immigrant, and his response to the ubiquity of fictional white boys with dogs called Timmy. Books mentioned on the show: Everything I Know About Love, by Dolly Alderton Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading, by Lucy Mangan Dear Mrs. Bird, by A J Pearce In Our Mad and Furious City, by Guy...
07: Eat a Bacon Sandwich
As we look to the New Year, we hear from Rosy Edwards and Amy Baker of The Riff Raff, a London-based community of writers. They spoke about their memoirs about dating and travel, recommended books they’ve recently loved, and gave tips to anyone whose Near Year’s Resolution is to finally write that book. Books mentioned on the show: Confessions of a Tinderella, by Rosy Edwards Miss-adventures: A Tale of Ignoring Life Advice While Backpacking Around South America, by Amy Baker His Frozen...
06: Catfights Behind the Gym
Claire speaks to stand-up comedian Rosie Wilby, author of Is Monogamy Dead?, about literary friendships, the painfulness of breakups, and her favourite music memoirs. There’s also news of a giveaway and books recommendations for a listener’s mum and sister. Books mentioned in this episode: Is Monogamy Dead? by Rosie Wilby Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding Tales Of The City, by Armistead Maupin Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, by Carrie Brownstein Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew...
05: The Best and the Worst in People
This week, we hear from Lucy Vine, author of the 2017 summer hit Hot Mess. She tells us why we need a new Bridget Jones-style heroine, talks about her favourite books of the year, and reflects on the challenges of the second novel. Books mentioned on the show: Hot Mess, by Lucy Vine Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding What Fresh Hell, by Lucy Vine Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen Sweetpea, by C J Skuse Unconventional, by Maggie Harcourt Everything I Know About Love, by...
04: I Am a Bookcase Snob
Our guest today is Lindsey Kelk, the best-selling author of the I Heart series, among other rom com novels. We talk about reading age-inappropriate books as child, discuss the relative merits of LA and New York, and gush about John Green. Books mentioned on the show: The I Heart series, by Lindsey Kelk We Were On a Break, by Lindsey Kelk The Sweet Valley High series, by Francine Pascal The Casteel Family Saga, by V C Andrews Flowers in the Attic, by V C Andrew The Magic Cottage, by...
03: Dizzied by the Free-Flowing Drink
Claire speaks to Elizabeth Day, author of the literary thriller The Party, about her time at Cambridge, how her journalism career trained her to be a novelist, and our picks for the Man Booker Prize. Books mentioned in this episode: The Party, by Elizabeth Day Middlemarch, by George Eliot The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen Underworld, by Don DeLillo The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P, by Adelle Waldman Swing Time, by Zadie Smith The...
02: Drizzle on the Tent
Claire talks to Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest, about the British authors who inspire her, as well as her love of London and of the Great British Bake Off. She also highlights new books out this week and gives tips on finding British books if you’re not UK-based. Books mentioned in this episode: The Nest, by Cynthia d'Aprix Sweeney The Master Bedroom, by Tessa Hadley The Past, by Tessa Hadley The Photograph, by Tessa Hadley The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A...
01: Knees Up, Mother Brown
Welcome to the Brit Lit podcast, where we talk about all things books from a British perspective. Claire’s first guest is Jennifer Ryan, author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, an epistolary novel set in an English village in World War II. She also explains what Super Thursday is and gives a shout out to some interesting new books. Books mentioned: Me. You. A Diary, by Dawn French Thinking Out Loud: Love, Grief and Being Mum and Dad, by Rio Ferdinand Finding My Virginity, by Richard...