Sep 18, 2023
A special episode: Anna chats with Shawn Mooney of Shawn the Book Maniac.
We recommend three books and each choose one to read for our next episode: the Anna and Shawn book club!
The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard
Y/N by Esther Yi
Loop Tracks by Sue Orr
Aug 29, 2023
Anna and Annie discuss a recent study on reading to young children.
We wrap up Women in Translation month. The books we read (or Annie did at least!) and recommend are:
Slime: A Natural History by Susanne Wedlich translated by Ayca Turkoglu
Heaven by Mieko Kawakami translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd
Aug 14, 2023
Anna and Annie discuss the 2023 Booker Prize Longlist.
Our book of the week is The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor. A novel about friends and lovers set in Iowa City, it is both intimate and explores wider issues in contemporary life and art. Taylor was short-listed for the Booker Prize for Real Life and won the...
Aug 3, 2023
Anna and Amanda discuss Elizabeth Gilbert pulling her novel The Snow Forest from publication because of its Russia theme.
Our book of the week is This Other Eden by Paul Harding. Based on a true story, an island community of castaways and misfits is disrupted when a well-meaning but racist preacher enters their...
Jun 29, 2023
Anna and Amanda discuss the Women's Prize winner Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver.
Our book of the week is The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland. This tells the true story of Rudolf Vrba who escaped from Auschwitz with Fred Wetzler and their attempt to tell...