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Books On The Go

Nov 22, 2020

Anna and Annie discuss the winner of the 2020 Readings Prize for New Fiction, Smart Ovens for Lonely People by Elizabeth Tan.

Our book of the week is Nudibranch by Irenosen Okojie.  This collection of short stories was a Guardian Must Read Book of 2019.  We read the story Grace Jones, which won the 2020 AKO Caine...

Nov 16, 2020

Anna and Annie discuss the Booker Prize 2020 shortlist and give our predictions on the winner.

The shortlisted books are:

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangaremba, Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi, The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, and Real Life by Brandon...

Nov 2, 2020

A special 150th episode!

Anna chats with Jennie Orchard, curator of The Gifts of Reading: the Joys of Reading, Giving and Receiving Books, inspired by Robert Macfarlane.  We could not think of a more apt book to celebrate our 150th 'birthday' than this incredible collection as today's best writers share stories about...

Oct 27, 2020

Anna and Amanda discuss the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Booker Prize plans.

Our book of the week is Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman. This social history challenges the idea that humans are selfish, arguing that we tend to be cooperative and this has driven our survival. An instant New York Times...

Oct 19, 2020

Anna and Annie discuss the National Books Awards and Goldsmiths Prize shortlists.

Our book of the week is Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby.  A crime novel with a getaway driver and 'one last' diamond heist, this has been described as 'sensationally good' (Lee Child) with a mix of Southern noir,  Ocean's Eleven...