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March 24, 2023

#89 Memoir Recommendations (with Belle!)

We are in your ears today recommending memoirs! Chris and Sarah welcome Belle to the podcast, a friend of Sarah's and a patreon of the pod. They chat what they think a memoir is, why they like to read them, …

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March 13, 2023

#88 All the Longlists: Stella Prize, Women's Prize, and the Carol Shi…

It is well and truly prize season, with three literary prizes for women and non-binary writers dropping their longlists this week. We welcome back Shawn Mooney (aka Shawn the Book Maniac) to talk with Sarah and Jenny about th...

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Feb. 26, 2023

#87 books about grief & death

This episode was a special request from a listener. Sarah and Jenny discuss their experiences with grief and recommend some reads, we promise it's not completely depressing! That being said we do discuss cancer, miscarriage, ...

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Feb. 11, 2023

#86 Historical Fiction Recommendations with Russell of Ink and Paper …

We are delighted to welcome Russell from Ink and Paper Blog to the podcast today! He chats to Chris about his love for historical fiction, and they make some recommendations of some of their favourites. Enjoy the episode! Wan...

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Jan. 27, 2023

#85 most anticipated new releases 2023

Jenny and Chris share which books they're eagerly awaiting in 2023. Get in touch Twitter | Instagram | Website | Voice message Books mentioned Her Majesty's Royal Coven By Juno Dawson Legends and lattes by Travis Baldry The D...

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Jan. 13, 2023

Favourite Books of 2022

We're back! Chris, Jenny, and Sarah are coming at you today to discuss their favourite reads of 2022. Get in touch Twitter | Instagram | Website | Voice message Books mentioned The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller Into t...

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Nov. 27, 2022

#83 Reading Jenny's Favourite Books - We Have Always Lived in the Cas…

Chris, Alice and Jenny chat about Jenny's favourite books We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson and Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. This is our last episode of the year! We'll be back in 2023 so …

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Nov. 12, 2022

#82 Our Winter Reading Plans

In our penultimate episode of the year, Chris and Alice talk through their reading plans for autumn and winter this year, and reflect on how the year has gone for them reading-wise. As mentioned at the end of the episode, …

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Oct. 28, 2022

#81 Spooky Reads

Chris and Jenny share some spooky reads for your Halloween weekend. Get in touch Twitter | Instagram | Website | Voice message Stuff we mentioned Horror Special with Jordaline Reads episode Storygraph Recommends episode Books...

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Oct. 14, 2022

#80 Who will win Booker 2022? [with Sarah Freshly & KD Books]

We are delighted to welcome back podcast favourites Kieran (KD Books) and Sarah (Freshly Read Books) to review the Booker shortlist. They discuss their thoughts on each of the shortlisted books with Sarah, and the three of th...

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Sept. 30, 2022

Listener Q&A Special

For the first time ever, all four of us get together to record an episode! This is a special Q&A episode, where we answer questions sent in by the listeners over social media from the past few weeks. We really …

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Sept. 16, 2022

#78 Book Club: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

It's a book club episode! Sarah, Chris, and Alice get together to discuss Hanya Yanagihara's controversial novel, A Little Life . Chris and Alice have both read this before and loved it, and Sarah has read it for the first …

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Sept. 2, 2022

#77 Fantasy Recommendations 2022

Sarah and Chris go back to one of their favourite topics, fantasy novels! They discuss what they've been reading in the past year since their last fantasy episode, and make some more recommendations, as your TBR is no doubt l...

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Aug. 19, 2022

Books With a Strong Sense of Place

Sarah and Alice discuss their love for books with a strong sense of place and make some recommendations. They also talk about Sarah's progress in the Booker longlist, and Sarah tries to convince Alice to read The Little Frien...

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Aug. 5, 2022

#75 What makes a good 'book club' book? [with Kate from The Book Club…

Today we are delighted to welcome Kate from The Book Club Review podcast to the Bookcast Club. She and Sarah both run book clubs, and they talk through what book clubs mean to them, what makes a good book club …

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July 22, 2022

#74 Mid-year Favourites 2022

Always one of our favourite episodes to record, Jenny, Alice and Chris share their mid-year favourites! From vampires to courgettes, which books have we enjoyed the most in the first half of 2022? Books mentioned Love Marriag...

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July 8, 2022

#73 My Life in Books with Sarah Freshly

Today's episode features a wonderful special guest, Sarah Freshly from the Youtube channel Freshly Read Books. She talks to Sarah (continuing the tradition on this podcast of having as many people called Sarah as possible) ab...

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June 24, 2022

#72 Book Club: The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

It's a book club episode! We asked you to pick a Women's Prize shortlisted book for us and you chose The Sentence by Louise Erdrich. You'll be pleased to hear we have differing opinions and we agreed it made for …

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June 10, 2022

#71 Breaking Romantic Tropes

Today we welcome author Abigail Mann to the pod, to discuss the romance genre. Abi shares her honest thoughts on 1 star reviews and how not fitting into a specific genre makes those 1 star reviews unavoidable. Jenny and Abi …

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May 27, 2022

#70 International Booker Shortlist Discussion

In today's episode we're talking Booker! Two previous, wonderful guests to the podcast, Kieran from KD Books and Christine from Storycraft are back to discuss all things International Booker. We discuss our feelings on the lo...

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May 6, 2022

#69 Reading Alice's Favourite Books

Jen and Sarah read two of Alice's favourite books (not all-time faves; more on that in the episode!), The Time Traveller's Wife and The Poisonwood Bible. They share their thoughts on that and discuss the issues brought up in ...

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April 22, 2022

#68 Non-fiction Special with Mercy's Bookish Musings

Today we welcome Mercedes of Mercy's Bookish Musings to the pod to chat all things non-fiction. Sarah, Jenny and Mercedes share why they love non-fiction, where they get their recommendations from and talk through some of the...

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April 8, 2022

#67 Short Story Recommendations

Today, Chris and Sarah talk about some of their favourite short stories and short story collections and what they think makes a good short story. They also discuss what they're currently reading. including discussions of deat...

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March 25, 2022

#66 Roundup of Current Prize Longlists

In support of Ukraine we would like to point you in the direction of Book Aid for Ukraine , an amazing bookish auction with a whole host of items from signed books, agent 1:1s, book shopping trips with authors, workshops …

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