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Books podcast: The Book Club Review podcast, a podcast about books and book clubs

Your new favourite book podcast

Welcome to The Book Club Review, the independent podcast about the books that get people talking. It’s book club in podcast form; listen to find your next great read. You can support the show via Patreon for weekly book recommendations and membership of The Book Club Review monthly book club.

The best books podcast you’ve never heard of

Try one of our recent episodes or head to the archive for over 150 more.

Books podcast episode

From the literary London of Charles Dickens to 21st century Romantasy feat. dragons and then some, listen in to our recent reads. Listen via your favourite podcast app using this podfollow link, or go to the episode page for full show notes and transcript.

Books in 2024 podcast episode

The books to look out for in 2024, with Bookbar’s Chrissy Ryan, plus some tips for avoiding feeling overwhelmed by your TBR. Listen via your favourite podcast app using this podfollow link, or go to the episode page for full show notes and transcript.

Best Books of 2023

What were the best books of 2023? Listen in to our review of the year to find out our absolute favourites. Join Kate, Laura and Phil for a look back over a year of reading – over 300 books between us, from new releases to backlist gems, and over 50 recommendations. Listen via your favourite podcast app using this podfollow link, or go to the episode page for full show notes and transcript.

The Booker Prize 2023

The Booker Prize 2023: What did we think of all six shortlisted books. Join us as we evaluate them and try to second-guess the Booker judges, before finding out the winner. Listen via your favourite podcast app using this podfollow link, or go to the episode page for full show notes and transcript.

Lonesome Dove podcast

With prose as ‘as smooth as worn saddle-leather’, USA today writes ‘If you read only one Western novel in your life, read this one . . . no other has ever approached the accomplishment of Lonesome Dove‘. What did Laura’s book club make of it? Listen in for the discussion and our other book recommendations. Listen via your favourite podcast app using this podfollow link, or go to the episode page for full show notes and transcript.

So Late in the Day by Claire Keegan book podcast episode

What did our podcast book club think of So Late in the Day, the short story from Booker shortlisted author (and Irish national treasure) Claire Keegan? We also catch up on our recent reading, listen in to find out our hits and misses. Listen via your favourite podcast app using this podfollow link, or go to the episode page for full show notes and transcript.

Jonny Thomson of Mini Philosophy for podcast episode

We’re feeling philosophical this back-to-school season, with Jonny Thomson, author of Mini Philosophy and Mini Big Ideas. Listen in as we discuss Tolstoy’s morbid novella The Death of Ivan Illyich, Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov and international bestseller Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Listen via your favourite podcast app using this podfollow link, or go to the episode page for full show notes.

late summer reading podcast episode book stack

Late summer reading – the best kind of reading? Whether you’re after fly-through-them page-turners or immersive long-reads, or perhaps you’re after a challenge, or the perfect discussion book, we’ve got the list for you. We compare notes with Bookbar’s Chrissy Ryan and find out the books not to miss for late summer and early Autumn. Listen via your favourite podcast app using this podfollow link, or go to the episode page for full show notes.

Book Club podcast episode The Years and Super Infinite

Find out what our book clubs thought of The Years by Annie Ernaux, and Super-Infinite by Katherine Rundell (both winners of more prizes than you can shake a stick at) plus the hits and misses from our recent reads. Listen via your favourite podcast app using this podfollow link, or go to the episode page for full show notes.

Fiction Prescriptions podcast episode with Ella Berthoud

Join us as professional book-recommender and Bibliotherapy queen Ella Berthoud helps us figure out how to overcome life’s essential problems (if you’re a reader, that is. Listen via your favourite podcast app using this podfollow link, or go to the episode page for full show notes.

The Women's Prize 2023

The Women’s Prize 2023 episode is here. Listen in for full and frank opinions on the shortlist, but no plot spoilers. Find out our picks to win and the best book club reads. With Sarah Oliver and Nina Davies. Listen via your favourite podcast app using this podfollow link, or go to the episode page for full show notes.

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Discussion, debate, even a little dispute

Every month we bring you a new episode. That could be Book Club where we chat about the book read most recently by one of our book clubs. An interview with a book club, bookshop or book lover. Or Bookshelf, an episode dedicated to the books we’re reading outside of book club – the ones we get to pick and choose.

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