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

Your new favourite books podcast

Welcome to The Book Club Review, the independent podcast about the books that get people talking, hosted by Kate and Laura. From literary prize shortlists to book club favourites we’re always on the hunt for those books that provoke conversations, the ones we can’t wait to share. With our cast of regular and special guests, we promise you honest opinions and lively debate. Listen via your favourite podcast player or browse our archive for over 150 episodes and many hundreds of book recommendations. Wondering if we’ve covered one of your favourites? Type the title into the search tab to find out.

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 that Make Us Laugh podcast episode

Inspired by the recent New York Times article ‘22 of the funniest novels since Catch 22’, join Kate, Phil and Laura for their favourite funny reads.

Non-fiction recommendations podcast with Tom Rowley of Backstory

Exploring literary worlds beyond fiction: a dive into non-fiction recommendations with Tom Rowley of indie bookshop Backstory. Listen via the media player or head to the episode page for full-shownotes.

So Many Damn Books podcast creator and host Christopher Hermelin joins Kate to swap book recommendations and discuss the magic of book club, recent book discoveries, bookish pet peeves and more… Listen via the media player or head to the episode page for full-shownotes.

The New Life podcast episode

Two marriages, two forbidden love affairs, and the passionate search for social and sexual freedom in late 19th-century London, but what did our book club think? Kate and Phil report back.

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.

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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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