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summer reading books podcast

Whether you’re soaking up Nutcrackers on Rockaway beach like Kate’s book-reviewing heroine Molly Young, throwing down a picnic rug in your garden or the local park, fighting your way through airport chaos with the promise of a trip abroad or cosying up with a warm blanket in the Southern Hemisphere, we’ve got the Summer Reading show for you. It’s packed full of recommendations including our own favourite beach reads and tips from booksellers, authors and other friends of the pod. Listen here or head to the episode page for shownotes, transcript and comments forum.

Michel the Giant: An African in Greenland

Join us as we venture to the frozen north in the company of Tété-Michel Kpomassie, an adventurer from Togo, West Africa who became transfixed by the idea of living in a country so different to his own. We discuss his travel-memoir and find out what Laura’s book club make of it, plus recommend more books on a polar theme.’ Listen here or head to the episode page for shownotes, transcript and comments forum.

Bookshelf podcast episode book covers

Join us as we run through our recent reads outside of book club, the ones we pick and choose for ourselves, including one literary classic, one page-turning mystery, one book that will break your heart and make you furious, one to fall in love with, and some guilty pleasure fantasy recommendations. Listen here or head to the episode page for full shownotes, transcript and comments forum.

Recent episodes

Kate and Laura best books of 2021

It’s time for our best books of 2021. In Part 2 of our special end-of-year double-episode we’re looking back over the books we’ve read outside of book club this year. Listen in for over 70 book recommendations from us, our book clubs and our special guests. Listen here or head to the episode page for full shownotes and more book recommendations.

Best book club books of 2021

Join us as we look back over the book club books we’ve read this year. Which have stayed with us? Which ones sparked debate? Which were our favourites? And which is our book club book of the year? We make plans for our book clubs in the coming year and we also have recommendations from two pod special guests. Listen here or go to the episode page for full details.

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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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