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78. Bookshelf: Autumn Reads

Our Bookshelf episodes are the ones where we get to let our hair down and talk about the things we’re reading outside of our book clubs, the books that we get to pick and choose.

So listen in as Kate is bewitched by the new Susanna Clarke novel Piranesi, charmed by Shirley Jackson’s memoir of raising her children in Life Among the Savages, and has a guilty confession to make about To Calais in Ordinary Time by James Meek. In Laura’s stack are supernatural thriller Himself by Jess Kidd, Midnight in Sicily by Peter Robb and The Observations by Jane Harris. Not to mention some guilty pleasure reading of Georgette Heyer and Alison Croggon’s fantasy series of Pellinor novels. 

Book recommendations

Further listening

Listen to our episode on The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

And hear from Andy Russell of London’s Horror book club why horror is such a worthwhile genre to get into, with some great book recommendations.


Read ‘Susanna Clarke’s Fantasy World of Interiors’ by Laura Miller in The New Yorker.

Watch the trailer to Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell.

Watch Shirley, the official trailer.

Read ‘Shirley Jackson’s Son Talks to His Fictional Mom’ in The New Yorker.

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1 Comment

    June 18, 2023 at 1:10 pm  - Reply

    Georgete Heyer wrote in the mid 20th century about the late 18.early 19ht century, at a distance of some 150 years. This is now y 23rd century, nealy 70 years after her death. Why on earth should she share prissy,sancimonious attitudes to class, slavery etc
    If you insist on judging ‘then’ by the attitudes of ‘now’ you are simply an intolerant bore.
    Relax, it is a st0ry,

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