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86. The Postal Book Club

Before the internet you may remember people used to send letters to friends in the post. Well, book blogger and podcaster Simon Thomas came up with the wonderfully romantic idea of posting a book (with attached notepad for comments) from friend to friend around the world, eventually receiving back the book with thoughts from every reader along the way. In times of Covid lockdown, could this be the perfect form of book club? Of course we were eager to hear more.

We also have some brilliant book recommendations by authors you may never have heard of, and we catch up on Simon’s Book of the Year book club (in which all the books read come from a single year) first featured on episode 39.

Book recommendations

Once a Week by A. A. Milne

A House and its Head by Ivy Compton Burnet

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Haunting of Hill House, Life Among The Savages and Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson

Chatterton Square by E.H. Young

Dangerous Ages by Rose Macaulay

The Diary of  a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield

Tea at Four O’Clock by Janet McNeill

The Stone of Chastity by Margery Sharp

Don’t miss

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Our original interview with Simon Thomas in which we talked about his Book of the Year club and got a ton of brilliant book recommendations.

Notes

Listen to Simon’s Tea or Books? podcast

Read more reviews and book recommendations at Simon’s website

 

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