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Bookshelf: From Paris to Iceland via an imaginary library • #95

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In this episode we get Laura’s take on Matt Haig’s bestselling novel The Midnight Library, which Kate hasn’t yet read. Should she? Meanwhile Kate gets swept into literary Paris with Deidre Bair’s memoir of her time writing biographies of Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir, Parisian Lives. Laura travels to Iceland with an immersive novel that she now wants everyone to read, Miss Iceland, and we catch up with Deborah Levy with the third volume of her living autobiography, Real Estate. Also, we throw in what it’s like to live in Iceland for two years with writer Sarah Moss’s book Names for the Sea, and remember Boomerang, Michael Lewis’s enjoyable (and alarming) economic world tour, and how Iceland’s fishermen took to currency speculation like ducks to water.

Book recommendations

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Parisian Lives by Deidre Bair

Miss Iceland by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

Real Estate by Deborah Levy

Names for the Sea by Sarah Moss

Boomerang by Michael Lewis


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