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Late Summer Reading, with Bookbar • Episode #149

Late summer reading – the best kind of reading? Whether you’re after fly-through-them page-turners or immersive long-reads, or perhaps you’re after a challenge, or the perfect discussion book, we’ve got the list for you. Find out our expert picks from indie-bookshop Bookbar’s Chrissy Ryan, a woman at the centre of a hub of reading recommendations from authors, customers and booksellers alike. Kate is swapping notes and sharing her own summer reading pile. Plus just to pack in even more book tips we’ve got a few extra recommendations from Chrissy’s Bookbar team. And so sit back and let us give you books to inspire, inform, amuse and entertain as we see out the summer and anticipate our Autumn reads.

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Booklist for Late Summer Reading

The Guest by Emma Cline

Yellowface by Rebecca F. Kuang

The Centre, by Ayesha Manazir Siddiqui,

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

Small Worlds by Caleb Azumah Nelson,

Time’s Shelter by Gyorgi Gospodinov,

Whale by Cheon Myeong-kwan

How to Read Now and America is not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

Cahokia Jazz by Francis Spufford

The Maniac by Benjamin Labatut

Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Tom Lake, and These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

Read This: Handpicked Favourites from America’s Indie Bookstores, compiled by Hans Weyandt (Coffee House Press)

Roman Stories and Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

Good Material by Dolly Alderton

Notes on Late Summer Reading

Visit Bookbar online

The indie publishing mavericks shaking up the UK book world (The Guardian)

The Book Club Review’s Fitzcarraldo episode

Transcript of Late Summer Reading

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  • Julia
    August 22, 2023 at 1:20 am  - Reply

    S glad you remembered your listeners in New Zealand



  • Rachel Isaacs
    August 29, 2023 at 11:10 pm  - Reply

    Sorry would love link to the FT podcast you mentioned.

  • Andrea
    September 4, 2023 at 11:37 am  - Reply

    Another great episode! I’m a pretty new listener but have been enjoying the podcast so much and have found lots of great recommendations. The podcast makes me laugh and is always so interesting and thought-provoking. Love your newsletter too, Kate.

    I’m already really looking forward to your Booker Prize episode for this year. I’ve listened to all of your past Booker episodes, they’re some of my favorites. It will be so interesting to see what you have to say about this year. It seems like there have been several really good Booker years in a row, but I’ve just finished The Bee Sting and while it was very readable and kept the pages turning, overall it was just incredibly bleak, and bleak in a way I found really annoying – hard to explain but to me it seems depressing and dark in a way intended to win prizes more than in a way that really tells us something true about the world. I ended the book feeling angry at the author, especially over the fact I’d just read over 600 pages of a book I now wish I hadn’t read. I was going to try Prophet Song next but I’ve just read the most annoying writing quoted on Goodreads with the very true comment by the Goodreads reviewer, “Does this not sound a bit like pretentious drivel?” So anyway I’m thrilled that I can now wait till you and Kate (and hopefully Phil) have read some of these to read any more 🙂

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