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So Late in the Day by Claire Keegan • Episode #151

Irish author Claire Keegan is generally considered to be one of the finest writers working today. ‘Every word is the right word in the right place, and the effect is resonant and deeply moving’ said Hilary Mantel, of her work, while for Colm Toíbín ‘Claire Keegan makes her moments real – and then she makes them matter.’ Praise indeed but what did our brand new podcast book club make of So Late in the Day, her most recently published short story? We’ll be reporting back.

We’re also rounding up our recent reads including THE ENGLISH UNDERSTAND WOOL by Helen DeWitt (a book we never tire of talking about), THE ROAD TO THE CITY by Natalia Ginsberg (and our increasing fondness for novellas), TOM LAKE (Laura’s hot take), BEL CANTO and THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett, THE MASQUERADERS by Georgette Heyer (and why that’s so much better than…), THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY by Julia Quinn, MISS PYM DISPOSES by Josephine Tey (a new-to-us backlist gem, A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY by J.L. Carr (the perfect book for stressful times, SOLDIER, SAILOR by Claire Kilroy (Kate still can’t get over how good this was) BIRNAM WOOD by Eleanor Catton (only thing we love more than a good book is a good discussion book, preferably one that divides opinions) and THE FRAGILE THREADS OF POWER by V.E. Schwab (a book Kate recommended to herself, but did it deliver on her stratospherically high expectations?)

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Book list for So Late in the Day episode

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

The English Understand Wool by Helen DeWitt

The Road to the City by Natalia Ginsberg in the Storybook ND series

Tom Lake, Bel Canto and The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn

Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr

Soldier, Sailor by Claire Kilroy

The Fragile Threads of Power by V.E. Schwab

The Women of Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim

The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff

Notes on So Late in the Day episode

The New Yorker podcast in which Claire Keegan reads So Late in the Day is here

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