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The Happy Reader, with Seb Emina • #98

A magazine that has always been dear to our hearts is Penguin’s Happy Reader, an occasional publication that takes inspiration from the idea of a book club. In the early days of the podcast we were delighted to interview its editor Seb Emina. To celebrate the launch of The Happy Reader‘s latest edition we’re releasing that interview again. From the thinking that goes into every issue, from treasure hunts to the perfect way to drink your tea, from book recommendations to unusual ideas for book club meet ups, this episode has it all.

Book recommendations

So many books are mentioned in passing in this episode, but in particular Seb talks about

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (and listen in to episode 9 of the pod for our full book club discussion on that one)

Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard


Listen via the media player above or your podcast app here.

You can find out more about The Happy Reader, buy the latest issue or subscribe at their website thehappyreader.com. You can also sign up to their newsletter, Happy Readings, where once a month you’ll get a little dose of Happy Readerness in your inbox. Seb is on Instagram and Twitter @sebemina

For our full book club discussion on book of the season for The Happy Reader’s Jarvis Cocker issue, We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, plus our selection of follow-on reads, check out episode 9.

Photograph of Seb by Spencer Wolff

Over to you

Do you love The Happy Reader as much as we do? What’s your favourite issue? Comment below.


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