If you’ve been wondering whether or not to tackle the work of Nobel-prizewinner Annie Ernaux, and in partiular The Years, generally considered to be definitive, listen in and find out what Laura’s book club thought (you might be surprised).
We’re also generally delighted by how interesting the life of 17th-century poet John Donne is in the hands of Katherine Rundell, and her Baillie-Gifford prizewinner Super-Infinite. But were Kate’s book club unanimous in their praise?
Discover more great reads as we delve into our recent reading piles, plus those of our guest and book-bestie, journalist Phil Chaffee. Find out the hits and misses, plus the books we’ve got on the go right now.
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The Years by Annie Ernaux
Super-Infinite by Katherine Rundell
The Banished Immortal by Ha Jin
Grey Bees by Andrei Kurkov
Avid Reader by Robert Gottlieb (and we also mentioned the film Turn Every Page)
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Watch us Dance by Leila Slimani (and we also mentioned her other books Lullaby or The Perfect Nanny, and The Country of Others)
Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton (and we also mentioned her previous book The Luminaries)
Monsters by Claire Dederer
The Great Reclamation by Rachel Heng
Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tocarczuk
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor