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Claire Handscombe

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Talking British Books & More With Claire Handscombe

Book Talk, etc.

In Episode 42 of Book Talk, Etc. Tina and Renee welcome fellow podcaster and author Claire Handscombe. They’ll share what they've been loving lately, their latest British reads, and have book talk about all things Brit Lit.  **If you enjoy our podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon ! We have great bonus episodes: Books we DNFed, Books We Disagreed On, Backlist Book Club, Second Year Spoiler Author Chat, Mood Reader Happy Hour, an engaging private Facebook group- for just $5 a month! *The book titles listed are linked to Amazon Affiliates, where we make a small commission from qualifying purchases (at no cost to you). Thanks for your supportLoving Lately  2:15 Pancake Day (C) Claire’s mom’s British crepe recipe -here5:00 Wolf Like Me Tv Series (T)   8:35GrandeLASH-MD  (R) Latest Reads10:47 Funny You Should Ask | Elissa Sussman (C)   14:00 Will | Will Smith 🎧 (T)   20:21 Viola Davis | Finding Me   20:33 The Unsinkable Greta James | Jennifer Smith  (R)  24:30 Songs in Ursa Major | Emma Brodie   25:38 Book Talk 26:24 Just Haven’t Met You Yet | Sophie Cousens   30:19 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman 31:01 What Page are You on Podcast   31:45 The Book Club Review Podcast  32:24 The Fiction Café Book Club Facebook Group  32:37 The Guardian32:47 The Bookseller  34:31 The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman    36:23 On a Night Like This | Linsdey Kelk  ( I Heart books) 36:12 Women in the Middle |Millie Johnson 37:00 Again, Rachel | Marian Keyes38:00 The Grownups | Marian Keyes38:36 The Dark | Sharon Bolton     39:17 Book Depository    Show Notes continued in Chapters! or on booktalketcpodcast.comConnect with us on social media! On Instagram, Tina @Tbretc, Renee  @Itsbooktalk, and the podcast is @booktalketcYou can also email us at booktalketc@gmail.comConnect with Claire on Twitter, Instagram & The Brit Lit Podcast Support the show

1hr 23mins

15 Mar 2022

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You Should Read: British Books (With Claire Handscombe and the BritLit Podcast!)

What You Should Read

Hi Should-Heads! This is a fun but expensive episode. We're joined by Claire Handscombe, author, bookseller, noted West Wing enthusiast and podcaster! Claire came with a great list of recommendations and they all sound amazing. You're going to want to take notes and hit up your library or favorite bookstore (or Blackwell's.com--just one of many hot tips we get from this episode). Want to read some amazing books before most people can? Sign up for Book of the Month and use our promo code WHATYOUSHOULDREAD at checkout to get your first box for just $9.99. Check out their February selections:     https://www.bookofthemonth.com/the-best-new-books  Rachael Reads on Youtube:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHYcyAEteFiL-sLHZVLX6nw Bachelor Nation reading challenge:         https://www.instagram.com/p/CJl3uDVJmuc/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Tis the Damn Readathon (Taylor Swift challenge):    https://twitter.com/damnreadathon Currently Reading: Julia: Olive (Emma Gannon--one of Claire's recommendations!) and Temporary (Hilary Leichter)Kelly: The Kingdom of Back (Marie Lu)Rachael: Graceling series (Kristin Cashore)  Recent Acquisitions:Julia: none, somehow Kelly: Life in the Balance (Jen Petro-Roy), Cool For the Summer (Dahlia Adler), Sloppy Firsts re-release (Megan McCafferty) and Wings of Ebony (J Elle)  Rachael: Love is For Losers (Wibke Brueggemann)Other Books Mentioned (Claire bankrupts us): Unscripted (Claire Handscombe), The Office of Historical Corrections (Danielle Evans), Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling (Emer McLysaght), the Georgia Nicolson series (Louise Rennison), Eleanor Olyphant is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman), One Day in December (Josie Silver), Act Your Age, Eve Brown (Talia Hibbert), Olive (Emma Gannon), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 and 3/4 (Sue Townsend), One Day (David Nicholls), Love, Nina (Nina Stibbe), Freshers/Freshmen (Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison), The Paris Connection (Lorraine Brown) and the collected works of Kazuo Ishiguro. Follow Claire Handscombe: Twitter: @bookishclaire and @britlitpodcastInstagram: @claireandherbooks Podcast: https://linktr.ee/britlitpodcast Buy Unscripted: https://bookshop.org/books/unscripted/9780997552324  Follow What You Should Read: Twitter:@wysr_podcast Instagram:@wysr_podcast Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/115539912-what-you-should-read-podcast YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCfNtid_b0R14otSPRZTkmQ www.whatyoushouldread.com Don't forget about our next book club! We're discussing Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro! It comes out on March 2 and you can email your thoughts or find us on social media! We're really excited for this one--and its special guest! Theme song by Violet Gray:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOQUkSoVPZkfsXtMWLoZV5Q

1hr 6mins

2 Mar 2021

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Friday Morning Coffee: Claire Handscombe, Author, The Brit Lit Podcast

Writer's Bone

Claire Handscombe, author of Unscripted, chats with Daniel Ford about her work and The Brit Lit Podcast. Caitlin Malcuit also discusses Anti-Racism Daily's 28 Days of Black History. To learn more about Claire Handscombe, visit her official website and follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Also visit The Brit Lit Podcast's website, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, and follow it on Twitter and Instagram. Today’s Friday Morning Coffee episode is sponsored by Libro.fm.


5 Feb 2021

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Ep. 70: All Things Audiobooks with Claire Handscombe of Libro.fm

Sarah's Bookshelves Live

In Episode 70, Claire Handscombe from Libro.fm joins me to talk about Libro.fm, tips for audiobook listeners, and shares a TON of fantastic audiobook recommendations. Special Offer for New $5/month Patrons (sign up here) Libro.fm is offering 1 free audiobook credit to anyone who signs up to support Sarah’s Bookshelves on Patreon during the month of November! Plus, we’ve got some fun things planned for patrons for the end of the year: Best Books of 2020 Tournament for Patrons (culminating in a bonus podcast episode breaking down the tournament) Goodreads Choice Awards Breakdown – bonus podcast episode with Carla from Happiest When Reading “How to Get the Most Out of Your 2021 Reading Tracker” bonus podcast episode (plus, a 25% discount on the purchase of the 2021 tracker for patrons) This post contains affiliate links, through which I make a small commission when you make a purchase (at no cost to you!). Highlights How Libro.fm supports independent bookstores. The biggest differences between Libro.fm and Audible (including some I was unaware of). What happens to the author of an audiobook you return to Audible. How to return an audiobook to Libro.fm (email hello@libro.fm). Steps Libro.fm has taken to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Tips for people who tend to zone out while listening to audiobooks. “Starter” audiobook recommendations [21:43] 2020 audiobook listening trends and any changes in listening trends when COVID-19 hit. Audiobooks that would make great gifts [26:12] Big audiobooks coming out this winter that we should be excited about [28:19] Claire’s Book Recommendations [33:53] Two OLD Books She Loves Come to the Edge by Christina Haag | Buy from Libro.fm [33:48] Dear Mr. You by Mary Louise Parker | Buy from Libro.fm [36:36] Two NEW Books She Loves Pelosi by Molly Ball | Buy from Libro.fm [39:04] A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost | Buy from Libro.fm [42:12] One Book She DIDN’T LOVE The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris [44:27] One NEW RELEASE She’s Excited About Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (Release Date: March 2, 2021) | Buy from Libro.fm [47:57] Last 5 Star Book Claire Read [50:53] A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost | Buy from Libro.fm [50:53] Other Books Mentioned Unscripted by Claire Handscombe [6:26] Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed | Buy from Libro.fm [18:28] Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell | Buy from Libro.fm [20:39] Open Book by Jessica Simpson (My Review) | Buy from Libro.fm [21:08] Born a Crime by Trevor Noah [21:11] Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham | Buy from Libro.fm [22:01] Becoming by Michelle Obama (My Review) | Buy from Libro.fm [22:55] How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi | Buy from Libro.fm [24:47] The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (My Review) | Buy from Libro.fm [26:31] The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (My Review) | Buy from Libro.fm [26:31] Circe by Madeline Miller (My Review) | Buy from Libro.fm [26:49] The Best of Me by David Sedaris | Buy from Libro.fm [26:54] One Life by Megan Rapinoe [27:08] Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton | Buy from Libro.fm [27:18] A Promised Land by Barack Obama | Buy from Libro.fm [28:26] Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline | Buy from Libro.fm [30:03] The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson, Casey Sherman, and Dave Wedge | Buy from Libro.fm [30:17] The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw | Buy from Libro.fm [30:55] Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho | Buy from Libro.fm [32:04] Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo [32:47] Super Host by Kate Russo | Buy from Libro.fm [32:57] The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro | Buy from Libro.fm [48:12] Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro | Buy from Libro.fm [48:12] Other Links Bookshop.org Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, CA) Libro.fm Playlists: 2020 BIPOC Audiobooks, Dear White People, How to Be an Antiracist Audiobooks, Audiobooks by Indigenous Authors, Audiobooks by Latinx Authors, Not-So-Straight-On Til Morning 18 Things You Can Do While You Listen to Audiobooks by Claire Handscombe Shoplocalbookstores.com Frequently Gifted Audiobooks Playlist Dolly Parton’s America (podcast) About Claire Website | Instagram Claire is a British writer who moved to Washington, DC, in 2012, ostensibly to study for an MFA in Creative Writing at American University, but really, let’s be honest, because of an obsession with The West Wing. She focussed on fiction during her MFA, but also took classes in literary journalism, poetry translation, and political speechwriting (because, yes, of The West Wing). Her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications in four countries, including both of the UK’s best-selling writing magazines, as well as the Washington Post. She is also a regular contributor to the largest independent book site in the US, Book Riot, and the host of the Brit Lit Podcast, a fortnightly show of news and views from British books and publishing. Her début novel, Unscripted, is forthcoming from Unbound. She is also the author of Conquering Babel: A Practical Guide to Learning a Language, as well as the editor of an anthology of essays and interviews about the impact of The West Wing on lives and culture.


11 Nov 2020

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Ep. 104: A Bucket of Fall & Back to School Book Recs – Claire Handscombe, East City Bookshop

Nerd Farmer Podcast

Claire Handscombe is a bookseller at East City Bookshop in Washington DC and Book Champion for LibroFM. She is a blogger, web designer, and curator of books playlists. We invited her on the show to talk about what she’s reading and what we should be reading. She brought the goods and had recs in for everyone! Non-cis dude memoirs The 2020 election Recs from LibroFM’s anti-racist playlist Genre fiction Activist/education related books not written from Brené Brown The Socials @eastcitybooks  @bookishclaire  Coming Up Next Nerd Farm Reads: My Name by Chanel Miller A talk with food critic Sue Kidd The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and TAPCO Credit Union Please consider supporting the podcast by joining Channel 253 as a member


7 Sep 2020

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Author Interview for Claire Handscombe's UNSCRIPTED -- A "Smart Beach Read"


In this Unabridged Podcast episode, the Unabridged team had an amazing opportunity to interview author and podcaster of The Brit Lit Podcast Claire Handscombe about her book Unscripted. Claire describes her debut novel as a "smart beach read."​Sara, Jen, and Ashley all read Unscripted and were delighted to have an opportunity to discuss the work, her love of The West Wing, and writing in general, with Claire.  discussion Spoiler-free section: 0:00 - 29:22 Spoiler section: 29:22 - 44:26 mentions  *Libby Page's The Lido *A. J. Pierce's Dear Mrs. Bird *Adelle Waldman's The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P *Martha Alderson's The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master *Martha Alderson's Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories *The West Wing Weekly Podcast *The Brit Lit Podcast *The West Wing TV series *Notting Hill film ​Check out what's coming up next. want to support unabridged?   Become a patron on Patreon.​ Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram. Like and follow our Facebook Page. Follow us @unabridgedpod on Twitter. Subscribe to our podcast and rate us on iTunes or on Stitcher. Check us out on Podbean.


15 May 2019

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Ep. 30: Claire Handscombe, Author of Unscripted

A Bookish Home

This week my guest is Claire Handscombe, author of the new book Unscripted and host of The Britlit Podcast. Unscripted is the perfect next read for fans of One Day in December by Josie Silver and One Day by David Nicholls. You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. Books Mentioned On This Episode: Unscripted One … Continue reading Ep. 30: Claire Handscombe, Author of Unscripted →

9 May 2019

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EP186: Claire Handscombe - Myers-Briggs, Enneagrams and The West Wing

The Bestseller Experiment

Claire Handscombe is a British writer whose obsession with The West Wing took her to Washington DC. Her debut novel, Unscripted, is out now and she tells us about how she used some remarkable psychological tools to develop her characters. Our novel Back To Reality is out now bestsellerexperiment.com/backtoreality PODCAST In This Episode You Will […] The post EP186: Claire Handscombe – Myers-Briggs, Enneagrams and The West Wing appeared first on The Bestseller Experiment.


22 Apr 2019

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Minisode: An Interview with "Unscripted" Author Claire Handscombe

Currently Reading

Today’s minisode give you the opportunity to “meet” Claire Handscombe, the author of newly-released “Unscripted”. It’s a perfect read for your beach vacation! In this “minisode”, Claire and I discuss what fangirling to the max truly is, we talk a bit about the publishing industry, cast her book, and talk about what the process is like for an author to get published for the first time. And, as always, we’ll end with a book she wants to press into your hands, readers! Minisode shownotes are not timestamped, but linked titles are below for you to peruse. Unscripted by Claire Handscombe Love, Factually (UK) or Love Understood (US) by Laura Mucha Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton Come To The Edge by Christina Haag The Editor by Steven Rowley Claire’s website (with links to all her social media!)


5 Apr 2019

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014 - Unscripted - An Interview with Claire Handscombe

Another Book on the Shelf

Gen and Jette interview Claire Handscombe, author of the new novel, Unscripted, coming out April 4th. Show Notes:The things you do for the West Wing.Listen to Claire’s podcast – The BritLit Podcast.You’re Booked sounds like another great podcast.Why not visit Washington, DC?Want to read even more about books? Check out BookRiot.Litsy is a great new social media took for readers and authors.Books mentioned in this episode:The Plot Whisperer – Martha AldersonOne Day – David NichollsThe Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey NiffeneggerOne Day in December – Josie SilverHow to Be a Grown Up – Daisy BuchananSisterhood – Daisy BuchananThe Hunting Party – Lucy FoleyThe Great Believers – Rebecca MakkaiDon’t forget to follow us on Instagram @anotherbookpodcast, Twitter @anotherbookpod, and Facebook or email us at anotherbookontheshelfpodcast@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter as well!


1 Apr 2019