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A fortnightly show about news and views from the world of British books and publishing

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A fortnightly show about news and views from the world of British books and publishing

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I throughly enjoy listening to this podcast. It’s fantastic!

Great first episode!

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Loved the first episode, Claire is an excellent interviewer. Excited to keep listening!

iTunes Ratings

33 Ratings
Average Ratings
26
4
1
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Fantastic

By Heather- Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Jan 10 2020
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I throughly enjoy listening to this podcast. It’s fantastic!

Great first episode!

By PaulRamoneisdead - Oct 11 2017
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Loved the first episode, Claire is an excellent interviewer. Excited to keep listening!
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Rank #1: 03: Dizzied by the Free-Flowing Drink

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Claire speaks to Elizabeth Day, author of the literary thriller The Party, about her time at Cambridge, how her journalism career trained her to be a novelist, and our picks for the Man Booker Prize.

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Party, by Elizabeth Day

Middlemarch, by George Eliot

The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe

The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen

Underworld, by Don DeLillo

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P, by Adelle Waldman

Swing Time, by Zadie Smith

The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

Gnomon, by Nick Harkaway

History of Wolves, by Emily Fridlund

Elmet, by Fiona Mozley

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy

The Burning Girl, by Claire Messud

Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders

The Great Gatsby, by F Scott Fitzgerald

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

Invitation To The Waltz, by Rosamond Lehmann

The Weather In The Streets, by Rosamond Lehmann

Love & Fame, by Susie Boyt

Autumn, by Ali Smith

Winter, by Ali Smith

Mythos, by Stephen Fry

An Almost Perfect Christmas, by Nina Stibbe

Love, Nina, by Nina Stibbe

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Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com

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Nov 02 2017

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Rank #2: 02: Drizzle on the Tent

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Claire talks to Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest, about the British authors who inspire her, as well as her love of London and of the Great British Bake Off. She also highlights new books out this week and gives tips on finding British books if you’re not UK-based.

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Nest, by Cynthia d'Aprix Sweeney

The Master Bedroom, by Tessa Hadley

The Past, by Tessa Hadley

The Photograph, by Tessa Hadley

The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A Yearbook of Forgotten Words, by Paul Antony Jones

Of Women, by Shami Chakrabati Seven Days of Us, by Francesca Hornak

The Vacationers, by Emma Straub

The Power, by Naomi Alderman The Secret Life: Three True Stories, by Andrew O'Hagan

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Oct 19 2017

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Rank #3: 59: Everything I Know About Love, with Dolly Alderton

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Our guest on episode 59 is Dolly Alderton. As well as being half of the High Low podcast, Dolly is also a successful journalist and columnist, and her novel, Ghosts, is forthcoming later this year. Her bestselling memoir Everything I Know About Love came out in the UK in 2018, and is finally out in the US this month, in hardcover, ebook and also audio. We covered her favourite literary friendships, how it feels to write a novel after writing a memoir,  the challenges and joys of working closely with a good friend on a hugely successful project, and more.

 Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

Everything I Know About Love, by Dolly Alderton

Ghosts, by Dolly Alderton

My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante

Standard Deviation, by Katherine Heiny

Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding

Your Voice in My Head, by Emma Forrest 

The Hungover Games, by Sophie Heawood

The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes

The Sea, the Sea, by Iris Murdoch

Me, by Elton John

Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones

Reckless Daughter: a Portrait of Joni Mitchell, by David Yaffe

High Times, Hard Times, by Anita O'Day

A Theatre for Dreamers, by Polly Sampson

Actress, by Anne Enright

Nothing To See Here, by Kevin Wilson

The Pisces, by Melissa Broder

Actress, by Anne Enright

My Dark Vanessa, by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

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For daily news and views from British books and publishing, follow the Brit Lit Blog.

Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com

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Feb 19 2020

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Rank #4: 33: Unbelievable Situations A Lot Of the Time, with Lindsey Kelk.

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Lindsey Kelk is back on the podcast today to catch us up on what she’s been up to in the last year. Lindsey is the author of the best-selling I Heart series of romantic comedies as well as countless other books and an exciting new project we possibly have the world exclusive on. She’s also the cohost of two podcasts. We talked about her favourite books of the year, the podcasts she likes, the joys and challenges of writing a beloved series, and more.

Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

One in a Million, by Lindsey Kelk

I Heart Hawaii, by Lindsey Kelk

Cinders & Sparks, by Lindsey Kelk

I Heart New York, by Lindsey Kelk

I Heart Vegas, by Lindsey Kelk

I Heart Christmas, by Lindsey Kelk

I Heart Forever, by Lindsey Kelk

The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp, by Sarra Manning

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman

To All the Boys I've Loved Before, by Jenny Han

Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan

Wilde About The Girl, by Louise Pentland

Louis & Louise, by Julie Cohen

Becoming, by Michelle Obama

From the Corner of the Oval, by Beck Dorey-Stein

The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin

Lullaby/The Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani

The Travelling Cat Chronicles, by Hiro Arikawa

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

(A note on my book links: they usually take you to Amazon, and I get a few pence per sale at no extra cost to you if you click them and buy from there, which will help me make this podcast viable long-term. But better than Amazon, who are, let’s be honest, not the greatest, is Blackwells or Waterstones, or, even better, your local independent bookshop. If you live in the US or elsewhere further afield, you can find UK books at Book Depository (also owned by Amazon) at a good price and with no postage cost, or sometimes at Wordery.com, or you can buy them from Amazon US, or, even better, an independent bookshop.)

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Podcasts mentioned:

Full Coverage

Tight and Fights

Getting Curious

The Emma Guns Show

Who Weekly

The High Low

At Home With

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Pre-order Claire’s novel, Unscripted.

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For daily news and views from British books and publishing, follow the Brit Lit Blog.

Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com

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Dec 27 2018

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Rank #5: 47:The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, with Abbi Waxman

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Abbi Waxman’s latest novel The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is out this week on both sides of the Atlantic. Nina Hill loves trivia and her cat, and works in a delightful but struggling bookshop. She’s an introvert who’s got her life and social calendar under control – until she finds out about a whole big family she never knew she had. And just as she’s struggling to get her head around that, the trivia competition world throws an attractive guy into her path, too. What I loved best about this book – and there’s a lot to love -- was the charming, witty tone of the writing, which addresses the reader directly in places.

Abbi Waxman talked to the podcast about the booksellers that inspired the book, the neighbourhood of LA in which it’s set, how her degree in anthropology informs her writing, the joys and challenges of being a Brit living in the US, and more.

You can listen to the episode here,

or Spotify, or iTunes,

or wherever else you get your podcasts.

Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, by Abbi Waxman

Other People's Houses, by Abbi Waxman

The Garden of Small Beginnings, by Abbi Waxman

Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast, by Charlie Connelly

Notes from a Small Island, by Bill Bryson

The Body: A Guide for Occupants, by Bill Bryson

At Home: A Short History of Private Life, by Bill Bryson

Sweet Sorrow, by David Nicholls

Expectation, by Anna Day

A Half Baked Idea, by Olivia Potts

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

(A note on my book links: they usually take you to Amazon, and I get a few pence per sale at no extra cost to you if you click them and buy from there, which will help me make this podcast viable long-term. But better than Amazon, who are, let’s be honest, not the greatest, is Blackwells or Waterstones, or, even better, your local independent bookshop. If you live in the US or elsewhere further afield, you can find UK books at Book Depository (also owned by Amazon) at a good price and with no postage cost, or sometimes at Wordery.com, or you can buy them from Amazon US, or, even better, an independent bookshop.)

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Jul 11 2019

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Rank #6: 15: Indispensable Hearts of the Community

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Claire speaks to Libby Page, author of The Lido, which is out today. They discuss the inspiration for the book, the magic of outdoor swimming, the new Up Lit trend, and more.

Books mentioned on the episode:

The Lido, by Libby Page

(pre-order The Lido in the US)

Tin Man, by Sarah Winman

Three Things About Elsie, by Joanna Cannon

I Love You Too Much, by Alicia Drake

Swell, by Jenny Landreth

Floating, by Joe Minihane

Leap In: A Woman, Some Waves, and the Will to Swim, by Alexandra Heminsley

Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain, by Roger Deakin

Now Let's Dance, by Karine Lambert

White Teeth, by Zadie SmithArticle mentioned on the episode:

Up Lit: the new book trend with kindness at its core

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Apr 19 2018

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Rank #7: 53: All The Books, with Liberty Hardy

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From time to time on the podcast, we speak to someone who is not British, so that we get an outside perspective on UK books. On episode 53, we hear from Liberty Hardy, Book Riot's resident velocireader and all round Queen Of All Things Books. She talked about how she manages to read as much as she does – and she really does read a LOT – and we also talked about her favourite Kate Atkinson book, what Sarah Waters quote she has as a tattoo, and a lot more. It's a fun one -- have a listen!

Also, it's the podcast's 2nd birthday today! If you'd like to buy it a present, some love on patreon.com/britlitblog is always appreciated.

 Books mentioned in this episode:

Himself, by Jess Kidd

Things in Jars, by Jess Kidd

From The Wreck, by Jane Rawson

Star-Crossed, by Minnie Darke.

Ghost Wall, by Sarah Moss

A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson

The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters

The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters

The Confessions of Frannie Langton, by Sara Collins

Queenie, by Candice Carty-Williams

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, by Max Porter

Lanny, by Max Porter

Here We Are, by Graham Swift

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator, by Timothy C Winegard

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

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For daily news and views from British books and publishing, follow the Brit Lit Blog.

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Oct 03 2019

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Rank #8: 41: The Sisterhood, with Daisy Buchanan

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Daisy Buchanan is the author most recently of the memoir The Sisterhood, a book about growing up as the eldest of six girls. She and I talked about the books she recommend to her sisters, why Judy Blume’s novels have been so formative for so many of us,  what book covers featuring the back of a woman’s head have going for them, and more.

You can listen to the episode here,

or Spotify, or iTunes,

or wherever else you get your podcasts.

Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

The Sisterhood: A Love Letter to the Women Who Have Shaped Me, by Daisy Buchanan

I Love You More Than You Know: Essays, by Jonathan Ames

The Blessing, by Nancy Mitford

Anybody Out There, by Marian Keyes

What a Carve Up! , by Jonathan Coe

Oh My God What a Complete Aisling, by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Last Minute Rooms in Bethlehem: And Other Great Internet Search Histories of the Past, by Dale Shaw

Forever, by Judy Blume

Flowers in the Attic, by V C Andrews

Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fk, by Sarah Knight

The Time of Indifference, by Alberto Moravia

The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante

Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer

How to Be a Grown Up, by Daisy Buchanan

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

Sex and Rage, by Eve Babitz

Scribble Scribble, by Nora Ephron

Delight, by JB Priestley

The Flatshare, by Beth O'Leary

Our Life in a Day, by Jamie Fewery

Machines Like Me, by Ian McEwan

The Parisian, by Isabella Hamma

Going Solo: My choice to become a single mother using a donor, by Genevieve Roberts

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

(A note on my book links: they usually take you to Amazon, and I get a few pence per sale at no extra cost to you if you click them and buy from there, which will help me make this podcast viable long-term. But better than Amazon, who are, let’s be honest, not the greatest, is Blackwells or Waterstones, or, even better, your local independent bookshop. If you live in the US or elsewhere further afield, you can find UK books at Book Depository (also owned by Amazon) at a good price and with no postage cost, or sometimes at Wordery.com, or you can buy them from Amazon US, or, even better, an independent bookshop.)

Podcasts Mentioned on the Show:

You're Booked

Backlisted

The High Low

Always There

Sentimental Garbage

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Buy Claire’s novel, Unscripted.

Support Claire on Patreon to get bonus content and personalised book recommendations.

Buy Brit Lit Podcast merch to show your love for your podcast and help support it.

Sign up to Claire’s newsletter to get updates on her writing, as well as recommendations for books and podcasts.

For daily news and views from British books and publishing, follow the Brit Lit Blog.

Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com

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Daisy Buchanan is the author most recently of the memoir The Sisterhood, a book about growing up as the eldest of six girls. She and I talked about the books she recommend to her sisters, why Judy Blume’s novels have been so formative for so many of us,  what book covers featuring the back of a woman’s head have going for them, and more.

Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

The Sisterhood: A Love Letter to the Women Who Have Shaped Me, by Daisy Buchanan

I Love You More Than You Know: Essays, by Jonathan Ames

The Blessing, by Nancy Mitford

Anybody Out There, by Marian Keyes

What a Carve Up! , by Jonathan Coe

Oh My God What a Complete Aisling, by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Last Minute Rooms in Bethlehem: And Other Great Internet Search Histories of the Past, by Dale Shaw

Forever, by Judy Blume

Flowers in the Attic, by V C Andrews

Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*k, by Sarah Knight

The Time of Indifference, by Alberto Moravia

The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante

Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer

How to Be a Grown Up, by Daisy Buchanan

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

Sex and Rage, by Eve Babitz

Scribble Scribble, by Nora Ephron

Delight, by JB Priestley

The Flatshare, by Beth O'Leary

Our Life in a Day, by Jamie Fewery

Machines Like Me, by Ian McEwan

The Parisian, by Isabella Hamma

Going Solo: My choice to become a single mother using a donor, by Genevieve Roberts

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

 (A note on my book links: they usually take you to Amazon, and I get a few pence per sale at no extra cost to you if you click them and buy from there, which will help me make this podcast viable long-term. But better than Amazon, who are, let’s be honest, not the greatest, is Blackwells or Waterstones, or, even better, your local independent bookshop. If you live in the US or elsewhere further afield, you can find UK books at Book Depository (also owned by Amazon) at a good price and with no postage cost, or sometimes at Wordery.com, or you can buy them from Amazon US, or, even better, an independent bookshop.)

Podcasts Mentioned on the Show:

You're Booked

Backlisted

The High Low

Always There

Sentimental Garbage

Buy Claire’s novel, Unscripted.

Support Claire on Patreon to get bonus content and personalised book recommendations.

Buy Brit Lit Podcast merch to show your love for your podcast and help support it.

Sign up to Claire’s newsletter to get updates on her writing, as well as recommendations for books and podcasts.

For daily news and views from British books and publishing, follow the Brit Lit Blog.

Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com

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Apr 18 2019

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Rank #9: 51: The Lost Letters of William Woolf, with Helen Cullen

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From time to time on the podcast, we speak to someone who is not British, so that we get an outside perspective on UK books. Helen Cullen is Irish, though she has lived in London a long time and her debut novel, The Lost Letters of William Woolf, is set there.

Helen talked to me about the lost art of letter writing, some of her favourite epistolary novels, why she loves London, and more.

Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

The Lost Letters of William Woolf, by Helen Cullen

84, Charing Cross Road, by Helen Hanff

Persuasion, by Jane Austen

Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home, by Nina Stibbe

A Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf

Three Guineas, by Virginia Woolf

Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn, by Brett Anderson

The Hiding Game, by Naomi Woods

Mrs. Hemingway, by Naomi Woods

The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett

They Don’t Teach This, by Eniola Aluko

Confessions of a Bookseller, by Shaun Blythell

To War with the Walkers, by Annabel Venning

Come Again, by Robert Webb

For Emily, by Katherine Slee

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

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Read Helen's review of The Hiding Game by Naomi Woods.

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Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com

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Sep 05 2019

33mins

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Rank #10: 12: School Uniforms and Sticky Toffee Pudding

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Our guests today are Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison, two authors who co-write YA novels about awkward love stories. They discuss their books, their friendship, their university years, and differences between the British and American teen experiences, and it’s a lot of (almost clean) bookish fun.

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Books mentioned on the episode:

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

Lobsters/A Totally Awkward Love Story, by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Never Evers, by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Freshers/Freshmen, by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Malory Towers, by Enid Blyton

Sweet Valley High, by Francine Pascal

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 & 3/4by Sue Townsend

I Capture The Castle, by Dodie Smith

Withering Tights, by Louise Rennison

Holes, by Louis Sachar

Born A Crime, by Trevor Noah

Seven Days of You, by Cecilia Vinesse

Hot Mess, by Lucy Vine

What Fresh Hell, by Lucy Vine

Tender, by Eve Ainsworth

The Exact Opposite of Okay, by Laura Steven

Life Lessons from Remarkable Women: Tales of Triumph, Failure and Learning to Love Yourself, by Stylist Magazine

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading, by Lucy Mangan

Love After Love, by Alex Hourston

The Perfect Girlfriend, by Karen Hamilton

Support Claire on Patreon to get bonus content and personalised book recommendations.

Buy Brit Lit Podcast merch to show your love for your podcast and help support it.

Pre-order Claire’s novel, Unscripted, help make the book happen, and get rewards too.

For daily news and views from British books and publishing, follow the Brit Lit Blog.

Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com

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Mar 08 2018

38mins

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Rank #11: 27: Looking Through the Spy Hole, with Claire Fuller

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In this first anniversary episode, we hear from Claire Fuller, who is the author of three novels: Our Endless Numbered Days, Swimming Lessons, and Bitter Orange, which came out in the UK in September and is out in the US next week. She talks about the intriguing dedication in that novel, her love of Shirley Jackson, how Leonard Cohen's music coloured her writing of her latest novel, and more.

Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

Bitter Orange, by Claire Fuller

No Voice from the Hall: Early Memories of a Country House Snooper, by John Harris

The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery and Other Stories, by Shirley Jackson

The Hours, by Michael Cunningham

The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry

Melmoth, by Sarah Perry

A Better Me: The Official Autobiography, by Gary Barlow

The Story of NOW That's What I Call Music in 100 Artists

Best of Today: 60 Years of Conversations, Contradictions and Controversies, by the BBC

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

(A note on my book links: they usually take you to Amazon, and I get a few pence per sale at no extra cost to you if you click them and buy from there, which will help me make this podcast viable long-term. But better than Amazon, who are, let’s be honest, not the greatest, is Blackwells or Waterstones, or, even better, your local independent bookshop. If you live in the US or elsewhere further afield, you can find UK books at Book Depository (also owned by Amazon) at a good price and with no postage cost, or sometimes at Wordery.com, or you can buy them from Amazon US, or, even better, an independent bookshop.)

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Support Claire on Patreon to get bonus content and personalised book recommendations.

Buy Brit Lit Podcast merch to show your love for your podcast and help support it.

Pre-order Claire’s novel, Unscripted, help make the book happen, and get rewards too.

For daily news and views from British books and publishing, follow the Brit Lit Blog.

Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at britlitpodcast@gmail.com

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Oct 04 2018

22mins

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Rank #12: 07: Eat a Bacon Sandwich

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As we look to the New Year, we hear from Rosy Edwards and Amy Baker of The Riff Raff, a London-based community of writers. They spoke about their memoirs about dating and travel, recommended books they’ve recently loved, and gave tips to anyone whose Near Year’s Resolution is to finally write that book.

Books mentioned on the show:

Confessions of a Tinderella, by Rosy Edwards

Miss-adventures: A Tale of Ignoring Life Advice While Backpacking Around South America, by Amy Baker

His Frozen Fingertips, by Charlotte Bowyer

Is Monogamy Dead?: Rethinking relationships in the 21st century, by Rosie Wilby

Rattle, by Fiona Cummins

Dark Pines, by Will Dean

What We Lose, by Zinzi Clemons

Girl in Snow, by Danya Kukafka

Fire Sermon, by Jamie Quatro

Little Deaths, by Emma Flint

Educated, by Tara Westover

The Party, by Elizabeth Day

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, by Jennifer Ryan

Unconventional, by Maggie Harcourt

Freshers, by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Now Let's Dance, by Karine Lambert, translated by Anthea Bell

Piglettes, by Clémentine Beauvais

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Rank #13: 08: We Just Need a Hot Air Balloon

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Our guest today is Nikesh Shukla, writer, editor, rapper, and advocate for BAME voices in publishing. We talked about the pervasiveness of social media, the upcoming US edition of The Good Immigrant, and his response to the ubiquity of fictional white boys with dogs called Timmy.

Books mentioned on the show: 

Everything I Know About Love, by Dolly Alderton

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading, by Lucy Mangan

Dear Mrs. Bird, by A J Pearce

In Our Mad and Furious City, by Guy Gunaratne

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder, by Sarah Harris

Bitter Orange, by Claire Fuller

Transcription, by Kate Atkinson

Coconut Unlimited, by Nikesh Shukla

Meatspace, by Nikesh Shukla

The Good Immigrant, ed. Nikesh Shukla

The One Who Wrote Destiny, by Nikesh Shukla

Feel Free: Essays, by Zadie Smith

The Adulterants, by Joe Dunthorne

I Still Dream, by Jane Smythe

The Buddha of Suburbia, by Hanif Kureshi

Happiness for Humans, by PZ Reizin

The Fandom, by Anna Day

Hearts And Minds: The Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and How Women Won the Vote, by Jane Robinson

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, by Joanna Cannon

Three Things About Elsie, by Joanna Cannon

Anatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughan

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Rank #14: 32: Seven Days Of Us with Francesa Hornak

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We hear from Francesa Hornak, the author of Seven Days of Us, a page-turner of a novel about family tension perfect to curl up with over the Christmas holidays. In episode 32 of the Brit Lit Podcast, she tells us about the books she likes to give for Christmas, her favourite reads about family tension, the novel her grandmother wrote, and more.

Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

Seven Days of Us, by Francesca Hornak

The Nest, by Cynthia d'Aprix Sweeney

The Vacationers, by Emma Straub

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

Hangover Square, by Patrick Hamilton

Love, Nina, by Nina Stibbe

A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

The Diary of a Nobody, by George Grossmith

Eleven, by Patricia Highsmith

One Point Two Billion, by Mahesh Roa

The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachmann

The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble

Normal People, by Sally Rooney

Conversations with Friends, by Sally Rooney

Theresa's Choice, by Rachel Cecil

In Our Mad and Furious City, by Guy Gunaratne

The Au Pair, by Emma Rous

Friends Like These, by Sarah Alderson

Friend Request, by Laura Marshall

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

(A note on my book links: they usually take you to Amazon, and I get a few pence per sale at no extra cost to you if you click them and buy from there, which will help me make this podcast viable long-term. But better than Amazon, who are, let’s be honest, not the greatest, is Blackwells or Waterstones, or, even better, your local independent bookshop. If you live in the US or elsewhere further afield, you can find UK books at Book Depository (also owned by Amazon) at a good price and with no postage cost, or sometimes at Wordery.com, or you can buy them from Amazon US, or, even better, an independent bookshop.)

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Dec 13 2018

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Rank #15: 21: The Stuff You Can't Prepare For

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Claire speaks to Daisy Buchanan, who's a prolific journalist and the author of How to Be a Grown-Up, which is out now in paperback. They discuss how difficult the 20s years can be, their opposite experiences of family life, their shared ambivalence towards motherhood, and more.

Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

How to Be a Grown Up, by Daisy Buchanan

The Multi-Hyphen Method: Work less, create more, and design a career that works for you, by Emma Gannon

The Pursuit of Love, by Nancy Mitford

Love in a Cold Climate, by Nancy Mitford

The Blessing, by Nancy Mitford

Don't Tell Alfred , by Nancy Mitford

Highland Fling, by Nancy Mitford

Noblesse Oblige: an enquiry into the identifiable characteristics of the English aristocracy, by Nancy Mitford

Everything I Know About Love, by Dolly Alderton

Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Sisterland, by Curtis Sittenfeld

Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Break, by Marian Keyes

The Art of Not Falling Apart, by Christina Patterson

Promising Young Women, by Caroline O'Donoghue

To Throw Away Unopened, by Viv Albertine

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.: A Memoir, by Viv Albertine

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, by Judith Kerr

The Lost Letters of William Woolf, by Helen Cullen

Useless Magic: Lyrics and Poetry, by Florence Welch

Eye Can Write: A memoir of a child’s silent soul emerging, by Jonathan Bryan

Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

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Jul 12 2018

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Rank #16: 22: Around Books All The Time

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We hear from Bronte Hutchinson, who's a successful and popular Bookstagrammer. She talks about the logistics of what she does, what she looks for in a book cover, how she organises her to-be-read pile, and the books she can’t stop raving about.

Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

The Water Cure, by Sophie Mackintosh

The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder, by Sarah J Harris

Vox, by Christina Dalcher

A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings, by Helen Jukes

Around the World in 80 Days: My World Record Breaking Adventure, by Mark Beaumont

I Am Heathcliff, ed. Kate Mosse

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

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Rank #17: 60: The Authenticity Project, with Clare Pooley

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On Episode 60, our guest today is Clare Pooley, who’s known for her blog Mummy Was a Secret Drinker. She's the author most recently of the heart-warming novel The Authenticity Project.  Clare Pooley and I talked about up lit, the importance of community, how writing a novel compares to writing a memoir, and more.

Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

The Authenticity Project, by Clare Pooley

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

Three Hours, by Rosamund Lipton

Saving Missy/The Love Story of Missy Carmichael, by Beth Morrey

One Day in December, by Josie Silver

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, by Josie Silver

The Light we Lost, by Jill Santopolo

One True Loves, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If I Never Met You, by Mhairi McFarlane

Island Stories: an Unconventional History of Britain by David Reynolds

The World According to Physics, by Jim Al-Khalili

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

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Rank #18: 13: In a Pub, Three Writers

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Our guest on Episode 13 is John Mitchinson, a long-time publishing veteran, co-founder of Unbound and co-host of the Backlisted Podcast. We go deep into the weeds of the groundbreaking publishing company he helped found, his own role there, and publishing in general.

Books mentioned on the episode:

The Good Immigrant, by Nikesh Shukla

A Murder of Crows, by Ian Skewis

The Sewing Machine, by Natalie Fergie

Black And Blue, by Ian Rankin

My House of Sky: A Life of J A Baker, by Hetty Saunders and Robert Macfarlane

The Peregrine, by J A Baker

Something Happened, by Joseph Heller

Town House, by Norah Lotts,

Dance To The Music Of Time, by Anthony Powell

The Kingdom, by Emmanuel Carrere, transl. John Lambert

Jesus' Son, by Denis Johnson

Berg, by Ann Quinn

The Perfect Girlfriend, by Karen Hamilton

Panic Room, by Robert Goddard

Morning: How to Make Time, by Allan Jenkins

The Feed, by Nick Clark Windo

The Sparsholt Affair, by Allan Hollinghurst

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Rank #19: 46: The Flatshare, with Beth O’Leary

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Our guest today is Beth O’Leary, who’s the author of the runaway hit The Flatshare, which is a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into multiple languages, including Dutch, Polish and Catalan. Beth talks about her former job in children’s publishing, what it was like drafting her novel on the train, how objects left around a flat can tell us a lot about a person, and more.

 Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

The Flatshare, by Beth O'Leary

Our Stop, by Laura Jane Williams

Are We Nearly There Yet?, by Lucy Vine

Hot Mess, by Lucy Vine

What Fresh Hell, by Lucy Vine

Everything You Ever Wanted, by Luiza Sauma

When We Were Rich, by Tim Lott

Sweet Sorrow, by David Nicholls

One Day, by David Nicholls

The Plus One, by Sophia Money-Coutts

What Happens Now?, by Sophia Money-Coutts

The Switch, by Beth O'Leary

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

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Jun 27 2019

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Rank #20: 31: One Day in December, with Josie Silver.

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Josie Silver is the author of One Day in Decembera delightful novel, perfect for curling up with by the fire. Claire loved it, and she’ll be recommending it to all the romantics in her life. Josie talked to the Brit Lit Podcast about why winter brings out our romantic side, her favourite love stories in fiction, an example of how much blind luck can be involved in succeeding in the publishing industry, and more.

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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

One Day in December, by Josie Silver

Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

The Time Traveller's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

The Break, by Marian Keyes

Star-Crossed, by Minnie Darke

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

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