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Listen to the latest literary events recorded at the London Review Bookshop, covering fiction, poetry, politics, music and much more.Find out about our upcoming events here: https://lrb.me/bookshopeventspod

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Listen to the latest literary events recorded at the London Review Bookshop, covering fiction, poetry, politics, music and much more.Find out about our upcoming events here: https://lrb.me/bookshopeventspod

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When it’s good, it’s good...

By Redlornie - Nov 29 2019
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The content is usually interesting but the sound quality is consistently awful!

Hit hit miss

By colineverest - Oct 26 2019
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This is pretty great but when it’s bad woah!

iTunes Ratings

51 Ratings
Average Ratings
28
12
2
3
6

When it’s good, it’s good...

By Redlornie - Nov 29 2019
Read more
The content is usually interesting but the sound quality is consistently awful!

Hit hit miss

By colineverest - Oct 26 2019
Read more
This is pretty great but when it’s bad woah!
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London Review Bookshop Podcast

Latest release on Jul 15, 2020

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Morgan Parker and Georgina Lawton: ‘Magical Negro’

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There are more beautiful things than Beyoncé (Corsair) won Morgan Parker a wide UK readership; Magical Negro takes and expands on the achievement of that first collection, dealing as it does with objectification, loneliness, stereotyping and the stubbornness of ancestral trauma. Danez Smith has called Parker ‘one of this generation’s best minds, able to hold herself and her world, which includes all of us, up to impossible lights’. Parker read from Magical Negro, and was in conversation with Georgina Lawton, journalist and essayist, who writes for the Guardian and gal-dem magazine.

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Jul 15 2020

57mins

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Lorna Goodison and Linton Kwesi Johnson

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Writing on Lorna Goodison’s poetry, Derek Walcott asks ‘What is the rare quality that has gone out of poetry that these marvellous poems restore? Joy.’ Goodison has served as the Poet Laureate of Jamaica and published twelve volumes of poetry; her Collected Poems came out from Carcanet in 2017. In 2019, she won the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.


Linton Kwesi Johnson is one of the only three poets to be published as a Penguin Modern Classic while still alive; his collections include Inglan is a BitchTings an’ Times, and Mi Revalueshanary Fren.


Johnson and Goodison were in conversation.

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Jul 01 2020

47mins

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Hot Milk: Deborah Levy and Lauren Elkin

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There is a sort of chase for coherence in the current commercial market for fiction ... a sort of terror of there being any kind of mystery in a book, or even a character being confused.


Deborah Levy, described by Lauren Elkin in the TLS as ' one of the most exciting voices in contemporary British fiction' was at the Bookshop to talk about her latest novel Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton), which explores the strange and monstrous nature of motherhood.


“A bright broth of myth, psychology, Freudian symbolism and contemporary anxiety.” – Guardian

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Jun 25 2020

46mins

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Citizens of Everywhere: Shami Chakrabarti, Tom McCarthy, Eloise Todd and Lauren Elkin

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Are we English, British, European, citizens of the planet Earth or none of the above? The ‘Citizens of Everywhere’ project invites writers, artists and journalists to respond to the seismic shifts in European and American politics, and their implications for the future, in ways that are creative, surprising, and, most importantly of all, useful. Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, Labour peer and former director of Liberty, novelist Tom McCarthy and campaigner Eloise Todd were at the shop to debate the future of citizenship in Britain, Europe and beyond. Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse and co -director of the Centre for New and International Writing at the University of Liverpool, was in the chair.

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Jun 17 2020

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Lost Voices: Fred D'Aguiar, David Olusoga, Catherine Fletcher and Nandini Das

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The fleeting appearance of black faces in Tudor paintings marks the silent presence of a community's untold story. Who were the black men and women who lived, loved, and died in Renaissance Britain? How did they arrive? And how can we recover their voices when all we have is a glimpse in a portrait here, or church and court record there? At this event the writer Fred D'Aguiar and historians David Olusoga and Catherine Fletcher joined Nandini Das, director of TIDE, to explore the challenge of using fiction to recover those lost voices in history.

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Jun 10 2020

55mins

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Nancy Fraser and Ann Pettifor: 'Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory'

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In Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory (Polity) Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi engage in a critical dialogue that seeks to expand our understanding of capitalism, revealing it to be not merely a system of economic relations, but rather a form of institutionalised social order, and one that continually reinvents itself through crisis. Nancy Fraser, Professor of Political & Social Science at the New School for Social Research, was in conversation about capitalism and its discontents with Ann Pettifor, Director of Prime (Policy Research in Macroeconomics), Fellow of the New Economics Foundation and author of The Production of Money (Verso).

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Jun 03 2020

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Danny Dorling, Richard Wilkinson and Rupa Huq: ‘A Better Politics’

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Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford and, according to Simon Jenkins in the Guardian, 'the geographer royal by appointment to the left', returned to the Bookshop to talk about his new book A Better Politics: How Government Can Make Us Happier (London Publishing Partnership). Dorling's book looks at the evidence for a successful politics that would promote happiness and health and suggests policies that take account of this evidence. Dorling was in conversation with Rupa Huq, Labour MP for Ealing Central and Acton, and Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level.

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May 27 2020

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Laleh Khalili and Rafeef Ziadah: ‘Sinews of War and Trade’

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Laleh Khalili and Rafeef Ziadah on shipping and capitalism in the Arabian peninsula.


You can order the book discussed in this episode here: lrb.me/order

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May 20 2020

45mins

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Tim Dee, Marina Warner and Ken Worpole: Ground Work

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Radio producer and naturalist Tim Dee has curated in Ground Work (Cape) an essential collection of autobiographical essays from distinguished writers, all of which explore, in diverse ways, the complex and increasingly vexed relationship between the human and natural. Tim Dee was in conversation with two of the book's contributors, Marina Warner and Ken Worpole.

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May 13 2020

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Nikita Lalwani and Mary Mount: ‘You People’

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Nikita Lalwani’s latest novel You People (Viking) centres on a London pizzeria where the chefs are Sri Lankan and many of the kitchen staff are illegal immigrants. Through a diverse set of characters Lalwani draws a vivid portrait of contemporary British life as it really is lived. Lalwani was in conversation with her editor Mary Mount.


‘Enthralling as a thriller, yet also a beautiful human drama, and a serious enquiry into the possibility of goodness.’ - Tessa Hadley

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May 06 2020

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