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The Book Club Review

Sep 15, 2019

A sweeping and evocative portrait of an Egyptian family at a time of great social change, from Nobel Prizewinning author Naguib Mahfouz. 'Writing worthy of a Tolstoy, a Flaubert or a Proust' said The Independent newspaper but what did Laura's book club make of it? Listen in to find out, plus lots of great...


Aug 31, 2019

Our latest interview is with Tyona Campbell, owner of a very special secondhand bookshop called Barnabees, tucked away in the small Suffolk village of Westleton. She told us about how her shop is in a small way a protest against the data-gathering giants of online book shopping, why in her shop you don’t so much find...


Aug 10, 2019

The Happy Reader is a magazine that takes the idea of a book club as its inspiration. To celebrate the launch of their latest issue we're revisiting one of our favourite interviews, with editor Seb Emina. He told us about the careful thinking and attention to detail that goes into putting the magazine together plus has...


Aug 3, 2019

Episode 50, and it's SPOILER-full, so don't listen unless you have read the book, or have no intention of reading it. Oyinkan Braithwaite's superbly titled novel has been one of the literary sensations of 2019 –nominated for the Women's Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the Booker – but what did both our book...


Jul 27, 2019

Tucked away in London's Soho, a hidden gem of a bookshop. The Second Shelf sells rare and antiquarian books, modern first editions, ephemera, manuscripts, and rediscovered works by women. We sat down with proprietor A. N. Devers to learn how she went from rare-book dealing to shopkeeping. We also hear about...