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The Book Club Review

Dec 27, 2018

'The baby is dead. It took only a few seconds.' So begins this bestselling thriller by French author Leïla Slimani, and the winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt. Unmissable? Unreadable? 

Listen in to hear Laura report back on what her book club made of Lullaby – and whether she made it out intact. With much, much...

Dec 23, 2018

We take stock of another year of book club books and square off to choose an official Book Club Book of the Year. On the list: Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman, Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles, Educated by Tara Westover, Swing Time by Zadie Smith, Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien, The House of...

Dec 16, 2018

From hockey team to all-male book club with 50+ members, Jim West tells us how founding The Paperbacks revealed 'the great undiscovered demographic': men who read.

Books mentioned on this episode:

  • Madness, Betrayal and the Lash: The Epic Voyage of Captain George Vancouver by Stephen R. Bown
  • The Lonely End of the Rink:...

Dec 8, 2018

The story of three extraordinary women – Luisa Casati, Doris Castleross, Peggy Guggenheim – and the Venetian Palazzo that captivated them. Judith Mackrell's biography is a fascinating read but does it make for a good book club book? Listen in to find out.

Books mentioned on this episode:

  • The Unfinished Palazzo:...

Dec 5, 2018

Wondering what to buy the book clubber in your life for Christmas? Here's Claire Griffiths of Highbury bookshop Ink84 with a brilliant rundown of new titles to catch your interest and inspire some great book club debates.

Ink84 bookshop

Books mentioned on this episode:

  • Ghost Wall and The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
  • Fresh...