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The Book Club Review

Oct 6, 2018

We’re joined by US Vogue senior editor Chloe Schama to consider The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit which was Kate’s last book club read. We consider the genre of ‘anti-memoir’ (and if you’re unfamiliar with the term you will find yourself among friends) and come up with some light alternative reading in case it all gets too much. Our regular interview is with Financial Times Life and Arts editor Natalie Whittle who tells us about the FT book club, and we finish with some great recommendations for your next book club read.
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Books mentioned in this episode were Wanderlust and Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. In the recommendations we talked about Terra Incognita by Sara Wheeler and Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik. Chloe Schama recommended The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamieson and we briefly discussed her own book, Wild Romance, at the beginning of the show. And if you’re interested in what we’ve been reading outside of our book clubs keep listening to our extra bit at the end where we discuss Circe by Madeleine Miller, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, The Loved Ones by Evelyn Waugh, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark, and The Death of Truth by Michiko Kakutani.
Our next episode will be on Lullaby by Leila Slimani, a murderous nanny thriller that became an international bestseller but what did Laura's book club make of it? Tune in to find out.