Episode 2 - Monday 1st February 2021
Simon and Kiera discuss the ways they find which books to read - how (surprisingly) hard it can be to discover books that suit what you feel like reading now, and the perils of making and accepting book recommendations. We'd love to hear how you find new books, your reading patterns or recommendations. Please get in touch on Twitter.
- Toby Litt
- Philip Roth
- Paul Auster
- Jonathan Franzen
- Jenny Offill
- Patricia Lockwood - and the London Review of Books article that inspired Kiera to read more of her works
- John Lanchester
Films and other cultural artefacts mentioned
- Twitter read on women describes themselves as male authors would.
- The New Yorker - specifically this article about covers - (and a 10,000 word article about the first female Bolivian Mine owners).
- The London Review of Books.
- Backlisted Podcast.
- Sometimes, Always, Never. Not to be confused with:
- Never Rarely Sometimes Always.
- The Princess Bride. Not to be confused with:
- The Princess Diaries.
- The Breakfast Club - and Molly Ringwald's revisiting of the film.
- Simon incorrectly said the cover of Normal People was similar to Ordinary People. It was in fact, Conversations with Friends, Rooney's other book, that had the similar cover.
- Kiera accidentally referred to On the Road as The Road.
- Simon's description of Never Rarely Sometimes Always was not very good. The film is really about abortion rather than domestic violence, although it does touch on that topic.
Books mentioned and discussed:
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