Booksplus - Full Program Podcast

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BooksPlus is the one-stop destination for bibliophiles, a digest of the week’s best interviews about books and writing across RN.

Episodes

  • Podcast Extra: Sujata Massey and a woman lawyer in India in the 1920s

    Podcast Extra: Sujata Massey and a woman lawyer in India in the 1920s

    12/05/2021 Duration: 25min

    India's first woman lawyer practiced, against the odds, in the 1920s. Novelist Sujata Massey used that woman as inspiration for her fictional character, Perveen Mistry, amateur sleuth in a country bursting with change. Sujata Massey speaks to Kate Evans about her own writing and the bookshelf that shaped her. Reading recommendations abound.

  • The Book Club: reading Kazuo Ishiguro in the sun

    The Book Club: reading Kazuo Ishiguro in the sun

    07/05/2021 Duration: 55min

    Novelist Bram Presser and comparative literature academic Rebecca Suter join Kate and Cassie to talk about Kazuo Ishiguro's latest novel, Klara and the Sun, in light of all his other novels. And yes, the quality of light, shining down on this Artificial Friend - Robot Girl - is one of the many things at stake in this bookish discussion

  • Live from the Sydney Writers Festival with Anita Heiss, Rick Morton and Emily Maguire

    Live from the Sydney Writers Festival with Anita Heiss, Rick Morton and Emily Maguire

    30/04/2021 Duration: 54min

    It's been a long time since Kate and Cassie have seen either writers or readers in person, but here we all are . . .

  • Podcast Extra: General Sir Peter Cosgrove reads historical fiction and political biography

    Podcast Extra: General Sir Peter Cosgrove reads historical fiction and political biography

    28/04/2021 Duration: 25min

    Fighting aliens with bows arrows, reading the Encyclopedia Brittanica, and why he's drawn to historical fiction. Former Governor General Peter Cosgrove speaks to Kate Evans about books, reading, history, political biography and writing memoir

  • New books by Patricia Lockwood, Jacqueline Maley, Peace Adzo Medie and Marco Missiroli

    New books by Patricia Lockwood, Jacqueline Maley, Peace Adzo Medie and Marco Missiroli

    23/04/2021 Duration: 01h07min

    Kate and Cassie discuss Patricia Lockwood's No One is Talking About This, Peace Adzo Medie's His Only Wife and Marco Missiroli's Fidelity with writer Sefakor Zikpi and journalist Penelope Green, while Jacqueline Maley reflects on the books that sit beside her own new novel, The Truth About Her

  • Podcast extra: Maria Dahvana Headley and all that monstrous reading

    Podcast extra: Maria Dahvana Headley and all that monstrous reading

    21/04/2021 Duration: 29min

    Maria Dahvana Headley knows how to write - and read - monsters. And in doing both she remakes them, as she explains to Kate Evans

  • New fiction from Ethan Hawke, Olivia Sudjic and Dirk Kurbjuweit

    New fiction from Ethan Hawke, Olivia Sudjic and Dirk Kurbjuweit

    16/04/2021 Duration: 54min

    Fame, fate, a fair bit of love lost and serial killers in this week's edition of The Bookshelf.

  • Podcast Extra: Steven Carroll on reading wartime surrender in the scandalous Story of O

    Podcast Extra: Steven Carroll on reading wartime surrender in the scandalous Story of O

    14/04/2021 Duration: 32min

    Novelist Steven Carroll speaks with Kate Evans about both the books and publishing history imbedded in his novel O

  • New books by Haruki Murakami, Patricia Engel and Blair James

    New books by Haruki Murakami, Patricia Engel and Blair James

    09/04/2021 Duration: 54min

    Language specialist Tiger Webb joins Kate while Cassie is away this week, to discuss Blair James' Bernard and Pat, Patricia Engel's Infinite Country and Haruki Murakami's short story collection First Person Singular - with novelist Ronnie Scott and scholar Dominique Hecq

  • Podcast Extra: Fiona Mozley reads her way into London and Edinburgh

    Podcast Extra: Fiona Mozley reads her way into London and Edinburgh

    07/04/2021 Duration: 25min

    Fiona Mozley's latest novel, Hot Stew, buzzes and rumbles with history, change, gangsters and sex workers. She speaks to Kate Evans about the books that have shaped her

  • The Book Club: The Vietnamese diaspora and the aftermath of war

    The Book Club: The Vietnamese diaspora and the aftermath of war

    02/04/2021 Duration: 54min

    Reading Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Committed and Nam Le's The Boat with Dai Le and Nathalie Nguyen

  • Podcast Extra: Francis Spuffords Light Perpetual and the books behind it

    Podcast Extra: Francis Spufford's Light Perpetual and the books behind it

    31/03/2021 Duration: 32min

    English writer Francis Spufford speaks to Kate Evans about his latest novel, Light Perpetual, and the books that shaped it and him

  • Trevor Shearstons The Beach Caves, Fiona Mozleys Hot Stew and what Caleb Azumah Nelson reads

    Trevor Shearston's The Beach Caves, Fiona Mozley's Hot Stew and what Caleb Azumah Nelson reads

    26/03/2021 Duration: 58min

    Archaeologist Estelle Lazer and writer Patrick Carey join Kate and Cassie to read books layered with history and story. Trevor Shearston's Australian novel, The Dig and English writer Fiona Mozley's Hot Stew. Also, the bookshelf and reading recommendations of Caleb Azumah Nelson, author of Open Water

  • Podcast Extra: Robert Jones Jr on James Baldwin and the other writers that have shaped him

    Podcast Extra: Robert Jones Jr on James Baldwin and the other writers that have shaped him

    24/03/2021 Duration: 25min

    Robert Jones Jr's novel The Prophets is the story of a defiant love story enacted on a slave plantation in the American south. The author speaks to Kate Evans about the books that have shaped it and him, and those works that his writing acts to resist.

  • New fiction from Edward St Aubyn, Steven Carroll and Lisa Harding

    New fiction from Edward St Aubyn, Steven Carroll and Lisa Harding

    19/03/2021 Duration: 54min

    Kate and Cassie are joined by journalist Brooke Boney and academic Nicole Moore as they read Edward St Aubyn's Double Blind, Lisa Harding's Bright Burning Things and Steven Carroll's O

  • Podcast Extra: Daisy Buchanan is insatiable for books

    Podcast Extra: Daisy Buchanan is insatiable for books

    17/03/2021 Duration: 25min

    Daisy Buchanan is an English columnist, books podcaster and novelist. She speaks to Kate Evans about her latest novel, about reading sexy books, about writing greed and desire, and about the books that have shaped her.

  • Ella Baxters New Animal, Francis Spuffords Light Perpetual  the Sydney Writers Festival is back

    Ella Baxter's New Animal, Francis Spufford's Light Perpetual & the Sydney Writers' Festival is back

    12/03/2021 Duration: 53min

    Novelist Susan Johnson and journalist Avani Dias join Cassie and Kate as they read Ella Baxter's New Animal and Francis Spufford's Light Perpetual; and Artistic Director of the Sydney Writers' Festival, Michael Williams, explains Debutante Balls and the program of the (forthcoming) Sydney Writers' Festival

  • Podcast Extra: Max Porter answers your questions

    Podcast Extra: Max Porter answers your questions

    10/03/2021 Duration: 23min

    Max Porter answers readers' questions about his latest book, The Death of Francis Bacon (this is the full version of his conversation with Kate Evans, which you may have seen as an online video/ Zoom interview)

  • February Book Club: Art in fiction

    February Book Club: Art in fiction

    05/03/2021 Duration: 54min

    Cassie and Kate are joined by artist Paul Ryan and art-historian and novelist Katherine Kovacic as they discuss art in fiction, with a focus on Max Porter's The Death of Francis Bacon and Dominic Smith's The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

  • Podcast Extra: Simon Winchesters Bookshelf

    Podcast Extra: Simon Winchester's Bookshelf

    03/03/2021 Duration: 33min

    Writer Simon Winchester (The Surgeon of Crowthorne, The Map that Changed the World, Land etc) read a book at the age of almost-22 that changed everything about his life. He speaks to Kate Evans about the books that have shaped him

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