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The Bookshelf

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The Bookshelf

The Bookshelf

ABC Radio

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192
Plays
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What are you reading, loving or being challenged by? We review the latest in fiction for dedicated readers and for those who wish they read more.

Latest Episodes

History, fiction and plastic surgery

On Kate Grenville’s A Room Made of Leaves, David Mitchell’s Utopia Avenue and Frances Cha’s If I Had Your Face

56 MIN2 d ago
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History, fiction and plastic surgery

The Book Club No 3: Crime, thrillers, and Lawrence Wright’s The End of October

Reading Lawrence Wright’s pandemic thriller The End of October with crime writers Candice Fox and Ben Hobson

60 MIN1 w ago
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The Book Club No 3: Crime, thrillers, and Lawrence Wright’s The End of October

Pod Extra: Poetry and Music

Crank up the poetry find a chair for your music (and how ageing is dealt with in dystopian fiction).

53 MIN1 w ago
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Pod Extra: Poetry and Music

The discomfort of grief and memory

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s The Discomfort of Evening, Sreedhevi Iyer’s The Tiniest House of Time and Me Myshelf and I with Kawai Strong Washburn.

62 MIN2 w ago
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The discomfort of grief and memory

Reading love and tragedy in Jamaica, Trinidad and India

On Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Patsy, Ingrid Persaud’s Love after Love and Sujata Massey’s A Murder at Malabar Hill

57 MIN3 w ago
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Reading love and tragedy in Jamaica, Trinidad and India

Race, apocalypse and robots

On Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half, Patrick Allington’s Rise and Shine and Martha Wells’ Network Effect (A Murderbot novel). Eating emotions in the books we read

53 MINJUN 12
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Race, apocalypse and robots

The Book Club No 2: Joan London’s The Golden Age & Shirley Hazzard’s The Transit of Venus

Australian fiction discussed with academic and critic Bernadette Brennan and novelist Robert Lukins, on Joan London’s The Golden Age & Shirley Hazzard’s The Transit of Venus

58 MINJUN 5
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The Book Club No 2: Joan London’s The Golden Age & Shirley Hazzard’s The Transit of Venus

A bird made of rain, a girl made of plantain, a family made of loss

On Robbie Arnott's The Rain Heron, Zalika Reid-Benta's Frying Plantain and Maike Wetzel's Elly.

62 MINMAY 29
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A bird made of rain, a girl made of plantain, a family made of loss

What If, said the writer, What If?

On Curtis Sittenfeld's Rodham, Anne Tyler's Redhead by the Side of the Road, and Naoise Dolan's Exciting Times

53 MINMAY 22
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What If, said the writer, What If?

Hello Kitty with unshaved armpits (and other bookish insights)

On Catherine Noske's The Salt Madonna, Jennifer Rosner's The Yellow Bird Sings, Suzanne Leal's The Deceptions, Mieko Kawakami's Breasts and Eggs

59 MINMAY 15
Comments
Hello Kitty with unshaved armpits (and other bookish insights)

Latest Episodes

History, fiction and plastic surgery

On Kate Grenville’s A Room Made of Leaves, David Mitchell’s Utopia Avenue and Frances Cha’s If I Had Your Face

56 MIN2 d ago
Comments
History, fiction and plastic surgery

The Book Club No 3: Crime, thrillers, and Lawrence Wright’s The End of October

Reading Lawrence Wright’s pandemic thriller The End of October with crime writers Candice Fox and Ben Hobson

60 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Book Club No 3: Crime, thrillers, and Lawrence Wright’s The End of October

Pod Extra: Poetry and Music

Crank up the poetry find a chair for your music (and how ageing is dealt with in dystopian fiction).

53 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Pod Extra: Poetry and Music

The discomfort of grief and memory

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s The Discomfort of Evening, Sreedhevi Iyer’s The Tiniest House of Time and Me Myshelf and I with Kawai Strong Washburn.

62 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The discomfort of grief and memory

Reading love and tragedy in Jamaica, Trinidad and India

On Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Patsy, Ingrid Persaud’s Love after Love and Sujata Massey’s A Murder at Malabar Hill

57 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Reading love and tragedy in Jamaica, Trinidad and India

Race, apocalypse and robots

On Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half, Patrick Allington’s Rise and Shine and Martha Wells’ Network Effect (A Murderbot novel). Eating emotions in the books we read

53 MINJUN 12
Comments
Race, apocalypse and robots

The Book Club No 2: Joan London’s The Golden Age & Shirley Hazzard’s The Transit of Venus

Australian fiction discussed with academic and critic Bernadette Brennan and novelist Robert Lukins, on Joan London’s The Golden Age & Shirley Hazzard’s The Transit of Venus

58 MINJUN 5
Comments
The Book Club No 2: Joan London’s The Golden Age & Shirley Hazzard’s The Transit of Venus

A bird made of rain, a girl made of plantain, a family made of loss

On Robbie Arnott's The Rain Heron, Zalika Reid-Benta's Frying Plantain and Maike Wetzel's Elly.

62 MINMAY 29
Comments
A bird made of rain, a girl made of plantain, a family made of loss

What If, said the writer, What If?

On Curtis Sittenfeld's Rodham, Anne Tyler's Redhead by the Side of the Road, and Naoise Dolan's Exciting Times

53 MINMAY 22
Comments
What If, said the writer, What If?

Hello Kitty with unshaved armpits (and other bookish insights)

On Catherine Noske's The Salt Madonna, Jennifer Rosner's The Yellow Bird Sings, Suzanne Leal's The Deceptions, Mieko Kawakami's Breasts and Eggs

59 MINMAY 15
Comments
Hello Kitty with unshaved armpits (and other bookish insights)
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