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The Bookshelf

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The Bookshelf

The Bookshelf

ABC Radio

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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

Family secrets and the approach of General Winter in three new Australian novels

Imbi Neeme's The Spill, Victoria Hannan's Kokomo and Steven Conte's The Tolstoy Estate with writers Gina Inverarity and Roger Pulvers

54 MIN1 d ago
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Family secrets and the approach of General Winter in three new Australian novels

The Book Club No 4: Tara June Winch's The Yield and Miles Franklin's My Brilliant Career

The winner of this year's Miles Franklin's Literary Award, Tara June Winch's The Yield; and the debut novel of the benefactor of the Award, Miles Franklin' 1901 novel My Brilliant Career

54 MIN1 w ago
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The Book Club No 4: Tara June Winch's The Yield and Miles Franklin's My Brilliant Career

Creatures, sisters and relationships in fiction

On Samanta Schweblin's Little Eyes, Daisy Johnson's Sisters and Luke Horton's The Fogging with reviewers Jessie Tu (A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing) and Mark Sutton

54 MIN2 w ago
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Creatures, sisters and relationships in fiction

A note in a forest, a train on fire, a gothic mood

On Ottessa Moshfegh's Death in Her Hands, Megha Majumdar's A Burning and Catherine Noske on the Australian gothic tradition

54 MIN3 w ago
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A note in a forest, a train on fire, a gothic mood

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 MINJUL 10
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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 MINJUL 3
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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 MINJUL 1
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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 MINJUN 26
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 MINJUN 19
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

Latest Episodes

Family secrets and the approach of General Winter in three new Australian novels

Imbi Neeme's The Spill, Victoria Hannan's Kokomo and Steven Conte's The Tolstoy Estate with writers Gina Inverarity and Roger Pulvers

54 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Family secrets and the approach of General Winter in three new Australian novels

The Book Club No 4: Tara June Winch's The Yield and Miles Franklin's My Brilliant Career

The winner of this year's Miles Franklin's Literary Award, Tara June Winch's The Yield; and the debut novel of the benefactor of the Award, Miles Franklin' 1901 novel My Brilliant Career

54 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Book Club No 4: Tara June Winch's The Yield and Miles Franklin's My Brilliant Career

Creatures, sisters and relationships in fiction

On Samanta Schweblin's Little Eyes, Daisy Johnson's Sisters and Luke Horton's The Fogging with reviewers Jessie Tu (A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing) and Mark Sutton

54 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Creatures, sisters and relationships in fiction

A note in a forest, a train on fire, a gothic mood

On Ottessa Moshfegh's Death in Her Hands, Megha Majumdar's A Burning and Catherine Noske on the Australian gothic tradition

54 MIN3 w ago
Comments
A note in a forest, a train on fire, a gothic mood

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 MINJUL 10
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 MINJUL 3
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 MINJUL 1
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 MINJUN 26
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 MINJUN 19
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
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