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Bibliophile Book Chat: A Civilised, Sensible Discussion

Bibliophile is back! After a humidity-induced hiatus, we’re back in full flow and coming at you across the airwaves (that’s how podcasts work, right?).

In this episode, we discuss racist horror novels, space operas set on ice planets (In space! On ice!), and New York utopian fiction covered in gorgeous gold foil! We also chat about our reaction to the Booker Longlist, and raise more questions than ever: can David get through a review without being contrarian? Can Julie avoid getting egg on her face? Is crank a sensual word??

Our book recommendations:

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Song of Kali by Dan Simmons
The Heavens by Sandra Newman
The Hiding Game by Naomi Wood
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Groundings with my Brothers by Walter Rodney
Rebel Cities by David Harvey

Booker Longlist:

Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
The Wall by John Lanchester
The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
Lanny by Max Porter
Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak
Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson