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Bibliophile Episode 7: in which David ruins children’s books

In this episode of the podcast, we bid a fond farewell to Alice Tarbuck and introduce the dulcet tones of David Bloomfield and Jonathan Taylor. As usual we dicuss what we’re reading and discuss the book group book which was My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. Finally we chat about our favourite (and least favourite) books as children, in which Alice’s penchant for Victoriana is uncovered, Jonathan declares himself a sports fan, Julie accidentally reads porn and David reveals a special skill for ruining beloved classics by telling us their deep-rooted political issues.

Books mentioned…

Currently Reading…

  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (Alice)
  • Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (Jonathan)
  • My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (David) – out in UK January 2019 (David)
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Julie, again)
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula le Guin (Julie)
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (Alice)

Book Group:

  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (Book Club Book)
  • Malone and Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett (Alice)
  • Rachel Cusk: Outline, Transit, Kudos
  • Crudo by Olivia Laing (Alice)
  • Sally Rooney: Conversations With Friends, Normal People 

Our Favourites as Children:

  • A Little Princess
  • The Secret Garden
  • Five Children and It
  • The Treasure Seekers
  • The Railway Children
  • The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann
  • Animal Ark Series by Lucy Daniels (Kittens in the Kitchen, Cub in the Cupboard and Lamb in the Laundry are just a few actual titles)
  • Famous Five series by Enid Blyton (Julie – anti-recommendation)
  • Whatever Next by Jill Murphy (Jonathan)
  • Jeffrey Strangeways by Jill Murphy (Jonathan)
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Bear (Jonathan)
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Five Minutes’ Peace by Jill Murphy
  • A Piece of Cake by Jill Murphy
  • Dogger by Shirley Hughes
  • Each Peach Pear Plum
  • The Tiger Who Came for Tea
  • Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?
  • The Mops
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • Sophie’s Tom by Dick King-Smith
  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magoriam
  • Tom’s Midnight Garden
  • Sally Lockart Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • Chronicles of Narnia (first 4) by C.S. Lewis
  • Three Fates by Nora Roberts (NOT a children’s book) (Julie)
  • Point Horror novels (David)
  • Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (Alice)
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (Julie)