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Bibliophile Episode 11: “Classic Arch-Enemy Banter”

In this episode, David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan (JT) Taylor talk about the best Westerns in the first of a new ‘Genre Breakdown’ series. How much does JT know about Bitcoin? Can the gang finish recording in time for David to fetch his moving van? Will Julie ever finish another book again? And from now on, there will be two Bibliophile episodes each month! All this and so much more in the latest episode…

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Bibliophile Episode 10: “That’s a good name for a taxidermist”

In this first podcast of 2019, Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan “JT” Taylor discuss their most recent book picks, and in lieu of discussing a book group book talk how to track your reading. Lastly, they discuss reading resolutions for 2019!

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Bibliophile Episode 9: Recent Reads | The People in the Trees | Favourite Books of 2018

In this episode of Bibliophile, Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan Taylor reveal their most recent reads, then discuss the first novel by Hanya Yanigahara, The People in the Trees, then share their best books of 2018. Continue reading Bibliophile Episode 9: Recent Reads | The People in the Trees | Favourite Books of 2018
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Bibliophile Episode 8: in which we learn that Julie definitely likes sci-fi

Welcome to episode 8 of Bibliophile, in which we discuss our current reads, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson and the Man Booker winner for 2018, Milkman by Anna Burns. David gives us more miserable nonfiction to read, Jonathan hands out interesting facts, and Julie definitely, definitely likes sci-fi. Continue reading Bibliophile Episode 8: in which we learn that Julie definitely likes sci-fi
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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. Continue reading Bibliophile Episode 7: in which David ruins children’s books
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Bibliophile Episode 6 | Behind the Scenes at the Bookshop Edition

It’s episode six! This episode, co-hosts and co-booksellers Julie Danskin and Alice Tarbuck delve into the world of running bookshop events, as well as the ups and downs of creative nonfiction, current reads and plenty chuckling.
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Bibliophile Episode 5 | Uncivil Wars, Tortured Women and the Man Booker Longlist

Booksellers Julie Danskin and Alice Tarbuck share what they’re currently reading and recommending, discuss this month’s book group book American War by Omar el Akkad and dig into 2018’s varied Man Booker longlist. Grab a pen as you’re going to need to write down some recommendations! Also, we learn why Alice should never be left alone in a car… Let us know what you’re reading in the comments below or on our Facebook group! NB: Sorry about the background noise in this episode, we recorded in a different place with lots of road noise! We’ll make sure it’s cool and crisp next time… Continue reading Bibliophile Episode 5 | Uncivil Wars, Tortured Women and the Man Booker Longlist
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Bibliophile Episode 4 | Current reads, Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo & summer reading

Bibliophile is back! Julie Danskin and new co-host Alice Tarbuck discuss what they’re currently reading, delve into June’s book group pick Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo including audio clips from the in-store discussion and the best books to pick up this summer. Let us know what you’re reading in the comments below or on our Facebook group! Continue reading Bibliophile Episode 4 | Current reads, Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo & summer reading
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Episode 3 | To Modernise or Not To Modernise…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Welcome to Bibliophile Episode Three! This time we’re discussing modernisation of classic novels – when (if ever) is it a good thing? Plus we answer a question from a new independent bookshop in the North of England, and tell you about all the books we’re most excited about in August, plus what we’re reading too! Continue reading Episode 3 | To Modernise or Not To Modernise…
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Episode 2 | What’s with all the book-to-TV adaptations?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s the second episode of Bibliophile! Thanks so much for all your feedback and questions so far. This time we welcome our first guest, Edinburgh writer and musician Jim Taylor, to discuss the recent surge in book-to-TV adaptations. We also have lots of book recommendations for you for July.

Things (mostly books) we mentioned…

…in the Book-to-TV segment…
  • We spoke in as un-spoilery a way about the Hulu/Channel 4 TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The TV adaptation of The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – especially the idea of TV adaptation outpacing the rate of novel-writing
  • I Love Dick by Chris Kraus
  • The TV ‘novel’: The Sopranos; Mad Men; Breaking Bad
  • Comic book adaptations: The Walking Dead; Preacher
  • TV adaptation of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – Anne with an E – and over-dramatising things for television
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – ‘sexing up’ of a classic novel
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (at which Annie gets cross)
  • Crime series: one book per episode (Agatha Christie; Arthur Conan Doyle; Montalbano)
  • Upcoming book-to-TV series we’re intrigued by: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber; The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante; The City and the City by China Mieville; Watchmen by Alan Moore & David Simmons; The Power by Naomi Alderman; His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
  • Dream book-to-TV series: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Electric Dreams by Philip K. Dick; short stories of Jorge Luis Borges or Shirley Jackson; The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead; Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
…in the poetry for beginners recommendation segment…
  • Rapture and The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Door into the Dark; North; Station Island; Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney (especially ‘Blackberry-Picking)
  • Penguin Modern Poets series (there are currently four volumes)
  • Staying Alive Trilogy by Bloodaxe Books
  • The Zoo of the New
  • The Rattle Bag edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes
  • Crow by Ted Hughes
  • Spoken Word Nights
  • Kate Tempest on Spotify (read Let Them Eat Chaos while listening – it’s ace!)
…in the new and notable segment…
Fiction
  • The Zoo by Christopher Wilson
  • A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee
  • Don’t Cry by Mary Gaitskill
Non-Fiction
  • Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight by Naoki Higoshida
  • The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higoshida
  • A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women by Siri Hustvedt
  • Blind Spot by Teju Cole
  • Open City by Teju Cole
  • Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole
Children’s
  • The Griffin’s Feather by Cornelia Funke
  • William Morris ABC and William Morris 123
  • The Only Lonely Panda by Jonny Lambert
Poetry
…and in the ‘what we’re reading and recommending’ segment…
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