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Bibliophile Book Club: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

Sexy segueways, Freudian complexes and bad times on the canal, we could only be discussing the 2018 Man Booker shortlisted debut novel Everything Under by Daisy Johnson. What is the bonak? Can we ever avoid our fate? What will our booksellers David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan Taylor make of it?

It’s been sixteen years since Gretel last saw her mother, half a lifetime to forget her childhood on the canals. But a phone call will soon reunite them, and bring those wild years flooding back: the secret language that Gretel and her mother invented; the strange boy, Marcus, living on the boat that final winter; the creature said to be underwater, swimming ever closer. In the end there will be nothing for Gretel to do but to wade deeper into their past, where family secrets and aged prophesies will all come tragically alive again.

Other Books Mentioned

  • Infinite Ground by Martin MacInnes
  • The Vorrh by Brian Catling
  • Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz
  • Feebleminded by Ariana Harwicz
  • Fen by Daisy Johnson
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
  • Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
  • The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan
  • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

The shortlist for next time on the Bibliophile Book Club…

  • The Sardinian Woman by Angela Carter (David)
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  • Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
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Bibliophile Book Club #1: Little by Edward Carey

Bibliophile has grown! Our bookish babble can no longer be contained within the confines of a single audio file! Welcome to the first Bibliophile Book Club, where we talk exclusively about a single book!

In this episode, we’re talking exclusively about the novel Little by Edward Carey and published by Gallic Books. Why does David like it so much? Why didn’t Julie finish the novel? And why is this podcast somehow about the battle for JT’s love?

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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.

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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…

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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!

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