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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! Join in the discussion in the comments below.

Things (mostly books) we mentioned…

…in the Book Modernisation segment…
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  • Jane Eyre Stripped Bare (film)
  • Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • The Austen Project
  • Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid/Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope/Jane Austen
  • From Prada to Nada (film)
  • Emma by Alexander McCall Smith/Jane Austen
  • Re Jane by Patricia Park
  • Bride and Prejudice (film)
  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (Snow White)
  • Hogarth Shakespeare
  • My Name Is Shylock by Howard Jacobson (The Merchant of Venice)
  • Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler (The Taming of the Shrew)
  • Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (The Tempest)
  • Canongate Myths
  • Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt
  • The Woman Who Ran by Sam Baker (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte)
  • New Girl by Paige Harbison (Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier)
  • Don’t Call Me Ishmael (Moby Dick by Hermann Melville)
  • Thug Notes
  • Peter Darling by Austin Chant (Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie)
  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (King Lear by William Shakespeare)
  • Dorian by Will Self (A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde)
  • Inferno by Ciaran Carson (Inferno by Dante Aligheri)
  • Back to Val McDermid’s Northanger Abbey…
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Wuthering Heights in Semaphore – Monty Python (you’re welcome) (starts at 1:00)
…and in the Ask a Bookseller segment…fellow bookseller Imagined Things looking for recommendations for espionage thrillers…
  • Slow Horses by Mick Herron
  • Snowdrops by A.D. Miller
  • Pushkin Vertigo imprint
  • The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts
  • The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
  • Kolimsky Heights by Lionel Davidson
  • The Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead
  • A Bold and Dangerous Family by Caroline Moorehead
  • Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
  • Unquiet Spirits by Bonnie MacBird
…in the new and notable segment…


  • Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  • My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara
  • Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang
  • Family Life by Akhil Sharma


  • Zoology by Gillian Clarke
  • Penguin Clothbound Poetry, especially The Tower by W.B. Yeats
  • The Promised Land by Andre Naffis-Sahely


  • The Explorer Katherine Rundell
  • Tug of War by Naomi Howarth
  • A Crow’s Tale by Naomi Howarth
  • The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens
  • Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
  • A Change Is Gonna Come by Various


  • Androgyne: Fashion and Gender by Patrick Mauries
  • I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • A Word is a Bird We Teach To Sing by Daniel Tammet
…and in the ‘what we’re reading and recommending’ segment…
  • Emily: A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker; The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
  • Julie: The Vorrh by Brian Catling (STILL); Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Annie: Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen by P.G. Wodehouse; Women Who Blow on Knots by Ece Temelkuran

Book group book: Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Next time: The Man Booker Prize!

Thanks for listening – send us your questions for next episode, which we will post on 10th September :)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]