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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 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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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…


  • The Zoo by Christopher Wilson
  • A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee
  • Don’t Cry by Mary Gaitskill


  • 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


  • The Griffin’s Feather by Cornelia Funke
  • William Morris ABC and William Morris 123
  • The Only Lonely Panda by Jonny Lambert


…and in the ‘what we’re reading and recommending’ segment…


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Introducing Bibliophile – a podcast by Golden Hare Books!

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Okay, okay, we admit it…we’ve been keeping this one under our hats for a while now. But with good intentions – we wanted to get all our plans ready and the first episode well underway before letting on about anything!

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”4206″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]From June onwards, you can look forward to a monthly dose of Golden Hare goodness tickling your earbuds in the first week of every month. Our booksellers Julie and Annie will not only be telling you all about the new releases we’re most excited about and the books we’re reading ourselves; they’ll also discuss news, debates and the hot topics of the book world today. Better yet, we’ll be answering your questions in every episode and are asking you to submit your questions for us in a comment below, via social media using the hashtag #bibliophilepodcast, our Facebook poll or via this online form. So what are you waiting for? Let us know what you’ve always wanted to ask a bookseller…

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