A lot of people have been searching for a book to make sense of the world in the last week, and 1984 by George Orwell has soared up the charts. What people looking for tips may not realise is that things don’t work out so well for the main character, despite the fact that it’s one of the best-known dystopian novels of recent times. I wanted to recommend some alternative choices from women and writers of colour whose stories will strike a chord and who deserve to be read more widely. Continue reading “When the real world is a dystopia, here’s what to read”
Some people find studying books at school can take the joy out of them but luckily both Rob and Kate found they enjoyed the things they read, even though they were “made” to read them. Rob has chosen a collection of Shakespeare’s works and Kate has picked The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
For day 2, our best bargain, Rob has chosen a number of McSweeney’s anthologies and Kate has chosen Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Continue reading “Best bargain: McSweeney’s Anthologies and Oryx and Crake #bookaday”
Kate and Rob choose some new (and old) books they are looking forward to reading. Continue reading “Podcast: Some New (and Old) Books”
The longlist for the 2014 Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction has been announced! Kate and Rob discuss all twenty books. Continue reading “Podcast: Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction 2014 Longlist”