It is a truth universally acknowledged, that you need not have an excuse to pod about Pride and Prejudice

January 17, 2018

Do we really need an excuse to talk about Pride and Prejudice? Stephanie is joined by Dr Lee O'Brien and Dr Geoff Payne to talk about everybody's favourite novel and gush about the enduring genius of Jane Austen. 

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Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poet of Poets

January 10, 2018

In a year of big Romantic anniversaries, Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ozymandias" celebrates 200 years since its publication on 11 January 2018. To celebrate, Stephanie is joined by Dr Geoff Payne to discuss the poem, Percy Shelley, his scandalous life, and the time somebody tried to assassinate him.

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Best Books of 2017

January 3, 2018

What were your best books of 2017? This week, Stephanie and Michelle contemplate their year in reading.

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Sing, O Muse, of the books we loathe: Literary Confessions pt. 1

December 27, 2017

What books do you absolutely hate? What books have you pretended to have read? Which books are you ashamed of loving? This week, Stephanie, Michelle and Jimmy let the silly season go to their heads entirely and spill all their deepest, darkest secrets. Shh, don't tell anyone.

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Elf, Rudolph, Mannequin Mom, Mr Hanky, and the Osmonds - it must be the Christmas Show!

December 20, 2017

Christmas is a time for...escaping family by watching television and reading? This week, Stephanie, Michelle and Jimmy discuss their favourite Christmas books, films and tv shows, and Stephanie is mocked for liking Elf. Merry Christmas!

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The Novel and the Navy: Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Northanger Abbey

December 13, 2017

Jane Austen's novels Persuasion and Northanger Abbey were published posthumously in December 1817. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of these novels that bookend Austen's career, Stephanie is joined by Dr Geoff Payne to discuss Anne Elliot, Catherine Morland, the novel, and the Navy.

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On Speedy Death and the Golden Age of Gladys Mitchell

December 6, 2017

Gladys Mitchell is one of the most entertaining of the Golden Age detective novelists. However, she's relatively little known today. This week, Stephanie and Jimmy discuss her first novel, Speedy Death, with Dr Lee O'Brien, and make the case that everybody should really be reading Gladys Mitchell. 

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The Power of Love, or Why We Read Romance Novels

November 29, 2017

Romance fiction is often unfairly maligned as silly and escapist, largely because of its association with a female readership, but in terms of popularity, nothing beats romance. This week, Stephanie and Jimmy discuss the phenomenal power of the romance novel with romance expert Associate Professor Hsu-Ming Teo. 

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A Killer Obsession: The Latest Adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

November 22, 2017

Murder on the Orient Express is one of Agatha Christie's best-known mysteries, and a new film adaptation directed and starring Kenneth Branagh is in cinemas now. This week, Stephanie, Jimmy and Michelle discuss the novel, the film, and Jimmy's strange serial killer obsession.

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Murder, they Spoke: The Rise of True Crime Podcasts and Documentaries

November 15, 2017

Since the podcast Serial was released in 2014 (#freeAdnan), the public appetite for true crime documentaries and podcasts seems unquenchable. This week, Stephanie and Jimmy are joined by Dr Alys Moody to discuss the appeal of true crime, the role of the police, Making a Murderer and citizen detectives.

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