June 23, 2021
What makes a book a classic? The fact that it is beloved? That it has stood the test of time? That it is of a quality that makes it stand out? Like fairytales and folk tales before them, children’s classics are usually a mix of all of these things.
Join Nisa and Antonia as they talk about some established and modern classics for children:
Chronicles of Narnia: the lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. (Originally published) Geoffrey Bles, 1950.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. (Originally published) Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943
Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume. (Originally published) Bradbury Press, 1970
Hitler’s daughter by Jackie French. HarperCollins Publishers, 1999
May 17, 2021
Spanning the last years of primary and all the way up to early adulthood, young adult fiction has an appeal that knows few bounds. Back by popular demand, this is the third in our series of YA book chats. Join Nisa and Antonia as they discuss the following titles:
Listen Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied. Penguin Books, 2021
Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina. Allen & Unwin, 2018
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas. Walker Books, 2021
The Selection by Kiera Cass. Harper Collins, 2012
April 19, 2021
Thrillers and crime fiction are genres of writing that fascinate the reader through the depiction of danger, of darkness, of suspense and anxiety that surrounds the criminal or crime-related events described in the story.
Join Nisa and Bryony as they discuss some books that fall neatly and not-so-neatly within the overlapping boundaries of these genres:
The Herd by Andrea Bartz, Ballantine Books, 2020
Keeper by Jessica More, Penguin, 2020
Your House Will Pay by Step Cha, Faber & Faber, 2019
The Animals of Lockwood Manor, Mantle, 2020
March 31, 2021
Sitting under the umbrella of ‘speculative’ fiction, Fantasy Fiction pulls the reader into a universe made up of complex relationships, of magical beings, of fascinating creatures and of supernatural elements that are often based on or influenced by existing myths and mythology.
Join Nisa and Rachel as they discussed two novels and two novellas in the genre:
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart. Orbit, 2020
The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood. Tor, 2020
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo. Tor, 2020
Order of the Pure Moon Reflected by Water by Zen Cho. Tor, 2020
March 9, 2021
YA books can be about love, loss, transitions, first experiences, school, future aspirations… anything experienced by young people. What makes YA literature unique is that the perspective is a teenage one. Back with more YA in 2021, join Nisa and Antonia for the first set of books they’d like to highlight:
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. Walker Books, 2019
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. Electric Monkey, 2019
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. Hot Key Books, 2020
Welcome to the New World: Waking Up in Trump’s America by Jake Halpern and (illustrated by) Michael Sloan. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020.
Craving some more YA chat? Checkout our other YA podcast here!
February 23, 2021
One of the greats of espionage fiction – John le Carre – passed away at the end of 2020.
Join Nisa and Sandra as they take a quick tour through some of his books and focus on two titles in particular:
Our Kind of Traitor - John le Carre. Viking, 2010
The Night Manager - John le Carre. Hodder and Stoughton, 1993
February 3, 2021
One of the most popular fiction genres, mysteries take the reader on a journey that involves trying to solve a puzzle, finding clues, engaging in logical deduction, considering (and discarding) red herrings… the who, why and how of a crime that must be solved, an event that must be explained.
Join Nisa and Crystal as they discuss a mix of classics and new books in the genre:
Death in the East - Abir Mukherjee. Penguin Random House, 2019
The Thursday Murder Club - Richard Osman. Viking Press, 2020
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie. Collins Crime Club, 1934 and Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie and François Rivière. Harper, 2007
A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle. Beeton’s Christmas Annual Magazine, 1887
January 20, 2021
Horror Fiction seeks to thrill, to terrorise, to tap into the dark side of humanity. Sitting under the umbrella of ‘speculative’ fiction, Horror Fiction combines and contrasts the known with the unknown to induce a feeling of dread in the reader.
Join Nisa and Rachel as they discuss a mix of classics and new books in the genre:
- Bird Box / Josh Malerman. Harper Voyager, 2014 and Malorie: a Bird box novel / Josh Malerman. Orion Fiction, 2020
- Carrie / Stephen King. New English Library, 1974
- Frankenstein / Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, 1818
November 24, 2020
Yan’s Recommended Reads!
Are you wondering what to read next? Well, maybe this episode will give you some ideas.
Books mentioned in this podcast include:
October 30, 2020
A tricky genre to define, Scifi or ‘Science Fiction’ is more than just space ships and aliens. Scifi is a genre that looks at the world that was and imagines a world that can be. Sitting within the family of what is considered to be ‘speculative’ fiction, Scifi entertains, thrills and makes us consider some important questions about ourselves, our world and the universe(s) beyond us.
Join Nisa and Rachel as they discuss these books: