What We’re Reading posts

What we’re reading: Dervla McTiernan, Karl Ove Knausgaard & April Genevieve Tucholke

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Bronte Coates is reading The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke (available October)

Frey is the leader of a band of boneless mercies – women who roam the land and are hired to bring a merciful death to the sick and the old. It is gruelling work and F…

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What we’re reading: Meg Medina, Ibi Zoboi & Brian K. Vaughan

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Paul Barr is listening to Deran by Bombino

Tuareg musician Bombino has a new album out and it’s a beauty. Similar in style to other desert blues bands like Tinariwen, Bombino has a heavier guitar sound and likes to riff and rock out a bit more than most. This …

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What we’re reading: Ottessa Moshfegh, Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Paul Goodman is reading Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Seasons Quartet

To whet my appetite for Knausgaard’s finale to My Struggle, I have been dipping into his Seasons Quartet – the series of essays he wrote for his (then) unborn daughter. Ranging from reflections on t…

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What we’re reading: Weike Wang, Michel Houellebecq & Nick Drnaso

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Paul Goodmam is reading Submission by Michel Houellebecq

I’ve just finished Michel Houellebecq’s controversial Submission and found that, as with all illicit fiction, a simple reading of the text takes you past the scandal to a novel that reads more like a cry…

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What we’re reading: Liane Moriarty, Sarah Selecky & Rachael Brown

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Bronte Coates is reading Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (available 18 September)

I was extremely excited last week to get my hands on an early copy of Liane Moriarty’s forthcoming novel. A group of strangers attend a wellness retreat where they find …

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What we’re reading: Liane Moriarty, Shirley Jackson & Min Jin Lee

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Lian Hingee is reading We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson is one of those writers that everyone tells you that you must read. A master of American Gothic, she was reclusive, agoraphobic and obsessed with witchcraft. She’s pro…

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What we’re reading: Nick Drnaso, Pat Barker & Sayaka Murata

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Bronte Coates is reading Sabrina by Nick Drnaso

Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina made literary history a few weeks ago when it became the first graphic novel to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. As a comic fan, it feels like a long overdue achievement, …

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What we’re reading: Emily Gale, Hannah Richell & Lewis Carroll

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Bronte Coates is reading I Am Out With Lanterns by Emily Gale

This juicy YA novel will grip you from page one. Emily Gale has skilfully brought together the perspectives of multiple characters to create a single cohesive work that investigates the ways in whic…

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What we’re reading: Vera Brosgol, Sarai Walker & Kayla Rae Whitaker

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Lian Hingee is reading Dietland by Sarai Walker

I’ve had Dietland sitting on my TBR pile for, oh, about two years now, and it’s been recommended to me countless times, but it took the release of a new TV adaptation to give me the kick in the butt that I needed…

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What we’re reading: Peter S. Beagle, Sally Rooney & Rupert Thomson

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Ele Jenkins is reading In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle

I just finished In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle. You may recognise Beagle as the author of fantasy classic The Last Unicorn, and fifty years later (fifty!) he has returned to write about his favourite mythic…

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