Jenna brings in one of the winners of this years Manbooker Prize, Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other. This novel follows the stories of different women, black and British, chapter by chapter, encompassing history, and telling the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the year. Definitely pick this one up, it's a must-read.
Today we've got a review of one of Kiran's personal top picks, Country: The Twisted Roots Of Rock 'n' Roll by Nick Tosches. A book with all sorts of stories of honky-tonk hell and rockabilly heaven; medieval myth and musical miscegenation; sex, drugs, and even murder. If this sounds like a bit of you, then grab yourself a copy and get stuck in.
Jenna returns after a lovely holiday with a book she's sure the bFM listeners will be super excited about. A Sharp Left Turn by Mike Chunn. The novel that tells tales of the early days of Split Enz, as well as a powerful story of how Mike Chunn dealt with mental health issues and went on to become one of our most influential music identities. Definitely a good Christmas pick (yes, we are there already).
Kiran talks the Man Booker Prize this morning, firstly reviewing her choice of the week, and shortlisted for the Man Booker, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak. Based in Turkey, the stories are told by Tequila Leila during in her final moments before her death, recalling friendships, hardships, and history. Kiran also chats to Rachel about the controversial dual win of the Man Booker Prize.
Suri found herself in the midst of a trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen, Youth. A story about adolescence during World War II, diving into exploitative bosses, uninspiring boyfriends and a Nazi landlady, Tove is looking for real love and life to begin. Suri might've picked this one up just because of the pretty cover, but she was not disappointed.
Kiran reckons Rachel and Tess will be a big fan of this book, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino. A collection of essays by breakout writer from The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino, on contemporary culture with brutal honesty. From Trump being elected in 2016, to growing up with the internet and reality TV shows. A very timely collection.
Suri's in the studio this morning with a book review, a very topical book review. We're talking On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein, where we find essays on varying stages of ecological crisis to current calls for policy reform, in hope of saving our planet. A necessary read.
Jenna's talking about Patti Smith's new memoir, Year of the Monkey, and describes it as similar to snuggling into a warm blanket of Patti. A glorious read but Jenna reckons you've gotta readM Train and Just Kids first, so there's your reading list for the week, enjoy.
This week Jenna has brought in the hotly anticipated- and heavily embargoed (thanks for nothing, Amazon)- sequel to Margaret Atwood's 'Handmaid's Tale': 'The Testaments'. Does it live up to the hype? Jenna reckons so- check it out!
Kiran pops up to talk about Deborah Levy's latest book, The Man Who Saw Everything, which also happens to be Time Out's Book of the Month. An abstract novel with a touch of politics, coincidence, carelessness, and history. Get your hands on this one.