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Close Readings

London Review of Books

Close Readings is a new multi-series podcast subscription from the London Review of Books. Two contributors explore areas of literature through a selection of key works, providing an introductory grounding like no other. Listen to some episodes for free here, and extracts from our ongoing subscriber-only series. more


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4.8 out of 5 stars from 30 ratings
  • Shorts

    It seems the full versions of the ‘Shorts’ episodes are no longer available? Is that correct? I’ve only just found the podcast and would love to locate the full versions. The link in the show notes doesn’t work for me.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma month ago
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    I’m learning so much about a wide range of literature and look forward to listening. Thank you for sharing this.

    Apple Podcasts
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