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The Bookshelf

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What are you reading, loving or being challenged by? We review the latest in fiction for dedicated readers and for those who wish they read more.

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Cassie and Kate discuss Jenny Erpenbecks' Kairos (winner of the 2024 International Booker Prize) with critic Declan Fry - originally broadcast August 2023 when the book was first published; and interviews with writers A K Blakemore (The Glutton), Dan... more

4 days ago

Cassie and Tom Wright read The Parade by Rachel Cusk, her first since 2018’s Kudos, the final part of the acclaimed Outline trilogy. Once again, Cusk questions the very nature of truth. more

14 days ago

Cassie and Jonathan Green review The Ministry of Time by debut British-Cambodian novelist Kaliane Bradley, a heads up, it's brilliant. more

21 days ago

Cassie and Claire Nichols team up on stage at this year's Sydney Writers' Festival to grill some huge literary stars on their reading lives: Irish Booker Prize winner Paul Lynch, U.S. bestseller Celeste Ng, and Australia’s Christos Tsoilkas. more

a month ago


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4.4 out of 5 stars from 318 ratings
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    Fewer crime novels please more

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    keen listener!
    Australia2 months ago
  • Awesome wonderful brilliant

    Cassie & Kate- perfect balance of your own individual interests and deeply engaging interviews. Your book choices are so varied that I’m awed by your breadth! I also love your great personalities and the laughter and quick witted banter!

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia4 months ago
  • Please put books in show notes!

    Love the pod but you don’t always put the books you recommend in the show notes (only the website page which is annoying). more

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    dark lord issy
    Australia6 months ago
  • More recommendations

    Love your show. Please consider having more book recommendations for younger readers. It is important to nurture young readers as they become adult readers in the future.

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia7 months ago
  • Wonderful for book lovers

    I love this podcast and it is presented with so much fun and enthusiasm. If only I could keep a pen and paper next to me to write my favourites down (I often listen while gardening 🙈) more

    Apple Podcasts
    Australiaa year ago

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