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World Book Club

BBC World Service

The world's great authors discuss their best-known novel.

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4.6 out of 5 stars from 1k ratings
  • Delicious! Such depth.

    It is wonderful to hear the voices of readers from all corners of the world talking about the same book. The comments and questions are rich and the answers of authors are rich. The discussions expand our openness to the diversity of our global family.

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    Wendy Whimsy
    United States7 months ago
  • So Interesting, So Well Presented

    Harriet Gilbert is an excellent presenter in that she seems to relax the guests, respects those who submit questions and when appropriate uses her own life experiences to illustrate themes / issues from the books being discussed. If you enjoy reading then definitely give this podcast a go, there is genuine diversity running through each episode.

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    United Kingdoma year ago
  • The best!

    Harriet Gilbert is the best and this podcast is a class apart.

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    United Statesa year ago
  • Love the thoughtful Q&A that takes place between the authors and their readers

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    Eternal Learner
    2 years ago
  • Food for the mind

    Harriet is a perfect moderator, the questions are well chosen, it’s hard to improve on previous reviews. If you love reading you’ll love the WBC. (Eastern Canada)

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