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19 January 2018

Episode 557

42 minutes

We discuss some of the week’s book releases with literary journalist Sarah Shaffi and Unbound founder John Mitchinson, and nip to São Paulo to discover the kiosk-cum-independent bookshop that has transformed its neighbourhood.

19 January 2018

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Chapter 1

26 minutes


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Book review with Sarah Shaffi and John Mitchinson

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Literary journalist Sarah Shaffi and Unbound founder John Mitchinson review Leila Slimani’s thriller ‘Lullaby’, Louise Erdich’s dystopian novel ‘Future Home of the Living God’, a hotly tipped debut by Mary Lynn Bracht called ‘White Chrysanthemum’ and Afua Hirsch’s investigation into racism ‘Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging’.

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Reading corner

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Brazil’s independent literary scene has been growing steadily in recent years and Banca Tatui in São Paulo is a product of that vibrancy. It’s an old fashioned newsstand that has been converted into a bookshop and mini cultural space – and it’s had a transformational effect on the surrounding area. Frederick Bernas reports.

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The Global Countdown: China

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Bill Leuty returns to run us through the top-five singles in China this week.

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