A.L. Kennedy & Tom Whyman

Book Shambles

Two guests on this week’s episode. Firstly Robin chats to A.L. Kennedy who returns to the podcast to chat about her new collection of short stories We Are Attempting to Survive Our Time and why she finds writing short stories a different, and sometimes harder, challenge than writing a novel. And then in the second half of the episode Josie talks to philosopher and author Tom Whyman about his book Infinitely Full of Hope: Fatherhood and the Future in an Age of Crisis and Disaster. They chat about how the book was written pre-COVID and how being full of hope now is still possible, if more of a challenge!

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Reading List

Books recommended this week include:

We Are Attempting to Survive Our Time by A. L. Kennedy

Infinitely Full of Hope: Fatherhood and the Future in an Age of Crisis and Disaster by Tom Whyman

The short stories of Anton Chekov

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

The work of Raymond Carver

The work of Shirley Jackson

The work of Franz Kafka

The work of Jean Rhys

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

Peepo! by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg

I Am Bat by Morag Hood

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick

The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility by Walter Benjamin

Crises of the Republic: Lying in Politics; Civil Disobedience; On Violence; Thoughts on Politics and Revolution by Hannah Arendt

The Storyteller Essays by Walter Benjamin

How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship by Ece Temelkuran

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