Sarah Bakewell

Season 4 Episode 3


Philosophical discussion abounds this week as Robin and Josie are joined by author of, amongst many great books, ‘At the Existentialist Café’, Sarah Bakewell. They wander through the work of Bertrand Russell, Albert Camus, Mervyn Peake and many more besides before arriving at the conclusion that basically we should just all reread ‘The Great Gatsby’ more often than we do.



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Reading List

Sarah recommends:

Marx: For Beginners by Rius

Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

The Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake

Peake’s Progress by Mervyn Peake

Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

The books of Willard Pryce

The books of Enid Blyton

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

The Outsider by Colin Wilson

Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich

Robin recommends:

At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell

How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell

Structuralism and Poststructuralism For Beginners by Donald D. Palmer

The Self Illusion: Why There is No ‘You’ Inside Your Head by Bruce Hood

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis & Christos Papadimitriou

R. Crumb’s Kafka by Robert Crumb

The work of Oscar Zárate

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse

The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse

Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson

The Strength to Dream by Colin Wilson

The Killer by Colin Wilson

Sum Total by Ray Gostling

Josie recommends:

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

The Outsider by Albert Camus

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