Coming Up on Book Talk
If you want to get ahead, this is the place to find out what we're reading for forthcoming Book Talk podcasts.
Please add your comments and thoughts on particular discussion topics around any of our upcoming books to the bottom of this page.
November 2013: Close Your Eyes by Ewan Morrison
Thirty years after being abandoned by her mother, Rowan has a child of her own and a serious case of post-natal depression. Convinced she'll hurt her daughter unless she figures out the secrets of her past, she leaves her family and life in London and travels to a commune in the remote highlands of Scotland. And there, with a looming cult leader, among the rites and rituals, the sacraments and ceremonies, is a single postcard dated a week after her mother's death. As she draws ever closer to the truth about her mother, she fears she might lose even herself.
December 2013: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Book Talk panel will be hefting Catton's Booker Prize-winning doorstopper just before the holidays. Set in 1860s New Zealand, the story follows Walter Moody, who hopes to make his fortune in the New Zealand goldfields. When he arrives, however, he finds a series of unsolved crimes that include the disappearance of a wealthy man, an attempted suicide and a suspicious fortune found in the home of a down-on-his-luck drunk. Before long, the prospective prospector finds himself drawn into the local mystery and discovering a complex network of intertwining fates and fortunes.
Podcast available Wednesday 18 December
January 2014: One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson
Celebrated narrative non-fiction writer Bill Bryson travels back in time to a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and, in five eventful months, changed the world for ever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest of the time), a semi-crazed sculptor with a mad plan to carve four giant heads into an inaccessible mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown and finished it as the most famous man on earth. It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone's reign of terror, the horrifying bombing of a school in Michigan by a madman, the ill-conceived decision that led to the Great Depression, the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of a wheezing, over-the-hill baseball player named Babe Ruth, and an almost impossible amount more.
Podcast available Wednesday 22 January