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Complete episode: Missed the week's best book interviews on ABC Radio National? Catch up with Kate Evans on BooksPlus, the one-stop destination for the RN bibliophile. Published every Saturday.


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BooksPlus - 2016-10-16

October 16th, 2016

How well do you know Shakespeare’s the Tempest? Miranda, Prospero, Caliban . . . an island? It’s been told and retold many times, its meaning remade according to its listeners. For Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, that meant turning it into a story set in a prison. She’s a bit obsessed with prisons in her writing, she reckons...and here's...

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BooksPlus - 2016-10-09

October 9th, 2016

If you know the story of Harry Potter, Boy Wizard, you’ll know he spent years living under the stairs, lonely and unloved. Do you wonder why he didn’t read more? Writer Lev Grossman did, & he argues Harry should have read more nerdy fantasy, and it would have helped him enormously. And so in his cult series The Magicians, Grossmans...

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BooksPlus - 2016-10-02

October 2nd, 2016

Today a novel written from the perspective of a foetus in Ian McEwen's latest, Nutshell. Also, Eimear Mcbride, talking about sex and theatre, and Mary Gaitskill’s novel, The Mare. There’s a horse in it, but it’s not really a horsey book.

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BooksPlus - 2016-09-25

September 25th, 2016

Today we have a collection of essays from Helen Garner, a novel about dogs, another about one of the most tumultuous year’s in Indonesia’s history – 1965 – and a book that deals with decades of China’s contemporary history through the story of a girl named Ai Ming. That’s in Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing, which has just been short...