27. Jane Gardam - A Long Way from Verona

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John and Andy are joined by Laura Cumming, the art critic for the Observer and author of The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez, and Hilary Murray Hill, CEO of Hachette Children's Books, to talk bout Jane Gardam's debut novel A Long Way From Verona.

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Douglas Adams and John Lloyd - The Meaning of Liff
Andy Miller - The Year of Reading Dangerously
Laura Cumming - The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez
Susan Cooper - The Dark is Rising
John Cheever - Christmas is a Sad Season For the Poor
Magnus Mills - Hark the Herald
Angus Wilson - Christmas Day at the Workhouse
Candia McWilliam - What to Look For in Winter
Shena Mackay - An Advent Calendar, Redhill Rococo
E. F. Benson - Between the Lights
A. E. Ellis - The Rack
Dan Rhodes - When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow
Betsy Byars - The Eighteenth Emergency
James Joyce - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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26. William Maxwell - So Long, See You Tomorrow

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Costa First Book nominee for My Name Is Leon, Kit de Waal joins John & Andy to discuss So Long, See You Tomorrow, the final novel by author and New Yorker literary editor, William Maxwell.

Books Mentioned:

Andy Miller - The Year of Reading Dangerously
Kit de Waal - My Name is Leon
John Williams - Stoner
William Maxwell - So Long See You Tomorrow, All the Days and Nights, Time Will Darken It, They Came Like Swallows, Ancestors: A Family History, The Outermost Dream
Brian Bilston - You Took the Last Bus Home: The Poems of Brian Bilston
Colin MacInnes - Absolute Beginners

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23. Stevie Smith - The Holiday

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Recorded live at the Durham Book Festival 2016, John and Andy are joined by Sally Bayley (author of Girl with Dove and The Private Life of the Diary) to discuss Stevie Smith's third and final novel The Holiday.

Books Mentioned:

Andy Miller - The Year of Reading Dangerously
Sally Bayley - Private Life of the Diary
David Szalay - All That Man Is
Colson Whitehead - The Underground Railroad
Chris Wilson - The Glue Ponys
Gisela Elsner - Offside
Anita Brookner - Hotel Du Lac
J. G. Ballard - Empire of the Sun
Stevie Smith - The Holiday, Not Waving But Drowning, Novel On Yellow Paper, I Remember
Nigel Balchin - Darkness Falls from the Air
David Foster Wallace - Infinite Jest
Lewis Carroll - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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22. Randall Jarrell - The Animal Family

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Novelist, editor and critic Erica Wagner joins the Backlisted team to discuss one of her favourite books - The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell. Revolt Into Style, George Melly's groundbreaking discourse on pop culture, and Exmoor Village, a Mass Observation publication from 1947.

Books Mentioned:

Randall Jarrell - The Animal Family, Fly by Night, The Woman at the Washington Zoo, Randall Jarrell’s Book of Stories, The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner, Pictures From an Institution
Andy Miller - The Year of Reading Dangerously
W. J. Turner - Exmoor Village
George Melly - Revolt Into Style: The Pop Arts in Britain, Rum Bum and Concertina
Richard Hoggart - The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working-Class Life
Maurice Sendak - Where the Wild Things Are
Vladimir Nabokov - Pnin
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret, The Marvels, Wonderstruck
Selma Lanes - The Art of Maurice Sendak
Nikolai Gogol - The Nose

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21. Summer Reading Special - What We Read On Our Holidays

In a special edition of the podcast Andy, John, Mathew and Matt discuss amongst other things which festivals work, why books win prizes, and why changing the name of a certain Swallows And Amazons character is a shame. HP Lovecraft, Greek philosophers and Calvin & Hobbes are also touched upon.

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19. F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Crack Up

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In a special edition recorded at Port Eliot Festival, the Backlisted team welcome comedy writer Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, Fresh Meat, The Thick Of It, Four Lions) to discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald's posthumously published collection of essays, The Crack-Up.

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18. Hubert Selby Jr. - Last Exit to Brooklyn

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Author and poet Saleena Godden joins John Mitchinson, Andy Miller and Mathew Clayton to discuss Hubert Selby Jr's legendary transgressive novel of dead end life in working class 50's Brooklyn. WARNING: contains obligatory reference the The Fall.

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17. Denton Welch - Maiden Voyage

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Richard King, author of How Soon Is Now and Original Rockers, visits Backlisted to talk about Maiden Voyage, an extraordinarily vivid memoir by Denton Welch of his early life in England and China.

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16. Jill TweeDIE - Letters from a Fainthearted Feminist

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Writer and journalist Alex Clark joins John Mitchinson and Andy Miller in a stormy (and then hammery) podcast to discuss Letters From A Fainthearted Feminist, a collection of very funny columns by Jill Tweedie, originally published in the Guardian.

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15. Erskine Childers - THE Riddle of the Sands

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Author Lloyd Shepherd joins the Backlisted crew in their small but functional vessel to discuss what some regard as the first ever spy novel The Riddle Of The Sands and the extraordinary life of it's author Erskine Childers. You can read more about Lloyd's plans to recreate the books journey at The Riddle Of The Sands Adventure Club page here: unbound.co.uk/books/riddle-of-the-sands

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14. Barbara Comyns - The Vet's Daughter

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Writer, academic and contributing editor of Bookanista Lucy Scholes joins Andy, John and Mathew on the pod to talk The Vet's Daughter, the extraordinary novel of an extraordinary girl in late Victorian South London. Also, how some books just shouldn't be turned into musicals, and the best name for a dog ever.

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13. Jones and Palin - Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls

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Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris, the creators of the Grown Up Ladybird series of picture books, join Andy Miller and Mathew Clayton to discuss Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls by Michael Palin and Terry Jones

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11. David Seabrook - All the Devils are Here

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Rachel Cooke, Observer writer, New Statesman TV critic and author joins John, Andy & Mathew to discuss All The Devils Are Here, the astounding travelogue through Kent and the depths of human behaviour from David Seabrook. Plus, the drinking habits of Carry On stars, and what to read in Iceland.

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10. Raymond Chandler - The High Window

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Raymond Chandler's 'The High Window', his third book featuring world weary detective Philip Marlowe, is introduced to Backlisted by Mojo magazine's Andrew Male. Plus the joys of walking in the rain in England, remembering Anita Brookner, and JG Ballard's unintentional mind games...

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9. Martin Amis - The Information

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Kill Your Friends author John Niven joins John, Andy & Mathew in the pod to discuss The Information by Martin Amis, on the way answering the question 'if this book were a Britpop album, which Britpop album would it be?' This may or may not become a regular feature. There's also talk on how writers write, and the epoch defining moment when Andy met a punk rock legend.

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8. Sylvia Townsend Warner - Lolly Willowes

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Sylvia Townsend Warner's debut novel 'Lolly Willowes' is the main book under discussion in this episode. It's nominated by journalist, author & playwright Samantha Ellis, and she discusses witchcraft, spinsters and the Chilterns with John, Andy and Mathew. Also touched on: epic poetry on Dartmoor in the rain, and J.B. Priestley's influence on David Bowie.

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