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The Waterstones Podcast - Community

Posted on 23rd October 2019 by Mark Skinner

Your chance to hear authors going beyond the book to talk about the themes and ideas that obsess us all.


Community

Author and bookshop owner Ann Patchett joins us to talk about why a bookshop should be at the heart of any community and why book design is more important than ever. Jason Reynolds talks about what binds communities together and gives us his perspective on black culture and its influence around the world. And we also hear from an event around Pride in London at which Zing Tsjeng and Amrou Al-Kadhi interrogate whether corporate sponsorship of events like Pride is a good or bad thing.

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Rich in metaphor and flawless in tone, The Dutch House sees one of the world’s finest living novelists at the top of her game. Shimmering with melancholy, this extraordinary book takes a scalpel to family dynamics and the irretrievable loss of youthful pride. A novel of jewel-like beauty and emotional insight.

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A breath-taking examination of loyalty, guilt and the self-destructive urge for retribution, Long Way Down is a verse novel set in real time and a single location that packs one hell of a punch.
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Proving as at home with younger fiction as he is with the complex themes of his teen writing, Reynolds weaves a wonderfully nuanced series of stories around the daily ritual of the walk home from school. Never afraid to confront serious issues but always handling them with sensitivity and wit, Look Both Ways is marvellous entertainment with deceptive gravitas.
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Queer Intentions asks all of the questions many of us are not willing to delve into. With honesty, comedy, and just a little bit of magic, Abraham’s voice is one that sorely needs to be heard.

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With a roll-call that includes sixteenth-century pirate queens and Second World War spies, Forgotten Women: The Leaders is a treasure trove of information on women who have hitherto been written out of the history books. Fully illustrated and concise, this is an excellent introduction to a pantheon of neglected female figures.

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Wildly funny yet repeatedly heartbreaking, Unicorn is the astonishing tale of how a devout Muslim child became a scathingly funny drag queen and began to see both Islam and the world with fresh eyes. Written with flair and poignancy, Al-Khadi’s memoir is a fabulous hymn to the human spirit.

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James takes the zest and vigour of Young Adult literature, sprinkles a dash of supernatural charm into the mix and then tops it all off with the odd allusion to The Crucible. Sanctuary is near impossible to categorise but a breathless, thrilling rollercoaster to read; witches and murder in small town America with a blackly comic spirit.

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A lyrical imagining of a Welsh seaside village, Under Milk Wood is both ethereal and earthy, revelling in its flamboyant poetry and multifarious cast of lovingly evoked characters. Dylan Thomas’s legendary radio play only matures with age.
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Powerful and uncompromising in its depiction of the women left behind by the savageries of the Northern Irish Troubles, Rona Munro’s excellent play details the domestic, everyday lives of a trio of Belfast women in the shadow of sectarian violence.
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