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The Bookseller Podcast

The latest episode of the Bookseller podcast sees host Cathy Rentzenbrick and regulars Caroline Sanderson, Philip Jones and Alice O'Keefe sharing their top book picks of the month.

Top of the news is the brilliant but controversial novel American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins which has raised thorny issues of cultural appropriation of the immigrant experience following its launch in the US. 

Cathy chats to Kiran Millwood Hargrave about The Mercies, the celebrated children's author's first book for adults. Meanwhile Lennie Goodings talks about A Bite of the Apple, a fascinating memoir which covers 40 years of publishing and feminism in Soho. 

This month’s spoken extract comes from Anne Enright’s Actressbeautifully read by the author herself.

So to get your full 41-minute dose of delightful bookish medication, follow the link to Episode #14 of the Bookseller Podcast.

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

4.40 out of 5

7 reviews

Inspired by real historical events, The Mercies is a breathtaking story of love, fear and obsession, and the strength and courage of women.

Lennie Goodings (Publisher, Publisher, Virago Press)

3.86 out of 5

4 reviews

In this insightful memoir Lennie Goodings takes the reader behind the scenes at Virago, the feminist press that she has led for twenty years. Moving from Virago's early days of independence, through its various commercial incarnations, the author reflects on idealistic publishing and how it feels to be a beacon for change.

Anne Enright

3.93 out of 5

17 reviews

From the Booker-winning Irish author, a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter's search to understand her mother's hidden truths This is the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O'Dell, as told by her daughter Norah.

Jeanine Cummins

3.33 out of 5

12 reviews

The unforgettable story of a mother and son fleeing a drug cartel to cross the US-Mexico border.

Kapka Kassabova

4.27 out of 5

6 reviews

Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa. Two vast lakes joined by underground rivers. Two lakes that seem to hold both the turbulent memories of the region's past, and the secret of its enduring allure. Two lakes that have played a central role in Kapka Kassabova's maternal family. As she journeys to her grandmother's place of origin, Kassabova encounters a civilisational crossroads.

Sophy Roberts

3.93 out of 5

9 reviews

'A sparkling debut by an outstanding and gifted author. A brilliant guide to Russia of the past and the present, set around an extraordinary search for the heart, soul and lost keyboards of centuries gone by.' PETER FRANKOPAN '

Michael Cashman

4.67 out of 5

4 reviews

One of Them contains as many multitudes as its author: glorious nostalgia, wicked showbiz gossip, a stirring history of a civil rights movement, a sorrowfully clear-eyed exposition of Britain's standing in Europe, and an unforgettable love story. Told with warmth, wit and humanity, it is an account of a life lived both left-of-field and firmly embedded in the heart of all that makes Britain liberal and good.

Diana Athill (Y)

0.00 out of 5


Stunning re-issue of Diana Athill's candid memoir of a life spent working as an editor, with some of the most celebrated writers of the post war generation.

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

0.00 out of 5


When Isabella's friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search party. As a mapmaker's daughter, she's equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, eager to navigate the island's forgotten heart. But beneath the mountains a legendary fire demon awakens, and her journey is fraught with danger ...

Cho Nam-Joo, Jamie Chang

3.77 out of 5

6 reviews

Ms Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is the book which is changing the world one country at a time. A cultural phenomenon in its native South Korea, this book has effectively created the #metoo movement in Japan and soon everybody in Britain will be talking about it, too.

Jenny Offill

4.29 out of 5

15 reviews

'What are you afraid of, he asks me and the answer of course is dentistry, humiliation, scarcity, then he says what are your most useful skills?