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The Bookshelf: Love and Heartbreak

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The Bookshelf – Less by Andrew Sean Greer What if you weren’t still over an Ex, and they invited you to their wedding? In the 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning Less by Andrew Sean Greer, the eponymous Arthur Less has this very problem. Joining us for a hot-take on this bittersweet romance of chances lost and a wider look at memorable breakups in literature, are writer and Founder of Dubai Literary Salon, Hananah Zaheer, and Penny Mackenzie, long-time librarian at The Old Library and lifelong bookworm with a spooky knack for identifying prize-winning books. The Bookshelf – An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim After break-ups we move onto a tale of the ultimate long-distance relationship in debut novelist Thea Lim’s An Ocean of Minutes. As a result of a deadly flu pandemic, Polly signs up to a one-way ticket to the future to work as a bonded labourer in exchange for the cure that will save the man she loves. Polly and Frank arrange to meet 12 years in the future at a specific place, but Polly lands years later than intended and Frank is nowhere to be found. 

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Have Literary Moment

Two books that both the most ardent and read more

Two books that both the most ardent and lukewarm of football fans can sink their teeth into over the final days of the World Cup. What happens when you cross one of the most famous poets of the English Romantic period with the Breaking Bad television series. Plus a quick round-up of headlines from the book world.

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The Bookshelf – Literary Soundtrack

07/07/18: Ernest Hemingway, a 20th Century photographer love read more

07/07/18: Ernest Hemingway, a 20th Century photographer love story, a British Rock band and the Spanish Civil War are all connected in this week’s Literary Soundtrack.

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The Bookshelf - Literary Soundtrack

07/07/18: Ernest Hemingway, a 20th Century photographer love read more

07/07/18: Ernest Hemingway, a 20th Century photographer love story, a British Rock band and the Spanish Civil War are all connected in this week’s Literary Soundtrack.

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Literary Soundtrack

07/07/18: Ernest Hemingway, a 20th Century photographer love read more

07/07/18: Ernest Hemingway, a 20th Century photographer love story, a British Rock band and the Spanish Civil War are all connected in this week’s Literary Soundtrack.

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Author Interview: Laaleen Sukhera

07/07/18: We talk to Laaleen Sukhera is a read more

07/07/18: We talk to Laaleen Sukhera is a British Pakistani writer, television personality and a contributors of Austenistan, a book inspired by Jane Austen set in Pakistan. We ask her what happens when you set seven stories inspired by the classic novel set in contemporary Pakistan and this is what she had to say.

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Book News: Audiobooks vs Film and TV

07/07/18: Do audiobooks or film and TV give you read more

07/07/18: Do audiobooks or film and TV give you the emotional feels? Science answers the question. We discuss which format elicitsan emotional reaction and which is more engaging and why.

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The Big Question: How to Break Up with Your Phone by Catherine Price

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07/07/18: Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? How to Break Up with your Phone by Catherine Price is full of tested strategies and tips on the best way to use your phone without creating an addiction. We also talk about how phones and apps are designed to be addictive and how much time we spend on our mobiles can damage our ability to focus.

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The Bookshelf: Less by Andrew Sean Greer and An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim

07/07/18: Less is a satirical contemporary that follows the read more

07/07/18: Less is a satirical contemporary that follows the life of an American abroad who is avoiding an awkward wedding. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a bittersweet romance of chances, lost and full of “arresting lyricism and beauty”. Fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife will love An Ocean of Minutesby Thea Lim. The science fiction novel is in the grip of a deadly flu and when Frank gets sick, his girlfriend will do whatever it takes to save, even coming up with a radical plan that involves time travel.

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