The Book Club Review / 96. Bookbar, with Chrissy Ryan

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Episode notes

We chat with Chrissy Ryan, founder of Bookbar, a new bookshop and bar in Kate's North London neighbourhood. Chrissy's vision is for Bookbar to be a social space where people can discover their next read and meet other readers in a place where conversation is encouraged. We loved hearing about everything from her in-house book club featuring authors like Ingrid Persaud, Brit Bennett and Curtis Sittenfeld to her shelf-medicate book subscription service – as Chrissy says, like having a literary matchmaker on speed-dial. We come up with an idea for the perfect book club party and talk favourite books. Listen in for Chrissy's must-reads out now or coming soon.


Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud

Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession

Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Dopesick by Beth Macy

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Faultlines Emily Atami

Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wollizer

China Room by Sunjeev Suhota

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

Red Comet by Heather Clark

Conversations on Love by Natasha Lunn

For more about Bookbar check out their website.

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