The Book Club Review

Lonesome Dove, and other reads • Episode #152

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Episode notes

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry has sold over 2 and a half million copies worldwide since publication in 1985, and won a Pulitzer Prize. With prose as ‘as smooth as worn saddle-leather', USA today writes 'If you read only one Western novel in your life, read this one . . . no other has ever approached the accomplishment of Lonesome Dove'. More interesting to us, Lonesome Dove is one of those 'if-you-know-you-know' books, passed from reader to reader, once read, never forgotten. And yet not everyone is a fan – listen in to see what Laura's book club made of it. As ever we're careful not to spoil the plot, so rest assured we won't give away any of the book's secrets. 

We're also recommending some follow-ons and some favourites from our recent reading piles.

Book list

Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff

Austerlitz by W.G. Seabed

Sharp by Michelle Dean

How to Talk About Books you Haven’t Read by Pierre Bayard


If you read one article on Lonesome Dove, let it be this brilliant oral history that Texas Monthly put together, which is full of fascinating detail about the TV series and the book.



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