The Book Club Review

The Years by Annie Ernaux, Super-Infinite by Katherine Rundell, and a whole lot more • Episode #148

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Episode notes

If you've been wondering whether or not to tackle the work of Nobel-prizewinner Annie Ernaux, and in partiular The Years, generally considered to be definitive, listen in and find out what Laura's book club thought (you might be surprised).

We're also generally delighted by how interesting the life of 17th-century poet John Donne is in the hands of Katherine Rundell, and her Baillie-Gifford prizewinner Super-Infinite. But were Kate's book club unanimous in their praise?

Discover more great reads as we delve into our recent reading piles. Find out the hits and misses, plus the books we've got on the go right now.


The Years by Annie Ernaux

Super-Infinite by Katherine Rundell

The Banished Immortal by Ha Jin

Grey Bees by Andrei Kurkov

Avid Reader by Robert Gottlieb (and we also mentioned the film Turn Every Page)

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Watch us Dance by Leila Slimani (and we also mentioned her other books Lullaby or The Perfect Nanny, and The Country of Others)

Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton (and we also mentioned her previous book The Luminaries)

Monsters by Claire Dederer

The Great Reclamation by Rachel Heng

Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tocarczuk

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor

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