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Booked Out podcast

The Booked Out team

Booked Out is our monthly book recommendation podcast, from Woodbridge Library’s Kellie Dimmock, Richard Baker, Sheila Haskins and Sophie Green.

February 2017: Health and well-being

Written by · Published Feb 23, 2017


Kellie is joined by guests to discuss health and well-being titles Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong, Food is Better Medicine than Drugs by Patrick Holford, Overcoming Insomnia & Sleep Problems: a self-help guide by Colin Espie, A Guide to Nature's Remedies by Mark Evans, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers and Happy by Derren Brown..

January 2017: American fiction

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Richard and guests discuss some of their favourite works of American fiction including: The World According to Garp by John Irving, Dark Town by Thomas Mullen, The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy and Butcher's Crossing by John Williams.

December 2016: Best of 2016

Written by · Published Dec 12, 2016


In this bumper edition, Sophie and guests discuss the most borrowed titles in Suffolk this year and offer up some recommendations from staff for good reads and things to watch.

November 2016: Books to make you smile

Written by · Published Nov 30, 2016


Kellie and guests discuss titles including the books of Nora Ephron and Barbara Pym, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson, Roger Mortimer’s book of letters to his son, Dear Lupin; Awful Auntie by David Walliams, JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy; Tonke Draght's Letter for the King – a Quest; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne and J.K. Rowling and the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

October 2016: Reading habits

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Sheila and guests discuss reading habits: Where we read, when we read, what we read and why?

September 2016: Sci-Fi and Fantasy

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Richard and guests Clare and Guy discuss Laputa - Castle in the Sky, Dir. Hayo Miyazuki, Porco Rosso Dir. Hayo Miyazuki, Atomised by Michel Houellebecq and The Galactic Pot Healer by Philip K Dick.

August 2016: Children's Fiction

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Sophie and guests discuss titles from this year's Carnegie Award shortlist for outstanding children's and YA fiction, plus other recommendations for younger readers including; Itch by Simon Mayo, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon, and picture books by Steve Anthony, Kate Baker and Hui Skipp, and David Melling.

June 2016: Brave New Reads

Written by · Published Jun 28, 2016

Sophie and guests discuss the six titles chosen as the Brave New Reads for 2016: Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera, Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume, The Secret to Not Drowning by Collette Snowden, The Illusion of Separateness by Benjamin van Booy, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock.

May 2016: Diaries and Journals

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Kellie and guests discuss favourite diaries and journals including A Notable Woman: the Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt, The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto, Che Guevara, The Natural History of Selbourne by Gilbert White, Notes from Walnut Tree Farm by Roger Deakin and Buster's Diaries by Roy Hattersley.

April 2016: Classic horror

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Richard and guests discuss classic horror titles including Lost Hearts by M R James, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart and The Golem by Gustav Meyrink.

March 2016: Local authors, local heroes

Written by · Published Mar 1, 2016

Sheila and guests discuss their favourite local authors including Ruth Dugdall and Delia Smith and featuring special guest star, author Robin Herne.

February 2016: Under the radar

Written by · Published Feb 1, 2016

Sophie and guests discuss recommended titles in international fiction including: Neverhome by Laird Hunt; A Heart so White by Javier Marias; Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller; Novel 11, Book 18 by Dag Solstad and Snow by Orhan Pamuk.

January 2016: Books that have made a difference

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Kellie and guests discuss titles that have changed their lives including; Threads: the Delicate Life of John Craske by Julia Blackburn, No Surrender by Constance Maud, Nella Last's War: the second World War Diaries of housewife 49 by Nella Last ,and The Little Grey Men by BB.

December 2015: Best of 2015

Written by · Published Dec 1, 2015

Sophie and guests discuss the most borrowed titles of 2015 plus some recommendations from library staff and customers including The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald and Save with Jamie by Jamie Oliver.

November 2015: Judging books by their covers

Written by · Published Nov 1, 2015

Sheila and guests discuss how, why and whether or not we should be judging books by their covers. Titles discussed include Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid, The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis and Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart.

October 2015: Noir

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Sophie and guests discuss Noir in print, film and television titles available from Suffolk Libraries including Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith, The Spirit by Will Eisner, True Detective, Chinatown, L.A. Confidential, The Killing, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson and Frank Miller's Sin City.

September 2015: The natural world

Written by · Published Sep 1, 2015

Kellie and guests discuss best recommended Natural History books including Badgerlands by Patrick Barkham, Meadowland: the private life of an English field by John Lewis-Stempel, Wildlings: The Secret Garden of Eileen Soper, My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir, Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane, Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine, and Humble by Nature by Kate Humble.

August 2015: Best of children's fiction

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Sophie and guests recommend children and YA fiction titles for all ages including Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman, Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Looking for Alaska by John Green, picture books by Emma Chichester Clark and Rebecca Cobb, and series including Erin Hunter's Warrior Cats, Adventure Island by Helen Moss, iHorror (Pick your path) by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore, and the Naruto Manga by Masahai Kishimoto.

July 2015: Books in translation

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Richard and guests discuss recommended titles of translated fiction including Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg, The letter for the King by Tonke Dragt, Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson, The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov, and The Ghost Rider by Ismail Kadare.