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BookishClaire

BookishClaire

Joined February 2016

Book Rioter, host of the Brit Lit Podcast, bookseller at East City Bookshop, editor of thewestwingbook.com and author of UNSCRIPTED! 🇧🇪🇬🇧
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I could not be more excited to bring you this bonus episode of the Brit Lit Podcast!

The Idea of You held my attention in a way very few books have been able to of late and it took my heart. I love it so much.

Robinne Lee and I talked about her origin story as a fanfic writer, why she made her main character French, why love stories that don't end happily have such a big impact on us, and a whole lot more.

It's a delight! Don't miss this one.

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The Party Crasher | Sophie Kinsella
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For episode 77 of the Brit Lit Podcast, I got to interview mega bestselling author Sophie Kinsella about her new book The Party Crasher, the role of music in her life, writing comedy during a pandemic, what her favourite biscuit is, and a whole lot more.

https://buff.ly/3CQHIs8

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The Roxy Letters | Mary Pauline Lowry
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Episode 75 (!!) of the Brit Lit Podcast features a delightful conversation with Mary Pauline Lowry.
We talked UK/US cultural differences, the joys of epistolary novels, and a whole lot more. Have a listen!

https://britlitblog.com/2021/09/02/brit-lit-podcast-episode-75-the-roxy-letters-...

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The Summer Job | Lizzy Dent
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Episode 74 of the Brit Lit Podcast features a conversation with Lizzy Dent. She and I talked about her favourite food books, what it‘s like to release a novel during a pandemic, why we love ANXIOUS PEOPLE, and more!

Have a listen wherever you get your podcasts!

Have a listen wherever you get your podcasts. There‘s a link in my bio too!

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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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Get to know Jennifer Saint, author of ARIADNE, in an interview on the Brit Lit Blog!
https://buff.ly/3hkADYG

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Star-Crossed | Minnie Darke
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Our guest on episode 73 of the Brit Lit Podcast is Minnie Darke, who wrote one of Claire's very favourite books of recent years, called STAR-CROSSED. They discussed what makes ONE DAY by David Nicholls such an amazing novel, and much more besides.

https://buff.ly/2V04i0D

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The Comfort Book | Matt Haig
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On episode 72 of the Brit Lit Podcast,
Sareeta Domingo talks about romantic reads she loves, the process of putting together her anthology WHO'S LOVING YOU, why books by British authors of colour are important, and more.

https://britlitblog.com/2021/06/03/brit-lit/

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Exciting Times | Naoise Dolan
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On episode 71 of the Brit Lit Podcast, we hear from Naoise Dolan. She talks about cultural and literary differences between the UK, the US, and Ireland, what she thinks of the idea of “likeable” characters, some great Irish authors, and more.

https://britlitblog.com/2021/05/06/brit-lit-podcast-episode-71-exciting-times-wi...

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East City Bookshop | Washington, DC (Bookstore)
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For #IndieBookstoreDay, I made a bonus episode of my podcast in which I interviewed my boss, Laurie Gillman, who founded East City Bookshop.

Laurie and I talked about what makes ECB special, her advice for anyone wanting to start a bookshop, and a whole lot more.

Available wherever you get your podcasts!

https://britlitblog.com/2021/04/24/brit-lit-podcast-bonus-episode-the-most-fun-j...

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This Time Next Year | Sophie Cousens
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I loved talking to Sophie Cousens about THIS TIME NEXT YEAR and her next book, JUST HAVEN‘T MET YOU YET. You can hear the Brit Lit Podcast wherever you get your podcasts!

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Happy US publication day to this book! Joanne Harris has shared great tips for writers on Twitter threads over the years.

Some of her writerly wisdom and publishing insider knowledge is collected here!

Link to buy in the US: https://bookshop.org/a/699/9781912836598

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He Will Be Mine | Kirsty Greenwood
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This was such a good story of a celebrity crush, because it did an excellent job of showing how it can feel to know that something is bonkers, might come from a deep place of hurt and messed-up-ness, but also might be real. I loved Nora, I loved her ballsy risk taking, and I identified deeply with her for reasons anyone who‘s ever met me or read my novel UNSCRIPTED will easily be able to guess.

I loved this book!

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The Summer Job | Lizzy Dent
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Podcast prep!

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Unscripted | Claire Handscombe
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On the first Thursday of April two years ago, after a decade of serious writing, I became a published author.

I started writing UNSCRIPTED, the story of a young woman with a celebrity crush and a determined plan, in 2013, and I‘m still really proud of it.

If you‘re looking for a smart beach read or a story of friendships and second chances or a chance to travel to London or Cambridge or California from your armchair, I hope you‘ll pick it up.

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This Time Next Year | Sophie Cousens
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Our guest on episode 70 of the Brit Lit Podcast is Sophie Cousens, the author of THIS TIME NEXT YEAR. We talked about what working in TV taught her, what she misses about London, the special island where she lives now, and more.
buff.ly/3fA0RpK

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My One True North | Milly Johnson
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In episode 67 of the Brit Lit Podcast, we're joined by Milly Johnson, bestselling author of romantic fiction like her latest novel, I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY. It was a fun and festive time discussing Purple Ronnie, Christmas books, and more!
https://buff.ly/2KM0FX0

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Important post for all who make audiobooks and all who love them.
https://blog.libro.fm/the-harmful-impact-of-audible-exclusive-audiobooks/

rockpools Interesting - an angle I hadn‘t thought of. Also, I hadn‘t realised I could purchase from libro.fm (as a UK bod, I knew I couldn‘t subscribe) - I might try that next time. 2y
BookishClaire @rockpools You can buy yourself a gift subscription as a nifty workaround! 2y
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East City Bookshop | Washington, DC (Bookstore)
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The bookshop where I work has joined us on Litsy! Please give @EastCityBookshop a warm welcome!

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New month, new British books! Head to britlitblog.com for my monthly roundup.

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Head Over Heels | Hannah Orenstein
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Spent a very happy weekend immersed in this book. If you love gymnastics, you‘ll especially get a kick out of it — the author is a former gymnast, so all the terminology and inside our knowledge of that world is in point! It‘s a good story and a great read — better, in my opinion, than LOVE AT FIRST LIKE!

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Would Like to Meet | Rachel Winters
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Episode 62 of the Brit Lit Podcast is out, with Rachel Winters. She is the author of WOULD LIKE TO MEET, which is just the happy, escapist book I needed right now. She talked about her favourite rom coms, gave advice for people wanting to get into publishing, and more.

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What You Wish For | Katherine Center
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This was SO GOOD. It‘s about love, and chosen families, and belonging, and facing your fears, and choosing joy not despite the realities of life but because of them. It‘s also a little bit about the power of books. It is so well written. It‘s out 14th July. Do yourselves a favour and pre-order it from your local indie.

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Would Like to Meet | Rachel Winters
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Really enjoying this so far! It‘s a bit ridiculous but lots of fun and just what I need right now. Also, this was a lovely place to read on a Sunday afternoon. ❤️

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First draft of novel number 7 is done! It‘s called ON THE SAME PAGE and it‘s a romance novel set partly in a Capitol Hill bookshop. Not sure where I got that idea. 🤔

Lindy 👏👏👏 3y
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The Book of Echoes | Rosanna Amaka
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Our guest on Episode 61 of the Brit Lit Podcast is Rosanna Amaka, author of the novel THE BOOK OF ECHOES. She and I talked about how Brixton has changed over the years, her long road to publication, and more
https://buff.ly/2VQKn1Z

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Need some audiobook recs? I‘ve got you.
(PS use code BRITLIT for a discount!)

https://blog.libro.fm/18-things-to-do-while-you-listen-to-an-audiobook/

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New Socks | Bob Shea
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Head over to Libro.fm to buy the cutest bookish socks! They‘ve been created specifically to raise money for Binc, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation that supports booksellers across the nation whose job has been affected by COVID-19.

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I‘m thrilled to be working for Libro FM for the next month! If you don‘t know of them, they‘re the alternative to that other audiobooks company out there, but they share their proceeds with indie bookshops — who really need it right now. Sign up using the code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW next week and you‘ll get two audiobooks for the price of one — as well as donating extra to indies!

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On Episode 60, our guest is Clare Pooley, the author most recently of the heart-warming novel THE AUTHENTICITY PROJECT. Clare talked about up lit, the importance of community, how writing a novel compares to writing a memoir, and more.

https://britlitblog.com/2020/03/19/brit-lit-podcast-episode-60-the-authenticity-...

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I am SO, SO EXCITED about my guest on this month's Brit Lit Podcast!

On episode 59 of the Brit Lit Podcast, my guest is Dolly Alderton, author of EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE. She talks about her favourite literary friendships, what it's like to co-host The High Low with her friend Pandora Sykes and lots, lots more! https://buff.ly/2SMGCt8

LeeRHarry OMG I love Dolly! Loved her book - all the emotions! That‘s my drive home from work listen sorted ! 😊 3y
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I‘m doing a thing! bit.ly/DCGuidebook

AvidReader25 This would be so fun! 3y
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In episode 58 of the Brit Lit Podcast, hear from Erin Somers between British and American humour, the challenges of writing funny books, her novel STAY UP WITH HUGO BEST, and more.

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Star-Crossed | Minnie Darke
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Top nine of the year... will a tenth sneak in before midnight on 31.12? We shall see!

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Unscripted | Claire Handscombe
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My publisher have put together some themed bundles and other deals just in time for your Christmas shopping.

A lot of these books have flown under the radar, so they‘re safe picks for pressies.

Happy shopping!
https://buff.ly/2rhsFs5

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Good Night God | Holly Bea
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My favourite toddler enjoying a book... be still my heart!

Sace 😍 3y
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Our guest on episode 57 of the Brit Lit Podcast is Talia Hibbert, the author of GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN. We talked about how she got her start writing romance, the illustrated cover trend, what it's like to get picked by Book of the Month, and more. https://buff.ly/389ZGa3

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Don't miss these still warm-off-the-press British books -- 12 new books out in November!

https://britlitblog.com/2019/11/30/12-british-books-out-in-november/

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UNSCRIPTED. | CLAIRE. HANDSCOMBE
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The Podcast Planner | Addy Saucedo
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New Book Riot post! https://lnkd.in/dPf4vBT

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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Sometimes, when you‘re in a reading slump, it turns out that it isn‘t exactly that you can‘t concentrate on any book.

Sometimes, when the book is good enough, you forget about your vague plans to do laundry and you even forget about all the things that hurt and all the things you‘re stressed about, for long stretches ,and you just read read read and it feels so good when you find that book and oh my gosh this book.

LeeRHarry I‘m desperate to get to this one - sounds so good! 😊 3y
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Our guest on episode 56 is Kate Young, author of collections of recipes inspired by books. We talked about her journey writing about books and food, the process of creating recipes, Australian authors who deserve to be better known elsewhere, and more. https://buff.ly/2ObPyER

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Unscripted | Claire Handscombe
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Calling book bloggers, bookish podcasters, and bookstagrammers! If you‘re still looking for 2019 books to round off your year, let me know if you‘d like a copy of UNSCRIPTED.

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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24 of the Best Books to Gift to Your Loved Ones in 2019: a post I wrote for Book Riot https://bookriot.com/2019/11/05/best-books-to-gift

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Unscripted | Claire Handscombe
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Buy my book for someone for Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanza and I‘ll throw in a bookmark, pencils, a personalised bookplate sticker, and a coaster! Just email me a receipt at claire.handscombe@gmail.com

(Limited quantities of coasters especially so be quick!)

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UNSCRIPTED. | CLAIRE. HANDSCOMBE
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Here's a helping hand with your end-of-year shopping for the bookworm in your life! https://britlitblog.com/2019/11/05/14-great-gifts-for-bookworms/

wildwoodreads That wrapping is gorgeous! I checked out the post and I would definitely love all of those. (edited) 3y
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Bookshop Girl | Chloe Coles
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I wrote about 10 useful skills for working in a bookstore over on Book Riot https://bookriot.com/2019/11/04/10-useful-skills-for-working-as-a-bookseller/

Oblomov26 Love the smell of books; love a second hand bookshop - the sense of possibilities, that book you need even though you do do not know it, hidden in plain sight (edited) 3y
Chrissyreadit Great article. One day I‘m going to do a bookstore crawl in DC. 3y
BookishClaire @Chrissyreadit thanks for reading! And that sounds fun — make sure you say hi!! ❤️ 3y
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Unscripted | Claire Handscombe
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Christmas Shopaholic | Sophie Kinsella
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I wrote about celebrity memoirs and other British books hitting the US shelves in October: https://bookriot.com/2019/10/13/october-british-books/

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The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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For the Brit Lit Podcast's 2nd anniversary, we have a very special treat: Book Riot's Liberty Hardy talks British books, velocireading, tattoos of literary quotes, cats, and more! https://buff.ly/30KECSN

rather_be_reading i LOVE Liberty! 3y
JulietReads I don't know what this is, but I don't hate it. Lol. 3y
LeeRHarry Oh I‘m jealous of you being able to talk to Liberty - love her on All the Books 💕😊 3y
BookishClaire @leerharry It was super fun! 3y
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