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Bibliophile | Book talk and recommendations from independent booksellers

Golden Hare Books

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Bibliophile | Book talk and recommendations from independent booksellers

Bibliophile | Book talk and recommendations from independent booksellers

Golden Hare Books

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16
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Each month, three booksellers – David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan “JT” Taylor – discuss current reads, topics from the book world and home in on one book each month. Plus more recommendations than you can handle. (Each episode is recorded after hours at Golden Hare Books, an independent bookshop in Edinburgh, Scotland.)

Latest Episodes

Bibliophile Live *TEASER*

We’re so excited that our first ever live podcast is coming to your ears AND eyes on Friday 18th October in Edinburgh! That’s right, booksellers David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan “JT” Taylor are appearing live at the Golden Hare Books Festival in Edinburgh, talking book recommendations, Nobel Prize for Literature winners and taking audience questions! We’re zany and have fun and talk about books! We hope to see you at St Vincent’s Chapel, Edinburgh – just along the road from the bookshop. 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Don’t miss it! Tickets are available HERE: https://bibliophilelive.eventbrite.co.uk

1 MIN2019 OCT 12
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Bibliophile Live *TEASER*

Bibliophile Book Chat: A Civilised, Sensible Discussion

Bibliophile is back! After a humidity-induced hiatus, we’re back in full flow and coming at you across the airwaves (that’s how podcasts work, right?). In this episode, we discuss racist horror novels, space operas set on ice planets (In space! On ice!), and New York utopian fiction covered in gorgeous gold foil! We also chat about our reaction to the Booker Longlist, and raise more questions than ever: can David get through a review without being contrarian? Can Julie avoid getting egg on her face? Is crank a sensual word?? Our book recommendations: Ancillary Justice by Ann LeckieSong of Kali by Dan SimmonsThe Heavens by Sandra NewmanThe Hiding Game by Naomi Wood Dandelion Wine by Ray BradburyGroundings with my Brothers by Walter RodneyRebel Cities by David Harvey Booker Longlist: Testaments by Margaret AtwoodNight Boat to Tangier by Kevin BarryMy Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan BraithwaiteDucks, Newburyport by Lucy EllmannGirl, Woman, Other by Bernardine EvaristoThe Wall by...

42 MIN2019 AUG 22
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Bibliophile Book Chat: A Civilised, Sensible Discussion

Bibliophile Book Chat: How To Grease Books

In this episode of Bibliophile, booksellers Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan Taylor catch up with what they’ve each been reading. They pause for a moment to reflect on a recent victory, winning Independent Bookshop of the Year 2019 at the British Book Awards, and talk sagely about their experiences running a small bookshop and all it entails. Even answering a few questions! From you!Apologies for background noise in this episode, our dulcet tones were accompanied by football fans outside the pub beneath our bookshop… i: What We’re Reading and Who Recommends It… * Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel (David)* Fludd by Hilary Mantel (Julie)* Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (David and David’s partner Heather)* The Wind That Lays Waste by Selva Almada (JT)* Feebleminded and Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz (David)* Guest Book: Ghost Stories by Leanne Shapton (Julie)* Worn Stories by Leanne Shapton (Julie)* *mistake!* Julie recommended Worn Stories but actually meant Women in Clothes,...

60 MIN2019 JUN 5
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Bibliophile Book Chat: How To Grease Books

Bibliophile Book Club: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

Sexy segueways, Freudian complexes and bad times on the canal, we could only be discussing the 2018 Man Booker shortlisted debut novel Everything Under by Daisy Johnson. What is the bonak? Can we ever avoid our fate? What will our booksellers David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan Taylor make of it? It’s been sixteen years since Gretel last saw her mother, half a lifetime to forget her childhood on the canals. But a phone call will soon reunite them, and bring those wild years flooding back: the secret language that Gretel and her mother invented; the strange boy, Marcus, living on the boat that final winter; the creature said to be underwater, swimming ever closer. In the end there will be nothing for Gretel to do but to wade deeper into their past, where family secrets and aged prophesies will all come tragically alive again.

44 MIN2019 MAY 18
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Bibliophile Book Club: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

Bibliophile Book Club #1: Little by Edward Carey

Bibliophile has grown! Our bookish babble can no longer be contained within the confines of a single audio file! Welcome to the first Bibliophile Book Club, where we talk exclusively about a single book! In this episode, we’re talking exclusively about the novel Little by Edward Carey and published by Gallic Books. Why does David like it so much? Why didn’t Julie finish the novel? And why is this podcast somehow about the battle for JT’s love?

25 MIN2019 APR 9
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Bibliophile Book Club #1: Little by Edward Carey

Bibliophile Episode 11: “Classic Arch-Enemy Banter”

In this episode, David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan (JT) Taylor talk about the best Westerns in the first of a new 'Genre Breakdown' series. How much does JT know about Bitcoin? Can the gang finish recording in time for David to fetch his moving van? Will Julie ever finish another book again? And from now on, there will be two Bibliophile episodes each month! All this and so much more in the latest episode...

46 MIN2019 MAR 3
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Bibliophile Episode 11: “Classic Arch-Enemy Banter”

Bibliophile Episode 10: “That’s a good name for a taxidermist”

In this first podcast of 2019, Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan “JT” Taylor discuss their most recent book picks, and in lieu of discussing a book group book talk how to track your reading. Lastly, they discuss reading resolutions for 2019! Current Reads & Recommendations * Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk* Fitzcarraldo Editions* Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich* Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner* Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg (Julie)* Witcher Series Andrzej Sapkowski (JT)* Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (JT)* The Vorrh by Brian Catling (Julie)* Criminal Comic Book series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (JT)* The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal (Julie & Kat)* Little by Edward Carey (David)* Lovecraft by I.N.J. Culbard (JT)* Muscle by Alan Trotter (JT)* French Exit by Patrick deWitt (Julie) * The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (Julie)* Cassandra Darke by Posy Simmonds (Julie)* Buda’s Wagon by Mike Davis (David) Trac...

59 MIN2019 FEB 1
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Bibliophile Episode 10: “That’s a good name for a taxidermist”

Bibliophile Episode 9: Recent Reads | The People in the Trees | Favourite Books of 2018

In this episode of Bibliophile, Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan Taylor reveal their most recent reads, then discuss the first novel by Hanya Yanigahara,The People in the Trees, then share their best books of 2018. Currently Reading * A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millenium by Chris Harman (David) * Thin Airby Richard Morgan (Jonathan) * Tales from the Inner Cityby Shaun Tan (JT) * Cicada by Shaun Tan (JT) * Infinite Groundby Martin MacInnes (JT) * The Kills by Richard House (JT) * The Odysseyby Homer (translated by Emily Wilson) (Julie) * The Mere Wifeby Maria Dahvana Headley (Julie) * Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Julie) * The Silence of the Girlsby Pat Barker (Julie) * Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (JT) * Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Julie) * Insomniaby Marina Benjamin (Julie) * The Great North Wood by Tim Bird (David) The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanigahara * Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov * A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahar...

66 MIN2018 DEC 10
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Bibliophile Episode 9: Recent Reads | The People in the Trees | Favourite Books of 2018

Bibliophile Episode 8: in which we learn that Julie definitely likes sci-fi

Welcome to episode 8 of Bibliophile, in which we discuss our current reads,We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson and the Man Booker winner for 2018,Milkman by Anna Burns. David gives us more miserable nonfiction to read, Jonathan hands out interesting facts, and Julie definitely, definitely likes sci-fi. * Thin Air byRichard Morgan (Jonathan) * Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan (Jonathan) * Thirteenby Richard Morgan (Jonathan) * Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis (David) * We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (David) * The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin (Julie) * The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (Julie) * The Earthsea Quartetby Ursula K. Le Guin (Jonathan) * Wolf Hallby Hilary Mantel (Julie) * The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola (Julie) * more department store fiction recommends:The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark & “The Dream of the Consortium” in the collectionThe Knife Thrower by Steven Millhauser * Everything Under b...

64 MIN2018 NOV 20
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Bibliophile Episode 8: in which we learn that Julie definitely likes sci-fi

Bibliophile Episode 7: in which David ruins children’s books

EIn this episode of the podcast, we bid a fond farewell to Alice Tarbuck and introduce the dulcet tones of David Bloomfield and Jonathan Taylor. As usual we dicuss what we're reading and discuss the book group book which wasMy Year of Rest and Relaxationby Ottessa Moshfegh. Finally we chat about our favourite (and least favourite) books as children, in which Alice's penchant for Victoriana is uncovered, Jonathan declares himself a sports fan, Julie accidentally reads porn and David reveals a special skill for ruining beloved classics by telling us their deep-rooted political issues. See blog post for full list of recommendations: https://goldenharebooks.com/bibliophile-episode-7

47 MIN2018 OCT 7
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Bibliophile Episode 7: in which David ruins children’s books
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Latest Episodes

Bibliophile Live *TEASER*

We’re so excited that our first ever live podcast is coming to your ears AND eyes on Friday 18th October in Edinburgh! That’s right, booksellers David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan “JT” Taylor are appearing live at the Golden Hare Books Festival in Edinburgh, talking book recommendations, Nobel Prize for Literature winners and taking audience questions! We’re zany and have fun and talk about books! We hope to see you at St Vincent’s Chapel, Edinburgh – just along the road from the bookshop. 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Don’t miss it! Tickets are available HERE: https://bibliophilelive.eventbrite.co.uk

1 MIN2019 OCT 12
Comments
Bibliophile Live *TEASER*

Bibliophile Book Chat: A Civilised, Sensible Discussion

Bibliophile is back! After a humidity-induced hiatus, we’re back in full flow and coming at you across the airwaves (that’s how podcasts work, right?). In this episode, we discuss racist horror novels, space operas set on ice planets (In space! On ice!), and New York utopian fiction covered in gorgeous gold foil! We also chat about our reaction to the Booker Longlist, and raise more questions than ever: can David get through a review without being contrarian? Can Julie avoid getting egg on her face? Is crank a sensual word?? Our book recommendations: Ancillary Justice by Ann LeckieSong of Kali by Dan SimmonsThe Heavens by Sandra NewmanThe Hiding Game by Naomi Wood Dandelion Wine by Ray BradburyGroundings with my Brothers by Walter RodneyRebel Cities by David Harvey Booker Longlist: Testaments by Margaret AtwoodNight Boat to Tangier by Kevin BarryMy Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan BraithwaiteDucks, Newburyport by Lucy EllmannGirl, Woman, Other by Bernardine EvaristoThe Wall by...

42 MIN2019 AUG 22
Comments
Bibliophile Book Chat: A Civilised, Sensible Discussion

Bibliophile Book Chat: How To Grease Books

In this episode of Bibliophile, booksellers Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan Taylor catch up with what they’ve each been reading. They pause for a moment to reflect on a recent victory, winning Independent Bookshop of the Year 2019 at the British Book Awards, and talk sagely about their experiences running a small bookshop and all it entails. Even answering a few questions! From you!Apologies for background noise in this episode, our dulcet tones were accompanied by football fans outside the pub beneath our bookshop… i: What We’re Reading and Who Recommends It… * Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel (David)* Fludd by Hilary Mantel (Julie)* Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (David and David’s partner Heather)* The Wind That Lays Waste by Selva Almada (JT)* Feebleminded and Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz (David)* Guest Book: Ghost Stories by Leanne Shapton (Julie)* Worn Stories by Leanne Shapton (Julie)* *mistake!* Julie recommended Worn Stories but actually meant Women in Clothes,...

60 MIN2019 JUN 5
Comments
Bibliophile Book Chat: How To Grease Books

Bibliophile Book Club: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

Sexy segueways, Freudian complexes and bad times on the canal, we could only be discussing the 2018 Man Booker shortlisted debut novel Everything Under by Daisy Johnson. What is the bonak? Can we ever avoid our fate? What will our booksellers David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan Taylor make of it? It’s been sixteen years since Gretel last saw her mother, half a lifetime to forget her childhood on the canals. But a phone call will soon reunite them, and bring those wild years flooding back: the secret language that Gretel and her mother invented; the strange boy, Marcus, living on the boat that final winter; the creature said to be underwater, swimming ever closer. In the end there will be nothing for Gretel to do but to wade deeper into their past, where family secrets and aged prophesies will all come tragically alive again.

44 MIN2019 MAY 18
Comments
Bibliophile Book Club: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

Bibliophile Book Club #1: Little by Edward Carey

Bibliophile has grown! Our bookish babble can no longer be contained within the confines of a single audio file! Welcome to the first Bibliophile Book Club, where we talk exclusively about a single book! In this episode, we’re talking exclusively about the novel Little by Edward Carey and published by Gallic Books. Why does David like it so much? Why didn’t Julie finish the novel? And why is this podcast somehow about the battle for JT’s love?

25 MIN2019 APR 9
Comments
Bibliophile Book Club #1: Little by Edward Carey

Bibliophile Episode 11: “Classic Arch-Enemy Banter”

In this episode, David Bloomfield, Julie Danskin and Jonathan (JT) Taylor talk about the best Westerns in the first of a new 'Genre Breakdown' series. How much does JT know about Bitcoin? Can the gang finish recording in time for David to fetch his moving van? Will Julie ever finish another book again? And from now on, there will be two Bibliophile episodes each month! All this and so much more in the latest episode...

46 MIN2019 MAR 3
Comments
Bibliophile Episode 11: “Classic Arch-Enemy Banter”

Bibliophile Episode 10: “That’s a good name for a taxidermist”

In this first podcast of 2019, Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan “JT” Taylor discuss their most recent book picks, and in lieu of discussing a book group book talk how to track your reading. Lastly, they discuss reading resolutions for 2019! Current Reads & Recommendations * Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk* Fitzcarraldo Editions* Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich* Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner* Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg (Julie)* Witcher Series Andrzej Sapkowski (JT)* Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (JT)* The Vorrh by Brian Catling (Julie)* Criminal Comic Book series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (JT)* The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal (Julie & Kat)* Little by Edward Carey (David)* Lovecraft by I.N.J. Culbard (JT)* Muscle by Alan Trotter (JT)* French Exit by Patrick deWitt (Julie) * The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (Julie)* Cassandra Darke by Posy Simmonds (Julie)* Buda’s Wagon by Mike Davis (David) Trac...

59 MIN2019 FEB 1
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Bibliophile Episode 10: “That’s a good name for a taxidermist”

Bibliophile Episode 9: Recent Reads | The People in the Trees | Favourite Books of 2018

In this episode of Bibliophile, Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan Taylor reveal their most recent reads, then discuss the first novel by Hanya Yanigahara,The People in the Trees, then share their best books of 2018. Currently Reading * A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millenium by Chris Harman (David) * Thin Airby Richard Morgan (Jonathan) * Tales from the Inner Cityby Shaun Tan (JT) * Cicada by Shaun Tan (JT) * Infinite Groundby Martin MacInnes (JT) * The Kills by Richard House (JT) * The Odysseyby Homer (translated by Emily Wilson) (Julie) * The Mere Wifeby Maria Dahvana Headley (Julie) * Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Julie) * The Silence of the Girlsby Pat Barker (Julie) * Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (JT) * Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Julie) * Insomniaby Marina Benjamin (Julie) * The Great North Wood by Tim Bird (David) The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanigahara * Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov * A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahar...

66 MIN2018 DEC 10
Comments
Bibliophile Episode 9: Recent Reads | The People in the Trees | Favourite Books of 2018

Bibliophile Episode 8: in which we learn that Julie definitely likes sci-fi

Welcome to episode 8 of Bibliophile, in which we discuss our current reads,We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson and the Man Booker winner for 2018,Milkman by Anna Burns. David gives us more miserable nonfiction to read, Jonathan hands out interesting facts, and Julie definitely, definitely likes sci-fi. * Thin Air byRichard Morgan (Jonathan) * Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan (Jonathan) * Thirteenby Richard Morgan (Jonathan) * Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis (David) * We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (David) * The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin (Julie) * The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (Julie) * The Earthsea Quartetby Ursula K. Le Guin (Jonathan) * Wolf Hallby Hilary Mantel (Julie) * The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola (Julie) * more department store fiction recommends:The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark & “The Dream of the Consortium” in the collectionThe Knife Thrower by Steven Millhauser * Everything Under b...

64 MIN2018 NOV 20
Comments
Bibliophile Episode 8: in which we learn that Julie definitely likes sci-fi

Bibliophile Episode 7: in which David ruins children’s books

EIn this episode of the podcast, we bid a fond farewell to Alice Tarbuck and introduce the dulcet tones of David Bloomfield and Jonathan Taylor. As usual we dicuss what we're reading and discuss the book group book which wasMy Year of Rest and Relaxationby Ottessa Moshfegh. Finally we chat about our favourite (and least favourite) books as children, in which Alice's penchant for Victoriana is uncovered, Jonathan declares himself a sports fan, Julie accidentally reads porn and David reveals a special skill for ruining beloved classics by telling us their deep-rooted political issues. See blog post for full list of recommendations: https://goldenharebooks.com/bibliophile-episode-7

47 MIN2018 OCT 7
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Bibliophile Episode 7: in which David ruins children’s books
the END
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