From time to time on the Brit Lit Podcast, I’ll be interviewing interesting people who are not from the UK about their perspective on British books. My first guest in this vein is American writer Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney, author of the much-praised, much-loved 2016 novel The Nesta personal favourite of mine.

You can listen to the episode here, subscribe on iTunes here, or on Stitcher here.

The Nest and Cynthia

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Books mentioned in this episode:

The Nest, by Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney

The Past, by Tessa Hadley

The Master Bedroom, by Tessa Hadley

The Photograph, by Tessa Hadley

The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A Yearbook of Forgotten Words, by Paul Antony Jones

Of Women, by Shami Chakrabati

Seven Days of Us
, by Francesca Hornak

The Vacationers, by Emma Straub

The Power, by Naomi Alderman

The Secret Life: Three True Stories
, by Andrew O’Hagan

Bookshops mentioned:

Daunt Books


(A note on my book links: they take you to Amazon UK, and I get a few pence per sale at no extra cost to you if you click them and buy from there, which will help me make this podcast viable long-term. But better than Amazon, who are, let’s be honest, not the greatest, is Blackwells or Waterstones, or, even better, your local independent bookshop. If you live in the US or elsewhere further afield, you can find UK books at Book Depository (also owned by Amazon) at a good price and with no postage cost, or you can buy them from Amazon US, or, even better, an independent bookshop.)