In Episode 17, we hear from Guy Gunaratne, whose debut novel In Our Mad and Furious City has just come out to wide and well-deserved acclaim. We talked about the impetus for his book, what he’s learned about storytelling from grime music and from his own work as documentary marker, and more.

You can listen to the episode here,

or Spotify, or iTunes,

or wherever else you get your podcasts.

Books mentioned on the episode:

In Our Mad and Furious City, by Guy Gunaratne

Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin

The Tin Drum, by Gunter Grass

The Adventures of Augie March, by Saul Bellow

Epitaph of a Small Winner, by Machado de Assis

Ponti, by Sharlene Teo

Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials and the Meaning of Grime, by Jeffrey Boakye 

Memory Songs: A Personal Journey into the Music that Shaped the 90s, by James Cook

Soap the Stamps, Jump the Tube, by Gail Thibert

My Box-Shaped Heart, by Rachel Lucas

Meet Me at the Museum, by Anne Youngson

Happy Little Bluebirds, by Louise Levene

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

(A note on my book links: they usually take you to Amazon, 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 sometimes at, or you can buy them from Amazon US, or, even better, an independent bookshop.)


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