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.
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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
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
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