Our guest on Episode 18 is Sarah Vaughan, author of three books including the bestseller Anatomy of a Scandal, which came out in January 2018. It was the first book I read this year, and I instantly proclaimed it “probably the best I’d read in 2018”. It’s thoughtful, timely writing that catches us up in a great story and asks important questions about issues like consent and gaslighting and abuse of power. We talked about what inspired Anatomy of a Scandal, her experience of studying at Oxford, the advantages of writing fiction later in life, and more.
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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:
Anatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughan
The Art of Baking Blind, by Sarah Vaughan
The Farm at the Edge of the World, by Sarah Vaughan
White Teeth, by Zadie Smith
Our Endless Numbered Days, by Claire Fuller
Jamaica Inn, by Daphne du Maurier
The Trick to Time, by Kit de Waal
He Said/She Said, by Erin Kelly
Tin Man, by Sarah Winman
Bitter Orange, by Claire Fuller
Swimming Lessons, by Claire Fuller
The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken, by the Secret Barrister
The Sparsholt Affair, by Alan Hollinghurst
The Line of Beauty, by Alan Hollinghurst
American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld
Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy
Waiting for Callback: It’s a Wrap, by Honor and Perdita Cargill
Disco Sour, by Giuseppe Porcaro
The Cartography of Others, by Catherine McNamara
Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
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