Our guest on episode 20 is Alicia Drake, who’s the author, most recently, of the novel I Love You Too Much. It’s a coming of age story set in Paris and it’s deeply melancholic, in a profoundly French way. Alicia herself lived in Paris for eighteen years, and is able to write with a very French sensibility, so the novel isn’t just set in Paris, it’s infused with it. You’ll hear us discuss something of her writing process, books she’s loved lately, and her novel’s themes – among them loneliness, the ache to belong, and what happens when beauty fades.
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Books Mentioned in this Episode:
I Love You Too Much, by Alicia Drake
The Horseman, by Tim Pears
The Wanderers, by Tim Pears
Anything Is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout
Bookshop Girl, by Chloe Coles
How to Rob a Bank, by Tom Mitchell
Unconventional, by Maggie Harcourt
Theatrical, by Maggie Harcourt
How Do You Like Me Now?, by Holly Bourne
How to be Famous, by Caitlin Moran
Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
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