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 Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris, 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

(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 Wordery.com, or you can buy them from Amazon US, or, even better, an independent bookshop.)


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