I had a lot of fun chatting to our guest for the episode today. Caroline Hulse is the author of The Adults, a really enjoyable novel about what happens when two exes go on holiday together, with their new partners and the daughter who links them. What can possibly go wrong? Caroline and I talked about our shared love of Monopoly, how being a writer has changed her relationship with books, why she chose to start her novel with the revelation that someone gets shot with an arrow at the end, and more.

You can listen to the episode here,

or Spotify, or iTunes,

or wherever else you get your podcasts.

Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

The Adults, by Caroline Hulse

For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker, by Victoria Coren

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

Anatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughan

Standard Deviation, by Katherine Heiney

Degrees of Guilt, by HS Chandler

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

It’s All a Game: A Short History of Board Games, by Tristan Donovan

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?: And 87 Other Serious Answers to Questions in Songs, by James Ball

Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery: A Guide to the truly good restaurants and food experiences of the United Kingdom, by Giles Coren and Jules Mercer

Let’s Get Fizzical: More than 50 Bubbly Cocktail Recipes with Prosecco, Champagne, and Other Sparkling Wines, by Pippa Guy.

(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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