Francesa Hornak is the author of Seven Days of Us, a page-turner of a novel about family tension perfect to curl up with over the Christmas holidays. In episode 32 of the Brit Lit Podcast, she tells us about the books she likes to give for Christmas, her favourite reads about family tension, the novel her grandmother wrote, and more.

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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

Seven Days of Us, by Francesca Hornak

The Nest, by Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney

The Vacationers, by Emma Straub

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

Hangover Square, by Patrick Hamilton

Love, Nina, by Nina Stibbe

A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

The Diary of a Nobody, by George Grossmith

Eleven, by Patricia Highsmith

One Point Two Billion, by Mahesh Roa

The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachmann

The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble

Normal People, by Sally Rooney

Conversations with Friends, by Sally Rooney

Theresa’s Choice, by Rachel Cecil

In Our Mad and Furious City, by Guy Gunaratne

The Au Pair, by Emma Rous

Friends Like These, by Sarah Alderson

Friend Request, by Laura Marshall

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


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