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Brit Lit Podcast, episode 46: The Flatshare, with Beth O’Leary

Our guest today is Beth O’Leary, who’s the author of the runaway hit The Flatshare, which is a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into multiple languages, including Dutch, Polish and Catalan. Beth talks about her former job in children’s publishing, what it was like drafting her novel on the train, how objects left around a flat can tell us a lot about a person, 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 Flatshare, by Beth O’Leary

Our Stop, by Laura Jane Williams

Are We Nearly There Yet?, by Lucy Vine

Hot Mess, by Lucy Vine

What Fresh Hell, by Lucy Vine

Everything You Ever Wanted, by Luiza Sauma

When We Were Rich, by Tim Lott

Sweet Sorrow, by David Nicholls

One Day, by David Nicholls

The Plus One, by Sophia Money-Coutts

What Happens Now?, by Sophia Money-Coutts

The Switch, by Beth O’Leary

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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