Our guest on episode 48 is Anna Stuart, author of the novel Bonnie and Stan, which Ruth Hogan has called “a fresh, original love story beautifully told.” If you loved the film Yesterday, you’ll find echoes of it in this novel. I spoke to Anna about the setting of her book in both time and place – 1960s Liverpool – how being untidy can help with creativity, the challenges of writing historical fiction, and more.

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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

Bonnie and Stan, by Anna Stuart

She’s Leaving Home, by Edwina Currie

Four Minutes to Save a Life, by Anna Stuart

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, by Ruth Hogan

The Keeper of Lost Things, by Ruth Hogan

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson 

Headlines and Hedgerows, by John Craven

Please Miss, We’re Boys, by Susan Elkin

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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