Our guest on episode 54 is Stephen Cox, whose debut novel Our Child of the Stars came out earlier this year. And he’s also part of an innovative new bookshop in North London that’s being run by a cooperative.

He and I talked about what makes the ’60s such an interesting time to set the novel, the importance of bookshops on the high street, what makes a great writers’ group, and more.

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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

Our Child of the Stars, by Stephen Cox

This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone 

The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt


Dracula, by Bram Stoker

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

Grand Union: Stories, by Zadie Smith

Me, by Elton John

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Julie Andrews

Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella

Christmas Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe


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