This month’s guest is Kirsty Capes, author of the novel CarelessWe talked about why she wanted to write about female friendship, what it was like to study with Bernadine Evaristo, why it’s especially important for kids in the foster care system to see themselves reflected in books, and a whole lot more.

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Books Mentioned in this episode:

Careless, by Kirsty Capes

The Tracey Beaker series, by Jacqueline Wilson

No One Is Talking About This, by Patricia Lockwood

All the Fun of the Fair, by Caroline Hulse

The Adults, by Caroline Hulse

Complicit, by Winnie M Li

Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke

The Bookshop of Second Chances, by Jackie Fraser

The Hidden Child, by Louise Fein

Endgame, by Malorie Blackman

The Literary Almanac, by Francesca Beauman

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

Girl, Unstrung, by Claire Handscombe


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