My guest this week in this special bonus episode is Robinne Lee, the author of my favourite read of 2021, The Idea Of You. The Brit Lit links are tenuous, but I loved this book so much that I wanted to bring you this interview anyway!

Robinne and I talked about her origin story as a fanfic writer, why she chose to make her main character French, why love stories that don’t end happily can have such a big impact on us both in fiction and in real life, and a whole lot more. 


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Books Mentioned in this episode:

The Idea of You, by Robinne Lee

Bringing Up Bébé (US)/French Children Don’t Throw Food (UK),

by Pamela Druckerman

Bonjour Tristesse, by Françoise Sagan (French version)

Bonjour Tristesse, by Françoise Sagan (in English)

My Oxford Year, by Julia Whelan

Girl, Unstrung, by Claire Handscombe

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe


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