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This month we are talking to Lissa Evans, about her new book, out in paperback this month.

Lissa Evans writes for both adults and children when she’s not guesting on Backlisted Pod. Her recent novel, V for Victory – which is out in paperback from Black Swan in June – is set in London at the end of the Second World War and completes a loose historical trilogy which began with Old Baggage and Crooked Heart. Both hilarious and tragic.

She had done seven-and-a-half Backlisted podcasts with Unbound – for as well as appearing on the very first episode (on J.L. Carr’s A Month in the Country), Lissa has been a guest discussing the work of Patrick Hamilton, Edith Wharton, Charles Dickens, Marcel Proust and Geoffrey Willans & Ronald Searle, as well as the mini-cast on George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo.

The books mentioned by Tim in this months programme were:

  •  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings                      Maya Angelou
  • Small Pleasures                                                     Clare Chambers
  • Hamnet                                                                   Maggie O’Farrell
  • An Extra Pair of Hands                                          Kate Mosse

Suzie’s Books were: 

  • Audiobook of Wed Wabbit, read by Lissa herself. 
  • Crooked Heart, bought Old Baggage, V for Victory, Lissa Evans 
  • Sue Wallman’s DIB from last month,
  • Will Storr’s The Science of Storytelling, 
  • The last Vera Stanhopes by Ann Cleeves The Darkest Evening

Tim’s what’s coming up:

  • The Aristocracy of Talent Adrian Woolridge
  • The Dictator’s Muse Nigel Farndale
  • Outbreak Frank Gardner
  • Unbreak Your Heart Katie Marsh

Suzie’s Backlisted choice is: 

A folio edition of an C18th diary, with recipes; possibly a fraud, with a mystery, which could be solved by US servicemen from WW2. 

Talking Books is broadcast on the third Monday evening of the month at 8pm on Petersfield’s Shine Radio and than repeated at other times during the month