The Dabblers' Book Club

Non-stuffy book chat and funny one-star reviews. We’re a book podcast for people who like reading but don't always feel qualified to talk about it. Maybe you went to state school or haven’t read any of the greats but still want to talk about books in a normal way. Every fortnight, Curtis Nice and Hajar J. Woodland read a novel and discuss it with some moderate cursing and chuckling at one-star reviews. We've taken a tiny break because the world got busy, but catch up on books you haven't read and episodes you haven't listened to and we will be back BIGGER AND BETTER by November! Read a book you want to talk about? Fill out our easy review form here: https://survey.typeform.com/to/e5LjyRzu Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-dabblers-book-club.


22:00:06 2021-10-31
We're back!! Hajar finally read a book! We chat about Women's Prize-winning Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, and enjoy ourselves as we read the countless 'Emperor's New Clothes!!!' one-star reviews. Read the novel? Tweet us what you think... @dabblersbooks Sup...
21:33:53 2021-08-05
Hajar's still not in the reading swing of things and only managed half of Crome Yellow, so she and Curtis decided to get on with an episode for the hell of it, and talk a bit about the last few months - what they've read, what they haven't read, and why C...
21:33:46 2021-07-06
Colin Lancaster is a Wall Street professional who's run two of the highest profile global macro businesses for the top-performing hedge funds in the world.... it's an alien world to Haj but Colin's managed to make it that bit more accessibl...
21:38:43 2021-06-23
Hajar met AJ Pearce in 2015 on a writing retreat in North Wales, where they were both tutored by the brilliant Rowan Coleman and Julie Cohen.  In the six years since, AJ didn't just pick up agent, get published, and find herself shortlisted for a Br...
21:40:20 2021-06-11
Hajar had a whale of a time talking with the brilliant poet Joelle Taylor. Joelle's latest collection C+nto is an exploration of gender and sexuality through the private lives of women from the butch counterculture, telling the inside story of the pr...

21:40:18 2021-05-11
Describing himself as 'working-class by Radio 4 standards', comedian and BBC Sounds podcaster Jacob Hawley shares some fascinating and funny insights into class, culture and life as a comedian and new father in a pandemic. Bucking the 'boo...
22:03:07 2021-05-09
We were joined by the brilliant Vicki Kellaway to talk about this 2021 Women's Prize shortlisted novel. Vicki is a writer, editor, translator and university teacher amongst many, many things! She lives in Bogota, Colombia and you can find her brillia...
21:42:06 2021-04-25
Join us for our overdue fourth episode where we talk about the utterly charming Japanese bestseller, 'Before the Coffee Gets Cold'. This is a short and sweet time-travel novel set in a Tokyo cafe, and while it didn't leave us with a huge am...
21:33:39 2021-04-14
The wonderful, warm and wise Douglas Stuart joined Hajar for a very special guest episode and she's still buzzing from the chat! You don't have to have read the Booker Prize winner Shuggie Bain to soak up Douglas's fascinating insights into...
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