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The Brit Lit Podcast

Feb 4, 2021

Our guest today is Cherie Jones, whose Barbados-set novel How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House is hot off the press and has won praise from all quarters. Cosmopolitan calls it “visceral and haunting” and Bernadine Evaristo says that it’s “a hard-hitting and unflinching novel from a bold new writer who tackles head-on the brutal extremes of patriarchal abuse”.

Cherie and I talked about what it’s like to study writing far from home, where to start if you want to read short stories, what it’s like to live in Barbados, and more.

Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

(All available in the UK here and most available in the US here)

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House, by Cherie Jones UK / US / Worldwide

In Praise of Love and Children, by Beryl Gilroy UK / US / Worldwide

The Girl with the Louding Voice, by Abi Daré UK / US / Worldwide

Augustown, by Kai Miller UK / US / Worldwide

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead UK / US / Worldwide

Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, by Leanne Shapton UK / US / Worldwide

Ms Hempel Chronicles, by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum UK / US / Worldwide

Summer Lightning & Other Stories, by Olive Senior UK / US / Worldwide

Miguel Street, by V. S. Naipaul UK / US / Worldwide

People Like Her, by Ellery Lloyd UK / US / Worldwide

Rescue Me, by Sarra Manning UK / US / Worldwide

The Lonely Fajita, by Abigail Mann UK / US / Worldwide

Alexa, What Is There to Know About Love, by Brian Bilston UK / US / Worldwide (signed!)

Little Scratch, by Rebecca Watson UK / US / Worldwide

The Humiliations of Welton Blake, by Alex Wheatle UK / US / Worldwide

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe UK / US / Worldwide


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