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The Brit Lit Podcast

Sep 2, 2021

This month’s guest is Mary Pauline Lowry, who wrote The Roxy LettersMary is married to a Brit, and she had lots of fascinating insights about the cultural differences between the countries, and I loved talking to her back about Bridget Jones and Jane Austen too. The Roxy Letters was one of my favourite reads of 2020. It was really fun and just what I needed. It’s out now in paperback.  

Mary and I talked about why we love epistolary novels, took a bit of an accidental deep dive into books about Hollywood, chatted about the difference between British humour and American humour, and lots more! 


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Books Mentioned on the Podcast: 

The Roxy Letters, by Mary Pauline Lowry 

Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding 

Where D'you Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple 

Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher 

A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy O'Toole 

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker 

Emma, by Jane Austen 

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen 

Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen 

Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen 

Persuasion, by Jane Austen 

The Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler 

Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld 

Men Are From Mars, Woman Are From Venus, by John Gray 

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe 

Girl, Unstrung, by Claire Handscombe 

Damnation Spring, by Ash Davidson 

Grown Ups, by Emma Jane Unsworth 

Breast and Eggs, by Mieko Kawakami, transl. Sam Bett and David Boyd  

He Will Be Mine, by Kristy Greenwood 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

The Idea of You, by Robinne Lee 

Mona at Sea, by Elizabeth Gonzalez James 

Rosaline Palmer Take the Cake, by Alexis Hall 

Boyfriend Material, by Alexis Hall 

Perfect Timing, by Owen Nicholls 

Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins 

A Slow Fire Burning (signed edition!), by Paula Hawkins 

They: What Muslims and Non-Muslims Get Wrong About Each Other, by Sarfraz Manzoo 


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