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The Brit Lit Podcast

Sep 24, 2020

Our guest on episode 65 is Annie Lyons, who, among other books, is the author of the lovely, heart-warming novel Eudora Honeysett Is Quite Well, Thank You, known in the US as The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett. It’s about an older woman who grew up in the Second World War and is now at the end of her life, and kind of over the whole thing, and ready to be done. But then a new family moves in next door, and she makes a new friend. I read it this spring, when reading had been a struggle for weeks –it was just the book I needed.

Among other things, Annie talked to me about her recent favourite reads, her love of Mary Berry, and about her fascinating career in publishing – she worked as a bookseller on Charing Cross Road for a while, and I guarantee you will never be able to guess who her most famous customer was.

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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeysett

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, by Ruth Hogan

Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis de Bernieres

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Book of Echoes by Rosanna Amaka

Mary Berry's Christmas Collection, by Mary Berry

Mary Berry's Baking Bible, by Mary Berry

Once Upon a Tyne, by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly

Byker Grove, by Adele Parks

The Diary of an MP’s Wife, by Sasha Swire

The Baby Group, by Caroline Corcoran

Everything I Know About Love, by Dolly Alderton

The High Moments, by Sara-Ella Ozbek

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

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