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By Paul Jeorrett
Bookylicious, not just any book podcast. Paul, Gwyn, Lara and Holly share their love of everything about the world of books. Each month we take a theme to explore, there will be chat, interviews, an interactive book group and much more. Come with us on the journey and be inspired! Sometime serious, always fun a podcast to open your mind!
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Episode 4 - "Is this the real life, or is this just fantasy"


Episode 8 - Through the Looking Glass
In this episode Paul, Gwyn and Holly celebrate the 150thanniversary of the publication of Alice Through the Looking Glass. Paul dives down the rabbit hole with Mark Davies author, guide and Oxford local historian to discuss aspects of Lewis Carroll and Alice. You can find out more about Mark’s books here Alice in Waterland and King of Balloons and a link to the Lewis Carroll Society here Also in this episode we muse on the joy of bookshops with a shout out to the Ladies Who Londonpodcast and their episode on London Bookshops which you can find here One of Gwyn’s favourite bookshops is Troutmarkbooks in Cardiff. You can find the links for crowdfunding to keep Book-ishin Crickhowell open here the link to support the staff at Berwyn Books which burnt down recently here This is the link to the episode playlist with songs inspired by Carroll and Alice And finally here are the links to some of the books we talk about in this episode: Oliver Burkeman - Four Thousand Weeks Chinua Achebe – Things Fall Apart Virginia Woolf – To the Lighthouse Edgar Allan Poe – Short Stories Margaret Atwood – Handmaids Tale Robert Tombs – The English and their History Timothy Snyder and Nora Krug – On Tyranny Nora Krug – Heimat Timothy Snyder – Bloodlands and The Red Prince George Eliot – Middlemarch
November 30, 2021
Episode 7 - Halloween
In this episode Gwyn and Paul chat about scary stories and things that go bump in the night. Ghosts, witches and exorcists and even Holst's Planet Suite. As well as some of the books and stories we chatted about listed below we have also done a Spotify playlist to accompany the episode you can find it here  Here are some of the stories and books we discussed Edward Parnell - Ghostland, in search of a haunted country Charles Dickens - The Signalman Susan Hill - The Woman in Black and The Small Hand Jason Bray - Deliverance Phil Rickman - The Wine of Angels (the first in the Merrily Watkins series) Graham Swift - Waterland M. R. James - Rats Jon McGregor - Reservoir 13
October 27, 2021
Episode 6 - "Once upon a time in the West"
In this episode Holly, Gwyn and Paul explore the literature of the American West. Including an interview with Anna North author of 'Outlawed'. You can find more about Anna on her website where you will also a suggested soundtrack to accompany 'Outlawed' and some excellent further reading. Other books we discuss or touch on in this episode include: James Fennimore Cooper - The Last of the Mohicans (the 1971 BBC adaptation starred Welsh actor Philip Madoc as 'Magua' and the series is said to have popularised the Mohican hairstyle) Owen Wister - The Virginian  Zane Grey - Riders of the Purple Sage Arthur Conan Doyle - A Study in Scarlet Elmore Leonard - Hombre Cormac McCarthy - All the Pretty Horses Thomas Eidson - St Agnes' Stand Patrick De Witt - The Sisters Brothers Charles Frazier - Cold Mountain Larry McMurtry - Lonesome Dove Stephen King - The Gunslinger Louis Sacher - Holes Dee brown - Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee and The American West Apologies if I've missed any. Last but not least the mystical western starring Pierce Brosnan that I couldn't recall in the podcast was of course 'Seraphim Falls'
October 9, 2021
Episode 5 - Gladstone's Library
In this special episode Paul speaks to Peter Francis, Warden and Louisa Yates, Director of Collections and Research at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden. In the interview we discover how Gladstone's Library was originally created and how it has evolved. We also find out what has been going on behind the scenes while the Library has been closed and look forward to the re-opening today 1 September 2021 and the forthcoming Gladfest which takes place online 11-12 September. For more information about this unique and wonderful place visit their website at 
September 1, 2021
Episode 4 - "Is this the real life, or is this just fantasy"
Books in the fantasy genre can represent a diverse range of subjects and ideas. In this episode we explore what fantasy literature might or might not be. Gwyn interviews Tiffani Angus author of 'Threading the Labyrinth' you can find out more about her here Here are some of the books we mention in this episode: Robert Macfarlane - 'Underland' and 'The Old Ways' You may also like to check out Robert's recent appearance on Desert Island Discs Matthew Syed - 'Rebel Ideas' Franz Kafka - 'The Trial' Samantha Shannon - 'The Priory of the Orange Tree' Madeline Miller - 'Circe' and 'The Song of Achilles' Lewis Carroll - 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' Neil Gaiman - 'The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains' and 'Coraline' and 'The Sandman Vol. 1' Alice Roberts - 'Ancestors a Pre-history of Britain in Seven Burials' Robert Holdstock - 'Mythago Wood' H P Lovecraft - 'The Call of Cthulhu' Eoin Colfer - 'Artemis Fowl' JRR Tolkein - 'The Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings'
August 3, 2021
Episode 3 - "We are made by history" - Historical Fiction Extravaganza
This episode is all about history, specifically historical fiction. In this episode: Barbara Erskine talks about her new novel The Dream Weavers. Dave McCall (AKA David Ebsworth) and Holly Thorpe talk about the importance of historical fiction to them. You can find information about Dave's books here and the link to the Young Walter Scott Prize is here  Rebecca Hill talks about how The Last Kingdom series of boom/3nc9tmmr oks changed her life.  Rebecca  shares her favourite historical fiction reads on Good Reads at  Our book recommendations include: Paul Morley - A sound mind, how I fell in love with classical music... Clare Whitfield - People of abandoned character Kiana Davenport - Shark dialogues Maggie O'Farrell - Hamnet Charles Dickens - A tale of two cities Markus Zusak - The book thief For more information about the podcast go to 
June 2, 2021
Episode 2 - Small is Beautiful
This month the Bookylicious team explore the joys of short stories and essays, each of us choosing three stories of essays to recommend. Chekhov, Sherlock Holmes, Ursula le Guin, bodysnatchers, the Moon and crows. The short form is truly beautiful and diverse. Plus we chat about books we are reading. Something for everyone to be inspired! Here are some of the short stories we discuss: Ray Bradbury - All Summer in a Day Ursula le Guin - The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas Robert Louis Stevenson -  The Body Snatcher Ted Chiang - The The Story of Your Life  Arthur Conan Doyle - A Scandal in Bohemia The Idler Anton Chekhov - The Black Monk Sheena Mackay - Curry at the Laburnums Amanda Thomson - Craw Sunday Helen Phillips - The Knowers Italo Calvino - Daughters of the Moon Lisa Cupolo - Fort Pierce, Florida
April 30, 2021
Bookylicious Episode 1
In this episode you will meet the team Paul, Gwyn, Lara and Holly. We chat about what we are reading just now including Neil Gaiman, Barabara Erskine, Phillip Pullman and Kathleen Jamie. Paul interviews Dylan Hughes, Dave McCall and Sue Miller founders of Wrexham Carnival of Words and previews this year's festival
March 24, 2021