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OurShelves with special guest Rachel Seiffert

OurShelves with Rachel Seiffert

OurShelves with Rachel Seiffert

Rachel Seiffert is one of Virago’s most critically acclaimed contemporary novelists. She has published four novels and one collection of short stories. Her novels have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Dublin Impac Award and longlisted three time for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. In the finale episode of this season of Ourshelves, Rachel and Lucy discuss the lasting power of individual Jewish women’s resistance and endurance during WWII, the added weight of historical fiction inspired by real events, and the pleasures of rewatching TV series.


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On the nightstand – books that are currently on your bedside table

The Red Bird Sings by Aoife Fitzpatrick

Once Upon a Time in the East by Xiaolu Guo


On your mind – a recent article, podcast, film, series or song

  1. The Tavistock Clinic podcast by Tortoise Media/Polly Curtis

    I also want to sing the praises of some non-recent things! I re-watched the whole of The Wire this spring, and now I’m watching my way through every Frasier episode with my family.


On the shelf – one book that made you think about feminism in a new way

The Master’s Tools by Audre Lorde


On the pedestal – tell us about one person (woman or non-binary) you admire

Audre Lorde and Nina Simone


Special 50th Anniversary question – what one Virago book would you pass on? (Your Golden Apple).

My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin or The Seventh Cross by Anna Seghers


Tune in next time for more conversation about books, feminism and culture.

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