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Series 1

Episode One - Reading Roundup: Horror Fiction

'Are you crazy? Don't go in the Basement!'

What makes a horror story a horror? Who's the real monster? In this first episode, host Jessica Stone delves into the dingy depths of horror books with Claire Bell and Nik de Garis as they talk about some of their favourite spooky reads and puzzle out Jess's Horrible Horror Anagrams.

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Episode Two - 200 Years of Frankenstein

'No one is more goth than Mary Shelley.'

To celebrate 200 years of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, Abigail Jaggers tells Jessica all about the bizarre life of the writer Mary Shelley, as they take a deep dive together into the story that has been so influential, you might feel like you've read it even if you haven't.

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Episode Three - Reading Round Up: Books That Made Us Cry

'I had to just put the book down to have a good cry.'

Jessica Stone passes the tissues to our panel of Listening Books staff, Louise Barling and Jenny-Ann Lewis, as they discuss the books, both fiction and non-fiction, that have brought on the waterworks.

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Episode Four - Not the Booker's Sam Jordison

'It's all just for a Guardian mug.'

What happens when judges overturn a popular vote? The Guardian's Sam Jordison, organiser of the long-running Not the Booker Prize, chats with Jessica about the nature of literary awards, and the sometimes tense conversations that arise about what's fair and what's worthy.

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Episode Five - Reading Roundup: Best Books for the Festive Season

'What is the Grinch? A green cat?'

Sit next to the fire, pour some warm milk, grab a gingerbread man and settle in with Jessica Stone as she chats with Listening Books staff members Abbie (the Christmas elf) and Amy (the Christmas grinch) about about the best books to read this season and what literary adventures they'll be taking over the holidays.

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Episode Six - Bleak Expectations creator Mark Evans

'Come on, Charles, get a grip.'

Comedian, writer and avid reader Mark Evans sat down in the Listening Books studios with Jessica Stone to talk about his BBC Radio 4 smash hit comedy, Bleak Expectations and his relationship with the works of Charles Dickens.

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