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The Mr B's Bookshop

A mix of book chat and author conversations run from Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, an independent bookshop in Bath, England. We begin with the books we're currently reading and let them guide us into the biggest and smallest of ideas: the niche, the essential, the wide-ranging.
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Welcome to the Mr B's Podcast: the audio-home of Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath. Read more about our different episodes, and the bookshop where they are all made here 

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Nov 23, 2021

On this episode of the Mr B's podcast, Hannah and renowned Mr b's bookseller Ed discuss The Legend of Podkin One Ear and the amazing fantasy books for kids, both middle grade and leading into teen. 

Their chat is followed by an interview with bestselling author of Podkin, Kieran Larwood, about his fantastic series that we all know and love. And if you don't know, now you will! 

Nov 16, 2021

On episode 5 of the Mr B's Podcast, Hannah and fellow bookseller Tom Mooney discuss how much young readers books have changed and how to graduate children from picture books to independent chapter books. 

Hannah also chats with Serena Patel, author of the young readers series Anisha, Accidental Detective about her delightful series and the importance of children's books! 

Nov 9, 2021

Joining us today on the podcast is co-owner of Mr b's Nic Bottomley, speaking about how the children's nonfiction genre has developed, and Dr. Mya-Rose Craig aka Birdgirl, speaking on youth activism and her debut children's nonfiction book We Have a Dream. 

Oct 19, 2021

Today on the Mr B's Podcast, Hannah and fellow bookseller Amy discuss the ever growing world of young adult literature and why Mr B's loves Laura Wood and her delightful historical fiction novels, as well as Laura's newest release 'A Single Thread of Moonlight'...as well as what it means to be in the Georgette Heyer club (if ya know, ya know)

Oct 13, 2021

Join us on the second episode of the Flamboyancy of Children's Authors Season of the Mr B's Podcast as our host Hannah chats with bookseller Gemma about spooky teen graphic novels and author and illustrator Pam Smy about her newest book The Hideaway, a heavily illustrated teen novel. 

 

Suitable for 12+ audience 

Oct 5, 2021

Welcome to the inaugural episode of The Flamboyancy of Children's Authors podcast season, the first podcast season ever to celebrate the wonderful world of children's books! To ring in the celebration, our host Hannah Jensen reminisces on her experiences attending children's book festivals as a kid in the US and how important kids book festivals are to children. Hannah also chats with bestselling author Joanna Nadin about the power of children's books and her new middle grade novel 'No Man's Land.' 

May 13, 2021

Bringing the Legacy Season of the podcast to a close, Ed, Kate and Jess sit down in Mr B's legendary bibliotherapy room, for the first in-person recording of the podcast since the start of the pandemic. In true Mr B's spirit, the discussion quickly turns eclectic, ranging from Barbara Comyns and Raymond Chandler to a novel in verse about Sami history, and how we feel about the term 'family saga'.

Although Jess is handing over the microphone (and moving to Scotland) after five years of hosting the podcast, we'll be back soon! Look out for announcements about the next season on our social media.

Hosted by Jessica Gaitán Johannesson with music by The Bookshop Band

Browse the books mentioned in this episode (at least those which are in print!) HERE.

Apr 28, 2021

In the penultimate episode of #MrBsLegacySeason, we find out about a movement which gave rise to a campaign, which gave birth to a thousand written responses and eventually, a book. 

We hope you're inspired by this conversation with Kay Michael, co-founder of the movement Culture Declares Emergency and the project Letters to the Earth, and Daniela Torres Perez, co-founder of the UK Student Climate Network, and contributor to 'Letters to the Earth'. 

Hosted by Jessica Gaitán Johannesson with music by The Bookshop Band

Browse our recommended reading in the episode Reading List

 

Apr 21, 2021

In the fourth episode of this season, Jess chats to author Julianne Pachico. Julianne's debut  was 'The Lucky Ones', a collection of interlinked stories, following a group of school girls in Colombia. Julianne's second book, 'The Anthill', which is out next month, follows a young woman returning to Colombia and the city of Medellin, where she lived until she was eight, to volunteer at an after-school community centre run by her childhood friend. 

Join Julianne and Jess as they discuss different perceptions of a country, inside and outside, writing about childhood and political violence, and hear about a bunch of excellent contemporary Colombian books recommended by Julianne!

Hosted by Jessica Gaitán Johannesson with music by The Bookshop Band

Browse the books mentioned in this episode by heading over to the episode Reading List

Mar 28, 2021

In the third episode of our Legacy Season, Jess talks to translators Julia Sanches and Daniel Hahn about the ways in which any book is itself a legacy passed on from the writer to the translator.

We hope you enjoy this chat, about re-translations of classics, 'donkey bellies' and what kind of translations the pandemic will generate, among much else!

Hosted by Jessica Gaitán Johannesson with music by The Bookshop Band

Browse the books mentioned in this episode by heading over to our Translation as Legacy reading list

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