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Banned books, Bonnie Garmus and A.J. Pearce – welcome to episode 126! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/tea-or-books-126.mp3 In the first half of the episode, we discuss banned books – should books ever be banned? Does a book being banned make us want to read it more? In the second half, we pit two recent novels set in the mid…
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Celeb memoirs, Michael Cunningham, Elizabeth Fair – welcome to episode 125! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/tea-or-books-125.mp3 In the first half, Rachel and I discuss celebrity memoirs – do we read them? What do we count as a celebrity memoir? In the second half, we each chose one of the other’s favourite 2023 reads – Day …
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Our favourite books from 2023 – or reads, because of course we mostly read ‘backlisted’ titles. Always a fun one to record – this time with the added bonus that we were each going to choose one from the other’s list to read for the next episode. https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/tea-or-books-124.mp3 Some of our Patreon patrons…
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Beryl Bainbridge, Celia Dale, critical and charitable reading – welcome to episode 123! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/tea-or-books-123.mp3 In the first half of the episode we use a suggestion from Susannah – do we read charitably or critically? In the second half we compare too rather dark novels – Sheep’s Clothing by Celi…
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Mary Lawson joins us to talk about all her novels – welcome to episode 122! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/tea-or-books-122-mary-lawson.mp3 I can’t quite believe I’m writing this, but THE Mary Lawson – Canadian author of Crow Lake, The Other Side of the Bridge, Road Ends, and A Town Called Solace – joins us in this episode …
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Jane Gardam and messages in books – welcome to episode 121! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/tea-or-books-121.mp3 In the first half of the episode, Rachel and I discuss whether or not we think books should have a message. In the second half we pit two Jane Gardam novels against each other: Old Filth and the same story from an…
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D.E. Stevenson, Eva Ibbotson, travel inspo – welcome to episode 120! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/tea-or-books-120.mp3 We have our first returning guest – the wonderful Claire, who blogs at The Captive Reader. In the first half of this episode, we talk about inspiration from travel – do we get it from our fiction reading …
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Miriam Toews, Olga Tokarczuk and detective fiction – welcome to episode 119! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/tea-or-books-119.mp3 In the first half of this episode, we discuss detective fiction – do we prefer the mystery-solver to be a professional or an amateur? And in the second half we compare two fairly recent novels – D…
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Julie Otsuka, Jamaica Kincard, adults’ and children’s books – welcome to episode 118! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/tea-or-books-118.mp3 In the first half – a topic suggested by Aileen, where we discuss authors who wrote both children’s and adult’s books and whether we read both. In the second half, we compare two novellas…
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Ursula Parrott, Winifred Boggs, unnamed characters – welcome to episode 117! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/tea-or-books-117.mp3 We are so delighted to welcome Lucy Scholes as a guest for this episode. She’s is a reprint/old books superstar – you might know her Re-Covered column for the Paris Review, her work as Senior Edit…
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John Dickson Carr, Alan Melville, sports – welcome to episode 116! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/tea-or-books-116.mp3 In the first half, we talk about sports in books – do we like them? Will we be able to think of any? Thank you to Lindsey for suggesting the topic! In the second half we compare two murder mysteries: It Wal…
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Barbara Pym, May Sarton, and bookshops – welcome to episode 115! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/tea-or-books-115.mp3 In the first half of the episode, we take up Sally’s suggestion of topic – and discuss whether or not we like books set in bookshops and libraries. More suggestions for books in this category, please! In the …
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Sylvia Townsend Warner, Elizabeth Bowen, linear narratives – welcome to episode 114! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/tea-or-books-114.mp3 In the first half of this episode, we use a suggestion from listener Sarah – do we prefer linear or non-linear narratives? In the second half we look at two books from Rachel’s tbr pile th…
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Elizabeth Gaskell, Winifred Holtby, and more – welcome to episode 113! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/tea-or-books-113.mp3 In the first half of this episode, we look at literary retellings – by which we mean authors using fairy tales or Greek mythology or basically whatever we fancy including in this very loose definition. …
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Dorothy Whipple, May Sinclair, and favourite books of 2022 – welcome to episode 112! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/tea-or-books-112.mp3 Happy new year! Welcome to the first episode of Tea or Books? for 2023 – recorded on two different days, so hopefully it’s not too awkward. In the first half, we cover our favourite reads …
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Molly Keane, M.J. Farrell, and characters’ appearances – welcome to episode 111! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/tea-or-books-111.mp3 In the first half, Rachel and I discuss what characters look like – do we care, do we notice if it’s mentioned, etc. In the second half, we look at two novels by Molly Keane – one under her ps…
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Tove Jansson, Celia Dale, jobs in books! Welcome to episode 110 https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/tea-or-books-110.mp3 A bit of a longer break than usual because I lost my voice. But we’re back, asking – in the first half of the episode – whether we care where characters work? Are we drawn to books about workplaces? In the sec…
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Penelope Lively, Helen Hull, boarding houses and isolation – welcome to episode 109! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/tea-or-books-109.mp3 In the first half of this episode, Rachel and I compare boarding houses novels and novels where people live alone – up to and including complete isolation. The blog post by Jacqui that I m…
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Bite, E.M. Delafield, Elizabeth Taylor – welcome to episode 108! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/tea-or-books-108.mp3 In the first half of this episode, we discuss a topic suggested by Gina – do we prefer books with bite or without bite? All will be explained in due course… In the second half we pit two books with similar pl…
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Books in books and Stella Gibbons – welcome to episode 107! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/tea-or-books-107.mp3 In the first half, we continue our ‘do we care…’ series with ‘do we care what characters read?’ By which we mean we’re looking at the books that characters read, and what that tells us about them. In the second ha…
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Margaret Kennedy, Vita Sackville-West, and film adaptations – welcome to episode 106! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/tea-or-books-106.mp3 In the first half of this episode, Rachel and I discuss whether you should read the book before you watch the film. In the second half, we pit two novels about hotels against each other: …
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George Orwell and families – welcome to episode 105! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/tea-or-books-105.mp3 Rachel is busy this month, so I put a shout-out on our Patreon page to see if anybody would be willing to step in and take her place. I was delighted that Arwen said yes, and I think you’ll enjoy the chat we had. In the …
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Olivia Manning, Cicely Hamilton and dreams – welcome to episode 104 of ‘Tea or Books?’! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/tea-or-books-104.mp3 In the first half of this episode, Rachel and I discuss whether or not we like dreams in books, and how different authors use them. In the second half, we compare two novels about coupl…
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Penelope Lively, Margaret Laurence, thinking and feeling – welcome to episode 103! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/tea-or-books-103-1.mp3 Apologies for the unexpected delay in recording. Blame Rachel! But we are here and raring to go. In the first half, we follow a topic suggested by Mairad (topic ideas to teaorbooks@gmail.c…
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D.E. Stevenson, Margery Sharp – and a special guest! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/tea-or-books-102.mp3 In this episode, we have a special guest in the form of Claire – you’ll know her blog The Captive Reader. We were delighted to have her as a guest, especially as she also came up with our topics. In the first half, we di…
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Rachel takes a look at Simon’s bookshelves – will she take any books away with her?? https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/tea-books-101.mp3 Way back in episode 70, I was in Rachel’s flat in London and took a look around her bookcases. We planned a return visit… and then the pandemic happened. But now travel and visiting is easier…
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https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Tea-or-Books-episode-100.mp3 For our special hundredth episode, Rachel and I are doing a question and answer. Thanks so much to everybody who sent in questions – we didn’t get to all of them, but hopefully we answered at least one of yours. Do get in touch at teaorbooks@gmail.com if you’d like…
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Winifred Holtby, Susan Glaspell, and essays – welcome to episode 99! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/tea-or-books-episode-99.mp3 Sorry for an unintended long break, but we’re back and Rachel even has a new mic – hopefully has helped with the sound issues, though there may be some teething problems while we get used to it. (I…
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Nature writing and some favourite novels by prizewinning women – welcome to episode 98! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/tea-or-books-episode-98.mp3 As mentioned in the podcast – we’d love to hear your questions as we gear up for our hundredth episode. Just email teaorbooks@gmail.com, or put your questions in the comments to …
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How do we choose our reading, and E.M. Delafield – welcome to episode 97! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tea-or-books-episode-97-online-audio-converter.com_.mp3 In the first half of the episode, we debate whether to read spontaneously or plan our reading. In the second half, two E.M. Delafield novels vie against each other:…
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In this episode, we ask whether or not offensive books should be republished – you might remember the same conversation happening here on StuckinaBook a while ago, and it was interesting to visit it with Rachel. In the second half, we pit two Barbara Pym novels against each other – Crampton Hodnet and A Glass of Blessings. https://www.stuckinabook.…
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ARE YOU BLOGGING YET?So, when did you last write a blog for your brand or business?When looking at taking your brand from being known locally to nationally and really using the “How to 9 x your social media” you need a content plan, because one of the ways you'll take your brand up a gear is by being consistent in your marketing messages week on we…
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YES......Tomorrow is April 24th and it's going to be the warmest weekend of the year so far....a chance to relax, put up your feet outside and do nothing....or is it. The thing is, social media NEVER switches off, so my suggestion to all my clients and you as a small brand or business is to be sure you're ready to hit social media when you're need.…
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It’s world creativity day so I want to see you use this as an opportunity to start training that muscle. You see. OK, not everyone can film or draw stuff for their content, but, you can come up with great ideas. Not at first perhaps but creativity is like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger the ideas become. Keep pushing yourself to put cont…
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Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Margery Sharp, Helen Ashton – welcome to episode 95. https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/tea-or-books-episode-95.mp3 In the first half, we take a detour from our usual practice and pit two authors against each other. And it’s two very big hitters – Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf, suggested by my frie…
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Today is #chineselanguageday.....The problem with a lot of marketing these days is that it’s not laser targeted and is far too broad. I use The analytics on all social media channels to check my demographics because it gives me a visual representation of where my followers are geographically. I can then run targeting to followers from specific area…
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Today is #pinataday if you’re in a businesses marketing department we feel we have to hit everything, every single day, especially when it comes to social media. The biggest difficulty for most places is actually connected to social media spend. Don’t get me wrong, I talk about FREE content all the time and doing as much as you can with content to …
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YOU ARE GOING TO FAILThe question is though, are you going to give up. The fact of the matter is, you will fail to create viral content with every single post you ever put out, in fact, the chances are you may never create what you consider to be a viral post.....however, if you stop worrying about the vanity metrics and start worrying about connec…
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OH CRAP!!!!How often do you say those words when you realise it’s Monday, you’ve nothing planned for your marketing content and you’ve not posted anything on social media for a few weeks, so then you end up posting something on instagram, then something different on twitter and a video on youtube about a totally different subject matter again.You c…
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We all know my usually feeling about social media on a weekend.....it doesn't work a five day week, it's on consistently. So, I want you to take one simple step this weekend, as I know many of you still don't post anything and switch off on friday night at 5pm....so this weekend, turn the notifications on, on your social media platforms, so at leas…
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So, today is #pygmyhippoday so I wanted to use this as a chance to celebrate short form content. Now as the owner of a visual marketing agency I'd much rather people came to us to get this kind of thing created, it's usually a bit nicer in it's looks and wants to hit a bit harder, and especially when it's short form content like Instagram Reels whi…
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It's #beerday and I know a number of people are looking forward to the opportunity to spend some face to face time with friends in beer gardens when they re-open. However, as nice as it will be to be able to actually spend time with friends this way, have you considered reaching out to your friends, or even your online business community to check i…
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#HAPPYEASTER I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday staying safe. We’ve done an Easter egg hunt on houseparty and now we’re relaxing. So, what’s today’s content all about. Well, don’t forget your audience on national or more so global holidays. Wish them a happy time, don’t forget they’ll also be celebrating them, and just like you’d wish your friend…
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It's DIY Day and time to go through the "how to 9 x your social media process at light speed so that you're able to understand how easy it is to create content for your brand....for FREE, my second favourite four letter word in the entire world.Email: simons@perceptionstudios.co.uk SOCIAL MEDIA► Snapchat - http://www.snapchat.com/add/stopjabbaingon…
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Too many people try to make everything a science in this day and age, including social media usage for business. Don't get me wrong, when it comes to understanding an avatar, or create paid for campaigns etc. there are elements of social media that are more difficult to understand at first. However, the basic rules for organic growth will always ex…
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The other month I was invited by Sai over in India to be on the Smart Cherry vlogcast to chat about social media and some of the stuff I've done previously in my life. If you've never heard some of my story, this is your chance to find out more about me and also get some golden social media tips too.Check out Sai's content here :Twitter : https://t…
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There are multiple ways of getting more views on your video content. In today's live we're going to discuss using the tools at your disposal on channels such as Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo etc. that so many people don't even use at all.TitlesThumbnailsDescriptionTaggingCaptions / SubtitlesEmail: simons@perceptionstudios.co.ukSOCIAL MEDIA► Snapchat - h…
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Rosamond Lehmann, Antonia White, and authors’ houses – welcome to episode 94! https://www.stuckinabook.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/tea-or-books-episode-94.mp3 In the first half of this episode, we do a topic suggested by Gillian – do we care where authors live? That is, do we want to visit their houses – we talk through authors’ houses we’ve vis…
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