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Diving In is a conversation you will want to be part of - Louise and Virginia have been best friends since university - they share a passion for story telling and read loads of good books. Make yourself a cup of tea and listen in as they share the books they’ve been loving, and also the films, TVRead more

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43. Women Locked Up (In Prisons Real and Imagined)

Nov 11 • 45:33
By complete coincidence Louise and Virginia read five books which all feature women who are either locked away or are prisoners of their minds. In spite of the serious-sounding themes of the books they spent most of this conversation in puddles of laughter, providing plenty of bloopers material.

The Mad Women’s Ball by Victoria Mas and translated by Frank Wynne, 2021, ...

42: New Releases and Literary Coincidences

Oct 28 • 01:03:04
Louise and Virginia have been devouring more new releases which have revealed several small coincidences. They also chat about a few non bookish things they’ve been diving into recently.

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak, 2021, Penguin.
Love and Virtue by Diana Reid, 2021 Ultimo Press
Anything But Fine by Tobias Madden, 2021, Penguin
Crossroads by Jonathon Franze...

41: Hot Off The Press!

Oct 14 • 57:53
Louise and Virginia have been reading several new releases and loving all of them. They chat about seven very different books in the conversation and there are plenty of laughs.


The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller, 2021, Penguin RandomHouse
Beautiful World, Where Are You? by Sally Rooney, 2021, Faber
The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki, 2021, Text Publishi...

40: Reading Around the World - Books in Translation

Sep 16 • 52:20
Louise and Virginia have been reading some small but gripping books that have been translated into English; perhaps the ultimate type of ‘own voices’ reading. By complete coincidence they ended up in the same parts of the world.


Tomorrow They Won’t Dare to Murder Us by Joseph Andras and translated by Simon Lesser. 2021, Verso.
People Like Them: A Novel by Samira Sedira...

39: Mad About Maggie O'Farrell

Aug 26 • 47:31
Virginia and Louise loved reading Hamnet for Episode 21 ‘Twin Tales’, so decided to do a deep dive into Maggie O’Farrell’s back catalogue. They discuss four of her earlier novels, all fantastic, as well as a few other things they’ve been diving into.


After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell, 2000, Tinder Press
The Distance Between Us by Maggie O’Farrell, 2004, Tinder Press

38: Legal Thrillers for Legal Eagles

Aug 12 • 55:50
Today’s books are all crime books set in the legal world. Some are brand new, one is an oldie, but all are great.

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37: The Book Swap

Jul 22 • 48:50
Louise and Virginia thought it might be fun if they each chose a book for the other, and in this episode they reveal what they thought of the books they were given. They also discuss some great podcast episodes, a couple of books they’ve each finished recently, and an excellent period costume drama series.

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36: Wuthering Heights Book Club

Jun 24 • 58:40
Louise and Virginia dive into ‘pleasurable terror’ and explore Wuthering Heights for Book Club. They have some controversial views about Heathcliff and Cathy, take a deep dive into why we love all things gothic, and also discuss some new-release Gothic fiction.

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Swandive 5 - Louise chats with Polly Phillips, author of 'My Best Friend's Murder'

Jun 15 • 26:19
Louise takes a Swandive with Polly Phillips, author of award winning novel ‘My Best Friend’s Murder’ published by Simon & Schuster.

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35: Theme and Fancy Free

Jun 3 • 54:10
Louise and Virginia decided to have another episode where they read whatever they wanted and they chose some great books. They also discussed a couple of good podcasts, a life hack that is wine-related, and some book news.

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