Books of the year, with Sarah Perry and Francis Spufford – podcast – The Guardian

Awarded in the first week of the new year, the Costa awards will raise a resounding last hurrah for the books that have made most impact in 2016. We speak to two of the contenders – Sarah Perry, whose The Essex Serpent is one of four books vying for novel of the year, and Francis Spufford, whose Golden Hill is in the running for the best debut. They join us in the studio to talk about their novels and to explain why it’s wrong to regard historical fiction as stuck in the past. Plus, we’re joined by Emma Lee-Moss, aka singer-songwriter Emmy the Great, in a discussion of the books we think will still be gathering readers in 2017 and beyond.

Reading list

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (Serpent’s Tail)

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (Faber)


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