Tea or Books? #19: summer vs winter and The Night Watch vs The Little Stranger

Tea or Books logoSarah Waters and the seasons – how better to celebrate the sunny weather we’ve been having recently? In episode 19 we look at summer and winter in books (and get tangled in what that could mean) and then talk about two Sarah Waters books. Though why we picked these two, I can’t begin to imagine. As usual, we’re all over the shop. You wouldn’t want us any other way.

Since our last episode, Rachel and I had the fun of meeting up in person with a couple of other bloggers. Find out which by listening!

As usual, please let us know which you’d choose and any topics you’d like us to cover in future episodes. Oh, and here’s our iTunes page.

Here are the books and authors we talk about in this episode…

The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart
The House of Cobwebs by George Gissing
Agatha: the real life of Agatha Christie by Anne Martinetti, Guillaume Lebeau, and Alexandre Franc
The Making Of by Brecht Evens
Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim
The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth von Arnim
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
A Winter Book by Tove Jansson
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
A Favourite of the Gods by Sybille Bedford
A Compass Error by Sybille Bedford
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee
So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell
They Came Like Swallows by William Maxwell
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
In the Springtime of the Year by Susan Hill
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes
All Summer in a Day by Sacheverell Sitwell
Look Back With Love by Dodie Smith
Blue Remembered Hills by Rosemary Sutcliff
Charles Dickens
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Affinity by Sarah Waters
The Heir by Vita Sackville-West
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee

6 thoughts on “Tea or Books? #19: summer vs winter and The Night Watch vs The Little Stranger

  • June 6, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Cider with Rosie twice?

    If I can find time I’ll give this a listen as you discuss some of my favourite authors (and some I cannot get on with too).

    • June 7, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      It did come up twice, actually, though I didn’t mean to mention it both times! It’s one of the books we’re discussing next time.

      Oh, and I finally went to Gosh at the weekend. I was there for ages, but somehow didn’t find anything I wanted. I’m not sure exactly what that was, but I know that I didn’t find it…

      • June 8, 2016 at 8:05 pm

        Well I am glad you went. I never mind browsing through books and coming away without any, but I suspect your reaction to leaving empty handed might be different.

        • June 10, 2016 at 3:32 pm

          Well, I mind if I went hoping to find something new…. I wasn’t too heartbroken though!

  • June 7, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Oh, you should still read Roger Ackroyd – it’s so good!! Currently reading more Tove Jansson – she’s just wonderful…. The Long Winter is my comfort reading when it’s badly snowy outside!

    • June 10, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      I’ll try to put knowing the solution out of my mind ;)
      And hurrah for Tove Jansson! She can do no wrong.


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