29 Dec 2020

Summer Bookmarks - Linda Burgess

From Summer Times, 11:07 am on 29 December 2020

This summer we'll be talking to some of RNZ's favourite hosts and contributors about their favourite books, songs, podcasts and more.

Afternoons TV critic Linda Burgess talks to Jesse Mulligan about her life as a writer, what she's been reading, watching, and listening to. 

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Helen Garner’s diaries: 
Yellow Notebook
One Day I’ll Remember This

The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell 

Summerwatch by Sarah Moss

What are you Going Through by Sigrid Nunez  

House of Glass by Hadley Freeman 

All of these books because I adore the human condition and narrative over plot, and good writing that just totally engages me.


Poetry in Motion - Johnny Tillotson because it's the first pop song I loved

So Long Marianne - Leonard Cohen

Gulf Coast Highway - Emmy Lou Harris and Willie Nelson because I love duets and their voices are wonderful together.) At home writing about unrequited love. Desperately fall in love in your 40s.


Mostly I love Backlisted (thank you Sarah Gaitanos) - people talking about books, not new ones but from all eras and I love it. 

Fortunately with Fi and Jane - BBC - two broadcasters who just sort of chat on. Jane Garvey (Women’s Hour) and Fi Glover. I love radio.

Dear Joan And Jericha, with Vicki Pepperdine and Julia Davis, is so wilfully filthy and dark that I think twice before sharing it with friend

Today in Focus (the Guardian) - though I do get a bit sick of Brexit and Covid and Trump. 

You're Wrong About - an American podcast which takes a theme and talks it through - from Princess Di to Fox News. Mike Hobbes (Huffington Post) and Sarah Marshall. 


Truly Madly Deeply

Cinema Paradi

Woman at War


NOMADLAND (Frances McDormand - Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, Olive Kitteridge)