Podcast review: For Books’ Sake #1 (3 stars)

Podcast review: For Books’ Sake #1

Photo: Ade Oshineye

The first episode of the feminist books podcast makes up for lack of polish with passion and pride

As a List reader, it’s a fair bet that sex and books both rank high on your list of interests – so the sex-and-love theme of the first For Books’ Sake podcast should be just your cuppa.

It begins with exciting news about Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman’s collaboration, a serialised zombie novel, and Michelle Tea’s upcoming memoir How to Grow Up.

The highlight comes later, with a debate on what erotica writer Anaïs Nin would make of rubbish bonkbuster 50 Shades of Grey. Conclusion? Anastasia Steele is a regressive stereotype, and we should all read some decent smut.

The podcast may lack the polish, flair and variety of the website, and the editing and sound quality could do with serious work, but as it’s the first episode it’s easy to forgive the rough edges – and as this is a DIY effort it seems churlish to criticise too heavily. Look past the unpolished window-dressing, and the passion and pride shows through. For Books’ Sake love women’s writing, and they love that you love it too.

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