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PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO IF YOU... //

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I know, I'm late on the podcast bandwagon.


However I've found myself absolutely loving listening to an episode on my way to work for the last couple of months; those I've listened to are usually around 30-40 minutes long which is an ideal time to commute. From music to mental health, I've discovered so many fantastic interviews on this medium and would love to share them in case they're up your street, too.

The following are chatty and informal interview-style series' which really delve into the lives of people you may already have heard of (and some you probably haven't.) There's definitely a podcast here for everyone if you love a good gossip about a variety of topics.

Here are the podcasts to listen to...


If you want to talk about mental health...

Happy Place

Fearne Cotton

I've always been a Fearne Cotton fan and having listened to her voice on the radio growing up, it makes sense she's now got herself a fab, new podcast. The first episode I listened to was an interview with Dawn French (another female hero) and it's really interesting finding out more about these celebrities personal lives, trials and tribulations and stories I certainly haven't heard elsewhere. She has big name celebrity episodes and a nice chat over a cup of tea at their house (coincidently, their happy place - get it?) is a lovely listen.

Notable episode: Zephyr Wildman


If you're a music fan...

George Ezra & Friends

George Ezra

Despite the constant advertisement for his album throughout (although Staying at Tamara's is indeed, a bloody brilliant one) this has been a favourite over the past couple of weeks. With guests like Rag N Bone man, Elton John and Jessie Ware, it's been great to hear about the other side of touring, women in the music industry and what they get up to when it comes to writing new songs. George is super at ease in interviewing which I was pleasantly surprised at, so this series gets pretty interesting.

Notable episode: Elton John


If you're a parent or love family talk...

Happy Mum, Happy Baby

Giovanna Fletcher

I'm not sure whether it's getting to the ripe old age of 26 or because of this podcast, but recently I have found myself getting ridiculously broody. Giovanna is someone I could listen to talk forever and her guests are always incredibly insightful into their own experiences of motherhood. Even though I'm not a mother myself, I find it fascinating to hear their trials and tribulations (and all the good stuff, of course!) of being a parent. I'm definitely hoping there's another season soon.

Notable episode: Izzy Judd


If you love food...

Table Manners

Jessie Ware

This podcast features some brilliant guests at Jessie (or her Mum's) very own dinner table, chatting about everything from their favourite food to their current life goals. Again like the previous series' I've mentioned, there are plenty of big name stars featured on this podcast and they're not all related musically to Jessie Ware, which makes for nice variation. Despite this being a brilliant podcast, be warned it will make you feel hungry every time you listen.

Notable episode: Joe Dempsie & Daniel Kaluuya


If you enjoy fashion...

Get it on

Dawn O'Porter

This is a fairly new addition to my playlist and this features the shortest episodes of any series I've listened to so far (20-30 minutes - perfect for a short, Summer run). If you're interested in fashion, or why certain celebrities wear what they wear and their terrible fashion choices in the past, then this is a nice listen. Although not the greatest audio quality or smoothest interviews, I've been intrigued to listen to quite a few of these now.

Notable episode: Chris O'Dowd

Do you have any MUST-LISTEN podcasts I should know about? Follow me on Twitter or Instagram and please let me know! 


leanne


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BOOK REVIEW // DAYS OF WONDER - KEITH STUART

Cover image of 'Days of Wonder' book with father and daughter image on stage


Following his bestseller 'A Boy Made of Blocks', Keith Stuart has cracked it all over again, this time with a novel exploring the connection between single parent and child and the struggles of coping with a life-limiting illness in the family.

It's everything I expected; some laugh out loud moments, some heart-wrenching words and certainly many a teary-eyed chapter reading. The dynamic pair of Tom and Hannah are wonderful to follow, particularly as they have come to be so open with each other due to their small family unit. Although their relationship seems particularly easy, we do see the stereotypical, teenage girl and father interactions in response first boyfriends, general overprotectiveness and turbulent arguments.

The overarching struggle in their bond is coping with Hannah's heart arrythmia, which was diagnosed when she was a child and naturally has haunted the two characters throughout their years together. The way Stuart explores the ups and downs of their time together, and the future that is to come, has a way of making you feel very close to their story and despite the darkness of this plot, there is a magical undertone in the way theatre, art and friends come into their lives.


Sound like your cup of tea? Read the blurb and find out more...

'Tom, single father to Hannah, is the manager of a tiny local theatre. On the same day each year, he and its colourful cast of part-time actors have staged a fantastical production just for his little girl, a moment of magic to make her childhood unforgettable. 

But there is another reason behind these annual shows: the very first production followed Hannah's diagnosis with a heart condition that both of them know will end her life early. And now, with Hannah a funny, tough girl of fifteen on the brink of adulthood, that time is coming.

With the theatre under threat of closure, Hannah and Tom have more than one fight on their hands to stop the stories ending.'



From fairies to comic books, it shows the positive impact of having a creative outlet and how the pair can share their worlds with each other. Stuart himself mentions this is about how love, laughter and imagination can get families through difficult times and is certainly what the novel depicts. 

A beautiful story; if you're a fan of YA fiction and particularly if liked 'Everything, Everything' then I think you'll enjoy this.

If you grab a copy, let me know your thoughts over on Goodreads!

leanne

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