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Three Gold Coins – Josephine Moon

Kate's review
A warm-hearted contemporary tale set in Australia and Italy, Three Gold Coins is the first book written by Josephine Moon that I have read but it won’t be the last. I just loved the skilful twisting together of romance and suspense, chick-lit and family drama. This is a novel which celebrates family ties, food and the importance of kindness, all things which I passionately believe in.

 Josephine Moon sensitively explores themes of depression and mental illness, psychological abuse and violence, which give her story extra gravitas to balance the charm.

Natasha Lester’s luscious lowdown on food and writing

Author Q&A
Natasha Lester has answered our Q&A with gusto. She regales us with her journeys through Parisian ateliers, the Theatre du Palais Royale and the Hotels Particulier in the Marais. She was no doubt dining on glorious French baguettes and cheese all the way and we agree that no finer bread is to be found in all the world than the baguettes made in France. I am sure authors everywhere will be making a mental note to set their next novel in Paris.

Byron on the marriage of women and lobsters

Iconic literary food moments
Our recipe for this episode was a simply divine lobster and salmon mousse. A little bit of research on the subject revealed that lobsters have long held a rather peculiar and persistent fascination to the literary community. One only has to think of the Lewis Carroll's Lobster Quadrille, Annie Hall, or the dark comedy Lobster. But the most iconic literary food moment would have to be awarded to Lord Byron, and we added a lobster reference from Elizabeth Gilbert for good measure.

Straight from the authors’ mouths

Recommended reads
It's been raining - hooray!! And there's nothing better for rainy days than curling up with a great book. This week, Natasha Lester leads off Word of Mouth TV's latest book recommendations with Louise Allan's Sisters' Song, and we finish off with some fantastic cookbooks - because rainy days are also perfect for a bit of kitchen fun.

The Paris Seamstress – Natasha Lester

Kate's review
A dual-timeline novel that moves between the 1940s and contemporary times, The Paris Seamstress is a gorgeously rich and romantic novel about young women finding their way in the world. The story begins with Estella Bissette, a young apprentice seamstress working with her mother at a fashion designer’s atelier in Paris. She dreams of designing her own dresses but the Nazis are closing on France, and no-one knows what the future will hold.

The pancakes revelations: Holly Ringland answers all

Author Q&A
Holly Ringland has generously answered Word of Mouth TV's Q&A and we think you'll find the answers very interesting. In the process, Holly uncovered an unholy obsession with pancakes, so much so, that from here on out, we are considering dubbing the Q&A the pancake revelations. This Q&A swings from the depths of trauma to the dizzying heights of culinary joy - perhaps there's a link?

D.H. Lawrence’s Figs poem very juicy in its day

Iconic literary food moments
Poets have immortalised food, particularly fruit, over the centuries, tantalising the senses at every turn. One thinks of Pablo Neruda's Tomatoes, or Thomas Campion's Cherry Ripe. For Holly Ringland's edition, we have chosen D.H. Lawrence's Figs, given it is a warmer climate tree, and because it reminds us that, at the heart of all existence, lies desire and passion.

Straight from the authors’ mouths

Recommended reads
No doubt you have all polished off the last round of book recommendations and are hungry for more. Never fear, Word of Mouth TV is here. Holly Ringland serves up our first vegan cookbook recommendation, and a lovely non-fiction book about friendship, which is so fitting given Word of Mouth TV is about food, books and friendship. Happy reading!

Big changes to copyright laws set standard

News bites
In the first major update to copyright laws in 20 years, the European Parliament has voted in favour of copyright reforms for the digital age. The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market strengthens news publishers and authors’ copyright. The most significant change applies to news infringements and will come as a blow to giant international sharing platforms and aggregators such as YouTube, Facebook and Google.

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland

Kate's review
An astonishingly assured debut, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a story of love, loss, betrayal and the redemptive power of storytelling. It is both heart-breaking and life-affirming. A coming-of-age story with a vividly evocative Australian setting, this novel follows the story of Alice Hart who must learn to escape the shadows of an abusive father in order to build a life for herself. The Australian landscape, and its strange and beautiful flora, has a potent presence in the novel.

Oliver’s gruel with a 21st century twist

Iconic Literary Food Moments
In honour of our coverage of Writing NSW's Kids & Young Adult Festival, this episode’s Iconic Literary Food Moment is devoted to the children’s classic Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Millions remember the moment when Parish orphan Oliver Twist returns with his bowl of gruel to Mr Bumble and says “Please Sir, I want some more?” In this scene, Dickens plays our emotions like a fiddle.

Kids & YA Fest – Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

Kate's review
I have always thought that Jaclyn Moriarty has one of the freshest and most original voices in Australian children’s literature and so was eager to read her latest children’s fantasy, beautifully presented as a hardback with whimsical illustrations by Kelly Canby. The book did not disappoint – it was a sparkling delight from beginning to end, with lots of unexpected discoveries, wondrous encounters and madcap adventures.

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