The Idle Book Club

A book discussed every month

A monthly book club podcast conducted by two amateur book lovers. Each month Chris and Sarah discuss a piece of literature they've loved or have been wanting to read, and let the listeners weigh in as well. For June, we're reading A Sight For Sore Eyes by Ruth Rendell. Join us!


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Episode 26:
A Sight for Sore Eyes

June 28, 2017 Ruth Rendell is known as a crime novelist, but in A Sight for Sore Eyes she stretches the genre's trappings into a taut and thrilling class-infused generational novel. Join Chris and Sarah as they get sucked into Rendell's bleak but utterly captivating world.

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