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“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” - Italo Calvino

In this episode Rachel and Phoebe are back to discuss Classic literature, what is it and why does it matter? We take a look at our own reading journeys and our hopes to try to become “well-read”, as well as a look at what Classic literature means to us, the question of whether all reading is good reading, and the tips and tricks that have helped us tackle bigger and more imposing books.


We’d love to hear your own experiences and favourite classics, as well as any feedback about what the classics mean to you, and what books you think should be included.


Music: Ashton Manor by Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Rachel Sherlock, Phoebe Watson

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Works Mentioned

Why Read the Classics by Italo Calvino

“On the Reading of Old Books” by C.S. Lewis

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

The Collected Letters of CS Lewis, volume III: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963 

The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis

“Little Gidding” by T.S. Eliot

“The need for more Catholic authors” by Niall Gooch

Slightly Foxed Quartley Magazine

“End of audiobook snobbery as scientists find reading and listening activates the same parts of the brain”


What We’re Enjoying at the Moment

Phoebe: Wolfwalkers (2020) (Listen to our episode about Cartoon Saloon’s film’s here)

Rachel: Journals and Magazine - Slightly Foxed, The Lamp, Leaven, Country Living Magazine

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