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  • Summary

  • Bug has hit her 30s with a bump. An almost wedding, an almost ex-husband, and a bookshop that’s almost turning a profit. With the help of her best friend – free spirit, activist and all-round legend Winnie, she’s going to make it all come good. Probably. Definitely. Maybe.

    At least she’s got her friends around her. They may have only met through her book group, but when things are tough, who do you want beside you but Sami - a Phd holding, Bronte obsessed Cabbie; Fiona - a CEO with an ex she can’t forget; and James - a well-meaning rugby fan who hasn’t read a book for many years, but absolutely wants to give it a go.  

    This bittersweet romantic comedy follows the gang through heartbreak and adventure, over the course of the ten books they read at book group.  

    Jess Moore is a playwright, scriptwriter, and filmmaker. Her debut play, Gin for Breakfast received an Offie nomination for Best New Play. Her short films, BITTER LEMON and ALONE ONCE have screened internationally at festivals, including Cannes Shorts, Montreal Independent Film Festival, and DIFF. Her play, Next Time sold out at Edinburgh Fringe. She is writing and directing a short film version of that play, entitled To Have and To Hold.

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Episodes
  • Ep 1: Three Women

    Sep 8 2021

    Recently almost-married Bug and her best friend Winnie are getting ready for the inaugural meeting of their book group. Fiona is there, of course, with her Uber driver Sami; and a random man called James who hasn’t read the book. Or any books. It’s going to change all their lives. They just don’t know that yet. Welcome to the bookshop.

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    22 mins
  • Ep 2: Oranges are not the Only Fruit

    Sep 8 2021

    Bug and Winnie are encouraging Fiona to dip a toe back into the dating pool – but there are a lot of frogs. As the three women head to the art gallery to scope out one of Fiona’s possible beaus, Bug finds herself bidding on a giant oil painting of a pink rocket. It is a rocket, isn’t it?

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    20 mins
  • Ep 3: Emma

    Sep 8 2021

    Sami gives James some pointers in the gentle art of flirting. Be cool, don’t go in too hard, and double check they like the right Bronte sister. It’s amazing they’re both still single. Amazingly for James – it works. He has a date. But why doesn’t he want Bug to know about it?

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    19 mins

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Engrossing! Brilliant! Beautiful

What a truly amazing series! Funny, moving, tender ; I istened to it while running and actually made me snort out loud many times (alarming passersby) and also well up. It's a true feminist romance but also such a testament to female friendship. Would love to see it as a movie too!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

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a really nice listen

easy going, not too dramatic, well performed...
and free couldn't ask for more.
give it a listen.

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Absolute Must Listen

Amazing funny, happy, sad story, cast were exceptional cast, brilliant and well worth a listen, can’t recommend enough

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Brilliant !

Very entertaining. The actors were really good and brought the story to life. It was funny and heart warming.

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Compelling listening

Brilliantly written, beautifully constructed dialogue and heartwarmingly moving. Wish there was episode eleven and more.

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  • 15-09-21

Complex characters & witty writing

Lovely mix of characters & witty writing - some nice twists, and taking on some tough subjects with compassion, showing a real depth to the characters I was not expecting!
Overall a nice listen and some solid laughs when things hit a little close to reality :) #urinalselfie ?!? Lol!

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  • Carolyn G. Manuel
  • 09-09-21

Love, Friendship and Loss

Bug runs a bookstore and Winnie her best friend helps her with anything she needs. With their friend Fiona they start a book club with Sam, the Uber driver, and a random man named James. They are all off on a life changing adventure. Hilarious, touching and engaging, with a marvelous narrator. Listened in one session. Awesomely written and addictive.

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  • A2Z
  • 09-09-21

Heading: Shows as optional, but it is not

This was an enjoyable listen. A bit sad in places and nothing that stands out as amazing, but a nice story. I have given it five stars because I liked it, nothing stood out to me as horrible, and I think it deserves a shot to be listened to. Everyone is different so it may not be to their liking but you never know until you listen.

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  • 20 Paws Mom
  • 24-09-21

Tea? Not for me

Writing a bad review isn’t something I relish. However, as a gal from the American south, the dialect in this podcast was only one step from gibberish. And then the colloquiums, and th breathy narrative…the entire story became obscure. Sorry Charlie

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  • Kimberly Wethers
  • 21-09-21

Wasn’t What I Expected

Witty, charming and an overall great listen. Narrators were excellent. Poignant and sad at some points but an overall feel good read!

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  • Judy Turner
  • 18-09-21

Loved it!

I loved this series! It is smart, tender, and best of all references books!! I really enjoyed it. The production was done well.

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  • Jake Sang
  • 14-09-21

not a podcast more a serialized Self Indulgence

holy cow, this is like something you get tricked into listening to. It is very self-indulgent and just had no entertainment value. This is definitely more popular with women who just want to hear people talking in the background.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-21

very entertaining

made my morning. like perfect cup of coffee plus your favorite scone. lovely. yay!