Shameless presents The Books that Changed My Life

Shameless presents The Books that Changed My Life

In this new podcast series, Zara and Michelle from the Shameless Podcast talk to influential people about the books that changed their life. Each episode will give audiences a window into great books new and old, and use these books as a wi

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Season 2


How Wil Anderson overcomes regret

For our final episode of Season 2 we chat to Wil Anderson, and what a way to end! Wil is extremely generous with his answers, giving us funny, frank, and thought-provoking responses.  We talked about: How he measures ‘success’ and manages his imposter syndrome.  Losing 80% of his income from stand-up during Covid. Supporting the next generation of comics.   Some of the books covered in this episode of TBTCML are: How I Escaped My Certain Fate by Stewart Lee The Princess Bride by William Goldman Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman Ciao Bella! by Kate Langbroek Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari   You can hear more from Wil via his podcast, Wilosophy (we highly recommend the episode with Andy Lee!)

How Wil Anderson overcomes regret

For our final episode of Season 2 we chat to Wil Anderson, and what a way to end! Wil is extremely generous with his answers, giving us funny, frank, and thought-provoking responses.  We talked about: How he measures ‘success’ and manages his imposter syndrome.  Losing 80% of his income from stand-up during Covid. Supporting the next generation of comics.   Some of the books covered in this episode of TBTCML are: How I Escaped My Certain Fate by Stewart Lee The Princess Bride by William Goldman Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman Ciao Bella! by Kate Langbroek Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari   You can hear more from Wil via his podcast, Wilosophy (we highly recommend the episode with Andy Lee!)

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EP08 - S2

10 Jan 22

Meg Mason on the monumental success of Sorrow & Bliss

Meg Mason is one of the most talked-about authors in the literary world right now with the release of her book Sorrow & Bliss.     In this chat, we talk about the shame she was made to feel for having children quite young, her daughters witnessing the failures that proceeded Sorrow & Bliss, and how at the age of 43, she has reached the pinnacle of success in her teenage daughters’ eyes – Harry Styles' girlfriend Olivia Wilde reading her book on a superyacht!   Meg is a New Zealander, who lived for a long time in the UK and currently resides in Australia. Her accent is HEAVEN, as is she! We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!   Some of the books covered in this episode of TBTCML are: Sorrow & Bliss by Meg Mason Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë Less by Andrew Sean Greer Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill Fox 8 by George Saunders These Precious Days by Ann Patchett   Sorrow & Bliss by Meg Mason is published by HarperCollins and is available in all good bookstores now!

Meg Mason on the monumental success of Sorrow & Bliss

Meg Mason is one of the most talked-about authors in the literary world right now with the release of her book Sorrow & Bliss.     In this chat, we talk about the shame she was made to feel for having children quite young, her daughters witnessing the failures that proceeded Sorrow & Bliss, and how at the age of 43, she has reached the pinnacle of success in her teenage daughters’ eyes – Harry Styles' girlfriend Olivia Wilde reading her book on a superyacht!   Meg is a New Zealander, who lived for a long time in the UK and currently resides in Australia. Her accent is HEAVEN, as is she! We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!   Some of the books covered in this episode of TBTCML are: Sorrow & Bliss by Meg Mason Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë Less by Andrew Sean Greer Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill Fox 8 by George Saunders These Precious Days by Ann Patchett   Sorrow & Bliss by Meg Mason is published by HarperCollins and is available in all good bookstores now!

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EP07 - S2

3 Jan 22

Our favourite chat with Jamila Rizvi!

We catch-up with the inimitable Jamila Rizvi and talk about the darkest days and greatest lessons from her battle with a brain tumour, and what it’s like being a woman of colour, but also passing as white. This is one of our favourite chats with Jam to date, we hope you enjoy it too!    Some of the books covered in this episode of TBTCML are: 45 & 47 Stella Street and Everything That Happened by Elizabeth Honey Not Just Lucky by Jamila Rizvi The Rosie Project Series by Graeme Simsion  Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid  Wednesdays with Bob by Bob Hawke and Derek Rielly Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini   You can hear more from Jamila on The Weekend Briefing podcast, follow her at @jamilarizvi on Instagram, and get your hands on one of the incredible books she has written available at all good book stores! 

Our favourite chat with Jamila Rizvi!

We catch-up with the inimitable Jamila Rizvi and talk about the darkest days and greatest lessons from her battle with a brain tumour, and what it’s like being a woman of colour, but also passing as white. This is one of our favourite chats with Jam to date, we hope you enjoy it too!    Some of the books covered in this episode of TBTCML are: 45 & 47 Stella Street and Everything That Happened by Elizabeth Honey Not Just Lucky by Jamila Rizvi The Rosie Project Series by Graeme Simsion  Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid  Wednesdays with Bob by Bob Hawke and Derek Rielly Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini   You can hear more from Jamila on The Weekend Briefing podcast, follow her at @jamilarizvi on Instagram, and get your hands on one of the incredible books she has written available at all good book stores! 

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EP06 - S2

27 Dec 21

Shayna Jack just keeps swimming

Shayna Jack is a professional swimmer who has experienced a nightmare ordeal after returning a positive test to a banned substance in 2019 and has spent the past few years successfully clearing her name. We have been fascinated with Shayna for some time and we are so grateful to have her share her heartbreaking yet motivating story with us.   In this chat we talk about: Finding a passion and career outside of swimming, in Criminology. How it felt receiving ‘that call’ and how ostracized she felt from her swimming team as she fought to clear her name. Who she is continuing to fight for – the people who go through the process after her, who might not make it through.   Some of the books covered in this episode of TBTCML are: Zero Negativity by Ant Middleton Beneath The Surface by Libby Trickett Unsolved by James Patterson   You can watch the full Australian Story on Shayna called “Fish Out of Water” on ABC iView - https://www.abc.net.au/austory/fish-out-of-water/13215902   ** Content Warning - we do discuss issues around mental illness and suicide, which may be triggering for some listeners **

Shayna Jack just keeps swimming

Shayna Jack is a professional swimmer who has experienced a nightmare ordeal after returning a positive test to a banned substance in 2019 and has spent the past few years successfully clearing her name. We have been fascinated with Shayna for some time and we are so grateful to have her share her heartbreaking yet motivating story with us.   In this chat we talk about: Finding a passion and career outside of swimming, in Criminology. How it felt receiving ‘that call’ and how ostracized she felt from her swimming team as she fought to clear her name. Who she is continuing to fight for – the people who go through the process after her, who might not make it through.   Some of the books covered in this episode of TBTCML are: Zero Negativity by Ant Middleton Beneath The Surface by Libby Trickett Unsolved by James Patterson   You can watch the full Australian Story on Shayna called “Fish Out of Water” on ABC iView - https://www.abc.net.au/austory/fish-out-of-water/13215902   ** Content Warning - we do discuss issues around mental illness and suicide, which may be triggering for some listeners **

56:16

EP05 - S2

20 Dec 21

Bonus preview: Another great podcast for book lovers!

The team at Booktopia has a great podcast about all thing’s books! It’s called ‘Tell Me What To Read’ and here is a quick preview! If you like what you hear, search ‘Tell Me What To Read’ wherever you get your podcasts.

Bonus preview: Another great podcast for book lovers!

The team at Booktopia has a great podcast about all thing’s books! It’s called ‘Tell Me What To Read’ and here is a quick preview! If you like what you hear, search ‘Tell Me What To Read’ wherever you get your podcasts.

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EP05 - S2

17 Dec 21

Justine Cullen on knowing when to stay and when to leave

Justine Cullen is a powerhouse in Australian media, as well as a wife and mother to 4 children. In this conversation Justine talks candidly about: The advice that helped her to see that her career and values were no longer aligned. What she has learnt about her career, motherhood, and love. How she knew she was in the wrong marriage, and the tiny signs that tell her she’s now in the right one.   Some of the books covered in this episode of TBTCML are: Semi-Gloss by Justine Cullen Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Return to Love by Marianne Williamson  Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed Wild by Cheryl Strayed Love! by Zoe Foster-Blake   Semi-Gloss by Justine Cullen is published by Allen & Unwin and is available in all good bookstores!

Justine Cullen on knowing when to stay and when to leave

Justine Cullen is a powerhouse in Australian media, as well as a wife and mother to 4 children. In this conversation Justine talks candidly about: The advice that helped her to see that her career and values were no longer aligned. What she has learnt about her career, motherhood, and love. How she knew she was in the wrong marriage, and the tiny signs that tell her she’s now in the right one.   Some of the books covered in this episode of TBTCML are: Semi-Gloss by Justine Cullen Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Return to Love by Marianne Williamson  Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed Wild by Cheryl Strayed Love! by Zoe Foster-Blake   Semi-Gloss by Justine Cullen is published by Allen & Unwin and is available in all good bookstores!

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EP04 - S2

13 Dec 21

Liane Moriarty on writing best sellers and meeting Nicole Kidman for coffee

Liane Moriarty is one of the most prolific writers to ever come out of Australia, best known for her top-selling titles Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers.   In this episode we talk about: The outrageous price paid for her first book deal, and the unlikely buyer! What it was like experiencing meteoric success on a global scale. The comedy of errors she made when meeting Nicole Kidman for coffee!   Some of the books covered in this episode of TBTCML are: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers Liz Byrski books   Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriartyis published by Pan Macmillan and is available now!

Liane Moriarty on writing best sellers and meeting Nicole Kidman for coffee

Liane Moriarty is one of the most prolific writers to ever come out of Australia, best known for her top-selling titles Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers.   In this episode we talk about: The outrageous price paid for her first book deal, and the unlikely buyer! What it was like experiencing meteoric success on a global scale. The comedy of errors she made when meeting Nicole Kidman for coffee!   Some of the books covered in this episode of TBTCML are: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers Liz Byrski books   Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriartyis published by Pan Macmillan and is available now!

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EP03 - S2

6 Dec 21

Our first interview with Producer Annabelle Lee!

For fans of our Shameless podcast, you will know Annabelle Lee as our beloved producer, book clubber, and friend!  This is the first time we have interviewed Annabelle, and in this chat, we went everywhere: From what it’s like growing up with a parent battling a significant mental illness, to being the only Asian-Australian in your friendship group, and recovering from heartbreak in your mid-20’s. We ADORED this chat. If you’d like to follow Annabelle on Instagram you can: @annabe11e1ee   Some of the books covered in this episode of TBTCML are: The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton 28 by Brandon Jack

Our first interview with Producer Annabelle Lee!

For fans of our Shameless podcast, you will know Annabelle Lee as our beloved producer, book clubber, and friend!  This is the first time we have interviewed Annabelle, and in this chat, we went everywhere: From what it’s like growing up with a parent battling a significant mental illness, to being the only Asian-Australian in your friendship group, and recovering from heartbreak in your mid-20’s. We ADORED this chat. If you’d like to follow Annabelle on Instagram you can: @annabe11e1ee   Some of the books covered in this episode of TBTCML are: The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton 28 by Brandon Jack

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EP02 - S2

29 Nov 21


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