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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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Loved it!

I accidentally came upon this podcast and absolutely loved it. The characters were lovely especially bumbling hesitant James. It was funny in parts and heart warming in others. I highly recommend it!

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  • erica hemminger
  • 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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  • Chaz Mena
  • 28-09-21

LOVED & Needed This!

So necessary to have a witty mix of accessible, funny people that you once met on a pre-plague street!

Ah, for the good ole days...

After 16 months of intermittent quarantine, keeping your distance, arm's length socialization - at best - we should all have a listen. It'll cheer you up, promise.

The story is unpretentious, clever, unpredictable, alive. Dialogue is engaging. Life-affirming. I'm hooked!

Thank you, audible and Ms. Moore!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Marcie VanDuyne
  • 14-12-21

So cute, fun and funny

What an enjoyable read. You won’t be sorry no matter your age. Mature language at times. No biggie

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  • Scott brand
  • 15-10-21

I think the author was trying way too hard.

it's not that my ears are so puritanical that I can't stand to hear a couple of f-bombs but the lack of vocabulary creativity was a turn off

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  • WiseOldOwl
  • 04-10-21

I was worn out halfway through the first episode!

too much too fast too many ums and ahs too crazy. the music interludes were annoying! all I could see was them all in the recording room doing sound effects! guess I am not a podcast person!

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  • Paige
  • 28-09-21

Bookstores and their peeps

I loved all the characters and the narrator‘s of this story. The narrators did a fantastic job of bring the characters to life! A story about a fun group of people and a great friendship.

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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!

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  • Polly Creed
  • 22-09-21

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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  • Neil M.
  • 18-09-21

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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  • Lilian
  • 03-10-21

A pow wow knockout series

This will have you laughing and crying and all in the same five minutes. Jess Moore has ingeniously given us a delicous feast of beautifully complex real human beings as characters. We don't know what they are going to say or do next and this is so refreshing as a lisenter. She has created a story with twists and turns that have you on the edge of your seat..what will they say next? What will they do next? So real so human so complex so heart warming. I raced through it ...couldn't get enough and was bereft when I reached the end. I want more! And on TV too! I want to see these delicious characters on screen and i want to spend more time with them. Bring on the tv series! Utter brilliance!

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  • Susan V.
  • 28-03-22

An Enjoyable Listen and funny

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's not something I would normally listen to but so glad I did as it made me laugh out loud at times. It's in the audible catalogue and free to listen to and if you don't like it all you've wasted is a bit of time

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  • Hannah Mae Aldeza
  • 04-01-22

Good story, excellent performance

I was just looking for something to listen to before going to bed and glad I found this. I didn’t want to stop listening when I started. The episodes are not too long and won’t make people bored. The story is unpredictable. Actors’ performances were so good. Highly recommended, especially if you’re into women empowerment and feminism.

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  • lou
  • 09-12-21

a breathe of fresh air

A very enjoyable listen. Not the story that you expect but one that moves between the
characters . brilliant

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  • 18-11-21

Great

Really enjoyed this and wasn't expecting too, giggled throughout and felt good. Y the end!!

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  • Julia Brockley
  • 14-10-21

Fantastic

Such a lovely gripping story that made me laugh and cry. Fantastic! I highly recommend.

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  • annelie greene
  • 08-10-21

Brilliant

I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish. It was witty, sad and performed wonderfully,

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  • Sophie
  • 06-10-21

Easy to listen to pod about friendships+dating

More a drama than a podcast, this is OK: easy to listen to and perhaps good for those who enjoy chick-lit. It follows a group of women and some men, their friendships with each other and their relationships... or more like their thoughts on relationships and dating. Quite liked one of the male characters, Sami.

One of the themes is feminism. A couple of unexpected things happen near the end.

Good voice actors.