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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.

    This original podcast is 10 episodes in total, please begin with “Ep 1: Three Women”.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Slow start

The story started off slow but as I continued to listen I was invested in the characters. I enjoyed hearing their stories. I celebrated with them, face palmed when needed, and cried with them. t
This was a good podcast and I recommend it to anyone would enjoy a good story.

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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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Don’t want it in my library. How can I delete it?Why is this one impossible to be rid of?

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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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  • Polly Creed
  • 09-22-21

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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  • 09-18-21

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
  • 10-03-21

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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  • Julia Brockley
  • 10-14-21

Fantastic

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

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  • annelie greene
  • 10-08-21

Brilliant

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

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  • Sophie
  • 10-06-21

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.

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  • Bev Hawkes
  • 10-02-21

Great listen

Loved it! Easy listen, great characters, funny, touching and real. Treat yourself to indulgence

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  • jules
  • 09-28-21

Book lover’s

Absolutely fabulous, just keep wanting to listen to the next one
Thank you so much 😊

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  • Pat in Spain
  • 09-28-21

Friendship, love and the minefield of dating!

A really enjoyable listen. A great mix of characters. I warmed to them all. Good performances and clever writing. Highly recommend!

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  • Tara Pearce
  • 09-28-21

Absolutely fantastic

I only expected to listen to an episode or 2 to help me fall asleep. I ended up so engrossed in the story that I listened to them all in one go.
Such a lovely, funny, warm & tender story.
Now I’m hoping there will be more! Definitely worth a listen!!!