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Lockdown literature and podcasts - the best print and audio distractions

Henrietta McKervey chooses her pick of the best print and audio distractions for those of us stranded indoors

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Whether in books or on podcasts, there is no better healthy distraction than a smart, informed stranger with something interesting to say

Whether in books or on podcasts, there is no better healthy distraction than a smart, informed stranger with something interesting to say

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's deliciously creepy vampire novella Carmilla

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's deliciously creepy vampire novella Carmilla

Sebastian Barry's Days Without End

Sebastian Barry's Days Without End

Letters of Note: Mothers

Letters of Note: Mothers

Philip Kerr's March Violets.

Philip Kerr's March Violets.

Elton John's Me.

Elton John's Me.

Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light (Fourth Estate)

Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light (Fourth Estate)

Jo Spain's 'Six Wicked Reasons'

Jo Spain's 'Six Wicked Reasons'

Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere

The Royal Irish Academy's Dictionary of Irish Biography

The Royal Irish Academy's Dictionary of Irish Biography

Stinging Fly Stories.

Stinging Fly Stories.

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Whether in books or on podcasts, there is no better healthy distraction than a smart, informed stranger with something interesting to say

In tough times there is no better healthy distraction than a smart, informed stranger with something interesting to say. With most indie and big booksellers selling online, plus downloadable audio books and the libraries' fantastic digital Borrow Box service, why not stock up, curl up, and catch up?

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Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light (Fourth Estate)

Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light (Fourth Estate)

Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light (Fourth Estate)

1 Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light (Fourth Estate) is already hailed by critics as a masterpiece. With a combined total of approximately 2,000 pages, if you haven't read Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, maybe get all three? The Mirror & the Light audio book is read by Ben Miles, who played Thomas Cromwell in the RSC production.