Greg Sheridan Episode 5: The Everlasting Man

Greg explains why this particular Wodehouse is his favourite of all Wodehouse’s comic novels. It follows the adventures of Ronald Psmith (“the ‘p’ is silent, as in pshrimp”) who is always willing to help a damsel in distress. ‘Leave it to Psmith’ is, as Greg says, the moment in which Wodehouse declared himself a genius. The plot is farcical, the characters are everything you’d expect and more, the many similes will make you laugh out loud.

Greg Sheridan Episode 4: Leave it to Psmith

Greg explains why this particular Wodehouse is his favourite of all Wodehouse’s comic novels. It follows the adventures of Ronald Psmith (“the ‘p’ is silent, as in pshrimp”) who is always willing to help a damsel in distress. ‘Leave it to Psmith’ is, as Greg says, the moment in which Wodehouse declared himself a genius. The plot is farcical, the characters are everything you’d expect and more, the many similes will make you laugh out loud.

Greg Sheridan Episode 3: My Antonia

Find out why American author Willa Cather’s 1918 novel about immigrants’ experience in Nebraska, told through the memorable character of Ántonia Shimerda makes Greg’s favourite five books, even though he doesn’t like landscape writing, claims that he has no visual imagination, and normally chooses books with both rich dialogue and intellectual content.

Greg Sheridan Episode 2: The Sword of Honour Trilogy

This is a discussion of Evelyn Waugh’s masterful and epic work which follows Guy Crouchback’s experience of World War Two. Greg loves this book because it’s a celebration of Guy’s decency. Guy is not a superhero, he doesn’t have a particular high IQ, he doesn’t win the war and he doesn’t even win the girl.  But there is a theme of moral survival in the novel which comes through as it occurs to Guy during the course of the war that Stalin cannot be allowed to win.

Greg Sheridan Episode 1: The Year of Living Dangerously

Listen to Greg’s take on Christopher Koch’s 1978 novel set in Jakarta during the events leading up to the coup attempt led by the Communist Party of Indonesia in 1965. The story is a rollicking adventure, political thriller and love story wrapped into one enduring novel. The characters are memorable, and the language is so evocative that its words are now used in the daily lexicon. As Greg says ‘a novel only does that if it’s a great novel.’

Episode one and two and three of the Five Favourite Books podcast series featuring Dr Bella d’Abrera talking with Greg Sheridan are now available. 

 

You’ll need to sign up as an IPA member to gain access to all five episodes of the podcast series and be invited to an exclusive member event on 13 August where you can ask Greg your own questions about his favourite books.

 

We will also send you a free copy of the first book, The Year of Living Dangerously by Christopher Koch signed by Greg and Bella. You’ll get all this, plus the benefits of a 12 month IPA membership, for only $55.

 

The first guest for the podcast series, Greg Sheridan, is foreign editor of The Australian, one of the nation’s most influential security commentators, and prolific author. Greg’s choice of books reflects his erudition, his impressive knowledge of literature as well as his sense of humour!

 

In Episode One, Bella and Greg discuss The Year of Living Dangerously by Christopher Koch, which is a rollicking adventure, with political intrigue and a love story wrapped up in one book. You’ll receive this book for free if you sign up as a member now.

 

In Episode Two they get to grips with the weighty Sword of Honour Trilogy, based on Waugh’s own experiences as a soldier. Greg and Bella also talk about Willa Cather’s evocative and beautiful story of the Nebraska pioneers in My Ántonia in Episode Three.

 

Much hilarity ensues in the discussion of PG Wodehouse’s Leave it to Psmith, and they finish on a slightly more serious note with GK Chesterton’s 1925 classic The Everlasting Man in Episode Five.

 

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