58: Stay Up with Hugo Best, by Erin Somers
On episode 58, we hear from Erin Somers, the American author of the novel Stay Up with Hugo Best. From time to time on the podcast, I interview people who are not British, for their take on UK books and culture, and it was great to chat to Erin about what differentiates British humour from American humour in particular. We talked about the American institution that is the late night show, the challenge of writing humour, the ridiculous tradition of book blurbing, and more.
Books Mentioned on the Podcast:
Stay Up with Hugo Best, by Erin Somers
Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernadine Evaristo
Spring, by Ali Smith
Women Talking, by Miriam Toews
Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home, by Nina Stibbe
Man at the Helm, by Nina Stibbe
People Like Us: What it Takes to Make it in Modern Britain, by Libby Page
What Would the Spice Girls Do?, by Lauren Bravo
People Like Us, by Hashi Mohamed
Miss Austen, by Gill Hornby
Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
Get 20% off a year’s digital subscription to the writing magazine Mslexia. Just click this link and use the code BRITLIT20 at the checkout!
Get your first three audiobooks for under $5 each with the code BRITLIT on Libro.fm.
Buy Claire’s novel, Unscripted.
Support Claire on Patreon to get bonus content and personalised book recommendations.
Buy Brit Lit Podcast merch to show your love for your podcast and help support it.
Sign up to Claire’s newsletter to get updates on her writing, as well as recommendations for books and podcasts.
For daily news and views from British books and publishing, follow the Brit Lit Blog.
Questions? Comments? Need a book recommendation? Email Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brit Lit Podcast