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Today, author and columnist Manu Joseph reads for #bpbSpine, beginning with an excerpt from his new book, Miss Laila Armed And Dangerous, in stores now.    

Next, he's nervous about reciting a poem out loud - he's never done this before - but aces the reading of one from Girls Are Coming Out Of the Woods by Tishani Doshi, ending with these beautiful lines: ...whisper into the velvet air. Hello heart, you still there?

And for last he saves Jennifer Egan's Black Box, which "introduces you to the scaffolding of a short story".   

Happy listening!

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We’re always happy to hear your book recommendations, so please feel free to send us ideas + passages from your favourite books! 

Listen to some of our previous podcasts, which feature Shashi Tharoor reading PG Wodehouse and Zoya Akhtar reading Leonard Cohen, here


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