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33 | A Chat With Hannah Kent

33 | A Chat With Hannah Kent

Photo of Hannah Kent by Lauren Bamford

Photo of Hannah Kent by Lauren Bamford

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Episode Summary

Today on Tea & Tattle podcast, I'm joined by the bestselling author, Hannah Kent, to discuss Hannah's books Burial Rites and The Good People. Her debut novel, Burial Rites, has received international acclaim and is one of my favourite novels published within the last few years. The Good People, which was released in the UK at the start of the year, is equally gripping and also showcases Hannah's mastery in evoking a sense of place, as well as her poetic writing style. 

In my chat with Hannah, I questioned her about how her love for Icelandic culture and history began, the research process behind her books, what was most surprising in learning about Irish folklore and so much more. It was such an honour to speak with Hannah, and I hope you enjoy her compelling conversation as much as I did.

Listen to hear Hannah Kent's fascinating insights into writing her historical novels, Burial Rites and The Good People.  

Episode Breakdown

  • 00:33 - Miranda introduces Hannah Kent.
  • 01:38 - Hannah describes how she knew she wanted to be a writer from a young age and how her interest in Iceland began. 
  • 07:52 - How Burial Rites began as a literary thesis and became a bestselling novel. 
  • 12:04 - Hannah shares how she first became intrigued by the true story that was the genesis of The Good People.
  • 16:20 - Miranda questions Hannah on how the availability of primary sources influenced her writing for both books. 
  • 19:39 - Hannah reads aloud a section from The Good People
  • 24:54 - What surprised Hannah the most when researching Irish folklore.
  • 27:30 - How landscape may influence people.
  • 31:14 -  The contrast between the typical level of women's literacy in Iceland and Ireland in the 1820s.
  • 36: 35 - Hannah shares exciting news about working on a screenplay and hints at her next novel.

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Landscape is destiny.

 - Hannah Kent quoting Ron Rash

Your Thoughts

Thank you so much for listening and being a part of Tea & Tattle podcast. As always, I love to hear your thoughts, so please let me know:

What did you enjoy most about this episode? Have you read either of Hannah's books? Are you keen to try one now?

Next Time...

Next week's episode is a bit of a wild card, as I'm not yet sure if my schedule will allow me enough time to record with Sophie as usual. If I'm not chatting with Sophie, though, I've got some fabulous interviews lined up, which I can't wait to share! 

Happy Listening! 

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