It is officially Winter in Australia, which means only one thing: rainy, cosy days are approaching.
Finding long, entertaining podcasts and audiobooks as you go for rainy drives to the supermarket is therefore essential.
If you need some new recommendations, here are 5 brilliant podcasts and audiobooks.
Created during lockdown by documentary-master Theroux, this podcast series is of course, brilliant. Using the types of probing questions that he is famous for, Louis gets to the root of issues and perspectives from his fascinating guests.
Episode of choice: 5. Rose McGowan
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins
Having only known McGowan from Charmed and her input in the intense media coverage of the Harvey Weinstein saga, it was interesting to learn about her cult to homeless upbringing, entrance into Hollywood and her passionate, unwavering and important views on the treatment of women everywhere.
“Don’t listen to it if the idea of too much intensity makes you nervous,” says Louis about this episode. (In other words, listen to it right now).
I didn’t know much about host, British author and journalist Dolly Alderton until I discovered this delightful series. Dolly brings exciting guests to her podcast to discuss love in all its forms: first love, heartbreak, unrequited love; basically all of the relationships that have shaped her guests’ lives.
Episode of Choice: Jessie Cave
Duration: 1 hr 7 minutes
There are many other episodes in this series that I am going to try and work my way through this month… but I thought this episode was gorgeous and eloquent, as Cave discusses desperate, unrequited love in a humorous way (among other interesting topics).
As a huge lover of the curated book ‘Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies),’ this podcast is great at highlighting important female voices. Basically, it is just a chat between activist Scarlett Curtis and her guests that allows you to feel a part of the important conversations in feminism.
Episode of Choice: Keira Knightly
Duration: 49 minutes
Hollywood-British actress Keira Knightly shares her experiences of motherhood (and feeling rivalled with Kate Middleton who seemingly gave birth so casually at the same time), sexism and shame.
Duration: 9 hrs 18 minutes
This is a novel written by Dawn O’Porter. Detailing the life of women – who on the surface look like they have it all – as they come together and ultimately, find a way to live genuine lives.
In a new age of instagram influencers who appear to have it all, this book is a reminder that you are pretty lucky to just be you (and who doesn’t need that reminder every now and again).
Duration: 6 hrs 37 minutes
Lily Allen’s autobiography My Thoughts Exactly is raw and real. Her life is so colourful and full of many stories – some sad, some shameful and some hopeful. She knows her faults (claiming to be spoilt and dependant) and eloquently expresses her experiences. It has it all: sexism, abuse, miscarriages, abortions, motherhood, love, sex, affairs, stalkers, drugs and alcohol and finding a balance. It is a fascinating, honest and genuine look at a public life.
What are some of your podcast or audiobook recommendations for June?