Episode 46: Ghost Talkers Discussion, plus WWI book recommendations

Today we’re discussing Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal, a WWI spy story with fantasy elements. Before we launch into our book discussion, Curtis is sharing pertinent historical background while Chelsey shares some literary history lessons. Check the show notes for spoiler timestamps and a list of book and article recommendations.

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Spoilers begin 12:43

Spoilers end 41:08

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

About the Battle of the Somme

J.R.R. Tolkien and WWI

WWI “shell shock”

WWI poetry

Regeneration (trilogy) by Pat Barker

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

Maisie Dobbs series by Jaqueline Winspear

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare


  1. Lesley in OR on January 30, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    If you haven’t read Losing Julia by Jonathan Hull, I highly recommend this WWI novel. I’ve read it twice and loved it.

    • Chelsey on February 10, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation!

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