The following words and their definitions come up in today’s episode, as well as the context in which they’re used in the books they appear. There is also a brief description of each book.

The last part of the podcast includes some writing advice or insights into the craft of writing.

Words Featured in Today’s Episode

Alacrity – brisk and cheerful readiness.

Avuncular – kind and friendly towards a younger or less experienced person.

Matelot – the informal word for a sailor.

Redolent – strongly reminiscent or suggestive of. In a literary sense, it can also mean strongly smelling of (something).

Obverse – the side of a coin or medal bearing the head or principal design. The opposite or counterpart of a fact or truth.

Ecumenical – representing a number of different Christian churches.

Peripatetic – travelling from place to place, in particular working or based in various places for relatively short periods; and when talking about a teacher, working in one or more than one school or college.

Arcana – secrets or mysteries.

At 13:30mins you can find some writing advice from Pilar today, inspired by something she observed in one of these three books:

Featured Books in Today’s Episode:

, by Helen Dunmore
Hotel Alpha, by Mark Watson
Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole, by Allan Roper