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The High Low

A Bumper Back To School Special

What a time to be alive. It feels like we've all aged a decade since our last episode under 4 months ago.

Today we discuss lockdown life - what we're wearing; eating; meme-ing - and recommend a plethora of articles, books and podcasts. There will be another episode on Sat.

*Please do note that because we are recording remotely via a trilogy of new tech, there may be some occasional audio issues.*

This year 100% of profits for The High Low's merchandise ( will be going to charity - 10% to Women's Aid and 90% to the NHS Charities COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. You can donate directly here:

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David Nicholls #twitterbooklaunch on Twitter @DavidNWriter

Fatima Bhutto and Sanam Maher's Stay Home, Stay Reading initiative, via @fbhutto and @topbastard on Instagram 

Florence Welch's book club @betweentwobooks on Instagram

The Love Letters of Dylan Thomas

Join Me In My Obsession With Desert Island Discs, by Hua Hzu for The New Yorker

The Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief, by Scott Berinato

Languages of Loss, A Psychotherapist's Journey, by Sasha Bates

The Luxury of Awkwardness, by Hugo Rifkind for The Times LUXX

What Brits need to learn about being Danish, by Sofie Hagen for The Guardian

The Panic Years, by Nell Frizzell

The Hungover Games, by Sophie Heawood

Listening & Watching

Dawn O'Porter on The Adam Buxton podcast

Ian Wright's Desert Island Discs

Feel Good, by Mae Martin

Sorry You're Sick, by Ted Hawkins

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