Episode 1

The highs and lows of small town life and re-discovering sport with Clare Fletcher

Clare Fletcher was born and raised in regional Queensland, Australia. Her debut novel, romantic comedy Five Bush Weddings, was published in 2022, and today we're discussing the follow-up, Love Match. Clare also co-hosts That Rom Com Pod with fellow author (and previous Better Words guest) Karina May.

Our interview begins at  00:28

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Mini book club: Straight Expectations by Calum McSwiggan

After a huge fight with his friends, Max wishes for an 'easy' life like straight kids enjoy. But he gets way more than he bargained for – waking up to find he's straight and suddenly without best friend Dean.

We loved the way this book explores male friendships and the way Max learned so much about himself in the parallel world. A fun and quick queer read.

In this interview, we chat about:

  • Writing an 'extended love letter' to the small town Clare grew up in – even when she chose to leave
  • How Love Match developed out of the characters in Clare's debut and the alchemy of writing and ideas
  • Why Clare wanted to tell part of the story through seven vintage dresses (and the real-life collection that inspired them)
  • How Clare's return to sport in her early 30s inspired the team sport storyline in Love Match and the emotions involved in seeing women's sports represented in media
  • The differences between women's and men's sporting teams
  • Clare's writing career and her journey to publication

Books and other things mentioned:

Follow @clarefletcherwriter on Instagram

Love Match is available now. Thank you to Penguin Books Australia for providing us with copies of the book in preparation for the interview.

Connect with us on Instagram: @betterwordspod

About the Podcast

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About your hosts

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Caitlin Toohey

Hi, I'm Caitlin! I've been on bookstagram since 2016, a podcaster since 2017, and worked in publishing since 2019. So books and reading are my entire life. When I'm not reading, I like listening to Taylor Swift, watching sitcoms, and going to aerial classes.
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Michelle Gately

Hi, I'm Michelle! I'm an Aussie living in the UK, working as a bookseller at Waterstones. I'm obsessed with storytelling in all its forms – I spend as much time watching TV or listening to podcasts as I do reading. Other hobbies include bouldering, hiking and generally obsessing about my pug Percy.