Are you the kind of person who will spontaneously start chatting to the person next to you on the train? Or are you more comfortable reading about personality clashes and matches made in heaven in the safety of a book page? Jess, Nic and Lottie ask themselves these very questions, and dig up some of their more extraordinary and thought-provoking ‘odd encounter’ reads. We also talk to the prize-winning author Julian Sayarer about his experiences hitchhiking through the US, and about the fantastic book that came out of it.

Hosted by Jessica Johannesson Gaitán.  Music: ‘The Word Keeper’ by The Bookshop Band.

Now take a look at our ‘Is this seat taken?’ reading list

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Photo credit: ‘Stranger’ by Brian Lin, by Creative Commons License