The Guardian Books podcast

The Guardian Books podcast

By The Guardian

The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books, presented by Claire Armitstead, Richard Lea and Sian Cain. In-depth interviews with authors from all over the world, discussions and investigations make this the perfect companion for readers and writers alike

Episodes

Weekend: episode two of a new podcast

Ease into the weekend with our brand new podcast, showcasing some of the best Guardian and Observer writing from the week, read by talented narrators. In this episode, Marina Hyde looks at the new additions to Downing Street (2m00s), Hadley Freeman interviews Hollywood actor Will Arnett (9m56s), Sirin Kale tries her hand at quiz show Mastermind (26m32s), and David Robson examines why we’re so stressed about stress (41m08s). If you like what you hear, subscribe to Weekend on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
01/04/22·49m 39s

Weekend: episode one of a new podcast

Ease into the weekend with our brand new podcast, showcasing some of the best Guardian and Observer writing from the week, read by talented narrators. In our first episode, Marina Hyde reflects on another less than stellar week for Boris Johnson (1m38s), Edward Helmore charts the rise of Joe Rogan (9m46s), Laura Snapes goes deep with singer George Ezra (18m30s), and Alex Moshakis asks, “Are you a jerk at work?” (34m40s). If you like what you hear, subscribe to Weekend on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
05/02/22·48m 45s

Comfort Eating with Grace Dent: episode one of a new podcast

Have you ever wondered what famous people actually eat? In our new podcast, Guardian restaurant critic Grace Dent does just that, asking well-known guests to lift the lid on the food they turn to when they’re at home alone – and what comfort foods have seen them through their lives. In the first episode, screenwriter Russell T Davies tells Grace about his childhood in Swansea, the delights of Woolworth’s pork and egg pies, and how his husband’s death informed his latest TV series, It’s a Sin. Future guests will include Nish Kumar, Rafe Spall and Aisling Bea. Episodes willl be released every Tuesday – search for it wherever you get your podcasts. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
01/07/21·39m 46s

'Our climate crisis is a choice': Christiana Figueres on why we can change the future - books podcast

On our final episode, the diplomat who spearheaded the Paris Agreement discusses why we should feel optimisitic about our ability to tackle the climate crisis. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
21/04/20·42m 59s

Why David Attenborough is famous but 'he isn't a celebrity' – books podcast

We speak to Horrible Histories consultant and podcaster Greg Jenner about the history of celebrity and share what listeners are reading. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
14/04/20·37m 17s

From diseases to memes, how do things spread? - books podcast

Mathematician Adam Kucharski talks about how the concept of ‘contagion’ is rooted in our social lives and we share your reading tips for lockdown. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
07/04/20·32m 31s

Hunting down the 42 paintings of Pieter Bruegel - books podcast

On this week’s show we talk to Toby Ferris about his pursuit of the Dutch master and look at how the literary world is dealing with the pandemic. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
31/03/20·36m 38s

Glenn Patterson and what to read while self-isolating – books podcast

On this week’s show we talk to the Northern Irish writer about his new novel and discuss how headlines can impact our appetite for certain books. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
24/03/20·37m 48s

Who was St Paul? With Christos Tsiolkas and Tom Holland – books podcast

On this week’s podcast, we talk to Tsiolkas about his novel on the life of St Paul and the historian Holland explains what we know about the man. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
17/03/20·37m 40s

'What if Gandalf joined The Sweeney?': Ben Aaronovitch on Rivers of London – books podcast

On this week’s show, the bestselling fantasy author talks about how he came to invent a magical branch of the Met, and we discuss Hilary Mantel’s new novel The Mirror & The Light. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
10/03/20·32m 37s

Inside the Brontës' fantasy world, and a Booker controversy – books podcast

On this week’s show, we talk to graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg about her comic Glass Town and the 2020 longlist for the International Booker prize. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
03/03/20·36m 24s

The surprising history of astrology – books podcast

Alexander Boxer talks about his book A Scheme of Heaven and we discuss why Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers tried to remove a juror for her reading history. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
25/02/20·30m 7s

Maaza Mengiste on the Ethiopian women who fought Italy – books podcast

The novelist explains how she discovered her family was woven into history, plus the new wave of Ethiopian literature in English. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
18/02/20·32m 2s

Sophie Hannah on the recipe for a perfect crime novel – books podcast

The crime writer joins us to discuss the mechanics of mystery novels, plus Margaret Atwood at the Hay festival in Cartagena. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
11/02/20·34m 35s

Adam Rutherford on how to tackle racist pseudoscience - books podcast

The geneticist explains why science offers no support for prejudice. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
04/02/20·32m 3s

Jonathan Coe and Sara Collins on their Costa-winning novels – books podcast

We welcome not one but two Costa winners, as the victors in the novel and the debut fiction categories join us in the studio. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
28/01/20·38m 36s

Jeanine Cummins on her explosive new novel, American Dirt

The novelist explains her sudden decision to write her controversial thriller, and we hail TS Eliot prize winner Roger Robinson. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
22/01/20·39m 47s

Samantha Harvey on her year without sleep – books podcast

On this week’s show, the novelist explains how she came to write about her insomnia and we consider why indie bookshops are booming in the UK and Ireland. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
14/01/20·37m 32s

Eoin Colfer on returning to Artemis Fowl – books podcast

This week, the creator of the biggest child villain in literature talks about comedy writing and seeing his creation adapted by Disney. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
07/01/20·32m 9s

Our favourite books of 2019, and the most exciting books of 2020 – books podcast

Priya Basil talks about the dynamics of the dinner table and her book Be My Guest, and we chat about the best books of the year. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
24/12/19·36m 50s

Ben Lerner and Meena Kandasamy on autofiction – books podcast

Ben Lerner and Meena Kandasamy talk about drawing on their most embarrassing and vulnerable moments to write fiction. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
17/12/19·37m 1s

Escaping Westboro Baptist Church: Megan Phelps-Roper's journey – books podcast

A former member recalls growing up in ‘America’s most hated family’ and Claire McGlasson explains why we’re fascinated by cults. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
10/12/19·40m 16s

When imagining our future, what can sci-fi teach us? – books podcast

On this week’s show, we talk to Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the two authors who published as James SA Corey and the space opera The Expanse. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
03/12/19·38m 38s

Elizabeth Strout on the return of Olive Kitteridge – books podcast

On this week’s show, the Pulitzer prize winning novelist talks about the return of her wonderfully difficult character in Olive, Again. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
26/11/19·26m 59s

How true does travel writing need to be? With Rory MacLean and Luke Harding – books podcast

Rory MacLean and Luke Harding talk about the challenges of writing about Russia, the subjectivity of experience and getting high on ‘Putin’s Pecker’. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
19/11/19·41m 11s

'The past is amongst us. Taking notes': nature writing with Kathleen Jamie and Laurie Lee – books podcast

On this week’s show, Jamie talks about her new essay collection Surfacing and we hear a rare recording of the Cider with Rosie author. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
12/11/19·29m 34s

'Mexico's drug problem is America's': crime legend Don Winslow – books podcast

On this week’s show, the US novelist talks about Donald Trump’s border policy and the personal toll of researching those left behind by the cartels. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
05/11/19·34m 42s

One language dies every two weeks. How can poetry help? – books podcast

On this week’s show, we talk about endangered languages with Belarusian poet Valzhyna Mort, Maori poet Vaughan Rapatahana and publisher Clive Boutle. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
29/10/19·38m 32s

The history of the book, from Gilgamesh to now – books podcast

On this week’s show, we talk about books as physical objects and look at the history of Gilgamesh through centuries of translation. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
22/10/19·38m 7s

The legacy of the Windrush scandal, plus the 2019 Booker prize winners - books podcast

We discuss the shock decision to split the 2019 prize, and look at two books about the UK’s Windrush generation. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
15/10/19·43m 52s

'I want world domination!' Lucy Ellmann on her Booker behemoth Ducks, Newburyport – books podcast

On this week’s show, the British-American author talks about her 1,000-page stream-of-consciousness and we chat about ‘difficult books’. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
08/10/19·35m 19s

Ann Patchett on her latest novel and facing down Amazon – books podcast

On this week’s show, the US novelist talks about The Dutch House and we discuss your additions to our top 100 books of the 21st century list. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
01/10/19·35m 5s

Is freedom of speech a 'toxic myth'? Plus the top 100 books since 2000 – books podcast

Journalist Nesrine Malik talks about her book We Need New Stories and we discuss the Guardian’s top 100 books of the 21st century. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
24/09/19·38m 22s

From Blair to Cameron: what makes a good political memoir? – books podcast

On this week’s show, we look at the history of political memoirs, and speak to fantasy author Brian Catling and Weil sibling biographer Karen Olsson. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
17/09/19·35m 53s

'I felt a huge grief': the challenges of writing about trauma – books podcast

On this week’s show, we talk to Laura Cumming and Rhik Samadder about their memoirs, take a look at the Booker shortlist and give a verdict on Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
10/09/19·48m 42s

Salman Rushdie on retelling Don Quixote in Quichotte – books podcast

In this week’s show, Rushdie talks about his Booker-nominated novel and we discuss the best literary road trips. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
03/09/19·41m 28s

Elif Shafak on Turkey's treatment of novelists – books podcast

The Turkish author talks about 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, her new, Booker prize-longlisted novel. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
27/08/19·46m 38s

Does 'the English canon' still shape what we read? – books podcast

Writers including Penelope Lively, Caryl Philips, Howard Jacobson and Yomi Sode explore how this idea has changed over time. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
20/08/19·32m 10s

My friend, the fake German heiress: a true crime special – books podcast

Rachel DeLoache Williams recalls her time with hoaxer Anna Sorokin in My Friend Anna and we rank the best true crime books. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
13/08/19·32m 41s

How we can learn to stop worrying and love language – books podcast

David Shariatmadari reveals how English is evolving – or in Jacob Rees-Mogg’s case, refusing to – and Cecelia Watson shares her passion for the semicolon. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
06/08/19·35m 54s

Lisa Taddeo on sex and desire in Three Women – books podcast

This week, Taddeo discusses her bestseller about the intimate lives of women, and we take a look at the 2019 Booker prize longlist. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
30/07/19·40m 17s

Ocean Vuong and the new Great American Novel - books podcast

On this week’s show, we speak to the poet about his debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous and discuss the evolution of the Great American Novel. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
23/07/19·38m 13s

Iris Murdoch at 100 and Howard Jacobson on humour and shame – books podcast

On this week’s show, we talk to Jacobson about his new novel, and discuss the compelling career of Murdoch. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
16/07/19·38m 24s

Intolerance is rising in Europe, but can writers find hope? – books podcast

Johny Pitts and Roger Robinson talk about Windrush, the rise of rightwing populism – and why they both feel still hope. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
09/07/19·33m 16s

Tracy K Smith on the place of poetry in modern America – books podcast

The outgoing US poet laureate talks about her career, and we chat about the work of Alice Oswald, the new Oxford professor of poetry. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
02/07/19·26m 45s

Bernardine Evaristo and Lene Wold – books podcast

This podcast contains descriptions of violence which some may find distressing. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
25/06/19·45m 4s

What is it like being a refugee? with Pajtim Statovci and Dina Nayeri – books podcast

For Refugee Week, two writers discuss their experiences as asylum seekers and the challenges facing refugees around the world. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
18/06/19·31m 42s

Women's prize winner Tayari Jones and Sandra Newman – books podcast

On this week’s show, we meet the author of An American Marriage fresh from her win, and speak to Newman about her time-travelling novel The Heavens. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
11/06/19·37m 13s

Hay festival special with Pat Barker, John Lanchester, Max Porter and more – books podcast

Claire and Sian bring you some of the highlights from the annual books festival held in the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
04/06/19·47m 19s

Inside the world of trauma cleaners – books podcast

Sarah Krasnostein talks about her biography The Trauma Cleaner and we remember children’s author Judith Kerr. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
28/05/19·33m 39s

The life of Alexander von Humboldt, plus foraging for food – books podcast

On this week’s show, Andrea Wulf shares her new graphic novel biography of Alexander von Humboldt and professional forager John Wright takes us on a hunt for wild food in London. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
21/05/19·41m 34s

'You can't sustain a career on shocking people': is Bret Easton Ellis genuine? – books podcast

The American Psycho author talks about the reactions to his first book in 10 years, and we discuss the UK’s new poet laureate, Simon Armitage. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
14/05/19·49m 47s

Heida: the Icelandic model who became a shepherd – books podcast

On this week’s show, we speak to Heida Ásgeirsdóttir about her life as a farmer, and to Irish writer Sinéad Gleeson about her collection Constellations. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
07/05/19·36m 31s

Joe Dunthorne and Sarah Crossan on poetry and fiction – books podcast

On this week’s show, Crossan talks about using poetry in her novel-in-verse Toffee and Dunthorne shares why he writes poetry to escape novels. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
30/04/19·39m 5s

Are we too reverent with William Shakespeare? – books podcast

On this week’s show, we sit down with Shakespeare expert Emma Smith and novelist Tash Aw talks about his latest book, We, the Survivors. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
23/04/19·42m 4s

The Man Booker international shortlist and Nicole Flattery – books podcast

On this week’s show, we discuss the 2019 shortlist for the best fiction in translation with Boyd Tonkin, and speak to Nicole Flattery about her short story collection, Show Them a Good Time. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
16/04/19·39m 46s

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Ian Maleney on soil, family and loss – books podcast

This week we hear two contrasting approaches to eternal questions of belonging, plus regional differences in literature. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
09/04/19·40m 55s

Nina Stibbe and the price of an expert bookseller – books podcast

This week we talk comedy with Nina Stibbe and turn to the serious topic of booksellers’ pay. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
02/04/19·39m 8s

Why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism? – books podcast

On this week’s show, academic Robin DiAngelo talks about her book White Fragility and Margaret Busby reflects on her new collection of black female writers, New Daughters of Africa. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
26/03/19·46m 9s

Therapy on the couch, plus the London book fair – books podcast

On this week’s show, we talk to AK Benjamin and Anthony Good about two very different takes on therapy, plus the most exciting books due in the next year. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
19/03/19·31m 32s

Finding solace in nature, with Luke Turner – books podcast

The music journalist and writer takes Claire for a wander through Epping Forest as they discuss his book Out of the Woods. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
12/03/19·35m 44s

Why have we forgotten Jack the Ripper's victims? – books podcast

Historians Hallie Rubenhold and Lindsey Fitzharris discuss their books The Five and The Butchering Art. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
05/03/19·46m 2s

Can rocks influence US elections? Lewis Dartnell on how Earth shapes who we are – books podcast

The scientist talks about his latest book Origins: How the Earth Made Us. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod
26/02/19·37m 40s

Leïla Slimani and Cat Person author Kristen Roupenian – books podcast

The two authors discuss their stories about modern love and sex, and we reflect on the legacy of novelist Andrea Levy
19/02/19·46m 27s

The most disturbing books we've ever read, with Alice Clark-Platts

On this week’s show, thriller fan Alison talks to Alice Clark-Platts about her terrifying novel The Flower Girls – and we share the books we found too unsettling to finish
12/02/19·42m 27s

Jason Reynolds and JD Salinger's posthumous return – books podcast

Jason Reynolds talks about tackling difficult subjects for children, and we discuss the ‘new’ work on the way from the Catcher in the Rye author
05/02/19·36m 0s

Rethinking masculinity with Thomas Page McBee - books podcast

When McBee stepped into the boxing ring at Madison Square Gardens to fight, he made history as the first trans man to do so – a journey he documents in his book, Amateur
30/01/19·37m 44s

Costa biography prize winner Bart van Es and Mathias Énard – books podcast

We head back to 16th-century Constantinople with Énard, explore the troubled legacy of the second world war with Van Es and look ahead to the Costa book of the year
22/01/19·44m 25s

TS Eliot poetry prize winner Hannah Sullivan and Kevin Powers – books podcast

On this week’s show, we speak to Sullivan about her winning Three Poems, and US author Kevin Powers about his novel A Shout in the Ruins
16/01/19·47m 11s

Should we stop working? And the books of 2019 – books podcast

On this week’s show, we take a look ahead at the books coming out this year, and speak to Josh Cohen about why we should all slack off a little at work
08/01/19·41m 27s

Sebastian Barry on James Joyce's Eveline – books podcast

Forty years after he first discovered it, Sebastian Barry explains why he loves James Joyce’s short story Eveline, then reads it for you, as part of our seasonal series of short stories selected by leading novelists
01/01/19·19m 10s

Zadie Smith on Giuseppe Pontiggia's Umberto Buti – books podcast

Zadie Smith shares why she loves this almost ‘anti-Italian’ story from Giuseppe Pontiggia, then reads the story, as part of our seasonal series of short stories selected by leading novelists
31/12/18·25m 50s

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Ama Ata Aidoo – books podcast

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shares why she admires the ‘old-fashioned social realism’ of the Ghanaian writer’s No Sweetness Here, then reads the story, as part of our seasonal series of short stories selected by leading novelists
26/12/18·46m 4s

Neil Gaiman on Rudyard Kipling's The Gardener – books podcast

Neil Gaiman introduces Rudyard Kipling’s The Gardener, a melancholy tale from 1925, as part of our seasonal series of short stories selected by leading novelists. Afterwards, the story is read by actor Marion Bailey
25/12/18·33m 2s

Penelope Lively on MR James' Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad – books podcast

You’ll never sleep in a twin bedroom again after hearing this classic Edwardian ghost story, selected by Penelope Lively and read by Simon Callow as part of our seasonal series of short stories selected by leading novelists
24/12/18·50m 58s

The best audiobooks to enjoy this Christmas - books podcast

From La Belle Sauvage to Lincoln in the Bardo, Claire and Sian review the most creative and compelling listening experiences and debate whether audiobooks are ‘cheating’
18/12/18·35m 12s

Our favourite books of the year, and prose poetry with Claudia Rankine – books podcast

On this week’s show, we reveal the books we loved most in 2018 and discuss the future of prose poetry with poets Rankine, Jeremy Noel-Tod and Emily Berry
11/12/18·44m 35s

Crime and passion with Sara Paretsky and André Aciman – books podcast

This week, it’s Claire’s birthday so she’s meeting with two of her favourite authors: crime author Paretsky and Call Me By Your Name writer Aciman
04/12/18·44m 20s

The art of biography, with Diarmaid MacCulloch and Ken Krimstein – books podcast

New Yorker cartoonist Krimstein discusses his pictorial life of Hannah Arendt and we head to the British Library with MacCulloch to learn about Thomas Cromwell
27/11/18·46m 53s

Myth-making with Sarah Perry and Maria Dahvana Headley – books podcast

We talk to The Essex Serpent author Perry about the spine-tingling Melmoth and take Beowulf into the 21st century with Headley’s The Mere Wife
20/11/18·48m 9s

Robin Robertson and Andrew McMillan on sex, war and truth in poetry – books podcast

On this week’s show, Robertson talks about his narrative poem The Long Take and McMillan explores adolescent rites of passage in Playtime
13/11/18·49m 25s

How does our DNA shape who we are? Robert Plomin and Ivy Pochoda – books podcast

Behavioural geneticist Plomin picks apart the idea of nature versus nurture in Blueprint, and novelist Ivy Pochoda explains her latest novel, Wonder Valley
06/11/18·1h 2m

Political writing from Terrance Hayes to the Anglo-Saxons – books podcast

As the midterm elections loom, we welcome a poet whose verse is carved from this divided moment and search for the deep roots of political writing
30/10/18·45m 52s

Feminist fairytales with Jessie Burton and Kiran Millwood Hargrave – books podcast

We travel to a faraway land, where brave writers fight deadly stereotypes and discover inspiring new ways to tell old stories
23/10/18·35m 35s

Anna Burns's Booker prize win and poet Kate Tempest – books podcast

Milkman delivers the 2018 Man Booker prize, while we listen in as a poet discusses the lyric art with her editor
17/10/18·45m 36s

What is it like being Ravenmaster at the Tower of London? – books podcast

We step back in time for a stroll around the Tower of London with Chris Skaife, who looks after the landmark’s ravens; and we sit down with philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah to discuss identity
09/10/18·1h

Around the world with Simon Reeve and Neil MacGregor – books podcast

The BBC presenter talks about the travels in his memoir Step By Step, and the celebrated curator reflects on the beliefs explored in Living With the Gods
02/10/18·59m 19s

Sarah Waters, John Boyne and the 2018 Man Booker prize shortlist – books podcast

As The Little Stranger opens in cinemas, its author considers screen adaptations. Boyne discusses his novel of desperate ambitions – and we discuss the Booker finalists
25/09/18·56m 3s

Karl Ove Knausgaard on the end of My Struggle – books podcast

As the final volume of his autobiographical novel arrives in English, the Norwegian literary sensation discusses how the books have changed his life
18/09/18·56m 35s

Kate Atkinson on her new novel, Transcription – books podcast

We sit down with the one and only Kate Atkinson, author of modern classics including Life After Life and Behind the Scenes at the Museum, to talk about her latest time-bending novel
11/09/18·34m 9s

Eugenia Cheng and Tim Radford on finding solace in science – books podcast

This week, we turn away from the crowds of catastrophist headlines and dystopian fiction and discover hope in the world of science
04/09/18·42m 55s

Daisy Johnson and Michael Hughes on Classical adaptation - books

We hear from two novelists who have taken inspiration from Greek myth. And the Guardian’s chief culture, writer Charlotte Higgins, discusses all things classical, plus what’s been going on at Edinburgh book festival
28/08/18·50m 29s

Paul Kildea on Chopin and Amy Sackville on Velázquez – books podcast

Paul Kildea explores how Frédéric Chopin wrote his Preludes and what became of them after his death, while Amy Sackville looks at power and PR through the lens of Diego Velázquez
21/08/18·39m 0s

Navigating modern life with Matt Haig and Christina Dalcher on feminist dystopias – books podcast

We explore the unhealthy nature of modern life with Haig in Notes on a Nervous Planet, while Dalcher talks about her thriller Vox
14/08/18·41m 4s

Jericho Brown on poetry, religion and race in the US – books podcast

American poet Jericho Brown talks about his latest collection The New Testament
07/08/18·34m 46s

Refugees, in their own words – books podcast

On this week’s show, we walk with a group who are using Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to tell the stories of the displaced, and speak to a publisher who wrote a novel with refugees in a Beirut camp
31/07/18·1h 6m

Michael Ondaatje and the Booker longlist – books podcast

We look at the runners and riders in this year’s Man Booker longlist, and hear from Golden Booker winner Michael Ondaatje at a Guardian Live event
24/07/18·33m 14s

Marcus du Sautoy and James Bridle – books podcast

We talk about the troubling future of tech with artist and writer James Bridle, and the idea of infinity with Marcus du Sautoy
17/07/18·40m 9s

Summer reading and Ross Raisin on how to be a great writer – books podcast

We discuss holiday reading habits and what we’ll be reading this year, and the novelist Ross Raisin explains why he has published a writing guide
10/07/18·45m 15s

The rise of autofiction, with Olivia Laing and Christina Patterson – books podcast

A trend for authors to use their real lives as a template for stories has been widely noted. Two writers who complicate this picture join us to look for the facts
03/07/18·29m 0s

Psychedelic drugs: Michael Pollan on the history, science and experience of taking them – books podcast

The famously hands-on journalist talks about his colourful history of psychedelic drugs and their potential for treating addiction, depression and PTSD
26/06/18·44m 6s

What is it like being a first-time novelist today? – books podcast

On this week’s show, we discuss the challenges – and joys – of becoming an author with Paula Cocozza and Preti Taneja
19/06/18·30m 30s
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