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A weekly podcast, presented by the Guardian's literary editor, Claire Armitstead, for author interviews, readings and discussions - plus a full recording of the monthly book club.

A weekly podcast, presented by the Guardian's literary editor, Claire Armitstead, for author interviews, readings and discussions - plus a full recording of the monthly book club.
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London, United Kingdom

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The Guardian

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A weekly podcast, presented by the Guardian's literary editor, Claire Armitstead, for author interviews, readings and discussions - plus a full recording of the monthly book club.

Language:

English

Contact:

Kings Place, 90 York Way London N1 9GU 0044 20 3353 2999


Episodes

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

8/7/2018
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American poet Jericho Brown talks about his latest collection The New Testament

Duration:00:34:46

Refugees, in their own words – books podcast

7/31/2018
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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

Duration:01:06:46

Michael Ondaatje and the Booker longlist – books podcast

7/24/2018
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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

Duration:00:33:56

Marcus du Sautoy and James Bridle – books podcast

7/17/2018
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We talk about the troubling future of tech with artist and writer James Bridle, and the idea of infinity with Marcus du Sautoy

Duration:00:40:09

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

7/10/2018
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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

Duration:00:45:54

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

7/3/2018
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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

Duration:00:29:00

Bill Nighy reads The Invisible Child by Tove Jansson – books podcast

6/28/2018
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In this special episode in collaboration with Oxfam, hear the Love Actually star read an uplifting short story originally featured in Tales from Moominvalley

Duration:00:21:36

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

6/26/2018
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The famously hands-on journalist talks about his colourful history of psychedelic drugs and their potential for treating addiction, depression and PTSD

Duration:00:45:22

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

6/19/2018
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On this week’s show, we discuss the challenges – and joys – of becoming an author with Paula Cocozza and Preti Taneja

Duration:00:30:30

Marilynne Robinson on democracy, religion and Donald Trump – books podcast

6/12/2018
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The celebrated novelist turns her eye to contemporary politics in a new essay collection, What Are We Doing Here?

Duration:00:41:38

Hay festival 2018: the Golden Booker, Akala, Tishani Doshi and more

6/1/2018
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We discover the five best Booker winners, listen in to a smart rap on racial prejudice, and find out what #metoo means in India

Duration:00:45:30

American facts and fictions: Lawrence Wright and Amy Bloom – books podcast

5/29/2018
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On this week’s show, we interview Pulitzer-winning author Wright about his history of Texas, as well as Bloom on White Houses, her novel about a lesbian romance between Eleanor Roosevelt and a journalist

Duration:00:43:44

Olga Tokarczuk's Man Booker win and David Graeber on pointless jobs - books podcast

5/23/2018
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We discuss Tokarczuk’s novel Flights after it won this year’s Man Booker International Prize, and the rise of pointless jobs

Duration:00:30:45

Madeline Miller and Toby Litt – books podcast

5/15/2018
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What can history and myth tell us about the #MeToo moment? The books podcast tackles gender politics with a wrestler and a witch

Duration:00:48:43

Exploring mazes with Henry Eliot – books podcast

5/8/2018
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This week, the books podcast dives into the labyrinth as we explore the myths and meaning of the maze

Duration:00:35:13

Aminatta Forna on Happiness, plus what are the best crime novels? – books podcast

5/1/2018
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On this week’s show, Claire and Sian discuss their favourite whodunnits, plus Aminatta Forna talks about her fourth novel, Happiness

Duration:00:41:56

The unhealthy truth about doctors - books podcast

4/24/2018
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As a new book exposes the crisis among overstressed medics, we look at the contribution of the caring profession to literature as well as life

Duration:00:38:16

Benedict Wells, plus Man Booker International prize and London book fair news – books podcast

4/17/2018
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Claire and Sian discuss the London book fair and the Man Booker International shortlist, and we chat to German author Benedict Wells about his English debut novel, The End of Loneliness

Duration:00:33:49

Lisa Halliday on her novel Asymmetry – books podcast

4/10/2018
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On this week’s show, the American novelist talks about her much-discussed debut

Duration:00:27:59

Mary Beard on women and power – books podcast

4/3/2018
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The Classics professor on the silencing of female voices throughout history, navigating social media and taking a long view of world civilisations

Duration:01:03:46