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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

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

Samantha Harvey on The Western Wind, plus how to define science fiction – books podcast

3/27/2018
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On this week’s show, a recent Brian Aldiss binge gets us talking about science fiction and Samantha Harvey chats about her 15th-century murder mystery

Duration:00:39:04

Jim Crace on The Melody – books podcast

3/20/2018
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On this week’s show, Jim Crace talks about his latest novel and we discuss the different ways we read books, after Claire has a strange epiphany

Duration:00:48:22

Man Booker International and the Women's prize for fiction: where to start reading? – books podcast

3/13/2018
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Taking a look at the two big prizes announcing their longlists this week, we discuss which books we’re most excited to read and chat with Imogen Hermes Gowar about her novel, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Duration:00:42:13

What makes a good short story? With Chris Power – books podcast

3/6/2018
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Chris Power, the Guardian’s resident short-story expert and now debut author himself, joins us to talk about reading and writing this most exacting genre

Duration:00:42:05

Steven Pinker defends the Enlightenment – books podcast

2/27/2018
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Is the world going to rack and ruin? The psychologist Steven Pinker makes the case for progress and Enlightenment values

Duration:00:32:18

Do our memories make us who we are? – books podcast

2/20/2018
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Wendy Mitchell talks about her memoir of early onset dementia and neuroscientist Jules Montague explains how the brain shapes our sense of self

Duration:00:33:03

Why we need to rethink climate change, with Timothy Morton – books podcast

2/13/2018
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This week, we talk to philosopher Timothy Morton about his book Being Ecological and why we need to move away from anthropocentrism

Duration:00:41:10

LBGT must-reads and a new history of trans Britain – books podcast

2/6/2018
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The hard-won victories of trans people, with Christine Burns, plus the classics to read in LGBT history week

Duration:00:45:53