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The Guardian Books podcast

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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

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

Location:

London, United Kingdom

Networks:

The Guardian

Description:

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

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

Innermost: episode 1 of a new series

6/25/2020
The Guardian has launched a new series called Innermost that we think you will like. Each week, callers will tell Leah Green what’s going on behind closed doors. In the first episode, we hear how an uncle’s funeral and meals with an emotionally distant brother help James and Jess think about their families in new and unexpected ways. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to hear the rest of the series. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Duration:00:16:34

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

4/21/2020
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

Duration:00:43:35

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

4/14/2020
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

Duration:00:38:13

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

4/7/2020
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

Duration:00:32:31

Hunting down the 42 paintings of Pieter Bruegel - books podcast

3/31/2020
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

Duration:00:37:08

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

3/24/2020
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

Duration:00:38:56

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

3/17/2020
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

Duration:00:38:13

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

3/10/2020
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

Duration:00:32:37

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

3/3/2020
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

Duration:00:36:24

The surprising history of astrology – books podcast

2/25/2020
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

Duration:00:30:07

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

2/18/2020
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

Duration:00:32:02

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

2/11/2020
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

Duration:00:34:34

Adam Rutherford on how to tackle racist pseudoscience - books podcast

2/4/2020
The geneticist explains why science offers no support for prejudice. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Duration:00:32:03

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

1/28/2020
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

Duration:00:38:36

Jeanine Cummins on her explosive new novel, American Dirt

1/22/2020
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

Duration:00:39:47

Samantha Harvey on her year without sleep – books podcast

1/14/2020
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

Duration:00:39:01

Eoin Colfer on returning to Artemis Fowl – books podcast

1/7/2020
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

Duration:00:33:34

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

12/24/2019
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

Duration:00:37:52

Ben Lerner and Meena Kandasamy on autofiction – books podcast

12/17/2019
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

Duration:00:37:01

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

12/10/2019
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

Duration:00:41:04