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Conversations with some our of leading authors and creative thinkers, as we seek to understand how they write and where their ideas come from. Guests bring to the interview a handful of objects that have inspired their work. #PenguinPodcast

Conversations with some our of leading authors and creative thinkers, as we seek to understand how they write and where their ideas come from. Guests bring to the interview a handful of objects that have inspired their work. #PenguinPodcast

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United States

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Conversations with some our of leading authors and creative thinkers, as we seek to understand how they write and where their ideas come from. Guests bring to the interview a handful of objects that have inspired their work. #PenguinPodcast

Language:

English


Episodes

Hafsa Zayyan with Nihal Arthanayake

1/20/2021
Hafsa Zayyan, co-winner of Stormzy’s #Merky Books New Writer’s Prize, chats to Nihal about her debut novel ‘We Are All Birds Of Uganda’. She chats to Nihal about completing the book in six months and why a sense of belonging and home is so important no matter where you live. Hafsa also brings along some of the objects which inspire her, including letters from her late Nigerian grandfather #PenguinPodcast ‘We Are All Birds Of Uganda' is available to buy as an audiobook now -...

Duration:00:27:49

Owen Jones with Nihal Arthanayake

1/6/2021
Owen Jones, Guardian columnist and Labour party activist chats to Nihal about the tumultuous rise and fall of Corbynism via his new book ‘This Land’. Owen explains why he doesn’t like writing and brings objects that help him get past that, including music from The Boxer Rebellion and his cats Kier and Rickman. #PenguinPodcast ‘This Land: The Story of a Movement’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/38pSVSy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:31:47

Best Of 2020 (Part 2) with Nihal Arthanayake

12/30/2020
In the second part of this special edition Nihal Arthanayake chooses some more clips from a selection of his favourite episodes. This includes why Nigella Lawson has to travel with tea bags, how Jonathan Coe became a warm-up act on a cruise ship, and why Andrew Hunter Murray was inspired by a dog at Slough Railway Station.#PenguinPodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:31:40

Alex Wheatle with Nihal Arthanayake

12/16/2020
Author Alex Wheatle MBE, aka the 'Brixton Bard', has just been the subject of one of Steve McQueen's 'Small Axe' films on BBC1. In this episode, he chats to Nihal about his latest YA book ‘Cane Warriors’, based on the true story of Tacky, a slave who led an uprising on the plantations of Jamaica in the 18th Century. Alex also talks to Nihal about his experiences growing up in a children’s home, how a prison cell-mate encouraged him to write and how reggae music, amongst other things,...

Duration:00:45:22

Best Of 2020 (Part 1) with Nihal Arthanayake

12/2/2020
In this special edition, Nihal Arthanayake chooses some of his favourite bits from previous episodes which include the likes of Sir Paul McCartney on doubting his own talent, a surprising music choice from Elif Shafak and how Howard Jacobson was insulted by Kylie Minogue. #PenguinPodcast WIN a year’s supply of audiobooks! To be in with a chance to win, tap the link and tell us what you think about the Penguin Podcast. https://bit.ly/PodcastSurvey2020 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and...

Duration:00:38:17

Bananarama with Nihal Arthanayake

11/18/2020
Iconic 80’s pop band Bananarama join Nihal Arthanayake to chat about their memoir ‘Really Saying Something’. They chat about the pressures of the band, how they ended up living in the Sex Pistol’s old rehearsal room and discuss objects which have inspired them creatively which include the Moomins book. #PenguinPodcast ‘Really Saying Something’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/2KcwGHs See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:33:59

Dolly Alderton with Sue Perkins

11/4/2020
Dolly Alderton, author, journalist and co-host of The High Low podcast chats to Sue Perkins about her first novel, ‘Ghosts’. Both Sue and Dolly open up about relationships and Dolly reveals the objects that have inspired her work, including a lukewarm glass of white wine and a song by George Michael. #PenguinPodcast ‘Ghosts’ is now available to buy as an audiobook: https://apple.co/325yw2J See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:34:49

Richard Dawkins with Nihal Arthanayake

10/21/2020
Richard Dawkins - British evolutionary biologist and populist science writer - chats to Nihal about his latest book ‘Outgrowing God’ He also talks about objects which have inspired him creatively which include a framed photo of Prince Phillip and the Flounder fish. ‘Outgrowing God’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/3obexsT See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:31:22

Richard Osman with Nihal Arthanayake

10/7/2020
TV presenter and co-creator of the TV quiz show ‘Pointless’, Richard Osman chats to Nihal about his debut novel ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ - a story about four friends living in a retirement village who become amateur detectives. He chats to Nihal about some objects that have inspired him which include the dating app Tinder and candles. Richard also reveals why he didn’t tell anyone he was writing a novel. #Penguinpodcast ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ is available to buy as an audiobook...

Duration:00:30:57

Ben Macintyre with Nihal Arthanayake

9/23/2020
Author and historian Ben Macintyre talks to Nihal about his new book ‘Agent Sonya’ - the story of the greatest female spy of the 20th Century. Ben chats to Nihal about how ‘Sonya’s’ gender helped her stay under deep cover for so many years. Ben’s inspirational objects include a jar of chutney given to him from M15 and the jaw-dropping story of his great uncle’s pocketbook (which literally saved his life). #PenguinPodcast ‘Agent Sonya’ is available to buy as an audiobook now -...

Duration:00:45:00

Ruth Jones with Nihal Arthanayake

9/9/2020
‘Gavin and Stacey’ co-creator and actor Ruth Jones chats to Nihal about her second novel ‘Us Three’ - a story about enduring female friendships. She talks about objects that have inspired her including a pair of pink trainers and Wales (the country). Plus why she never ever wants to return to Glastonbury #PenguinPodcast ‘Us Three’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/3i9x6u9 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:29:24

Anthony Horowitz with Nihal Arthanayake

8/26/2020
Anthony Horowitz, author of the bestselling teen Spy series, Alex Rider, talks to Nihal about his creative process, how he’d like to write a Dickens novel and bonds with Nihal over the rapper Dave. Anthony, who has sold well in excess of 20 million books and has written two James Bond and two Sherlock Holmes novels, chats about his latest novel ‘Moonflower Murders’ and chooses objects that inspire his work including magic tricks and an unusual sculpture. #Penguinpodcast 'Moonflower...

Duration:00:34:56

Kevin Kwan with Nihal Arthanayake

8/12/2020
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ author Kevin Kwan chats to Nihal about his new book ‘Sex and Vanity’ - the story of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men. Kevin discusses some objects which have inspired him and chats to Nihal about why the island of Capri is so important to him, and how he used to make best dressed lists #PenguinPodcast ‘Sex and Vanity’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/33UuhbY See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:34:18

Nick Hornby with Nihal Arthanayake

8/5/2020
Nick Hornby joins Nihal to talk about how he gets inspired, bringing along a collection of objects that help him including a jigsaw puzzle and an LP. The ‘About a Boy’ and ‘High Fidelity’ author chats to Nihal about his new novel ‘Just Like You’, why he is still full of doubt, and how the characters he creates have a personal effect on his life. #PenguinPodcast 'Just Like You' is available to buy as an audiobook on 17/09/2020 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:32:16

Lily Cole with Nihal Arthanayake

7/29/2020
Lily Cole joins Nihal to talk about her latest book ‘Who Cares Wins’ - where she interviews the likes of Elon Musk, Stella McCartney and the Extinction Rebellion co-founders about issues relating to the climate crisis. Lily, who is an actress, model and businesswoman chose a selection of objects which have inspired her work and why optimism is so important when it comes to activism. #PenguinPodcast ‘Who Cares Wins’ is available to buy as an audiobook on 30/07 -...

Duration:00:29:54

Pandora Sykes with Nihal Arthanayake

7/22/2020
Journalist and podcast host Pandora Sykes chats to Nihal about her debut book ‘How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right? - a collection of essays which question the perceived wisdom of modern life. Pandora chooses objects which inspire her and talks to Nihal about her life-long love of books, why it is so important to shop less and she reads out some of her favourite quotes from when she was a teenager. #PenguinPodcast ‘How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right?’ is available to buy as an...

Duration:00:30:23

Jenni Murray with Nihal Arthanayake

7/15/2020
Broadcaster and journalist Dame Jenni Murray talks to Nihal about her new book ‘Fat Cow, Fat Chance’ - what it’s like to be labelled fat when society dictates skinny as the norm. Jenni chooses objects that have inspired her, telling Nihal how liberated she felt by her favourite leather skirt, when she first realised she was a feminist, and why we need to look at the science behind obesity. #PenguinPodcast ‘Fat Cow, Fat Chance’ is available to buy as an audiobook now -...

Duration:00:33:30

Jackie Morris with Nihal Arthanayake

7/8/2020
Illustrator and author Jackie Morris, who has collaborated with the likes of Ted Hughes and written over 40 books, talks to Nihal about how she gets creative and the objects that inspire her such as a gold hare with a fascinating backstory. They also chat about her award-winning book 'The Lost Words' (written by Robert Macfarlane), which won The Most Beautiful Book award and in audiobook form has been narrated by Benjamin Zephaniah, Guy Garvey, Cerys Matthews and Edith Bowman with nature...

Duration:00:26:07

BONUS EPISODE – Penguin Perspectives

7/4/2020
In this special bonus episode of the Penguin Podcast we bring you Penguin Perspectives. Penguin Perspectives is a collection of essays by twenty Penguin authors, written as a direct response to the Covid-19 crisis. These authors have recorded their essays from their homes during lockdown, and these recordings are collected together here. #PenguinPodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:01:48:27

Caroline Criado Perez with Nihal Arthanayake

7/1/2020
Activist and author Caroline Criado Perez joins Nihal to talk about her book ‘Invisible Women’ - which exposes the gender data gap found in society. She chats to Nihal about the problems with PPE (one size does not fit all), how to deal with trolls, and why women need more pockets. #PenguinPodcast ‘Invisible Women’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/3iinhdI / https://adbl.co/3f0D66A See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:33:52