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Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to discover the methods of – and inspiration behind – some of the world’s most exciting writers. Every Saturday, Georgina Godwin hosts an in-depth discussion with the person behind the prose.

Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to discover the methods of – and inspiration behind – some of the world’s most exciting writers. Every Saturday, Georgina Godwin hosts an in-depth discussion with the person behind the prose.
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London, United Kingdom

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Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to discover the methods of – and inspiration behind – some of the world’s most exciting writers. Every Saturday, Georgina Godwin hosts an in-depth discussion with the person behind the prose.

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@monocle24

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Sulaiman Adonia

11/10/2018
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Eritrean-born writer Addonia grew up in a Sudanese refugee camp and arrived unaccompanied in the UK without a word of English. Since then he’s been published around the world in more than 20 languages; he tells Georgina Godwin about his amazing journey.

Duration:00:25:32

Kamal Ahmed

11/3/2018
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This week we examine identity through the eyes of prominent journalist Kamal Ahmed. He discusses his dual heritage – his mother is English and father was Sudanese – in his new book ‘The Life and Times of a Very British Man’.

Duration:00:29:33

André Aciman

10/27/2018
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Aciman is the author of ‘Call me by your Name’, now an award-winning film. He’s also an American memoirist, essayist, novelist and scholar of 17th-century literature – we talk about his work and life.

Duration:00:28:39

Agnes Poirier

10/20/2018
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Poirier’s latest book, ‘Left Bank: Art, Passion and the rebirth of Paris 1940-1950’, covers everything from German occupation during the Second World War, through liberation to the birth of existentialism and the Fourth Republic.

Duration:00:25:09

Gail Jones

10/13/2018
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Jones, one of Australia’s most celebrated authors, has been winning almost every prize going recently – not least making the longlist for the Man Booker and the Orange prize. She tells us about her journey through fiction.

Duration:00:28:31

Michael Quetting

10/6/2018
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Quetting talks to us about an extraordinary project – and the resulting book ‘Papa Goose’. It’s a work that charts the moving and often hilarious story of bringing up seven goslings from egg to independence over the course of a year.

Duration:00:24:53

Robert Ferguson

9/29/2018
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A former postman, factory worker and cook, Ferguson had many lives. Then he took a course in Scandinavian studies, moved to Norway and his literary career began. We talk to him about what it means to be Scandinavian.

Duration:00:24:15

Lauren Groff

9/22/2018
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In 2015, then-president Barack Obama named Groff’s ‘Fates and Furies’ his book of the year. She was named by Granta as one of the best young American writers of her generation and has a new collection of short stories out. We talk about her journey so far.

Duration:00:23:14

Peter Stamm

9/15/2018
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As we spend the week broadcasting from our Zürich bureau, we talk to Swiss author Peter Stamm, one of the country’s bestselling authors.

Duration:00:24:21

Franny Moyle

9/8/2018
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A passionate cultural historian, Moyle started her career as the BBC’s first dedicated commissioner for arts and culture before moving onto writing some of the most riveting biographies of recent years.

Duration:00:24:57

SJ Naudé

9/1/2018
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We head to the Edinburgh International Book festival to meet SJ Naudé. The South African former lawyer talks about his novel ‘The Third Reel’, which explores the Cold War and anti-apartheid movement.

Duration:00:25:35

Nik Gowing

8/25/2018
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After 18 successful years as a foreign-affairs specialist at ITN, Nik Gowing went on to be the longest-serving anchor on BBC World News. He talks to us about his career and his new book ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’.

Duration:00:29:15

Louisa Young

8/18/2018
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An award-winning author and singer-songwriter, Young talks about her life and her latest book ‘You Left Early’. It charts her all-consuming relationship with composer Robert Lockhart and his all-consuming relationship with alcohol.

Duration:00:29:36

Anuradha Roy

8/11/2018
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One of India’s greatest living novelists, Anuradha Roy has been longlisted for the Man Booker prize for her writing. In this interview, she discusses her work, and inequality and nationalism in India.

Duration:00:28:54

Joanna Coles

8/4/2018
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Joanna Coles is the former editor of ‘Cosmopolitan’ and was the inspiration behind television shows ‘Running in Heels’ and ‘The BoldType’. We discuss her meteoric career rise and new book, ‘Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World’.

Duration:00:29:23

Panashe Chigumadzi and Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

7/28/2018
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As Zimbabwe holds elections we look at its history through the eyes of Panashe Chigumadzi, a Zimbabwean-born novelist and essayist. Plus: we talk to her publisher Ellah Wakatama Allfrey of The Indigo Press about starting a publishing house from scratch.

Duration:00:29:16

Peter Hain

7/21/2018
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With an illustrious political career, Hain has been leader of the House of Commons, Europe minister and Africa minister, among other prominent positions in UK government. Originally from South Africa, he tells us about his life as an anti-apartheid campaigner and his connection with Nelson Mandela – the subject of his new book.

Duration:00:28:51

Tim Winton

7/14/2018
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As one of Australia’s foremost writers, Winton has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. He tells us about toxic masculinity and the accidents that have shaped his life.

Duration:00:28:15

Ben Rhodes

7/7/2018
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Rhodes was a speechwriter and foreign-policy adviser to Barack Obama during the leader’s entire tenure. Here he gives us a unique insight into the everyday affairs of the Oval Office, as well as his personal friendship with the US president.

Duration:00:26:28

Sir Antony Beevor

6/30/2018
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English military historian Sir Antony Beevor is the author of four novels and 12 non-fiction books. We discuss his latest book on the Battle of Arnhem, and the war stories that countries sometimes prefer not to be told.

Duration:00:27:40