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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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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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Episodes

Monocle Reads: Alison Finch

9/21/2019
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Alison Finch is a prolific reader, which is handy seeing as she’s the main filtering point for all books coming into BBC Radio 4. She decides which writers will be featured and the programmes that will interview them. Finch gives us a fascinating insight into what’s behind the books output for this major British radio station.

Duration:00:19:44

Adam Nicolson

9/15/2019
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Towards the end of the 1790s, Coleridge and Wordsworth – then young, aspiring poets – lived in Somerset, dreaming of a world changed by poetry. Adam Nicolson spent a year living there so that he could fully explore the genesis of the poems that came from that place and which were to become some of the most famous in the English language. He talks to Georgina Godwin about his experience.

Duration:00:28:57

Monocle Reads: Nicholas Blincoe

9/12/2019
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This week Georgina sits down with Nicholas Blincoe. He’s written several novels and is also a critic, journalist and screenwriter. His latest book, ‘More Noble Than War: The Story of Football in Israel and Palestine’, takes a look at the history of the beautiful game in the divided region.

Duration:00:05:50

Monocle Reads: DJ Taylor

9/9/2019
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DJ Taylor is a British critic, writer and novelist. He has written award-winning biographies of George Orwell and William Thackeray, as well as being longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker prize for his novel ‘Derby Day’. His latest book, ‘Lost Girls: Love, War and Literature 1939–1951’, explores the remarkable lives of four bohemian women in Blitz-era London’s literary scene.

Duration:00:15:16

Lalage Snow

9/8/2019
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Georgina Godwin talks to Lalage Snow, a freelance war correspondent, photographer and film-maker. Her first book, ‘War Gardens: A Journey Through Conflict in Search of Calm’, is a surprising, tragic and beautiful journey through the darkest places of the modern world that reveals the ways people make time and space for themselves and for nature even in the middle of destruction.

Duration:00:25:32

Henry Porter

9/1/2019
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Henry Porter is the former UK editor of ‘Vanity Fair’ and a long-standing campaigner for civil liberties. He has written five internationally bestselling thrillers. In this episode he talks to Georgina Godwin about journalism, press freedom, activism and his most recent book ‘White Hot Silence’, a prescient story of financial skulduggery involving Russians, populists and a feisty heroine.

Duration:00:28:57

Monocle Reads: Andy Cope Zest

8/29/2019
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This week Georgina sits down with Andy Cope. Andy is a British author, keynote speaker and former academic, and is the author of ‘Zest: How to Squeeze the Max Out of Life’. The author’s message is simple: “Life is a short and precious gift. Don’t send it back unwrapped.”

Duration:00:10:18

Louise Doughty

8/25/2019
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We meet novelist, critic and broadcaster Louise Doughty. Her last book, ‘Black Water’, was one of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year and her bestseller ‘Apple Tree Yard’ has been translated into 30 languages and adapted into a television series. ‘Platform Seven’, which has a ghost as the protagonist, is her most recent book and definitely one of this summer’s must-reads.

Duration:00:29:37

Monocle Reads: William Clegg

8/22/2019
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William Clegg is a British lawyer specialising in serious crime. He’s recently released a gripping behind-the-scenes memoir called ‘Under the Wig: A Lawyer’s Stories of Murder, Guilt and Innocence’. The book revisits some of Clegg’s most intriguing trials and, in the process, touches on the secrets of his profession as well as concerns that our right to a fair trial may now be at risk.

Duration:00:17:03

Adélaïde Bon

8/18/2019
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Adélaïde Bon is a French actor and writer. Her debut book is already a bestseller in France and now ‘The Little Girl on the Ice Floe’ has just been published in English. This compelling book, a powerful and personal account of the end of innocence, is changing the conversation around sexual violence.

Duration:00:23:17

Monocle Reads: Bill Samuel

8/15/2019
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Bill Samuel’s grandfather started the iconic London bookshop Foyles more than a century ago. In his new memoir, ‘An Accidental Bookseller’, Samuel tells the story of his lifelong relationship with Foyles. It covers fond childhood memories of his eccentric and brilliant grandfather, William Foyle, and touches on his own time in charge of the famous shop.

Duration:00:16:48

Nicola Tallis

8/10/2019
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This week we join Georgina Godwin as she talks to Nicola Tallis. Starting her career in the beauty industry she was told she shouldn’t bother with university. This talented historian, curator, lecturer and author now has a Phd and has published her fourth book on prominent women in history.

Duration:00:21:49

Monocle Reads: Dan Smith

8/8/2019
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Dan Smith discovers secrets about fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in his new book, ‘Sherlock Unlocked: Little-Known Facts About the World’s Greatest Detective’, which was published this year.

Duration:00:11:24

Victoria Hislop

8/3/2019
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Join Georgina Godwin as she talks to ‘Sunday Times’ bestselling author Victoria Hislop. Her first novel, ‘The Island’, was inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony. The book became an international bestseller and a 26-part television adaptation was screened in Greece. Now firmly established as one of our best-loved authors, she returns to Greece for her gripping new novel, ‘Those Who Are Loved’, set against the backdrop of German occupation, the subsequent civil...

Duration:00:29:00

Damian Barr

7/27/2019
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On ‘Meet The Writers’ this week, join me, Georgina Godwin, as I talk to Damian Barr. His novel ‘Maggie and Me’ won ‘The Sunday Times’ Memoir of the Year and his latest novel, ‘You Will Be Safe Here’, has already received high praise. The conversation ranges from his abusive childhood, to his mentoring of other writers, how the British intervention in South Africa laid the groundwork for Apartheid and… the empathy of chickens.

Duration:00:29:50

Monocle Reads: ‘The Men Who Stare At Hens’

7/25/2019
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Simon Leyland is a city trader-turned-author whose most recent book, ‘The Men Who Stare At Hens’, explores the wonderful eccentricities of Irish history. His book covers more than 100 short biographies describing the more unusual habits of some famous Irish people.

Duration:00:07:20

Charles Cumming

7/20/2019
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Georgina Godwin talks to bestselling UK thriller writer Charles Cumming about his book ‘The Man Between’. Cumming has been described as one of the best of the new generation taking over from where John le Carré and Len Deighton left off. He’s won the Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming steel dagger award for best thriller and crime book of the year at the Bloody Scotland festival. He was even approached by MI6 to become a spy himself, an experience that inspired his career.

Duration:00:28:42

Monocle Reads: Hannah Critchlow

7/18/2019
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Georgina Godwin sits down with Hannah Critchlow, a UK scientist, writer and broadcaster, and author of ‘The Science of Fate: Why Your Future is More Predictable Than You Think’. The book explores the idea that concepts such as free will and destiny don’t exist. It also explains how anxieties and phobias are hardwired in our brain and can even be passed down through generations.

Duration:00:11:26

Sue Nelson and Wally Funk

7/13/2019
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As part of the Mercury 13, Wally Funk was one of the pioneering women of space travel, frequently outperforming male astronaut candidates in tests of endurance. But just one week before the final phase of training, the programme was abruptly cancelled. Politics and prejudice meant that Wally never flew into space. Undeterred, she went on to become an accomplished pilot and the first female aviation-safety inspector in the US. Sue Nelson, an award-winning science journalist and author of...

Duration:00:24:20