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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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English


Episodes

Eddie Ayres

4/21/2018
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Ayres was widely known in Australia as Emma, a celebrated radio presenter. Unhappy in his own body, he gave it all up to travel to Afghanistan and teach music in a school. However an incident there led him to return to Australia and begin his transition from female to male. He tells Georgina Godwin that story.

Duration:00:27:50

Cory Doctorow

4/14/2018
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The British-Canadian journalist and author – co-founder of ‘Boing Boing’, one of the most influential blogs in the world – talks about his vision for our digital world.

Duration:00:30:00

Aminatta Forna

4/7/2018
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Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Aminatta Forna tells us about her life in Sierra Leone and London, her memoir on the killing of her father and her four novels, including her latest, ‘Happiness’.

Duration:00:30:00

Barbie Latza Nadeau

3/24/2018
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Barbie Latza Nadeau has been a journalist in Italy for the past 20 years and has covered crime in Europe, Italian politics, the refugee crisis and women’s issues. In this interview she talks to Georgina Godwin about two major Italian stories: Amanda Knox and the current refugee sex-trafficking crisis.

Duration:00:30:00

Kamila Shamsie

3/17/2018
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This Karachi-born UK writer has penned seven novels and her latest, ‘Home Fire’, is a contemporary reworking of the Sophocles play ‘Antigone’. It’s an important read for anyone attempting to understand the world in the wake of September 11.

Duration:00:30:00

Katharine Norbury

3/10/2018
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Norbury’s travelogue and memoir ‘The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream’ is a combination of exquisite nature writing, fragments of poetry and tales from Celtic mythology – all alongside her own extraordinary life story. She tells Georgina Godwin all about it.

Duration:00:30:00

Shrabani Basu

3/3/2018
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Basu is the author of ‘Victoria and Abdul’ – now a major film starring Judi Dench. Basu tells Georgina Godwin how her background as a journalist, as well as her love of history, led to her books that tell the shared past of India and Britain.

Duration:00:30:00

Andrew Holgate

2/24/2018
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What Andrew Holgate thinks influences what you read. As literary editor of ‘The Sunday Times’ his reviews and best-seller charts have a big impact on book sales. He tells us how he chooses what should be on your bookshelf.

Duration:00:30:00

Ashok Ferrey

2/17/2018
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We head to the Fairway Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka to meet award-winning local author Ashok Ferrey. He tells Georgina Godwin about his journey from Oxford maths graduate to builder to one of the nation’s favourite authors.

Duration:00:30:00

Paula Hawkins

2/10/2018
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The author of ‘Girl on a Train’ tells Georgina Godwin about her journey from sleepy Harare to producing one of the bestselling books of recent times.

Duration:00:30:00

Eimear McBride

2/3/2018
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McBride’s stream-of-consciousness style has brought her numerous awards for her two novels, ‘A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing’ and ‘The Lesser Bohemians’. The former actress is now considered one of the foremost novelists working in the UK. She tells us about her unique style.

Duration:00:30:00

Joanna Walsh

1/27/2018
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To call Walsh just an award-winning author would be a disservice. She’s also a journalist, campaigner, a literary judge, speaker and a diarist. She spoke to Georgina Godwin about her extraordinary output.

Duration:00:30:00

Leïla Slimani

1/20/2018
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Slimani is the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious award for literature, the Prix Goncourt. Her international bestseller ‘Lullaby’ has just been translated into English and she’s been appointed French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture. She talks to Georgina Godwin about her work.

Duration:00:30:00

Professor Muhammad Yunus

1/13/2018
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Meet the man who invented micro finance and has won the Nobel Peace prize for his endeavours to end poverty. He tells us about his latest book, *A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions*, which argues that we need a new economic system based on a more realistic vision of human nature.

Duration:00:30:00

Jeetendr Sehdev

1/6/2018
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Sehdev, professor of marketing at the University of Southern California, is best known for pioneering a scientific, research-based approach to quantify celebrity influence. He’s now written an eye-opening guide to understanding why only the boldest and baddest ideas survive – and here shares his tips on how to make sure yours is one of them.

Duration:00:30:00

Vanessa Nicolson

12/30/2017
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Vanessa Nicolson worked as an art historian and journalist before publishing ‘Have You Been Good?’ in 2015, her debut memoir about growing up in one of the UK’s most eminent aristocratic and artistic families. Her second memoir, a series of vignettes called ‘The Truth Game’ was released earlier this year. She talks to Georgina Godwin about art, motherhood and grief.

Duration:00:30:00

Jeremy Thompson

12/23/2017
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"Award-winning broadcaster Jeremy Thompson has reported on monumental events around the world, from Indira Ghandi’s assassination and the Tiananmen Square massacre to the release of Nelson Mandela, countless wars, elections and military coups. He tells Georgina Godwin all about his more than 50 years in journalism. "

Duration:00:30:00

Amanda Craig

12/16/2017
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Compared to Charles Dickens for her work commenting on the gulf between the rich and poor, Amanda Craig tells Georgina Godwin about her seven interconnected novels on the state of contemporary British society. Craig gives us an entertaining glimpse into her life and tells us why children’s books and fairy stories really matter.

Duration:00:30:00

100 Years of Finland Part 2: Horatio Clare

12/9/2017
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As Finland celebrates 100 years of independence, we continue to explore the country’s literary scene. We talk to travel writer, memoirist and children’s author Horatio Clare. A message from the Finnish embassy launched him on a voyage around an extraordinary country, which he documents in his book ‘Icebreaker’. He tells Georgina Godwin about the journey.

Duration:00:30:00

100 Years of Finland Part 1: Pajtim Statovci

12/2/2017
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As Finland celebrates 100 years of independence, we have the first of two programmes with a special focus on the country’s literary scene. Georgina Godwin talks to Pajtim Statovci about his debut book ‘My Cat Yugoslavia’ and David Hackston – the man that translated it.

Duration:00:30:00

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