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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

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

Burhan Sonmez

6/23/2018
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On the eve of the Turkish elections, Georgina Godwin speaks to the prize-winning Turkish novelist whose latest work, ‘Istanbul Istanbul’, has been published in more than 20 countries. He tells us about his writing career and being Kurdish in Turkey.

Duration:00:26:47

Marcello Di Cintio

6/16/2018
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Marcello Di Cintio has wandered through western and northern Africa, and has written a book about the experience. He’s also written about walls, fences and other ‘hard’ barriers – and the people who live in their shadows. And now, in his latest work, he takes us on a powerful journey through Palestine’s contemporary culture – he tells Georgina Godwin about it.

Duration:00:26:34

Sarah Sands

6/9/2018
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As the winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction is announced, we speak to the chair of the judges, Sarah Sands.

Duration:00:26:17

Ted Hodgkinson

6/2/2018
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We head to the heart of London’s cultural scene as the senior programmer for literature and spoken word at the Southbank Centre gives us a tour and talks about this year’s exciting line-up.

Duration:00:25:00

Nicola Barker

5/26/2018
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Barker has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and is a winner of the Goldsmiths prize. She discusses experimental fiction with Georgina Godwin.

Duration:00:28:45

Peter Florence

5/19/2018
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As Hay Festival approaches, we speak to one of its founders about what makes it such an important event on the literary calendar.

Duration:00:28:31

Jeremy Bailenson

5/12/2018
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Jeremy Bailenson is one of the most influential architects of virtual reality. He talks to Georgina Godwin about his latest book ‘Experience on Demand’, and how VR can transform education, environmental conservation, empathy and health.

Duration:00:26:06

Guy Gunaratne

5/5/2018
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Gunaratne’s freshly published debut novel ‘In Our Mad and Furious City’ has seen him compared to Irvin Welsh, Jim Kellman and Ryan Gattiss. Here the author talks about how his second-generation immigrant narrative fed into his compelling first effort.

Duration:00:28:12

Mihkel Mutt

4/28/2018
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Renowned Estonian writer Mikhel Mutt is a former head of propaganda for the government, as well as a former theatre and literary critic. He made his writing debut in the 1970s and has now published more than 40 titles. He takes Georgina Godwin through his varied career.

Duration:00:25:19

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