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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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English


Episodes

Dustin Lance Black

1/26/2020
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Screenwriter, director, activist and author Dustin Lance Black speaks to Georgina Godwin about his journey from being raised poor in a conservative Mormon household in Texas to writing the Oscar-winning Hollywood script for ‘Milk’ and fighting for same-sex marriage.

Duration:00:29:55

Monocle Reads: Damian Barr and Aminatta Forna

1/23/2020
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Georgina Godwin meets Damian Barr, accoladed writer and columnist who revived the Savoy Hotel’s writer-in-residence programme. Together they interview Aminatta Forna, the award-winning Scottish and Sierra Leonean author and one of the Savoy’s two writers-in-residence for 2020.

Duration:00:11:55

Charlie Connelly

1/19/2020
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Charlie Connelly is a bestselling novelist and award-winning broadcaster with a passion for radio. His knowledge of the medium – from the best contemporary broadcasters to the UK’s smallest commercial station – is wide-ranging. He talks us through radio’s fascinating history.

Duration:00:28:02

Monocle Reads: Guy Spier

1/16/2020
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Guy Spier, a Zürich-based investor and author, talks to Georgina Godwin about his candid memoir, ‘The Education of a Value Investor’, which takes the reader into some of Wall Street’s darkest corners. It’s also a smart and practical guide to becoming a successful investor.

Duration:00:18:38

Sophie Hannah

1/12/2020
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Sophie Hannah is one of the most successful crime-fiction novelists in the UK, having taken up where Agatha Christie left off by continuing the stories of Hercule Poirot. She’s also a poet, teaches thriller writing at degree level – and believes that holding grudges might be one of the secrets to happiness.

Duration:00:30:00

Monocle Reads: Mads Peder Nordbo

1/9/2020
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We speak to Mads Peder Nordbo, the Danish bestselling author of five novels. His latest, ‘Cold Fear’, is a dark, atmospheric thriller set in Greenland, where Nordbo now lives and works.

Duration:00:11:16

John 'Rick' McArthur

1/5/2020
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On Meet The Writers this week, Georgina Godwin talks to John ‘Rick’ MacArthur about his new book ‘Graham Greene: The Last Interview’. Rick is the scion of a great American philanthropic family but, in his own right, a veteran journalist, author and president of 'Harper’s Magazine', the second oldest continuous publication in the US. We take a look at how Graham Greene traversed the space between journalism and fiction and brought truth into sharp focus through his storytelling.

Duration:00:28:00

Monocle Reads: Ryan Gattis

1/3/2020
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Los Angeles writer Ryan Gattis, winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, talks to Georgina Godwin about his latest book, ‘Safe’. A Robin Hood tale about a former junkie turned Drug Enforcement Administration safecracker who steals from gangs to give to those hurt by the 2008 financial crisis, the novel is a tight-wire thriller for modern times.

Duration:00:18:22

Gary Barker

12/29/2019
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Georgina Godwin talks to Gary Barker, a human rights activist, researcher and writer specialising in how we raise and socialise men and boys. His new novel, ‘The Museum of Lost Love’, which draws inspiration from a real museum in Zagreb, is about love set against a backdrop of violent conflict.

Duration:00:28:14

Monocle Reads: Edward Brooke-Hitching Sky Atlas

12/27/2019
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Monocle Reads: Edward Brooke-Hitching is an award-winning director of documentaries that examine the eccentric side of British life. As well as writing for the UK TV programme ‘QI’, he is the author of international bestsellers ‘The Phantom Atlas’ and ‘The Golden Atlas’. Georgina Godwin talks to him about his latest book, ‘Sky Atlas: The Greatest Maps, Myths and Discoveries of the Universe’.

Duration:00:17:43

Jonathan Fenby

12/22/2019
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On Meet the Writers Georgina Godwin talks to author, journalist and analyst Jonathan Fenby. He’s written 20 books, including four on France and eight on China. He’s previously edited ‘The Observer’ and the ‘South China Morning Post’. In his latest book he looks at the period from June 1947 to June 1948 – a pivotal time in history with the foundation of Israel, the independence and partition of India, and the increasing division of Europe and the Cold War.

Duration:00:28:41

Monocle Reads: The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year

12/19/2019
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Georgina Godwin talks to Raymond Antrobus, the winner of The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award. The prize acts as a significant indicator of future greatness and gives authors a boost at the beginning of their career. The winner receives prize money, a 10-week residency at the University of Warwick and a one-year membership at the London Library.

Duration:00:15:33

Dan Cruickshank

12/15/2019
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Georgina Godwin talks to UK art historian and TV presenter Dan Cruickshank about his life, career and new book, ‘London: A Portrait of a City in 13 Walks’.

Duration:00:30:04

Monocle Reads: Asa Bennett

12/12/2019
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Monocle Reads: Asa Bennet talks to Georgina Godwin about his new book, ‘Romanifesto’. Boris Johnson loves to chuck in the odd Latin phrase but perhaps without due regard for Veritas. In this, is he much different from the Romans themselves? ‘Romanifesto’ looks at how the politics of 1,500 years ago influence our modern system and asks what today’s politicos can learn from their Roman predecessors.

Duration:00:12:48

Mitch Albom

12/8/2019
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Georgina Godwin talks to best-selling writer Mitch Albom about his new book, ‘Finding Chika’, focusing on a young Haitain orphan, born in Port Au Prince just days after the 2010 earthquake, who becomes a popular character in Albom’s own orphanage.

Duration:00:28:06

Monocle Reads: David Lagercrantz

12/5/2019
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Swedish journalist turned novelist David Lagercrantz tells us how he kept Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium series alive and why his latest book featuring Lizbeth Salander, ‘The Girl Who Lived Twice’, will be the last.

Duration:00:07:32

Sharjah World Book Capital

12/1/2019
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Monocle’s Georgina Godwin travels to the Sharjah Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates to discover how the host city is putting together a programme to celebrate its status as Unesco’s 19th World Book Capital.

Duration:00:29:06

Monocle Reads: Kendel Hippolyte

11/28/2019
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Georgina Godwin speaks to a wordsmith who has captured minds across the world with his stunning accounts of life in the Caribbean. Kendel Hippolyte’s latest book, ‘Wordplanting’, compiles a series of intimate yet hard-hitting poems covering themes of environmental degradation and cultural imperialism.

Duration:00:14:59

Hallie Rubenhold

11/24/2019
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We meet Hallie Rubenhold, the winner of the Baillie Gifford prize for nonfiction. The author and social historian scooped the award for her book, ‘The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper’.

Duration:00:29:39

Monocle Reads: Brian Rosenwald

11/21/2019
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Brian Rosenwald is editor in chief of ‘Made by History’, a new section in ‘The Washington Post’. He is also a researcher for the ‘Slate’ podcast, ‘Whistlestop’. Georgina Godwin sits down with him to discuss his new book, ‘Talk Radio’s America: How An Industry Took Over A Political Party that Took Over the United States’.

Duration:00:25:24