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Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to Meet the Writers​ ​and discover how some ​of the world's most ​exciting writers​ work, what makes them tick and what inspires them. Presented by Monocle's Georgina Godwin.

Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to Meet the Writers​ ​and discover how some ​of the world's most ​exciting writers​ work, what makes them tick and what inspires them. Presented by Monocle's Georgina Godwin.
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Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to Meet the Writers​ ​and discover how some ​of the world's most ​exciting writers​ work, what makes them tick and what inspires them. Presented by Monocle's Georgina Godwin.






Charles Cumming

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.


Monocle Reads: Hannah Critchlow

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.


Sue Nelson and Wally Funk

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...


Monocle Reads: ‘Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees’

Conservation biologist Thor Hansen’s book ‘Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees’ outlines everything from the insects’ biology to their relationship with flowers, and discusses the threats posed to bees from climate change and pollution.


Dina Nayeri

Dina Nayeri fled Iran with her mother and brother at the age of eight. Her family eventually found their way to a rundown hotel in Italy before being granted asylum in the US. She tells us about the migrant experience, how taekwondo changed her life and describes the people she met during the writing of her book, ‘The Ungrateful Refugee’.


Monocle Reads: ‘The Clapback’

Elijah Lawal discusses his book ‘The Clapback’ with Georgina Godwin. It’s a non-fiction book that arms you with witty responses to harmful racist stereotypes. It examines the evolution of negative stereotypes towards the black community and gives you the tools you need to shut racism down with humour, historical context and detailed research.


Markus Zusak

When Zusak’s parents arrived in Sydney they could neither read not write English – yet he has gone on to sell 16 millions copies of ‘The Book Thief’, which has spent more than 500 weeks on the ‘New York Times’ bestseller list and been made into a major film. After a wait of 13 years, his new novel ‘Bridge of Clay’ has finally been published.


Monocle Reads: ‘The Wonders: Lifting the Curtain on the Freak Show, Circus and Victorian Age’

Georgina Godwin meets Dr John Woolf, a historian and researcher who talks about his book ‘The Wonders: Lifting the Curtain on the Freak Show, Circus and Victorian Age’. Revealing the dark truth behind the hit film ‘The Greatest Showman’, this is a radical new history of the Victorian era. Woolf delves into the birth of showbusiness and the little-known fact that Queen Victoria was a huge ‘freak fancier’.


Deborah Moggach

Novelist and screenwriter Deboragh Moggach, author of books including ‘Tulip Fever’ and ‘These Foolish Things’ – which was made into the film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ – has adapted many of her novels into television dramas and been nominated for a Bafta for her script of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. She tells Georgina Godwin about Hollywood, writing and how her mother went to prison for attempted murder.


Monocle Reads: Dr James D Boys on the legacy of Bill and Hillary Clinton

Dr James D Boys is an expert on the political history of the US, its current politics, US ‘grand strategy’ and the country’s presidency – with a particular focus on Bill Clinton’s administration. Boys is the author of three books to date: ‘Clinton’s Grand Strategy: US Foreign Policy in a Post-Cold War World’, ‘Hillary Rising’ and ‘Clinton’s War on Terror’. He talks about the Clintons’ legacy – and the lasting impact of Monica Lewinsky.


Armistead Maupin

Georgina Godwin talks to one of America’s finest storytellers Armistead Maupin, the man who gave us ‘Tales of the City’. In this interview, first aired after the release of his memoir ‘Logical Family’ and rebroadcast to mark the Netflix screening of ‘Tales of the City’, we examine books that paint a portrait of an era that forever changed the way we live, with words that gave hope to many who feared they would never find their logical family.


Monocle Reads: ‘The AI Does Not Hate You’

Science journalist Tom Chivers talks to Georgina Godwin about the risks of AI, where it might lead us and his first book, *The AI Does Not Hate You: Superintelligence, Rationality and the Race to Save the World*.


Remembering the late Judith Kerr

On 22 May beloved author Judith Kerr died at the age of 95. She captured the hearts of countless children with books including ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and her series of books featuring Mog the cat. Born in 1923, Kerr escaped Nazi Germany with her family, who settled in the UK in 1936. As a tribute to this extraordinary woman, listen again to this episode of Meet The Writers in which Georgina Godwin meets Kerr, one of the authors she admires most.


Monocle Reads: Jaipur Literature festival at the British Library

We speak to Namita Gokhale, founder and director of the annual ZEE Jaipur Literature festival. A taste of the festival will be at the British Library from 14-16 June to celebrate South Asia’s unique literary heritage.


Elif Shafak

Georgina Godwin talks to award-winning novelist Elif Shafak, the most widely read female author in Turkey. She’s previously been chosen by *Politico* as one of 12 people who can make the world better. This far-reaching interview includes discussion about issues of identity, language and her most recent book, *10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World*.


Monocle Reads: The Bookseller’s editor in chief Philip Jones

On Monocle Reads this week, Georgina Godwin speaks to Philip Jones. He is the editor in chief of *The Bookseller*, a weekly magazine which reports news from the publishing industry. The organisation also runs several prizes for the industry and publishes various specials annually.


Granta at 40

Granta is the hugely respected quarterly literary journal that publishes many of the world’s finest writers and photographers in themed issues, ranging from travel writing to investigative journalism. As it turns 40, Georgina Godwin speaks to one of its earliest editors, Ian Jack, and current editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing; she also hears from some Granta authors, including Hanif Kureishi.


Monocle Reads: Hay Festival

Hay Festival, which takes place in the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye, is now in its 32nd year. It has become one of the most important events on the UK’s cultural calendar and is celebrated worldwide as a place where participants of all ages are invited to imagine the world as it is – and as it might be. Its founder and director Peter Florence tells Georgina Godwin about the important conversations that will take place, the exciting writers and thinkers who will attend, and the festival’s...


Bernard-Henri Lévy

Georgina Godwin talks to the French philosopher, described as “the most prominent intellectual in France today”. The author, journalist, filmmaker and performer is now the inspiration behind United Artists for Europe.


Monocle Reads: ‘The Universe Speaks in Numbers’

Graham Farmelo is an award-winning science writer and biographer, and the author of ‘The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Maths Reveals Nature’s Deepest Secrets’.