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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.






Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay is a poet, playwright and broadcaster. He has read poetry all over the world and was awarded an MBE for services to literature. He is chancellor of The University of Manchester and was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics. Sissay is a regular contributor to radio and television, is the recipient of this year’s Pen Pinter prize and inspires audiences around the globe. Having grown up in care in the UK, he now works to highlight problems within the system...


Monocle Reads: Alison Finch

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.


Adam Nicolson

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.


Monocle Reads: Nicholas Blincoe

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.


Monocle Reads: DJ Taylor

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.


Lalage Snow

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.


Henry Porter

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.


Monocle Reads: Andy Cope Zest

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.”


Louise Doughty

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.


Monocle Reads: William Clegg

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.


Adélaïde Bon

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.


Monocle Reads: Bill Samuel

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.


Nicola Tallis

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.


Monocle Reads: Dan Smith

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.


Victoria Hislop

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...


Monocle Reads: Caroline Taggart

Caroline Taggart worked in publishing as a non-fiction editor for 30 years before starting her career as an author with her books ‘I Used to Know That’ and ‘My Grammar and I’, which became ‘Sunday Times’ bestsellers. She’s recently published her latest book, ‘Improve Your Word Power’, which introduces the reader to different words that many won’t have come across before.

Damian Barr

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.


Monocle Reads: ‘The Men Who Stare At Hens’

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.


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.