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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.






Monocle Reads: Claudia Rubenstein

On this week’s Monocle Reads we speak to Claudia Rubenstein, author, historian and director of Jewish Book Week, London’s longest-running international literary festival.


Daniel Kehlmann

Daniel Kehlmann, Germany’s best-selling postwar novelist, discusses his country’s literary humour, the origin of fairy tales and his new book, ‘Tyll’, which has now been translated into English and is set to be a Netflix TV series.


Monocle Reads: Clement Knox

Clement Knox’s ‘Strange Antics’ explores the historical and cultural incarnations of seduction, from the Garden of Eden to the world of #MeToo.


Liz Moore

Liz Moore started out as a musician in New York but quickly realised that writing was her true calling. Her fourth novel, ‘Long Bright River’, which explores addiction, family and morality on the streets of Philadelphia, has debuted at number 6 on The New York Times Best Seller list.


Monocle Reads: BJ Fogg

We speak to BJ Fogg, founder of the Behaviour Design Lab at Stanford University and an innovative researcher of behavioural sciences for more than 20 years. His new book, ‘Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything’, details how to transform behaviour and achieve self-change in four simple steps.


Jane Sanderson

British writer and journalist Jane Sanderson is the author of five books, including the acclaimed ‘Netherwood’ series. She worked as a BBC producer before becoming a novelist. She talks to Georgina Godwin about her new novel, ‘Mix Tape’.


Monocle Reads: Georgie Codd

Georgie Codd travelled to Thailand to face her fear of sharks and documented the quest in her first book, ‘We Swim to the Shark: Overcoming Fear One Fish at a Time’. She previously worked in a funeral parlour, taught in a nunnery and shadowed drug dealers.


Dustin Lance Black

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.


Monocle Reads: Damian Barr and Aminatta Forna

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.


Charlie Connelly

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.


Monocle Reads: Guy Spier

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.


Sophie Hannah

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.


Monocle Reads: Mads Peder Nordbo

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.


John 'Rick' McArthur

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.


Monocle Reads: Ryan Gattis

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.


Gary Barker

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.


Monocle Reads: Edward Brooke-Hitching Sky Atlas

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’.


Jonathan Fenby

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.


Monocle Reads: The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year

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.


Dan Cruickshank

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’.