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The Digested Read Podcast

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A podcast version of John Crace's wickedly satirical Guardian column, lampooning the literary style of leading authors by summarising their books in five minutes.

A podcast version of John Crace's wickedly satirical Guardian column, lampooning the literary style of leading authors by summarising their books in five minutes.
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London, United Kingdom

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The Guardian

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A podcast version of John Crace's wickedly satirical Guardian column, lampooning the literary style of leading authors by summarising their books in five minutes.

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English

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Kings Place, 90 York Way London N1 9GU +4420 3 353 2000


Episodes

EL James: black and blue and read all over? – books podcast

12/31/2015
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John Crace whips through the lastest instalment of EL James’s sado-masochistic bestseller, Grey, and asks if it’s time to apply the safe word

Duration:00:14:32

Michel Houellebecq: profane or prophetic? – books podcast

12/30/2015
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John Crace squashes Houellebecq’s Submission and asks whether the sacred monster of French fiction is just making trouble for its own sake

Duration:00:16:33

TS Eliot: beyond commentary? – books podcast

12/29/2015
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John Crace puts the annotated editon of the Nobel laureate’s poetical works through the wringer and assesses the stature of the modernist master

Duration:00:16:12

Kazuo Ishiguro: roaring giant or sleeping dragon? – books podcast

12/28/2015
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John Crace boils down The Buried Giant and asks whether this genre-bending quest novel is destined for the halls of glory or the mists of forgetfulness

Duration:00:15:43

Harper Lee: a happy return to Maycomb? – books podcast

12/25/2015
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John Crace puts the squeeze on Go Set a Watchman, and considers its effect on the author’s reputation

Duration:00:15:18

Hillary Clinton: the big reveal? – books podcast

1/2/2015
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John Crace digests Hillary Clinton’s latest autobiography, and picks it over for clues to vital questions – what does she really think of Obama?

Duration:00:09:28

Haruki Murakami: Cult of the colourless? - books podcast

1/1/2015
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John Crace digests Murakami's latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, and wonders if the bestselling Japanese author has bleached the life out of his fiction

Duration:00:10:17

Caitlin Moran: all about the girl, again - books podcast

12/30/2014
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John Crace digests Caitlin Moran’s debut novel, How to Build a Girl, down to 600 words, and wonders what it adds to the autobiography that set her on the crest of the fourth wave of feminism

Duration:00:10:46

Martin Amis: back in the danger zone? - books podcast

12/29/2014
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John Crace digests Martin Amis’s new novel The Zone of Interest down to 600 words, and wonders if he was wise to return to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

Duration:00:11:55

Stephen Fry: low tales of the high life - books podcast

12/26/2014
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John Crace digests Stephen Fry’s latest memoir, More Fool Me, down to 600 words, and finds the nation’s favourite luvvie adrift in a blizzard of names and white powder

Duration:00:14:12

Karl Ove Knausgaard : Proust or poseur? - books podcast

12/25/2014
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John Crace digests Karl Ove Knausgaard’s multi-volume autobiographical fiction, My Struggle, and asks if it is exceptional in anything apart from length • More digested read podcasts

Duration:00:12:56

Russell Brand: the raffish revolutionary - books podcast

12/24/2014
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In the first of a daily series of digested reads, John Crace considers Russell Brand’s political manifesto, Revolution More digested read podcasts

Duration:00:10:21

Iain Banks: a death foretold? - books podcast

12/31/2013
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John Crace digests Iain Banks' last novel The Quarry, about a man dying of cancer, down to 600 words, and explains how satire can be powered by affection

Duration:00:11:06

JK Rowling: a question of identity – books podcast

12/30/2013
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John Crace boils down JK Rowling's first crime novel, The Cuckoo's Calling – published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith – into just 600 words

Duration:00:11:28

Roddy Doyle: gutsy performance or needs more commitment? – books podcast

12/29/2013
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John Crace boils down Roddy Doyle's sequel to The Commitments, The Guts, into just 600 words, while Caspar Llewellyn Smith and Hannah Freeman debate the merits of Jimmy Rabitte's return

Duration:00:09:47

Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath – books podcast

12/28/2013
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John Crace digests Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath down to just 600 words, and Oliver Burkeman joins him to discuss whether popular science books have reached a tipping point

Duration:00:15:08

TS Eliot: giant of poetry or literary obsessive? – books podcast

12/27/2013
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John Crace boils down the fourth volume of TS Eliot's Letters into just 600 words, while Nicholas Wroe examines their importance for understanding a great poet

Duration:00:14:58

Morrissey's autobiography: vain or glorious? – books podcast

12/26/2013
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John Crace digests Morrissey's Autobiography down to just 600 words, while Will Woodward and Caspar Llewellyn Smith wonder if the one-time Smiths frontman is as cool as he thinks he is

Duration:00:12:09

Richard Dawkins: intellectual titan or tiresome self-publicist? – books podcast

12/24/2013
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John Crace boils Richard Dawkins's memoir, An Appetite for Wonder, down to just 600 words, while Ian Sample and Andrew Brown consider his life and work

Duration:00:12:50

Bridget Jones: today's heroine or yesterday's woman? – books podcast

12/23/2013
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John Crace digests Helen Fielding's third Bridget Jones novel, Mad about the Boy, into just 600 words. Lisa Allardice and Rosie Swash discuss how well Bridget has aged

Duration:00:17:35