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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.






Monique Roffey

It’s time to talk about sex. How do you write good sex without being cheesy? Does your gender define how you broach the subject? Monique Roffey, author of ‘The Tryst’, this summer’s literary erotic must-read, answers these questions and discusses the issues that arise from her background as a white West Indian with Georgina Godwin.

Duration: 00:30:00

Edward Docx

Docx – author of four novels and once longlisted for the Man Booker prize – has seen his most recent book, ‘Let go my Hand’, brilliant received. It’s a darkly comic and deeply moving 21st-century love story between a son, his brothers and their father, journeying across Europe to an uncertain end. He tells us about his work and how his own eccentric upbringing informs his writing.

Duration: 00:30:00

Ed Smith

Are you lucky? Does luck even exist? This week Georgina Godwin talks to former international cricket star turned writer Ed Smith about his life and latest book on luck. They discuss privilege, opportunity, fortune, destiny and fate.

Duration: 00:30:00

Laurence Krauss

Krauss is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, academic, commentator and public intellectual. On top of that he’s produced several books, the most recent of which is called ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told – So Far’. From Galileo to Higgs boson, it addresses a crucial question: why are we here?

Duration: 00:30:00

Marie-Elsa Bragg

After being a dancer, priest, therapist and campaigner for women’s rights within the church, Marie-Elsa Bragg has now turned her hand to writing. She’s just produced her first novel, Towards Mellbreak, telling the story of a farming family in Cumbria over four generations. She talks to Georgina Godwin about spirituality, landscape, her upbringing and day job.

Duration: 00:25:19

Daniel Kehlmann

Daniel Kehlmann is the award-winning author of ‘Measuring the World’, Germany’s biggest-selling book for more than 30 years. He joins Georgina Godwin to talk about his new novella ‘You Should Have Left’ and his play, ‘The Mentor’, which has just opened in London’s West End.

Duration: 00:24:59

Olivia Sudjic

Olivia Sudjic’s ‘Sympathy’ is an electrifying debut of obsessive love, family secrets and the dangers of living our lives online. It’s been described as this summer’s must-read book and the world’s first great Instagram novel. Sudjic joined Georgina Godwin to discuss how she came to write this compelling story of unrequited love in the digital age.

Duration: 00:28:30

Danny Wallace

As a film-maker, comedian, radio and TV presenter, actor and bestselling author, Danny Wallace is a man of many talents. He’s formed a cult, created a country and spent months just saying “yes” – a project that became a hugely successful film starring Jim Carrey. Wallace joins Georgina Godwin to chat about his new book, in which he asks why we are all so bloody rude.

Duration: 00:27:55

Julian Glover

Julian Glover, former government special advisor on transport and speechwriter for David Cameron, speaks about his recently released bestselling biography of Thomas Telford. Little known to most, Telford created the backbone of the UK’s national road network, tying England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales together, resulting in his being dubbed ‘The Colossus of Roads’.

Duration: 00:27:18

Prabda Yoon

Prabda Yoon studied art in New York before returning to his native Thailand at 26 to fulfill his obligatory conscription. Since then Yoon’s writing career has flourished as critics have hailed him the new modern voice of Thailand. He speaks about his interest in experimentation and dadaism, and how his work is playfully influenced by these elements.

Duration: 00:27:26

Julia Hobsbawm

Julia Hobsbawm, the world’s first professor of networking as well as a highly respected author, speaks about her new book ‘Fully Connected’, which is all about surviving and thriving in an age of overload.

Duration: 00:26:26

Kathy Reichs

Forensic anthropologist and ‘New York Times’ best-selling author Kathy Reichs talks about her biggest cases to date, her hugely successful Temperance Brennan series, which was turned into the TV serial ‘Bones’, and her new book ‘Two Nights’.

Duration: 00:27:55

Nujeen Mustafa

‘The Girl From Aleppo’ is a book about a wheelchair-bound teenager who flees her home in Syria to live in Germany. Born with cerebral palsy, Nujeen Mustafa speaks openly about her experience and says refugees need compassion as much as they need shelter.

Duration: 00:26:42

Bill Hayes

Bill Hayes, the author, photographer and long-term partner of writer and professor of neurology Oliver Sacks, reveals the stories of their lives and talks about his moving new book ‘Insomniac City, New York, Oliver and Me’.

Duration: 00:27:12

The Legend of Hay

One of the most important literary events on the planet celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Taking place in a tiny town in Wales, Hay Festival is a party of ideas and stories spread over 800 events in 10 days. We meet some of the big names who’ll be appearing, including Peter Florence, Howard Jacobson, Hannah Rothschild, Philippe Sands, Tahmima Anam, Elif Safak, Cressida Cowell and Sarfraz Manzoor.

Duration: 00:28:32

Rowan Pelling

Best known for editing the literary magazine ‘The Erotic Review’, Rowan Pelling discusses her new publication ‘The Amorist’, which invites readers to explore the notion that sexual love is the greatest and most compelling mystery of human existence. This is not cellophane-wrapped top-shelf material – Pelling says that “the erotic is what you do with a feather, pornography involves the whole bird”.

Duration: 00:26:15

Irvine Welsh

Georgina Godwin meets Irvine Welsh, the hugely acclaimed and often controversial author who defined a generation with his debut novel ‘Trainspotting’. In his new book ‘The Blade Artist’, Begbie is back. Find out how this bad boy of Glasgow has reinvented himself – and how the author has too.

Duration: 00:30:10

Samantha Shannon

Author of ‘The Bone Season’, Samantha Shannon wrote her first book at 15 and signed a six-figure book deal for a seven-book adventure series at just 21. Here she talks about growing up in London, “hanging out in Camden market pretending to be a goth”, the importance of experimentation and the third instalment in her series ‘The Song Rising’.

Duration: 00:26:55

John Boyne

Irish novelist John Boyne’s ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ sold more than nine million copies and changed his life dramatically. He tells Georgina Godwin about his school days – “beatings and abuse were taken for granted” – and his work as a writer. Plus: how his new book ‘The Heart’s Invisible Furies’ examines issues close to his life.

Duration: 00:28:05

Polish literature at The London Book Fair

Born and based in rural Poland, Olga Tokarczuk trained as a psychologist – but after discovering she was more neurotic than her clients she quit to became an author. We visit the London Book Fair to speak to her about her unconventional books – and also meet Andrzej Sapkowski, author of The Witcher series.

Duration: 00:30:00

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