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Monocle 24: Meet the Writers

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Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to discover the methods of – and inspiration behind – some of the world’s most exciting writers. Every Saturday, Georgina Godwin hosts an in-depth discussion with the person behind the prose.






Marcel Theroux

Marcel Theroux is an award-winning writer and a documentary filmmaker from an illustrious creative family. He talks to Georgina Godwin about his father Paul, his brother Louis, his cousin Justin and his new novel ‘The Secret Books’, an utterly compelling read that is so relevant to our times.

Duration: 00:30:00

Sofi Oksanen

Sofi Oksanen is a Finnish and Estonian novelist and playwright. Winner of the Finlandia prize and known as the greatest voices of her generation at home, Oksanen gained international recognition through ‘Purge’, a book that is also a play, a film and an opera. Her fifth novel, ‘Norma’, looks at the global exploitation of women told through the eyes of a girl with magical hair. She talks to Georgina Godwin about her latest book, as well as her journey so far.

Duration: 00:30:00

Dominic Dromgoole

Georgina Godwin asks what North Korea has against Shakespeare, what Barack Obama thinks of The Globe Theatre, what happens when a production cast comes down with food poisoning and how difficult it is to be (or not to be) in 197 countries. The answers come from award-winning writer and theatre director Dominic Dromgoole.

Duration: 00:30:00

Charley Boorman

Discover the modern-day adventurer, travel writer, entertainer and motorcycle fanatic Charley Boorman. He talks to Georgina Godwin about his Hollywood-influenced childhood with his father – the director John Boorman – his bike tours around the world with Ewan McGregor and how he recovered from a near-fatal accident.

Duration: 00:24:31

Andy Miller

Georgina Godwin meets a man who is not a sports writer – even though he’s written what has been described as one of the best books about sport. He’s not a musician but he’s produced a brilliant book about music. He’s also not one of at least 10 people in the public eye who go by the same name. He tells us how reading saved his life.

Duration: 00:30:00

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

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