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The Guardian Books Podcast

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A weekly podcast, presented by the Guardian's literary editor, Claire Armitstead, for author interviews, readings and discussions - plus a full recording of the monthly book club.

A weekly podcast, presented by the Guardian's literary editor, Claire Armitstead, for author interviews, readings and discussions - plus a full recording of the monthly book club.
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London, United Kingdom

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The Guardian

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A weekly podcast, presented by the Guardian's literary editor, Claire Armitstead, for author interviews, readings and discussions - plus a full recording of the monthly book club.

Language:

English

Contact:

Kings Place, 90 York Way London N1 9GU 0044 20 3353 2999


Episodes

Why we need to rethink climate change, with Timothy Morton – books podcast

2/13/2018
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This week, we talk to philosopher Timothy Morton about his book Being Ecological and why we need to move away from anthropocentrism

Duration:00:41:10

LBGT must-reads and a new history of trans Britain – books podcast

2/6/2018
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The hard-won victories of trans people, with Christine Burns, plus the classics to read in LGBT history week

Duration:00:45:53

Women and food, and Helen Dunmore's posthumous Costa prize – books podcast

2/1/2018
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On this week’s show, Claire and Sian talk about the late poet’s book of the year award, and Laura Shapiro joins us to talk about What She Ate

Duration:00:41:01

Peter Carey in conversation - books podcast

1/23/2018
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In this Guardian Live event, the double Booker winner talks about his new novel A Long Way from Home and the legacy of colonialism in Australia

Duration:00:39:58

Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford on The Good Agency, plus Tony White - books podcast

1/16/2018
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Writer Nikesh Shukla and agent Julia Kingsford share their plans for a literary agency for under-represented authors, and Tony White chats about his Oulipian murder mystery, The Fountain in the Forest

Duration:00:41:37

Jonathan Safran Foer on Aleksandar Hemon's The Bees, Part 1 – short story podcast

1/9/2018
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Jonathan Safran Foer explains why he loves this tale about the Bosnian author’s father, which is then read by Chris Moran

Duration:00:46:17

David Mitchell on The Monkey's Paw by WW Jacobs – short story podcast

1/5/2018
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Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell introduces one of the great, early 20th century horror stories: WW Jacobs’s spine-tingling The Monkey’s Paw

Duration:00:30:53

Stephen Fry on Saki's Sredni Vashta - short story podcast

1/2/2018
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A small boy’s rebellion takes a sinister turn in Saki’s classic tale

Duration:00:16:04

Neil Gaiman on Rudyard Kipling's The Gardener – short story podcast

12/29/2017
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In this instalment of our seasonal short story special, we have Neil Gaiman share why he loves Kipling’s melancholy story, which is then read by actor Marion Bailey

Duration:00:32:57

Penelope Lively on MR James's Oh Whistle and I'll Come to you, my lad - short story podcast

12/26/2017
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You’ll never sleep in a twin bedroom again after hearing this classic Edwardian ghost story, selected by Penelope Lively read by Simon Callow

Duration:00:50:51

Edward St Aubyn's King Lear and the future of literary fiction - books podcast

12/19/2017
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The author explains how he reimagined Shakespeare’s thundering patriarch as a modern media baron in Dunbar, and we consider the plight of literary novelists

Duration:00:43:23

1947: When Now Begins and the best books of 2017 – books podcast

12/12/2017
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On this week’s show, we look at the political and social upheaval of 1947 with journalist Elisabeth Åsbrink, and consider the best books of 2017

Duration:00:47:57

Stephen Fry and Emily Wilson on Greek myths – books podcast

12/5/2017
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This week, the beloved broadcaster leads us back to the classical age, introducing his book Mythos, and we meet Homer’s first female English translator

Duration:00:33:41

Max Tegmark and Ken MacLeod on artificial intelligence – books podcast

11/28/2017
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How would it feel to be outperformed by a machine? We discuss the AI revolution with physicist Max Tegmark and science fiction writer Ken MacLeod

Duration:00:30:39

Jennifer Egan and M John Harrison

11/21/2017
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On this week’s show, we examine the writing life with a Pulitzer winner who is not afraid to experiment and a genre-busting author with his most radical collection of short stories yet

Duration:00:48:38

Time-travelling with Michael Brooks and Britt Wray – books podcast

11/14/2017
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We examine the ethics of de-extinction and the origins of quantum mechanics with two science writers reaching across the centuries

Duration:00:43:26

Richard Flanagan and Jesmyn Ward – books podcast

11/7/2017
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On this week’s show, we hear from Man Booker prize-winning Flanagan about his latest book, First Person, and speak to Ward about her novel Sing, Unburied, Sing

Duration:00:43:55

Salman Rushdie on The Golden House, Trump and more – books podcast

10/31/2017
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Speaking with Mark Lawson, Rushdie looks back on his career and discusses his latest book, set in a US where a crass presidential candidate rises up in the dying days of Obama’s governnment

Duration:01:09:01

Halloween reading with Andrew Michael Hurley – books podcast

10/24/2017
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As nights grow darker, we share our favourite horror novels and ghostly tales – and the author of The Loney joins us to talk about his eerie new novel

Duration:00:36:11

George Saunders's Man Booker win and Valeria Luiselli – books podcast

10/18/2017
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We discuss whether Lincoln in the Bardo really is the best novel of 2017, and Mexican writer Luiselli joins us in the studio

Duration:00:44:34

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