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Meet the Writers

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.

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Zelda la Grange:

La Grange is a white South African who grew up supporting apartheid. But, a few years after Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, she was travelling the world at his side. She talks about Mandela the man.

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17116 Mar 2019
30 min

Zelda la Grange: 

La Grange is a white South African who grew up supporting apartheid. But, a few years after Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, she was travelling the world at his side. She talks about Mandela the man.

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1709 Mar 2019
30 min

Taylor Jenkins Reid: 

Reid began her career in film production, switching to writing after being influenced by the actress Jennifer Aniston. For the past six years she’s produced a book a year: her latest, ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’, is based on Fleetwood Mac and is a wild story of the highs and lows of fame.

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1692 Mar 2019
30 min

Michael Angele: 

Angele is the Swiss-German author behind ‘The Last Newspaper Reader,’ which was serialised in our seasonal newspaper. He’s also the editor of ‘Der Freitag’, European Newspaper of the Year in 2018. We talk about the importance of print as well as the ideal newspaper reader.

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16823 Feb 2019
30 min

Niklas Natt Och Dag: 

A member of Sweden’s oldest surviving noble family, Och Dag is one of Scandinavia’s hottest new novelists. We talk about his journey into writing and debut novel ‘The Wolf and the Watchman’.

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16716 Feb 2019
30 min

Charlie Connelly: 

Compared to Bill Bryson, the prolific Charlie Connelly has written about everything from football to Joy Division. His latest book, ‘Last Train to Hilversum: A Journey in Search of the Magic of Radio’, explores our relationship with the medium. We discuss that and his extensive catalogue.

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1669 Feb 2019
30 min

Adam Foulds: 

Adam Foulds is a celebrated poet and novelist who has been winning awards since he was first published – including being shortlisted for the Booker prize.

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1652 Feb 2019
30 min

Sarah Churchwell: 

‘The American Dream’ and ‘America First’ are two of the most loaded, yet misunderstood, phrases in the US today. We discuss how they need to be understood afresh so that the true spirit of America can be reclaimed.

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16426 Jan 2019
30 min

Cathy Rentzenbrink: 

Most of us have lost someone we love and know how difficult it is to cope with grief. Rentzenbrink has done more than just cope: she’s written about her experience in a powerful new book. We hear her personal story as she tells us how she puts pain – and hope – onto the page.

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16319 Jan 2019
30 min

Adam Weymouth: 

Adam Weymouth spent most of his twenties as an environmental activist. More recently, he became aware of the plight of the king salmon in Alaska and went on a journey of more than 3,000km in a canoe up the Yukon River to investigate its decline – and the communities that depend on it. We discuss the resulting book.

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16212 Jan 2019
30 min

John Lanchester: 

The Man Booker Prize longlisted author’s new book ‘The Wall’ examines climate change and the migrant crisis in a dystopian fiction. We discuss his latest work, his agoraphobia and his mother’s lifelong secret.

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1615 Jan 2019
30 min

Douglas Kennedy: 

Bestselling author of ‘The Big Picture,’ ‘The Pursuit of Happiness,’ ‘Leaving the World’ and ‘The Moment’ joins Georgina Godwin in the studio. He talks about his jump from theatre to literature, as well as writing as a woman.

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16029 Dec 2018
30 min

Julian Fuks: 

Fuks is one of Brazil’s rising literary talents who has won or been nominated for a clutch of prestigious prizes and seen his work translated into more than 10 languages. His latest book, ‘Resistance’, is an examination of family, identity, belonging and different forms of exile, as he discusses with Georgina Godwin.

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15922 Dec 2018
30 min

Thomas Page McBee: 

Thomas didn’t start off as a man. As his body has changed, he’s explored the meaning of gender and how culture shapes our understanding of masculinity. He discusses it with Georgina Godwin.

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15815 Dec 2018
29 min

Chris Bryant: 

Chris Bryant is a former priest and now a Labour party member of parliament. He talks about going from the House of God to the House of Commons, the biographies he has written including two volumes on parliament, his new book ‘Entitled’ about the British aristocracy and how he is firmly committed to staying in Europe.

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1578 Dec 2018
30 min

Julian Sayarer: 

Julian Sayarer is a true adventurer: he broke a world record in his mid-twenties, he’s hitchhiked through middle America and travelled by boat to remote islands in Asia. It’s come together with his background in political science to create a critically acclaimed travel-writing style – politics at roadsides – as he discusses with Georgina Godwin.

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