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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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Kim Ghattas:

Emmy award-winning journalist Kim Ghattas, who was born and raised in Lebanon, has spent two decades reporting on the Middle East. Her new book, ‘Black Wave’, examines the destructive rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia post-1979.

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2265 Apr 2020
30 min

Kim Ghattas: 

Emmy award-winning journalist Kim Ghattas, who was born and raised in Lebanon, has spent two decades reporting on the Middle East. Her new book, ‘Black Wave’, examines the destructive rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia post-1979.

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2 Apr 2020
16 min

Monocle Reads: Samra Habib: 

We speak to Samra Habib, a writer, feminist and voice for gay muslims. Her new book, a memoir titled ‘We Have Always Been Here’, explores identity, faith, love and art, from her childhood in Pakistan to escaping religious persecution and emigrating to Canada.

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22529 Mar 2020
30 min

Omar Shahid Hamid: 

Omar Shahid Hamid is an award-winning Pakistani writer. A serving member of the Karachi Police, he has been actively targeted by various terrorist groups and wounded in the line of duty. He’s hailed for his ability to translate the complexity of life in Pakistan, especially the criminal underbelly of Karachi, into nail-biting crime fiction.

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26 Mar 2020
14 min

Monocle Reads: Ben Arthur: 

Ben Arthur is a songwriter and producer who hosts and interviews notable literary figures on his podcast SongWriter, where he explores stories and “answer songs”. It’s now his turn to be interviewed.

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22422 Mar 2020
30 min

Oyinkan Braithwaite: 

Award-winning Nigerian novelist Oyinkan Braithwaite burst onto the literary scene with her dark-comedy debut, ‘My Sister the Serial Killer’. She grew up between Lagos and London, also works as a graphic designer and champions the art of the spoken word.

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19 Mar 2020
19 min

Monocle Reads: Lahore Literary Festival 2020: 

We travel to the Alhamra Arts Center in Pakistan for the eighth edition of the annual Lahore Literary Festival. The three-day event hosted eminent writers, historians, artists and opinion-makers from Pakistan and abroad. Free and open to the public, the event featured, among others, Turkish Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk.

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22315 Mar 2020
30 min

Alex Michaelides: 

Screenwriter-cum-author Alex Michaelides’ influences range from Agatha Christie to Euripides. His most recent book, ‘The Silent Patient’, has garnered much acclaim: the thriller is being made into a film having gripped audiences worldwide and topped The New York Times bestseller list.

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12 Mar 2020
14 min

Monocle Reads: Jen Calleja: 

We speak to award-winning poet and German-language translator Jen Calleja. Her debut short-fiction collection, ‘I’m Afraid That’s All We’ve Got Time For’, is a vibrant mixture of comic, somewhat surreal stories, which poke and prod at the fabric of everyday life.

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2228 Mar 2020
30 min

Isabel Allende : 

Georgina Godwin meets the legendary Latin American author Isabel Allende, a spiritual magic-realist writer and champion of feminism who shares insights into her many great books and the creative process of writing.

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5 Mar 2020
18 min

Monocle Reads: Dr Rahul Jandial: 

Dr Rahul Jandial is an award-winning brain surgeon and neuroscientist. He talks to Georgina Godwin about his book ‘Life Lessons from a Brain Surgeon’, which tells stories of the brain and reveals the best way to boost your memory, minimise stress and control your emotions.

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2211 Mar 2020
30 min

Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac: 

What will happen if we do or don’t meet the Paris Agreement climate goals? Principal architects of the accord Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac talk to Georgina Godwin about their new book ‘The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis’.

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27 Feb 2020
18 min

Monocle Reads: Paul Morland: 

Paul Morland talks to Georgina Godwin about his new book, ‘The Human Tide’, which highlights the role of population growth over the past two centuries. In an age of excessive carbon emissions and coronavirus, how will rising populations shape the future of our planet?

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22023 Feb 2020
30 min

Paul Krugman: 

Nobel prize-winning economist and author Paul Krugman worked under Ronald Reagan, predicted the 2008 crash and was once described as “the Mick Jagger of economic punditry”. He talks to Georgina Godwin about “zombie ideas” in modern economics.

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20 Feb 2020
7 min

Monocle Reads: Claudia Rubenstein: 

On this week’s Monocle Reads we speak to Claudia Rubenstein, author, historian and director of Jewish Book Week, London’s longest-running international literary festival.

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21916 Feb 2020
30 min

Daniel Kehlmann: 

Daniel Kehlmann, Germany’s best-selling postwar novelist, discusses his country’s literary humour, the origin of fairy tales and his new book, ‘Tyll’, which has now been translated into English and is set to be a Netflix TV series.

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