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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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James Crawford:

The Shetland-born writer and TV presenter, best known for BBC documentary series ‘Scotland from the Sky’, speaks to Georgina Godwin. His latest book, ‘The Edge of the Plain: How Borders Make and Break our World’, took him to some of the planet’s most contested and fastest-changing borders, from Israel to Mexico and back home to Scotland.

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3775 Feb 2023
30 min

James Crawford: 

The Shetland-born writer and TV presenter, best known for BBC documentary series ‘Scotland from the Sky’, speaks to Georgina Godwin. His latest book, ‘The Edge of the Plain: How Borders Make and Break our World’, took him to some of the planet’s most contested and fastest-changing borders, from Israel to Mexico and back home to Scotland.

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2 Feb 2023
23 min

Monocle Reads: ‘Kick the Latch’: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to Los Angeles-based artist and writer Kathryn Scanlan about her brilliant new novel ‘Kick the Latch’. Based on transcribed interviews, it tells the story of one woman’s life on the racetrack.

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37629 Jan 2023
30 min

Cal Flyn: 

The award-winning writer from the Scottish Highlands sits down with Georgina Godwin at Cheltenham Literature Festival. They speak about biodiversity, visiting Chernobyl and Flyn’s new book, ‘Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape’, which focuses on the places left behind by humans and reclaimed by nature.

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26 Jan 2023
24 min

Monocle Reads: Call and Response: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to writer Gothataone Moeng about her highly anticipated new collection of short stories ‘Call and Response’. Set between the rural village of Serowe and the capital Gaborone; the book tells stories of ordinary life in contemporary Botswana.

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37522 Jan 2023
30 min

Sarah May: 

The acclaimed British novelist and playwright speaks to Georgina Godwin about angry women, the suburbs and her latest book ‘Becky’, a modern reimagining of William Thackery’s ‘Vanity Fair’. Its eponymous character is a ferocious young journalist willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead and leave her working-class roots behind.

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19 Jan 2023
24 min

Monocle Reads: ‘The Wife of Bath: A Biography‘: 

Marion Turner is the JRR Tolkien Professor of English Literature and Language at the University of Oxford and an authority on Chaucer. She sits down with Georgina Godwin to discuss her new book, ‘The Wife of Bath: A Biography’.

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37415 Jan 2023
30 min

Howard Jacobson: 

The Booker Prize-winning author joined Georgina Godwin at Cheltenham Literature Festival to talk about his new memoir, ‘Mother’s Boy: A Writer’s Beginning’. Howard talks about becoming a writer at 40 and describes how his mother shaped his love of literature, relationship with religion and gift for writing Jewish characters.

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12 Jan 2023
22 min

Monocle Reads: ‘Why the F*ck Can’t I Change?’: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to neuroscientist Gabija Toleikyte about her latest book, ‘Why the F*ck Can’t I Change?’, which takes us on a journey through the human brain and the science behind change. With simple tips and practical tools, it shows us how to develop good habits and how to make them stick.

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3738 Jan 2023
30 min

Sally Gardner: 

The award-winning author and illustrator sits down with Georgina Godwin. They discuss dyslexia, Sally’s early career in theatre and her new novel, The Weather Woman, which touches on topics such as climate change and gender fluidity.

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5 Jan 2023
24 min

Monocle Reads: ‘Invasion‘: 

Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent for ‘The Guardian’. He speaks to Georgina Godwin about his latest book, ‘Invasion: Russia’s Bloody War and Ukraine’s Fight for Survival’ – the first book of reportage from the front lines of the Ukraine war.

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3701 Jan 2023
30 min

The Best of 2022 – Part 2: 

To welcome in the new year, we look back at the people behind the prose that we’ve featured in 2022. In part two of two, we listen back to some of our favourite interviews with authors NoViolet Bulawayo, Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Waheed Arian and Andrei Kurkov.

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36925 Dec 2022
30 min

The Best of 2022 – Part 1: 

To celebrate the festive season we listen back to conversations with the award-winning authors Ruth Ozeki, Katherine Rundell, Percival Everett and the winner of the 2022 Booker Prize, Shehan Karunatilaka.

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36818 Dec 2022
30 min

Jarvis Cocker: 

The musician best known as the frontman of Pulp sat down with Georgina Godwin at Cheltenham Literary Festival.

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15 Dec 2022
23 min

Monocle Reads: ‘The Elephant Conspiracy‘: 

Georgina Godwin sits down with former British anti-apartheid leader and cabinet minister Peter Hain to discuss his latest novel on the corrupt business of poaching, ‘The Elephant Conspiracy’. It is the sequel to his successful first thriller, ‘The Rhino Conspiracy’.

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36711 Dec 2022
30 min

Paul Feig : 

Georgina Godwin meets US actor, director, comedian and film-maker Paul Feig. He is best known for directing ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘The Heat’ and ‘Ghostbusters’. His latest book is ‘Cocktail Time!: The Ultimate Guide to Grown-Up Fun’. It includes 125 cocktails recipes, each served along with a funny insider story about his Hollywood life and famous friends.

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