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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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Peter Stamm:

As we spend the week broadcasting from our Zürich bureau, we talk to Swiss author Peter Stamm, one of the country’s bestselling authors.

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14515 Sep 2018
30 min

Peter Stamm: 

As we spend the week broadcasting from our Zürich bureau, we talk to Swiss author Peter Stamm, one of the country’s bestselling authors.

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1448 Sep 2018
30 min

Franny Moyle: 

A passionate cultural historian, Moyle started her career as the BBC’s first dedicated commissioner for arts and culture before moving onto writing some of the most riveting biographies of recent years.

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1431 Sep 2018
30 min

SJ Naudé : 

We head to the Edinburgh International Book festival to meet SJ Naudé. The South African former lawyer talks about his novel ‘The Third Reel’, which explores the Cold War and anti-apartheid movement.

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14225 Aug 2018
30 min

Nik Gowing: 

After 18 successful years as a foreign-affairs specialist at ITN, Nik Gowing went on to be the longest-serving anchor on BBC World News. He talks to us about his career and his new book ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’.

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14118 Aug 2018
30 min

Louisa Young: 

An award-winning author and singer-songwriter, Young talks about her life and her latest book ‘You Left Early’. It charts her all-consuming relationship with composer Robert Lockhart and his all-consuming relationship with alcohol.

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14011 Aug 2018
30 min

Anuradha Roy: 

One of India’s greatest living novelists, Anuradha Roy has been longlisted for the Man Booker prize for her writing. In this interview, she discusses her work, and inequality and nationalism in India.

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1394 Aug 2018
30 min

Joanna Coles : 

Joanna Coles is the former editor of ‘Cosmopolitan’ and was the inspiration behind television shows ‘Running in Heels’ and ‘The BoldType’. We discuss her meteoric career rise and new book, ‘Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World’.

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13828 Jul 2018
30 min

Panashe Chigumadzi and Ellah Wakatama Allfrey: 

As Zimbabwe holds elections we look at its history through the eyes of Panashe Chigumadzi, a Zimbabwean-born novelist and essayist. Plus: we talk to her publisher Ellah Wakatama Allfrey of The Indigo Press about starting a publishing house from scratch.

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13721 Jul 2018
30 min

Peter Hain: 

With an illustrious political career, Hain has been leader of the House of Commons, Europe minister and Africa minister, among other prominent positions in UK government. Originally from South Africa, he tells us about his life as an anti-apartheid campaigner and his connection with Nelson Mandela – the subject of his new book.

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13614 Jul 2018
30 min

Tim Winton: 

As one of Australia’s foremost writers, Winton has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. He tells us about toxic masculinity and the accidents that have shaped his life.

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1357 Jul 2018
30 min

Ben Rhodes: 

Rhodes was a speechwriter and foreign-policy adviser to Barack Obama during the leader’s entire tenure. Here he gives us a unique insight into the everyday affairs of the Oval Office, as well as his personal friendship with the US president.

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13430 Jun 2018
30 min

Sir Antony Beevor: 

English military historian Sir Antony Beevor is the author of four novels and 12 non-fiction books. We discuss his latest book on the Battle of Arnhem, and the war stories that countries sometimes prefer not to be told.

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13323 Jun 2018
30 min

Burhan Sonmez: 

On the eve of the Turkish elections, Georgina Godwin speaks to the prize-winning Turkish novelist whose latest work, ‘Istanbul Istanbul’, has been published in more than 20 countries. He tells us about his writing career and being Kurdish in Turkey.

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13216 Jun 2018
30 min

Marcello Di Cintio: 

Marcello Di Cintio has wandered through western and northern Africa, and has written a book about the experience. He’s also written about walls, fences and other ‘hard’ barriers – and the people who live in their shadows. And now, in his latest work, he takes us on a powerful journey through Palestine’s contemporary culture – he tells Georgina Godwin about it.

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1319 Jun 2018
26 min

Sarah Sands: 

As the winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction is announced, we speak to the chair of the judges, Sarah Sands.

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