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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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Brandon Taylor:

Georgina Godwin talks to Brandon Taylor, whose debut novel has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020. The son of illiterate parents from Alabama, Taylor’s powerful ‘Real Life’ is the story of a gay, black biochemistry student. The book crackles with electric prose.

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24 Sep 2020
17 min

Monocle Reads: Laila Lalami: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to Pulitzer prize-finalist Laila Lalami about her latest book ‘Conditional Citizens’. Using her own journey from Moroccan immigrant to US citizen, Lalami explores notions of belonging in America.

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25120 Sep 2020
30 min

Brandon Taylor: 

Georgina Godwin talks to Brandon Taylor, whose debut novel has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020. The son of illiterate parents from Alabama, Taylor’s powerful ‘Real Life’ is the story of a gay, black biochemistry student. The book crackles with electric prose.

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17 Sep 2020
15 min

Monocle Reads: Andrew Hankinson: 

Andrew Hankinson, the award-winning author of ‘You Could Do Something Amazing with Your Life: (You Are Raoul Moat)’ speaks to Georgina Godwin about his latest book, ‘Don’t Applaud. Either Laugh or Don’t’, which explores contemporary comedy through the Comedy Cellar, New York.

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25013 Sep 2020
30 min

Rose Tremain: 

Georgina Godwin interviews acclaimed novelist Rose Tremain about her relationship with her parents and how that has impacted on her writing, including in her latest book, ‘Islands of Mercy’. Set in 1986, it shifts between the genteel town of Bath and the wild island of Borneo.

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10 Sep 2020
16 min

Monocle Reads: Maggie O’Farrell: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to the newly crowned winner of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction, Maggie O’Farrell. Her winning novel, ‘Hamnet’, was inspired by the life and death of Shakespeare’s only son.

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2496 Sep 2020
30 min

Vanessa Branson: 

Vanessa Branson is a champion of numerous cultural and ecological initiatives. A trustee for the charitable Virgin Unite organisation that was started by her brother Richard, she has now written a frank and highly entertaining memoir about her family, called ‘One Hundred Summers’.

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3 Sep 2020
9 min

Monocle Reads: Jini Reddy: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to author and journalist Jini Reddy about her latest book ‘Wanderland’, which has been shortlisted for the Wainwright prize for nature writing. Described as “eco-spiritual nature writing”, the book follows Jini as she heads off to search for the magic in the UK landscape.

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24830 Aug 2020
30 min

Jess Phillips: 

Labour front bench MP Jess Phillips talks about telling truth to power, her political ambition, those that inspire her and how to call time on bullshit.

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27 Aug 2020
15 min

Monocle Reads: Harriet Tyce: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to Harriet Tyce about her latest thriller, ‘The Lies You Told’, which draws inspiration from her background as a criminal barrister. Tyce’s debut, ‘Blood Orange’, was a Sunday Times bestseller.

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24623 Aug 2020
30 min

DBC Pierre: 

Georgina Godwin talks to DBC Pierre, who won the Booker prize with his debut novel ‘Vernon God Little’. He has gone on to write five more books, including his latest: dystopian satire ‘Meanwhile in Dopamine City’. It is a darkly funny, brilliantly clever and utterly terrifying vision of technology in our near future

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20 Aug 2020
16 min

Monocle Reads: Bolu Babalola: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to writer, commentator and ‘romcomoisseur’ Bolu Babalola about her debut novel, ‘Love in Colour’, a collection of beautifully reimagined folklore from across the world. A previous work, ‘Netflix & Chill’, was shortlisted for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize.

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24516 Aug 2020
30 min

Tsitsi Dangarembga: 

Georgina Godwin meets filmmaker, playwright and writer Tsitsi Dangarembga, whose 1988 novel ‘Nervous Conditions’ was the first published in English by a black Zimbabwean woman and won the Commonwealth Writers’ prize. Thirty years on, at a time of political turmoil in the country, her follow-up, ‘This Mournable Body’, has been long-listed for the Booker prize.

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13 Aug 2020
15 min

Monocle Reads: Lamorna Ash: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to Lamorna Ash about her debut book, ‘Dark, Salt, Clear: Life in a Cornish Fishing Town’. Shortlisted for the 2020 Wainwright prize for nature writing, it offers a glimpse at life in Newlyn.

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2449 Aug 2020
30 min

Romesh Gunesekera: 

The accolades that Sri Lankan-born novelist Romesh Gunesekera has received include being shortlisted for the Booker prize and having a novel on the ‘New York Times’ list of notable books. He joins Georgina Godwin – and her dog – for a walk and a discussion about home, identity, conflict and his latest book, ‘Suncatcher’.

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6 Aug 2020
12 min

Monocle Reads: Sean Ashton : 

‘Sampler’ is a selection of encyclopaedia entries written by poets. The book is edited by Sean Ashton, who speaks to Georgina Godwin about the collection and his memoir, ‘Living in a Land’, which is written entirely in sentences constructed in the negative.

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