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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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Amanda Craig:

Compared to Charles Dickens for her work commenting on the gulf between the rich and poor, Amanda Craig tells Georgina Godwin about her seven interconnected novels on the state of contemporary British society. Craig gives us an entertaining glimpse into her life and tells us why children’s books and fairy stories really matter.

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10616 Dec 2017
30 min

Amanda Craig: 

Compared to Charles Dickens for her work commenting on the gulf between the rich and poor, Amanda Craig tells Georgina Godwin about her seven interconnected novels on the state of contemporary British society. Craig gives us an entertaining glimpse into her life and tells us why children’s books and fairy stories really matter.

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1059 Dec 2017
30 min

100 Years of Finland Part 2: Horatio Clare: 

As Finland celebrates 100 years of independence, we continue to explore the country’s literary scene. We talk to travel writer, memoirist and children’s author Horatio Clare. A message from the Finnish embassy launched him on a voyage around an extraordinary country, which he documents in his book ‘Icebreaker’. He tells Georgina Godwin about the journey.

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1042 Dec 2017
30 min

100 Years of Finland Part 1: Pajtim Statovci: 

As Finland celebrates 100 years of independence, we have the first of two programmes with a special focus on the country’s literary scene. Georgina Godwin talks to Pajtim Statovci about his debut book ‘My Cat Yugoslavia’ and David Hackston – the man that translated it.

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10325 Nov 2017
30 min

Mike Brearley: 

In the week The Ashes begin, we meet one of England’s greatest cricket captains, who has also spent the past 30 years as a psychoanalyst. Mike Brearley talks about what it means to be on form in all parts of life.

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10218 Nov 2017
30 min

Donald Trelford: 

In a week where we have seen Zimbabwe implode, we feature a man whose career was defined by events there. He was the editor of the influential ‘Observer’ newspaper for nearly two decades, he’s been described as the ‘Rocky Marciano of newspaper politics’ and in his new book he recounts adventures and misadventures during 60 years on Fleet Street – including his encounter with Emmerson Mnangagwa, the man behind the assumed military take over in Harare.

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10111 Nov 2017
30 min

Peter Wohlleben: 

The German forester tells us about his bestselling book ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’, which includes revelations on how they suckle their young, communicate with each other through the ‘wood-wide web’ and have personalities. And now there’s his follow-up, which looks at how animals grieve, feel shame and even adopt their grandchildren.

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1004 Nov 2017
30 min

Jeffrey Archer: 

He’s been an international athlete and a politician; he’s served time in prison and is a member of the House of Lords. He also happens to be one of the bestselling writers in the world. Jeffrey Archer sits down with Georgina Godwin to discuss his life, work and the current political climate.

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9928 Oct 2017
30 min

Armistead Maupin: 

Joining Georgina Godwin this week is one of the US’s finest storytellers, the man who gave us the novel series ‘Tales of the City’. The books paint an indelible portrait of an era that forever changed the way we live, with words that have given courage and hope to many who feared they would never find their logical family.

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9821 Oct 2017
30 min

Sarah Winman: 

Sarah Winman’s creative career started as an actress on both stage and screen. Her debut novel catapulted her to international-bestseller status. She talks to Georgina Godwin about her beautifully nuanced work, which captures landscape, love, sexual identity and the frailty of human relationships.

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9714 Oct 2017
30 min

Amit Chaudhuri : 

The Indian-born author’s seventh novel – ‘Friend of my Youth’ – is, he says, not really a novel at all. So what is it? He discusses literary forms and his background in Mumbai and Kolkata.

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967 Oct 2017
30 min

Sigrid Rausing: 

Sigrid Rausing is the editor of ‘Granta’ magazine and the company’s publishing arm. In this powerful conversation she talks to Georgina Godwin about death, drugs, false accusations and the tragedy that shook the famous Tetrapak family to its core.

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9530 Sep 2017
30 min

Chris Mullin: 

Former UK Labour party politician Chris Mullin is acclaimed for his diaries, which cover the rise and fall of New Labour. He’s also won both an Emmy and a Bafta for the adaption of his novel ‘A Very British Coup’. He talks to Georgina Godwin about his life in politics under Tony Blair, his work in Vietnam and Cambodia, his campaign to free the Birmingham Six and his witty new memoir.

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9423 Sep 2017
30 min

David Lagercrantz: 

Lagercrantz is not just responsible for ghosting a book by one of Sweden’s most iconic sportsmen in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic: he has also taken over from the late Stieg Larsson, author of the multimillion-selling Millennium trilogy, to continue the adventures of the girl with the dragon tattoo.

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9316 Sep 2017
30 min

Marcel Theroux: 

Marcel Theroux is an award-winning writer and a documentary filmmaker from an illustrious creative family. He talks to Georgina Godwin about his father Paul, his brother Louis, his cousin Justin and his new novel ‘The Secret Books’, an utterly compelling read that is so relevant to our times.

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929 Sep 2017
30 min

Sofi Oksanen: 

Sofi Oksanen is a Finnish and Estonian novelist and playwright. Winner of the Finlandia prize and known as the greatest voices of her generation at home, Oksanen gained international recognition through ‘Purge’, a book that is also a play, a film and an opera. Her fifth novel, ‘Norma’, looks at the global exploitation of women told through the eyes of a girl with magical hair. She talks to Georgina Godwin about her latest book, as well as her journey so far.

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