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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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Alice Sherwood:

Georgina Godwin meets Alice Sherwood, senior research fellow at King’s College London’s Policy Institute and former documentary maker. Her new book, ‘Authenticity: Reclaiming Reality in a Counterfeit Culture’, tells stories of fraud, fakery and realness across art, technology, business and nature. Its author asks what authenticity is – and isn’t – and why it matters.

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33822 May 2022
30 min

Alice Sherwood: 

Georgina Godwin meets Alice Sherwood, senior research fellow at King’s College London’s Policy Institute and former documentary maker. Her new book, ‘Authenticity: Reclaiming Reality in a Counterfeit Culture’, tells stories of fraud, fakery and realness across art, technology, business and nature. Its author asks what authenticity is – and isn’t – and why it matters.

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19 May 2022
20 min

Monocle Reads: A Little History of Art: 

On Monocle Reads this week Georgina Godwin speaks to Charlotte Mullins, art critic and former editor of ‘Art Review’, about her latest book, ‘A Little History of Art’. It is a comprehensive and thrilling journey through 100,000 years of art, from the first works ever made to the role art plays in contemporary culture.

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33715 May 2022
30 min

Charlotte Van den Broeck: 

Georgina Godwin meets Charlotte Van den Broeck, award-winning Flemish poet and author. Her newly translated book ‘Bold Ventures: Thirteen Tales of Architectural Tragedy’ is about architects whose design errors proved fatal, as they took their own lives or at least that’s the rumour. It is a personal, reflective and philosophical exploration of the connection between creation and creator.

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12 May 2022
26 min

Monocle Reads: ‘Sounds Wild and Broken’: 

David George Haskell is a Guggenheim fellow and a professor of biology and environmental studies, who has written about biology, ethics and culture for ‘The New York Times’ and other publications. He speaks to Georgina Godwin about his fascinating new book, ‘Sounds Wild and Broken’, which charts the first sounds in the atmosphere that predate life on Earth.

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3368 May 2022
30 min

Corinne Chateau : 

This week, Georgina Godwin speaks to Corinne Chateau, the American actress, director and writer. She discusses working with Elia Kazan, Anne Bancroft, Shelley Winters, Katharine Hepburn and Ellen Burstyn; her book ‘The Road to Cali’; and her most recent project, the award-winning documentary ‘Safer in Silence’, which explores her Jewish-Polish heritage.

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5 May 2022
27 min

Monocle Reads: ‘The Secret Lives of Church Ladies’: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to American writer, essayist and public speaker Deesha Philyaw about her latest book, ‘The Secret Lives of Church Ladies’. The award-winning collection of short stories explores the lives and relationships of black women and girls in the US, and the tension between their own needs and desires and the expectations set for them by the church and by society.

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3351 May 2022
30 min

Clare Conville and DBC Pierre : 

This week, Georgina Godwin speaks to Clare Conville, founder of literary agency Conville and Walsh. She also meets DBC Pierre, the Booker Prize-winning author of ‘Vernon God Little’. His latest work is ‘Big Snake Little Snake’, an exploration of risk and gambling.

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28 Apr 2022
24 min

Monocle Reads: ‘The Language Game’: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to Nick Chater, professor of behavioural science at Warwick University Business School, about his new book ‘The Language Game’, co-written with colleague and friend Morten H Christian. The book offers a new theory of language development, arguing that we learn to communicate not with fixed meanings and rules but through the chaotic improvisation and creativity of everyday speech.

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33424 Apr 2022
30 min

Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer: 

Georgina Godwin meets Dutch author and poet Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, whose best-selling novel ‘Grand Hotel Europa’ has just been translated into English. It is a moving and addictive masterpiece looking at European identity, nostalgia and the end of an era.

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21 Apr 2022
23 min

Monocle Reads: ‘Wet Paint’: 

Georgina Godwin sits down with Chloë Ashby to talk about her debut novel ‘Wet Paint’. Ashby is an award-winning arts journalist and author, and a regular contributor and former editor at Monocle.

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33317 Apr 2022
30 min

NoViolet Bulawayo: 

Georgina Godwin meets Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo. Her first novel, ‘We Need New Names’, was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, making her the first Zimbabwean and first black African woman to make the shortlist. Her new novel ‘Glory’, set in an animal kingdom called Jidada, tells the story of dashed hopes, corruption and greed following the fall of a dictator.

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14 Apr 2022
27 min

Monocle Reads: ‘Africa is Not A Country’: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to Dipo Faloyin, senior editor of global news at ‘Vice’, about his debut book, ‘Africa is Not A Country’. It is a study on modern Africa that pushes back on harmful stereotypes to show the diversity of the continent’s thriving cultures.

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33210 Apr 2022
30 min

Celia Paul : 

Georgina Godwin speaks to Celia Paul, an artist and a chronicler of family life and connection through the medium of portraiture. Her first book, ‘Self Portrait’, was published to critical acclaim and her second is an intimate insight into her affection and admiration for artist Gwen John.

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7 Apr 2022
22 min

Monocle Reads explore book fairs and book festivals: 

Georgina Godwin finds out all there is to know about book fairs and book festivals. She speaks with Cristina Fuentes La Roche, international director at Hay Festival, and visits the London Book Fair, where she meets Edward Nawotka of Publishers Weekly and Tinatin Beriashvili, executive director of the Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association.

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3313 Apr 2022
30 min

Jean Oelwang: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to the president of Virgin Unite, the charitable arm of Virgin. Jean Oelwang worked in telecoms for two decades and across six continents before shifting to philanthropy. Her new book ‘Partnering: Forge the Deep Connections that Make Great Things Happen’ is the result of her observations of leaders and changemakers and the deep relationships that made their work possible.

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