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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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Kate Mosse:

Georgina Godwin meets Kate Mosse, who is the author of eight novels and short-story collections, as well as works of non-fiction and plays. Her work has been translated into 38 languages and published in more than 40 countries. She is also the co-founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the largest annual celebration of women’s writing in the world.

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32123 Jan 2022
30 min

Kate Mosse: 

Georgina Godwin meets Kate Mosse, who is the author of eight novels and short-story collections, as well as works of non-fiction and plays. Her work has been translated into 38 languages and published in more than 40 countries. She is also the co-founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the largest annual celebration of women’s writing in the world.

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20 Jan 2022
20 min

Monocle Reads: Nick Blackburn: 

Nick Blackburn is a therapist with a background in literature and the arts, whose work sits at the intersection of the complexities of the human mind and the written word. He speaks to Georgina Godwin about his new memoir, ‘The Reactor: A Book about Grief and Repair’. It is a reckoning with loss, told through fragments uniting the personal with philosophy, music, art and psychology.

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32016 Jan 2022
30 min

Brian Klaas: 

Brian Klaas is an academic and columnist for ‘The Washington Post’. He has advised governments, worked on political campaigns and written for ‘The New York Times’, ‘The Guardian’ and the ‘Financial Times’. Georgina Godwin talks to him about his new book ‘Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us’, which attempts to answer the age-old question: does power corrupt or are the corrupt drawn to power?

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13 Jan 2022
23 min

Monocle Reads: Andrew Maunder: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to Andrew Maunder about his latest book, ‘Enid Blyton: A Literary Life’. It tells the story of one of England’s most prolific writers, whose reputation has faced a reckoning since her death in 1968. The book covers the entirety of Blyton’s writing career and how her work has lived on afterwards.

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3199 Jan 2022
30 min

Ian Hislop: 

Georgina Godwin meets Ian Hislop, the editor of Britain’s most successful (and indeed only) fortnightly satirical magazine. He has been at the helm of ‘Private Eye’ for 32 years, leading its investigative journalism, spoofs and, of course, iconic covers.

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6 Jan 2022
20 min

Monocle Reads: Stuart Jeffries: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to Stuart Jeffries about his latest book, ‘Everything, All the Time, Everywhere: How We Became Postmodern’. It is a unique history of postmodernism from the 1970s until today, exploring how behind the notion of the movement as escapism is the more sinister idea of its close relationship with neoliberalism.

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3182 Jan 2022
30 min

The best of Meet The Writers, part two: 

To welcome in the new year, we delve into some of the most interesting and entertaining conversations we had on Meet The Writers in 2021.

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31726 Dec 2021
30 min

The best of 2021, part one: 

To celebrate the festive season, we look back at the people behind the prose we’ve featured on the programme this year and highlight some of our favourite interviews.

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31619 Dec 2021
30 min

Pip Burley: 

Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ is the biggest selling song of all time. Pip Burley tells Georgina Godwin the sad tale behind Irving Berlin’s tune and why it continues to capture our imagination so many decades later.

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16 Dec 2021
23 min

Monocle Reads: Jim Downs: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to Jim Downs about his latest book ‘Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine’. It is an in-depth global history which looks at how modern medicine developed and the role of human catastrophe in this. By exploring these connections, the book seeks to find out the true price of medical progress.

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31512 Dec 2021
30 min

Simon Mundy: 

Simon Mundy is a journalist and the moral money editor at the ‘Financial Times’. He speaks to Georgina Godwin about his latest book ‘Race for Tomorrow: Survival, Innovation and Profit on the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis’.

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9 Dec 2021
28 min

Monocle Reads: David Lan & Christopher MacLehose: 

The Walk is a travelling festival of art and cross-border collaboration, at the heart of which is Amal, the giant 3.5 metre-tall puppet, which this year has walked 8,000km in support of refugees. Now, the story of Amal has been put into book form, in the official companion ‘The Long Walk with Little Amal’. Georgina Godwin spoke with David Lan, one of the producers of ‘The Walk’, and Christopher MacLehose, publisher at Mountain Leopard Press.

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3145 Dec 2021
30 min

Timothy Ogene: 

Timothy Ogene has a catalogue of academic achievements from some of the world’s most prestigious institutions. He currently lectures at Harvard University, as well as writing fiction and poetry and he tells Georgina Godwin about his second novel, ‘Seesaw’, which tells the story of a writer plucked from obscurity in Nigeria to attend an American writing programme. With a wry and light touch, ‘Seesaw’ explores the world of modern academia, cultural dislocation and what happens when the two collide.

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2 Dec 2021
20 min

Monocle Reads: Maryam Diener: 

The surrealist movement of the 20th century produced cultural icons including André Breton, Max Ernst and Salvador Dalí. While the enduring names of the movement are of men, women played a pivotal role in surrealism not merely as muses but as artists. Georgina Godwin speaks to Maryam Diener, whose book ‘Exquisite Corpse’ brings together the stories of some of these women and helps cement their rightful place in history.

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31328 Nov 2021
30 min

Mark Freestone and Gwen Adshead : 

Georgina Godwin sits down with Mark Freestone, author of ‘Making a Psychopath’ and Gwen Adshead, co-author of ‘The Devil You Know’ to discuss the dark world of psychopaths. Both have spent time in the company of psychopaths, either fictional or in real life, and know a little more than most about what makes them tick. This conversation was originally recorded at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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