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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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Paul Kenyon:

Kenyon is a Bafta-winning journalist. His new book, ‘Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa’, describes the violence and excess of some of the continent’s strongmen – and behind them, the greed and complicity of the West.

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15417 Nov 2018
30 min

Paul Kenyon: 

Kenyon is a Bafta-winning journalist. His new book, ‘Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa’, describes the violence and excess of some of the continent’s strongmen – and behind them, the greed and complicity of the West.

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15310 Nov 2018
30 min

Sulaiman Adonia: 

Eritrean-born writer Addonia grew up in a Sudanese refugee camp and arrived unaccompanied in the UK without a word of English. Since then he’s been published around the world in more than 20 languages; he tells Georgina Godwin about his amazing journey.

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1523 Nov 2018
29 min

Kamal Ahmed: 

This week we examine identity through the eyes of prominent journalist Kamal Ahmed. He discusses his dual heritage – his mother is English and father was Sudanese – in his new book ‘The Life and Times of a Very British Man’.

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15127 Oct 2018
28 min

André Aciman: 

Aciman is the author of ‘Call me by your Name’, now an award-winning film. He’s also an American memoirist, essayist, novelist and scholar of 17th-century literature – we talk about his work and life.

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15020 Oct 2018
30 min

Agnes Poirier: 

Poirier’s latest book, ‘Left Bank: Art, Passion and the rebirth of Paris 1940-1950’, covers everything from German occupation during the Second World War, through liberation to the birth of existentialism and the Fourth Republic.

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14913 Oct 2018
30 min

Gail Jones: 

Jones, one of Australia’s most celebrated authors, has been winning almost every prize going recently – not least making the longlist for the Man Booker and the Orange prize. She tells us about her journey through fiction.

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1486 Oct 2018
30 min

Michael Quetting: 

Quetting talks to us about an extraordinary project – and the resulting book ‘Papa Goose’. It’s a work that charts the moving and often hilarious story of bringing up seven goslings from egg to independence over the course of a year.

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14729 Sep 2018
30 min

Robert Ferguson: 

A former postman, factory worker and cook, Ferguson had many lives. Then he took a course in Scandinavian studies, moved to Norway and his literary career began. We talk to him about what it means to be Scandinavian.

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14622 Sep 2018
30 min

Lauren Groff : 

In 2015, then-president Barack Obama named Groff’s ‘Fates and Furies’ his book of the year. She was named by Granta as one of the best young American writers of her generation and has a new collection of short stories out. We talk about her journey so far.

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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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