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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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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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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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912 Sep 2017
30 min

Dominic Dromgoole: 

Georgina Godwin asks what North Korea has against Shakespeare, what Barack Obama thinks of The Globe Theatre, what happens when a production cast comes down with food poisoning and how difficult it is to be (or not to be) in 197 countries. The answers come from award-winning writer and theatre director Dominic Dromgoole.

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9026 Aug 2017
24 min

Charley Boorman: 

Discover the modern-day adventurer, travel writer, entertainer and motorcycle fanatic Charley Boorman. He talks to Georgina Godwin about his Hollywood-influenced childhood with his father – the director John Boorman – his bike tours around the world with Ewan McGregor and how he recovered from a near-fatal accident.

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8919 Aug 2017
30 min

Andy Miller: 

Georgina Godwin meets a man who is not a sports writer – even though he’s written what has been described as one of the best books about sport. He’s not a musician but he’s produced a brilliant book about music. He’s also not one of at least 10 people in the public eye who go by the same name. He tells us how reading saved his life.

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8812 Aug 2017
30 min

Monique Roffey: 

It’s time to talk about sex. How do you write good sex without being cheesy? Does your gender define how you broach the subject? Monique Roffey, author of ‘The Tryst’, this summer’s literary erotic must-read, answers these questions and discusses the issues that arise from her background as a white West Indian with Georgina Godwin.

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875 Aug 2017
30 min

Edward Docx: 

Docx – author of four novels and once longlisted for the Man Booker prize – has seen his most recent book, ‘Let go my Hand’, brilliant received. It’s a darkly comic and deeply moving 21st-century love story between a son, his brothers and their father, journeying across Europe to an uncertain end. He tells us about his work and how his own eccentric upbringing informs his writing.

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8629 Jul 2017
30 min

Ed Smith: 

Are you lucky? Does luck even exist? This week Georgina Godwin talks to former international cricket star turned writer Ed Smith about his life and latest book on luck. They discuss privilege, opportunity, fortune, destiny and fate.

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8522 Jul 2017
30 min

Lawrence Krauss: 

Krauss is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, academic, commentator and public intellectual. On top of that he’s produced several books, the most recent of which is called ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told – So Far’. From Galileo to Higgs boson, it addresses a crucial question: why are we here?

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8415 Jul 2017
30 min

Marie-Elsa Bragg: 

After being a dancer, priest, therapist and campaigner for women’s rights within the church, Marie-Elsa Bragg has now turned her hand to writing. She’s just produced her first novel, Towards Mellbreak, telling the story of a farming family in Cumbria over four generations. She talks to Georgina Godwin about spirituality, landscape, her upbringing and day job.

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838 Jul 2017
30 min

Daniel Kehlmann: 

Daniel Kehlmann is the award-winning author of ‘Measuring the World’, Germany’s biggest-selling book for more than 30 years. He joins Georgina Godwin to talk about his new novella ‘You Should Have Left’ and his play, ‘The Mentor’, which has just opened in London’s West End.

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