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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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Stephanie Scott:

Stephanie Scott’s award-winning debut thriller, ‘What’s Left of Me Is Yours’, retells the true story of a Japanese man paid to seduce a married woman. Scott’s novel was the culmination of years of hard work in Japan spent researching the story, the legal system and the way of life.

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23431 May 2020
30 min

Stephanie Scott: 

Stephanie Scott’s award-winning debut thriller, ‘What’s Left of Me Is Yours’, retells the true story of a Japanese man paid to seduce a married woman. Scott’s novel was the culmination of years of hard work in Japan spent researching the story, the legal system and the way of life.

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28 May 2020
14 min

Monocle Reads: ‘Afraid of the Light’: 

The coronavirus crisis has prompted a number of charitable publishing initiatives. One of those is ‘Afraid of the Light’, an anthology of short fiction featuring 14 crime writers. Georgina Godwin speaks to one of the writers behind the project, Jo Furniss. Jo is also the author of ‘All the Little Children’, an Amazon bestseller, and the forthcoming suspense novel, ‘The Last to Know’. 


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23324 May 2020
30 min

Curtis Sittenfeld: 

Author Curtis Sittenfield cemented her place in the literary scene with her third novel ‘American Wife’, a story loosely based on first lady, Laura Bush. 12 years on, her eagerly anticipated new book ‘Rodham’ explores a similarly ambitious theme, reimagining the life of Hillary Clinton had she not married Bill. She spoke to Georgina Godwin about it and her own interest in politics.

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21 May 2020
11 min

Monocle Reads: Mojie Crigler: 

Mojie Crigler tells Georgina Godwin about her new book, ‘Under the Big Tree’, which tells the story of the people who suffer from Neglected Tropical Diseases, as well as the global movement of extraordinary people working together to defeat them.

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23217 May 2020
30 min

Amish Tripathi: 

Amish Tripathi rocketed to fame with the Shiva trilogy, which became the fastest-selling series of books in Indian history. Tripathi’s path to success was not a simple one, however, as he was initially rejected by publishers more than 20 times. As well as continuing to write, he is now a diplomat, serving as the head of the Nehru Centre in London.

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14 May 2020
10 min

Monocle Reads: ‘Warriors, Witches, Women’: 

Kate Hodges speaks to Georgina Godwin about her new book, ‘Warriors, Witches, Women: Celebrating Mythology’s Fiercest Females’. From feminist fairies to bloodsucking temptresses, half-human harpies and protective voodoo goddesses, the book does away with stereotypes and explores these historical and spiritual figures from a feminist perspective.

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23110 May 2020
30 min

Michael Frayn: 

British author, playwright and translator Michael Frayn is best known for his farcical comedy ‘Noises Off’ and ‘Copenhagen’, which details a 1941 meeting between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. He is also a translator of Russian and has written several English translations of Chekhov. He spoke to us about his prolific career and his latest book, ‘Magic Mobile’.

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7 May 2020
16 min

Monocle Reads: Dan Gretton: 

Writer and activist Dan Gretton’s disturbing debut work, ‘I You We Them’, is a culmination of Gretton’s career-spanning interest in “desk killers” – perpetrators of crimesagainst humanity, who murder through the cold mechanisms of bureaucracy. ‘I You We Them’ merges history, reportage and memoir to meditate on questions of responsibility and injustice today. 

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2303 May 2020
30 min

Humphrey Hawksley: 

Humphrey Hawksley is an author, commentator and broadcaster. His work as a BBC foreign correspondent took him all over the world, giving him a global perspective that informs his writing. His new book, ‘Man on Edge’, puts the reader at the centre of a geopolitical crisis in Moscow.

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30 Apr 2020
20 min

Monocle Reads: Emily Thomas: 

Dr Emily Thomas talks to Georgina Godwin about her new book, ‘The Meaning of Travel’. What compels people to travel and what impact does it have on society? ‘The Meaning of Travel’ traverses the places where philosophy and travel intersect, from the 16th century to the present day. Emily discusses the gendering of travel and philosophy and the ethics of travelling in an era of climate crisis and a pandemic.

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22926 Apr 2020
30 min

Christos Tsiolkas: 

Christos Tsiolkas is an Australian born to Greek immigrant parents whose breakthrough novel, ‘The Slap’, was longlisted for the Booker prize in 2010. He talks about religion, shame and his most recent book, ‘Damascus’.

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23 Apr 2020
13 min

Monocle Reads: Major General Paul Nanson: 

Georgina Godwin is joined by Major General Paul Nanson. Serving in Northern Ireland, the Gulf War, Bosnia and Iraq, Paul’s military career has spanned three decades. Now he has put experience down on paper in the form of a self-help book. ‘Stand Up Straight' provides the reader with 10 life lessons from Sandhurst and tells how to change your life for the better, you can start by folding your socks.

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22819 Apr 2020
30 min

Maaza Mengiste: 

Maaza Mengiste is a bright new force in international literature. She tells Georgina Godwin about her new book, ‘The Shadow King’, which casts a light on the women who went to war in the late 1930s in Ethiopia, the country of Mengiste’s birth.

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16 Apr 2020
17 min

Monocle Reads: Josie Goodbody: 

On this week’s Monocle Reads, Georgina Godwin speaks to Josie Goodbody. A jewellery expert, and author of the Jemima Fox Mysteries, a series of novels exploring the exciting topic of Jewellery Heists.

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22712 Apr 2020
30 min

Timur Vermes: 

Former journalist Timur Vermes’s debut novel, ‘Er Ist Wieder Da’ (‘Look Who’s Back’), topped the Spiegel Bestseller list in 2011 and has since been translated into 27 languages and adapted for the screen. Vermes’s imagined return of Adolf Hitler to modern Berlin announced the German writer as a bold new name in European satire. His latest book, ‘The Hungry and the Fat’, reflects on the refugee experience through the mirror of comedy.

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