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20 Feb 2022
30 min

Meet the Writers - Coco Mellors: 

Coco Mellors has written for ‘The New York Times’, ‘The Stack’ and ‘Flash Fiction Magazine’ among many other publications. She has now turned her hand to novels and her debut, ‘Cleopatra and Frankenstein’, details the whirlwind romance and marriage of 24-year-old British artist Cleo and forty-something advertising executive Frank. She speaks to Georgina Godwin about her book, which goes beyond a conventional love story.

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16 Jun 2022
20 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads visits Hay Castle: 

On Monocle Reads this week Georgina Godwin visits Hay Castle. Once a great mediaeval stronghold, the castle stands in the heart of Hay-on-Wye which is known as the Town of Books as well as the site of the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts. Building on this creative tradition, Hay Castle Trust has completed a major restoration, and given the castle a new life as a major centre for culture, arts and education.

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9 Jun 2022
24 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: ‘No Escape’: 

Nury Turkel is a Uyghur-American lawyer, human rights advocate and foreign policy expert. He speaks to Georgina Godwin about his new book, ‘No Escape: The True Story of China’s Genocide of the Uyghurs’. The publication is a shocking account of the Chinese government’s persecution of the Muslim minority.

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2 Jun 2022
10 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: ‘Look Here’: 

Ana Kinsella is an Irish writer and journalist living in London. She has written for many publications and is the author of the popular newsletter London Review of Looks. She talks to Georgina Godwin about her newly released debut book, ‘Look Here’, which charts her experiences in London, choosing to meander the streets to establish herself within a city that can so easily swallow one up.

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26 May 2022
25 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Charleston House: 

Georgina Godwin visits Charleston, the former home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, which was a retreat for the historic Bloomsbury group as well as a gathering place for some of the 20th century’s most radical artists, writers and thinkers. Today it is run by the Charleston Trust and continues to be a focal point for writers, who gather annually for the Charleston Literary Festival.

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19 May 2022
20 min

Meet the Writers - 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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12 May 2022
26 min

Meet the Writers - 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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5 May 2022
27 min

Meet the Writers - 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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28 Apr 2022
24 min

Meet the Writers - 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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21 Apr 2022
23 min

Meet the Writers - 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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14 Apr 2022
27 min

Meet the Writers - 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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7 Apr 2022
22 min

Meet the Writers - 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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24 Mar 2022
18 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: ‘Words of Love’: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to Teymour Shahabi – author of the award-winning YA mystery thriller ‘The Secret Billionaire’ – about his new novel, ‘Words of Love’. The book is written entirely in text messages, emails, social-media posts and journal entries, and the genders of the two protagonists are never revealed.

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17 Mar 2022
22 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: ‘The Car’: 

Georgina Godwin sits down with award-winning journalist and author Bryan Appleyard to discuss his latest book, ‘The Car’. It tells the story of the cultural impact of the automobile and how it has informed our sense of mobility, possibility and imagination over the past 150 years.

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10 Mar 2022
23 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: ‘The Year the World Went Mad’: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to Mark Woolhouse, a professor of infectious diseases and epidemiology at Edinburgh University. They discuss his newly released scientific memoir ‘The Year the World Went Mad’, a confronting and fascinating look at the UK’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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3 Mar 2022
20 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: ‘The Lonely Hunter’: 

Georgina Godwin speaks to writer and performer Aimée Lutkin about her new book ‘The Lonely Hunter’. Part memoir and part social commentary, it explores the rise of singledom, the realities of loneliness and whether it is possible to detach from romance, sex and dating.

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24 Feb 2022
25 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: ‘Death by Shakespeare’: 

This week Georgina Godwin speaks to author and chemist Kathryn Harkup about her latest book, ‘Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts’. It looks into the different ways the bard killed off his characters, as well as what actual events might have inspired him.

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17 Feb 2022
20 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: ‘My Pen is the Wing of a Bird’: 

Georgina Godwin sits down with Lucy Hannah, founder and director of Untold and its Write Afghanistan project, and Shekiba Habib, translator and journalist with the BBC Afghan service, to discuss ‘My Pen is the Wing of a Bird’, a new collection of fiction written by Afghan women. Untold is an initiative to develop and amplify the voices of marginalised writers.

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