Latest podcasts on Literature

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5 Oct 2017
8 min

The Monocle Daily - Kazuo Ishiguro : 

John Mitchinson from Unbound discusses Kazuo Ishiguro and the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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19 May 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Peter Florence: 

As Hay Festival approaches, we speak to one of its founders about what makes it such an important event on the literary calendar.

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5 May 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Guy Gunaratne: 

Gunaratne’s freshly published debut novel ‘In Our Mad and Furious City’ has seen him compared to Irvin Welsh, Jim Kellman and Ryan Gattiss. Here the author talks about how his second-generation immigrant narrative fed into his compelling first effort.

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23 Apr 2018
35 min

The Monocle Culture Show - ‘Property’ by Lionel Shriver: 

How important is it to discuss the author when you are reviewing a book? Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Katie Law, deputy literary editor for ‘The Evening Standard’, and John Mitchinson, publisher at Unbound, to review ‘Property’ – a new collection of stories by Lionel Shriver, answer this question and to provide further reading.

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7 Apr 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Aminatta Forna: 

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Aminatta Forna tells us about her life in Sierra Leone and London, her memoir on the killing of her father and her four novels, including her latest, ‘Happiness’.

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31 Mar 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Adelaide Writers’ Week: 

We head to Adelaide Writers’ Week to hear from those behind the scenes, meet the directors, and befriend a kangaroo or two.

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17 Mar 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Kamila Shamsie: 

This Karachi-born UK writer has penned seven novels and her latest, ‘Home Fire’, is a contemporary reworking of the Sophocles play ‘Antigone’. It’s an important read for anyone attempting to understand the world in the wake of September 11.

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10 Mar 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Katharine Norbury: 

Norbury’s travelogue and memoir ‘The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream’ is a combination of exquisite nature writing, fragments of poetry and tales from Celtic mythology – all alongside her own extraordinary life story. She tells Georgina Godwin all about it.

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24 Feb 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Andrew Holgate: 

What Andrew Holgate thinks influences what you read. As literary editor of ‘The Sunday Times’ his reviews and best-seller charts have a big impact on book sales. He tells us how he chooses what should be on your bookshelf.

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17 Feb 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Ashok Ferrey: 

We head to the Fairway Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka to meet award-winning local author Ashok Ferrey. He tells Georgina Godwin about his journey from Oxford maths graduate to builder to one of the nation’s favourite authors.

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3 Feb 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Eimear McBride: 

McBride’s stream-of-consciousness style has brought her numerous awards for her two novels, ‘A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing’ and ‘The Lesser Bohemians’. The former actress is now considered one of the foremost novelists working in the UK. She tells us about her unique style.

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20 Jan 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Leïla Slimani: 

Slimani is the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious award for literature, the Prix Goncourt. Her international bestseller ‘Lullaby’ has just been translated into English and she’s been appointed French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture. She talks to Georgina Godwin about her work.

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15 Jan 2018
30 min

The Monocle Culture Show - Why should we read short stories?: 

Robert Bound and writers Elizabeth Day and Chris Power celebrate the joys of the short story and why these lithe texts are worth more than just their word count and don’t play second fiddle to the novel.

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16 Dec 2017
30 min

Meet the Writers - Amanda Craig: 

Compared to Charles Dickens for her work commenting on the gulf between the rich and poor, Amanda Craig tells Georgina Godwin about her seven interconnected novels on the state of contemporary British society. Craig gives us an entertaining glimpse into her life and tells us why children’s books and fairy stories really matter.

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30 Oct 2017
25 min

The Monocle Culture Show - What is folk horror?: 

From ‘Macbeth’ to ‘The Wicker Man’, we discuss what the folk-horror genre means in film and literature with writers Andy Miller and Adam Scovell. Plus: we revisit an interview with the late director of ‘The Wicker Man’, Robin Hardy.

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28 Oct 2017
30 min

Meet the Writers - Armistead Maupin: 

Joining Georgina Godwin this week is one of the US’s finest storytellers, the man who gave us the novel series ‘Tales of the City’. The books paint an indelible portrait of an era that forever changed the way we live, with words that have given courage and hope to many who feared they would never find their logical family.

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14 Oct 2017
30 min

Meet the Writers - 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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3 Nov 2017
11 min

The Monocle Weekly - The Classics 45: Eleanor Catton: 

The Man Booker prize-winning novelist discusses her approach to writing with Monocle's Georgina Godwin.

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