Latest podcasts on Literature

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10 Nov 2019
30 min

Meet the Writers - Daniel Rachel: 

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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10 Nov 2019
1 hour

The Curator - Highlights from Monocle 24: 

Tom Edwards and Markus Hippi present the best bits from the past week on Monocle 24. This week: Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto, Academy Award-nominated composer and pianist Nicholas Britell and record producer DJ Shadow.

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27 Oct 2019
30 min

Meet the Writers - Howard Jacobson: 

has been nominated for the Booker prize three times, winning it once in addition to many other awards. He’s also a broadcaster, columnist and academic. He is known for his humour, which often revolves around his UK Jewish characters. His 16th novel, ‘Live a Little’, is about nonagenarian love.

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27 Oct 2019
1 hour

The Curator - Highlights from Monocle 24: 

All the best bits of the past week on Monocle 24 squeezed into 60 minutes. This week: Booker prize co-winner Bernardine Evaristo, Irish chef Darina Allen and cult art rocker Ariel Pink.

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20 Oct 2019
30 min

Meet the Writers - Booker prize special: Bernardine Evaristo: 

We talk to the chair of the Booker prize judges about the controversial decision to split this year’s award between two writers: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo. Evaristo herself tells us all about her career and winning book, ‘Girl, Woman, Other’.

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13 Oct 2019
30 min

Meet the Writers - Simon Callow: 

We meet one of the most respected British actors of our time. He’s also a master biographer, having taken us inside the minds of Charles Dickens and Orson Welles; his latest book takes us beyond the curtains of London’s greatest theatres.

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6 Oct 2019
30 min

Meet the Writers - Simon Doonan: 

On Meet The Writers this week, Georgina Godwin talks to Simon Doonan, the author, media personality and window dresser. His work has featured in many major publications and he decorated the White House on behalf of the Obamas. Doonan has also designed film sets, is the creative ambassador of New York department store Barneys, and has appeared in the NBC show ‘Making It’ as well as several pop videos. His new book is all about drag.

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29 Sep 2019
30 min

Meet the Writers - Marc Randolph: 

On Meet The Writers this week, Georgina Godwin talks to Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph. Formerly a marketing manager in a software company, the idea for the business was conjured up during his carpool to work. He served as the first CEO, leading Netflix from its inception until he left the company in 2003. He now focuses his efforts on mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs, and hopes that his book ‘That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea’ will help to inspire people to pursue their business dreams.

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15 Sep 2019
30 min

Meet the Writers - Adam Nicolson: 

Towards the end of the 1790s, Coleridge and Wordsworth – then young, aspiring poets – lived in Somerset, dreaming of a world changed by poetry. Adam Nicolson spent a year living there so that he could fully explore the genesis of the poems that came from that place and which were to become some of the most famous in the English language. He talks to Georgina Godwin about his experience.

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31 Oct 2019
17 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Stig Abell: 

The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction announces its shortlist of six – five of whom are women. Stig Abell, chair of the judges and editor of The Times Literary Supplement, talks to Georgina Godwin about the importance of the female gaze, the role of empathy in literature and how, in the wake of Booker, choosing one winner is necessary.

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24 Oct 2019
17 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Tom Phillips: 

Discussing the so-called ‘post-truth’ culture, Tom Phillips, editor of independent fact-checking organisation Full Fact, tells Monocle Reads how humans have treated truth throughout history and identifies habits that encourage our tale-twisting tendencies.

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17 Oct 2019
15 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Richard Davies: 

Former economics editor at ‘The Economist’, Richard Davies also served as advisor to the chancellor. His book ‘Extreme Economies’ explores life at the world’s margins. He travelled thousands of miles and interviewed 500 people to examine how humans and markets adapt to their environments, no matter how varied.

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10 Oct 2019
9 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Alexandros Yannis: 

Alexandros Yannis is a European diplomat and author. His new novel, ‘Chimera’, is a political thriller, a travel adventure and a twisted love story set in a dystopian future; he shares his thoughts with Georgina Godwin.

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8 Oct 2019
14 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Alwyn Turner: 

Alwyn Turner is a nonfiction writer whose work covers subjects as far-ranging as ‘Doctor Who’ and Biba. Some of his finest books are a series of in-depth looks into the modern history of the UK, where he explores the social, political and cultural issues of each decade. ‘A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s’ is his most recent installment and explores the important events of those years in brilliant detail, covering everything from Blair to Britpop.

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3 Oct 2019
6 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Cheltenham Literature Festival: 

The oldest literature festival in the world celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. It kicks off in the spa town of Cheltenham on 4 October and over the course of 10 days of literary revelry, 900 of the world’s best writers, brightest thinkers and inspiring performers will descend. We hear more from programme director Nicola Tuxworth.

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26 Sep 2019
11 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Hannah Ewens: 

Hannah Ewans is a journalist and writer who specialises in music, culture and lifestyle. In her new book, ‘Fangirls: Scenes from Modern Music Culture’, she traces the path of fangirls through history: the ups, the downs and the lengths they’ll go to. Ewans talks to Georgina Godwin about the trends in fan culture all over the world and where she found inspiration for her book.

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12 Sep 2019
5 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Nicholas Blincoe: 

This week Georgina sits down with Nicholas Blincoe. He’s written several novels and is also a critic, journalist and screenwriter. His latest book, ‘More Noble Than War: The Story of Football in Israel and Palestine’, takes a look at the history of the beautiful game in the divided region.

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9 Sep 2019
15 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: DJ Taylor: 

DJ Taylor is a British critic, writer and novelist. He has written award-winning biographies of George Orwell and William Thackeray, as well as being longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker prize for his novel ‘Derby Day’. His latest book, ‘Lost Girls: Love, War and Literature 1939–1951’, explores the remarkable lives of four bohemian women in Blitz-era London’s literary scene.

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