Latest podcasts on Literature

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6 Apr 2019
30 min

Meet the Writers - Sir Tim Waterstone: 

Waterstone utterly changed the cultural landscape in Britain by opening bookshops staffed by book lovers on most major high streets in the country. Knighted for his contribution to charity as well as publishing, he’s also written four novels, a business book and has now produced a memoir.

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18 Mar 2019
30 min

The Monocle Culture Show - ‘Lanny’ by Max Porter: 

We immerse ourselves in the world of suburban England with Porter’s excellent new novel. Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Susannah Butter and John Mitchinson, who draw comparisons to John McGregor and Russell Hoban.

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16 Feb 2019
30 min

Meet the Writers - Charlie Connelly: 

Compared to Bill Bryson, the prolific Charlie Connelly has written about everything from football to Joy Division. His latest book, ‘Last Train to Hilversum: A Journey in Search of the Magic of Radio’, explores our relationship with the medium. We discuss that and his extensive catalogue.

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9 Feb 2019
30 min

Meet the Writers - Adam Foulds: 

Adam Foulds is a celebrated poet and novelist who has been winning awards since he was first published – including being shortlisted for the Booker prize.

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4 Feb 2019
30 min

The Monocle Culture Show - ‘Out of the Woods’ by Luke Turner: 

Robert Bound and the writers Dan Richards and Alex Preston discuss the music, nature and sex in the pages of ‘Out of the Woods’, the new memoir by Luke Turner.

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19 Jan 2019
30 min

Meet the Writers - Adam Weymouth: 

Adam Weymouth spent most of his twenties as an environmental activist. More recently, he became aware of the plight of the king salmon in Alaska and went on a journey of more than 3,000km in a canoe up the Yukon River to investigate its decline – and the communities that depend on it. We discuss the resulting book.

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5 Jan 2019
30 min

Meet the Writers - Douglas Kennedy: 

Bestselling author of ‘The Big Picture,’ ‘The Pursuit of Happiness,’ ‘Leaving the World’ and ‘The Moment’ joins Georgina Godwin in the studio. He talks about his jump from theatre to literature, as well as writing as a woman.

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17 Dec 2018
30 min

The Monocle Culture Show - ‘Middle England’ by Jonathan Coe: 

Robert Bound is joined by John Mitchinson, publisher at Unbound, and Susannah Butter, deputy features editor at ‘The Evening Standard’ to discuss ‘Middle England’, the new state-of-the-nation novel by Jonathan Coe.

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18 Nov 2018
30 min

The Big Interview - Mary-Kay Wilmers: 

Wilmers has been the editor of the ‘London Review of Books’, Europe’s legendary literary journal, since 1992. She’s also the author of non-fiction work ‘The Eitingons: A Twentieth-Century Story’ and, more recently, ‘Human Relations and Other Difficulties’, a collection of essays on women’s experiences. She talks to Monocle’s Megan Gibson about the joy of a good sentence and retracing the history of her Russian ancestors.

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3 Nov 2018
29 min

Meet the Writers - Kamal Ahmed: 

This week we examine identity through the eyes of prominent journalist Kamal Ahmed. He discusses his dual heritage – his mother is English and father was Sudanese – in his new book ‘The Life and Times of a Very British Man’.

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27 Oct 2018
28 min

Meet the Writers - André Aciman: 

Aciman is the author of ‘Call me by your Name’, now an award-winning film. He’s also an American memoirist, essayist, novelist and scholar of 17th-century literature – we talk about his work and life.

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13 Oct 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Gail Jones: 

Jones, one of Australia’s most celebrated authors, has been winning almost every prize going recently – not least making the longlist for the Man Booker and the Orange prize. She tells us about her journey through fiction.

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7 Oct 2018
30 min

The Big Interview - David Sedaris: 

The American humorist and bestselling author joins Georgina Godwin to discuss his latest book, ‘Calypso’. He muses over everything from family dynamics and awkward social situations to the boundaries of humour and the role of entertainment in a time of troubling politics.

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22 Sep 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Lauren Groff : 

In 2015, then-president Barack Obama named Groff’s ‘Fates and Furies’ his book of the year. She was named by Granta as one of the best young American writers of her generation and has a new collection of short stories out. We talk about her journey so far.

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15 Sep 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Peter Stamm: 

As we spend the week broadcasting from our Zürich bureau, we talk to Swiss author Peter Stamm, one of the country’s bestselling authors.

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10 Sep 2018
30 min

The Monocle Culture Show - ‘Only To Sleep’ by Lawrence Osborne: 

From James Bond to Sherlock Holmes, plenty of our favourite investigators have had their legacy continued by authors other than their creators. Another such sleuth is the proto noir detective Philip Marlowe, originally the star of novels by Raymond Chandler. ‘Only To Sleep’ is the latest Philip Marlowe novel and it’s by Lawrence Osborne. On this week’s episode it is reviewed by Katie Law, deputy literary editor at the ‘Evening Standard’, and John Mitchinson, co-founder of Unbound.

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1 Sep 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - SJ Naudé : 

We head to the Edinburgh International Book festival to meet SJ Naudé. The South African former lawyer talks about his novel ‘The Third Reel’, which explores the Cold War and anti-apartheid movement.

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11 Aug 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Anuradha Roy: 

One of India’s greatest living novelists, Anuradha Roy has been longlisted for the Man Booker prize for her writing. In this interview, she discusses her work, and inequality and nationalism in India.

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