Latest podcasts on Literature

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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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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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6 Aug 2018
30 min

The Monocle Culture Show - ‘Less’ by Andrew Sean Greer: 

This year ‘Less’ by Andrew Sean Greer picked up the Pulitzer prize for fiction, which was a surprise to critics as this accolade is rarely given to funny books. Robert Bound and writers Lucy Scholes and Andy Miller ask why this novel has been such a hit and whether we take comedy seriously enough.

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28 Jul 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Panashe Chigumadzi and Ellah Wakatama Allfrey: 

As Zimbabwe holds elections we look at its history through the eyes of Panashe Chigumadzi, a Zimbabwean-born novelist and essayist. Plus: we talk to her publisher Ellah Wakatama Allfrey of The Indigo Press about starting a publishing house from scratch.

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21 Jul 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Peter Hain: 

With an illustrious political career, Hain has been leader of the House of Commons, Europe minister and Africa minister, among other prominent positions in UK government. Originally from South Africa, he tells us about his life as an anti-apartheid campaigner and his connection with Nelson Mandela – the subject of his new book.

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14 Jul 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Tim Winton: 

As one of Australia’s foremost writers, Winton has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. He tells us about toxic masculinity and the accidents that have shaped his life.

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30 Jun 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Sir Antony Beevor: 

English military historian Sir Antony Beevor is the author of four novels and 12 non-fiction books. We discuss his latest book on the Battle of Arnhem, and the war stories that countries sometimes prefer not to be told.

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11 Jun 2018
30 min

The Monocle Culture Show - ‘The President is Missing’ by Bill Clinton and James Patterson: 

We dive into one of the biggest political thrillers of the year, co-written by former president Bill Clinton and prolific American author James Patterson. Robert Bound is joined by journalist Sarah Shaffi and Ted Hodgkinson, senior programmer for literature and spoken word at the Southbank Centre.

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9 Jun 2018
26 min

Meet the Writers - Sarah Sands: 

As the winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction is announced, we speak to the chair of the judges, Sarah Sands.

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2 Jun 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Ted Hodgkinson: 

We head to the heart of London’s cultural scene as the senior programmer for literature and spoken word at the Southbank Centre gives us a tour and talks about this year’s exciting line-up.

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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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22 Jul 2018
60 min

Sunday Brunch - Sunday Brunch: Writing in isolation: 

We discuss how writers deal with loneliness and meet some exciting first-time directors. Plus: the data behind literature and some Portuguese-Algarvian food.

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