The Guardian Books podcast

The Guardian Books podcast Podcast

The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books, presented by Claire Armitstead, Richard Lea and Sian Cain. In-depth interviews with authors from all over the world, discussions  and investigations make this the perfect companion for readers and writers alike

Innermost: another episode of our new series
We wanted to bring you another episode from our Innermost series. In the last episode of our first season, two callers tell Leah Green how their relationships sent them down unexpected paths, one with criminal consequences Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to hear the rest of the series. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

Innermost: episode 1 of a new series
The Guardian has launched a new series called Innermost that we think you will like. Each week, callers will tell Leah Green what’s going on behind closed doors. In the first episode, we hear how an uncle’s funeral and meals with an emotionally distant brother help James and Jess think about their families in new and unexpected ways. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to hear the rest of the series. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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From diseases to memes, how do things spread? - books podcast
Mathematician Adam Kucharski talks about how the concept of ‘contagion’ is rooted in our social lives and we share your reading tips for lockdown. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Hunting down the 42 paintings of Pieter Bruegel - books podcast
On this week’s show we talk to Toby Ferris about his pursuit of the Dutch master and look at how the literary world is dealing with the pandemic. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Glenn Patterson and what to read while self-isolating – books podcast
On this week’s show we talk to the Northern Irish writer about his new novel and discuss how headlines can impact our appetite for certain books. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Who was St Paul? With Christos Tsiolkas and Tom Holland – books podcast
On this week’s podcast, we talk to Tsiolkas about his novel on the life of St Paul and the historian Holland explains what we know about the man. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Inside the Brontës' fantasy world, and a Booker controversy – books podcast
On this week’s show, we talk to graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg about her comic Glass Town and the 2020 longlist for the International Booker prize. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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The surprising history of astrology – books podcast
Alexander Boxer talks about his book A Scheme of Heaven and we discuss why Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers tried to remove a juror for her reading history. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Jeanine Cummins on her explosive new novel, American Dirt
The novelist explains her sudden decision to write her controversial thriller, and we hail TS Eliot prize winner Roger Robinson. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Samantha Harvey on her year without sleep – books podcast
On this week’s show, the novelist explains how she came to write about her insomnia and we consider why indie bookshops are booming in the UK and Ireland. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Eoin Colfer on returning to Artemis Fowl – books podcast
This week, the creator of the biggest child villain in literature talks about comedy writing and seeing his creation adapted by Disney. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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The history of the book, from Gilgamesh to now – books podcast
On this week’s show, we talk about books as physical objects and look at the history of Gilgamesh through centuries of translation. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo: why do we have two Booker winners? - books podcast
On this week’s show, we discuss the shock decision to split the prize between Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo, and look at two books about the UK’s Windrush generation. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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'I felt a huge grief': the challenges of writing about trauma – books podcast
On this week’s show, we talk to Laura Cumming and Rhik Samadder about their memoirs, take a look at the Booker shortlist and give a verdict on Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Elif Shafak on Turkey's treatment of novelists – books podcast
The Turkish author talks about 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, her new, Booker prize-longlisted novel. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Lisa Taddeo on sex and desire in Three Women – books podcast
This week, Taddeo discusses her bestseller about the intimate lives of women, and we take a look at the 2019 Booker prize longlist. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Ocean Vuong and the new Great American Novel - books podcast
On this week’s show, we speak to the poet about his debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous and discuss the evolution of the Great American Novel. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Bernadine Evaristo and Lene Wold – books podcast
This podcast contains descriptions of violence which some may find distressing. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Bernardine Evaristo and Lene Wold – books podcast
This podcast contains descriptions of violence which some may find distressing. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Women's prize winner Tayari Jones and Sandra Newman – books podcast
On this week’s show, we meet the author of An American Marriage fresh from her win, and speak to Newman about her time-travelling novel The Heavens. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Inside the world of trauma cleaners – books podcast
Sarah Krasnostein talks about her biography The Trauma Cleaner and we remember children’s author Judith Kerr. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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The life of Alexander von Humboldt, plus foraging for food – books podcast
On this week’s show, Andrea Wulf shares her new graphic novel biography of Alexander von Humboldt and professional forager John Wright takes us on a hunt for wild food in London. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Heida: the Icelandic model who became a shepherd – books podcast
On this week’s show, we speak to Heida Ásgeirsdóttir about her life as a farmer, and to Irish writer Sinéad Gleeson about her collection Constellations. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Joe Dunthorne and Sarah Crossan on poetry and fiction – books podcast
On this week’s show, Crossan talks about using poetry in her novel-in-verse Toffee and Dunthorne shares why he writes poetry to escape novels. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Are we too reverent with William Shakespeare? – books podcast
On this week’s show, we sit down with Shakespeare expert Emma Smith and novelist Tash Aw talks about his latest book, We, the Survivors. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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The Man Booker international shortlist and Nicole Flattery – books podcast
On this week’s show, we discuss the 2019 shortlist for the best fiction in translation with Boyd Tonkin, and speak to Nicole Flattery about her short story collection, Show Them a Good Time. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Therapy on the couch, plus the London book fair – books podcast
On this week’s show, we talk to AK Benjamin and Anthony Good about two very different takes on therapy, plus the most exciting books due in the next year. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Finding solace in nature, with Luke Turner – books podcast
The music journalist and writer takes Claire for a wander through Epping Forest as they discuss his book Out of the Woods. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod...

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Sebastian Barry on James Joyce's Eveline – books podcast
Forty years after he first discovered it, Sebastian Barry explains why he loves James Joyce’s short story Eveline, then reads it for you, as part of our seasonal series of short stories selected by leading novelists...

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Ama Ata Aidoo – books podcast
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shares why she admires the ‘old-fashioned social realism’ of the Ghanaian writer’s No Sweetness Here, then reads the story, as part of our seasonal series of short stories selected by leading novelists...

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Neil Gaiman on Rudyard Kipling's The Gardener – books podcast
Neil Gaiman introduces Rudyard Kipling’s The Gardener, a melancholy tale from 1925, as part of our seasonal series of short stories selected by leading novelists. Afterwards, the story is read by actor Marion Bailey...

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Daisy Johnson and Michael Hughes on Classical adaptation - books
We hear from two novelists who have taken inspiration from Greek myth. And the Guardian’s chief culture, writer Charlotte Higgins, discusses all things classical, plus what’s been going on at Edinburgh book festival...

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Refugees, in their own words – books podcast
On this week’s show, we walk with a group who are using Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to tell the stories of the displaced, and speak to a publisher who wrote a novel with refugees in a Beirut camp...

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Michael Ondaatje and the Booker longlist – books podcast
We look at the runners and riders in this year’s Man Booker longlist, and hear from Golden Booker winner Michael Ondaatje at a Guardian Live event...

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Hay festival 2018: the Golden Booker, Akala, Tishani Doshi and more
We discover the five best Booker winners, listen in to a smart rap on racial prejudice, and find out what #metoo means in India...

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Madeline Miller and Toby Litt – books podcast
What can history and myth tell us about the #MeToo moment? The books podcast tackles gender politics with a wrestler and a witch...

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The unhealthy truth about doctors - books podcast
As a new book exposes the crisis among overstressed medics, we look at the contribution of the caring profession to literature as well as life...

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Mary Beard on women and power – books podcast
The Classics professor on the silencing of female voices throughout history, navigating social media and taking a long view of world civilisations...

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Jim Crace on The Melody – books podcast
On this week’s show, Jim Crace talks about his latest novel and we discuss the different ways we read books, after Claire has a strange epiphany...

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Do our memories make us who we are? – books podcast
Wendy Mitchell talks about her memoir of early onset dementia and neurologist Jules Montague explains how the brain shapes our sense of self...

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Peter Carey in conversation - books podcast
In this Guardian Live event, the double Booker winner talks about his new novel A Long Way from Home and the legacy of colonialism in Australia...

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Jennifer Egan and M John Harrison – books podcast
On this week’s show, we examine the writing life with a Pulitzer winner who is not afraid to experiment and a genre-busting author with his most radical collection of short stories yet...

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Richard Flanagan and Jesmyn Ward – books podcast
On this week’s show, we hear from Man Booker prize-winning Flanagan about his latest book, First Person, and speak to Ward about her novel Sing, Unburied, Sing...

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Can books and poetry make you happier? - books podcast
We talk to William Sieghart and Viv Groskop about the restorative properties of literature and poetry - can reading make you happier?...

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Robert Webb on modern masculinity – books podcast
Comedian and writer Robert Webb, star of Peep Show, discusses modern masculinity and his own boyhood in his new book ‘How Not to Be a Boy’...

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Colm Tóibín in conversation – books podcast
The acclaimed Irish novelist talks to Charlotte Higgins about House of Names, his reimagining of the Greek tragedy of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon...

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Edinburgh book festival with Colson Whitehead and others – books podcast
We visit the Edinburgh international book festival to speak with Man Booker nominee Whitehead, Norwegian author Lars Mytting and British novelist Rachel Seiffert...

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Reni Eddo-Lodge and Juno Dawson - books podcast
We discuss race, gender and identity with activist Reni Eddo-Lodge and the writer Juno Dawson...

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Tony Harrison at 80 - books podcast
Vanessa Redgrave, Blake Morrison and Melvyn Bragg are among the stars of page and stage who celebrate one of the UK’s most versatile – and angry – poets...

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Man Booker International prize and Dorthe Nors – books podcast
This week’s podcast heads abroad as we look at the longlist for this year’s Man Booker International prize and speak to longlisted author Dorthe Nors about her novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal...

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The Last Poets – books podcast
Famed for militant spoken-word poetry about black America from the height of the civil rights struggle, the Last Poets join us to perform and talk about their own battles...

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Nadja Spiegelman and Alex Wheatle - books podcast
How life stories play out in memoir and fiction with the authors of family memoir I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This and YA award-winner Crongton Knights...

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Margaret Drabble and the Ruby Dolls - books podcast
The challenges of ageing and the dark side of fairy stories examined in a novel, The Dark Flood Rises, and the cabaret Brides of Bluebeard...

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Alan Moore talks to Stewart Lee – books podcast
The comics legend tells the standup comic why his latest project is a small-town novel set in the Midlands, running to 1,280 pages and titled Jerusalem...

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Climate change with Amitav Ghosh and Aaron Thier – books podcast
Amitav Ghosh discusses the failure of literary culture to confront climate change, while Aaron Thier explains how his novel Mr Eternity reflects current fears...

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Susan Hill on ghost stories – books podcast
Susan Hill discusses the timeless appeal of the ghost story and reads from her new collection, while the Bookshop Band get into the Halloween spirit...

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Deborah Levy and the Booker shortlist – books podcast
As the Booker prize announces a shortlist that’s long on surprises, we talk to Deborah Levy and assess the contenders for this year’s award...

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Rachel Weisz reads from The Constant Gardener by John le Carré – books podcast
As part of a series of readings to celebrate publication of le Carré’s memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel, Rachel Weisz reads from the 2001 novel The Constant Gardener, in which British diplomat Justin Quayle takes on the might of big pharma after the murder of his activist wife in Kenya...

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The art of editing – books podcast
As the digital revolution sweeps through publishing, is editing in decline? We find out how the 21st-century editor works, with Diana Athill, Matt Weiland, Karolina Sutton and many more...

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Maggie Nelson and Chris Kraus on confessional writing – books podcast
Maggie Nelson explains the nuances of tackling gender and sexuality in her genre-bending memoir The Argonauts, while Chris Kraus talks about her 1997 feminist text I Love Dick enjoying a second life in 2016...

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Book festivals around the world – books podcast
We drop in on Lahore, track Jean Rhys back to the Caribbean and tackle the troubling issue of payments to authors appearing at the UK’s 350 literary jamborees...

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Russian poetry and poison with Luke Harding and Pussy Riot - books podcast
Guardian journalist Luke Harding and filmmaker Peter Pomerantsev discuss the assassination of Aleksander Litvinenko, and Masha Aloykhina of Pussy Riot shares the poetry that helped her survive prison...

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Reading Infinite Jest 20 years on – books podcast
Twenty years after David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus was first published it continues to delight and astonish. We discuss the unending pleasures of Infinite Jest...

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Guardian Books Podcast: a special from the Calais Jungle
On a trip to the Calais refugee camp known as ‘the Jungle’, we explore the impact of books, storytelling and creativity on the refugees there, take a tour of their library and speak to one of the members of Pussy Riot visiting the camp...

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Frederick Forsyth with Mark Lawson - Guardian Live event
To celebrate the publication of his autobiography The Outsider, Frederick Forsyth gives a rare public interview discussing his life as a bestselling novelist and Cold War spy...

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