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The Guardian Books podcast

By The Guardian

The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books, poetry and great writing presented by  Claire Armitstead,  Richard Lea, & Sian Cain. With in-depth interviews with leading authors and investigations into the thematic trends in contemporary writing, this is the perfect book worm’s companion

  1. 1.
    Finding solace in nature, with Luke Turner – books podcast 03/12/2019
    35:49
  2. 2.
    Why have we forgotten Jack the Ripper's victims? – books podcast 03/05/2019
    46:08
  3. 3.
    Can rocks influence US elections? Lewis Dartnell on how Earth shapes who we are – books podcast 02/26/2019
    37:46
  4. 4.
    Leïla Slimani and Cat Person author Kristen Roupenian – books podcast 02/19/2019
    46:34
  5. 5.
    The most disturbing books we've ever read, with Alice Clark-Platts – podcast 02/12/2019
    42:32
  6. 6.
    Jason Reynolds and JD Salinger's posthumous return – books podcast 02/05/2019
    36:05
  7. 7.
    Rethinking masculinity with Thomas Page McBee - books podcast 01/30/2019
    37:49
  8. 8.
    Costa biography prize winner Bart van Es and Mathias Énard – books podcast 01/22/2019
    44:31
  1. 9.
    TS Eliot poetry prize winner Hannah Sullivan and Kevin Powers – books podcast 01/16/2019
    47:17
  2. 10.
    Should we stop working? And the books of 2019 – books podcast 01/08/2019
    41:33
  3. 11.
    Sebastian Barry on James Joyce's Eveline – books podcast 01/01/2019
    19:10
  4. 12.
    Zadie Smith on Giuseppe Pontiggia's Umberto Buti – books podcast 12/31/2018
    25:50
  5. 13.
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Ama Ata Aidoo – books podcast 12/26/2018
    46:04
  6. 14.
    Neil Gaiman on Rudyard Kipling's The Gardener – books podcast 12/25/2018
    33:02
  7. 15.
    Penelope Lively on MR James' Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad – books podcast 12/24/2018
    50:58
  8. 16.
    The best audiobooks to enjoy this Christmas - books podcast 12/18/2018
    35:12
  9. 17.
    Our favourite books of the year, and prose poetry with Claudia Rankine – books podcast 12/11/2018
    44:41
  10. 18.
    Crime and passion with Sara Paretsky and André Aciman – books podcast 12/04/2018
    44:21
  11. 19.
    The art of biography, with Diarmaid MacCulloch and Ken Krimstein – books podcast 11/27/2018
    46:59
  12. 20.
    Myth-making with Sarah Perry and Maria Dahvana Headley – books podcast 11/20/2018
    48:16
  13. 21.
    Robin Robertson and Andrew McMillan on sex, war and truth in poetry – books podcast 11/13/2018
    49:32
  14. 22.
    How does our DNA shape who we are? Robert Plomin and Ivy Pochoda – books podcast 11/06/2018
    1:02:35
  15. 23.
    Political writing from Terrance Hayes to the Anglo-Saxons – books podcast 10/30/2018
    45:58
  16. 24.
    Feminist fairytales with Jessie Burton and Kiran Millwood Hargrave – books podcast 10/23/2018
    35:40
  17. 25.
    Anna Burns's Booker prize win and poet Kate Tempest – books podcast 10/17/2018
    45:42
  18. 26.
    What is it like being Ravenmaster at the Tower of London? – books podcast 10/09/2018
    1:00:44
  19. 27.
    Around the world with Simon Reeve and Neil MacGregor – books podcast 10/02/2018
    59:28
  20. 28.
    Sarah Waters, John Boyne and the 2018 Man Booker prize shortlist – books podcast 09/25/2018
    59:42
  21. 29.
    Karl Ove Knausgaard on the end of My Struggle – books podcast 09/18/2018
    56:43
  22. 30.
    Kate Atkinson on her new novel, Transcription – books podcast 09/11/2018
    34:13
  23. 31.
    Eugenia Cheng and Tim Radford on finding solace in science – books podcast 09/04/2018
    43:01
  24. 32.
    Daisy Johnson and Michael Hughes on Classical adaptation - books 08/28/2018
    50:34
  25. 33.
    Paul Kildea on Chopin and Amy Sackville on Velázquez – books podcast 08/21/2018
    39:06
  26. 34.
    Navigating modern life with Matt Haig and Christina Dalcher on feminist dystopias – books podcast 08/14/2018
    41:09
  27. 35.
    Jericho Brown on poetry, religion and race in the US – books podcast 08/07/2018
    34:51
  28. 36.
    Refugees, in their own words – books podcast 07/31/2018
    1:06:55
  29. 37.
    Michael Ondaatje and the Booker longlist – books podcast 07/24/2018
    33:19
  30. 38.
    Marcus du Sautoy and James Bridle – books podcast 07/17/2018
    40:14
  31. 39.
    Summer reading and Ross Raisin on how to be a great writer – books podcast 07/10/2018
    46:26
  32. 40.
    The rise of autofiction, with Olivia Laing and Christina Patterson – books podcast 07/03/2018
    29:04
  33. 41.
    Psychedelic drugs: Michael Pollan on the history, science and experience of taking them – books podcast 06/26/2018
    44:13
  34. 42.
    What is it like being a first-time novelist today? – books podcast 06/19/2018
    30:35
  35. 43.
    Marilynne Robinson on democracy, religion and Donald Trump – books podcast 06/12/2018
    41:38
  36. 44.
    Hay festival 2018: the Golden Booker, Akala, Tishani Doshi and more 06/01/2018
    45:36
  37. 45.
    American facts and fictions: Lawrence Wright and Amy Bloom – books podcast 05/29/2018
    42:35
  38. 46.
    Olga Tokarczuk's Man Booker win and David Graeber on pointless jobs – books podcast 05/23/2018
    30:50
  39. 47.
    Madeline Miller and Toby Litt – books podcast 05/15/2018
    48:11
  40. 48.
    Exploring mazes with Henry Eliot – books podcast 05/08/2018
    34:38
  41. 49.
    Aminatta Forna on Happiness, plus what are the best crime novels? – books podcast 05/01/2018
    41:21
  42. 50.
    The unhealthy truth about doctors - books podcast 04/24/2018
    38:58
  43. 51.
    Benedict Wells, plus Man Booker International prize and London book fair news – books podcast 04/17/2018
    33:53
  44. 52.
    Lisa Halliday on her novel Asymmetry – books podcast 04/10/2018
    27:59
  45. 53.
    Mary Beard on women and power – books podcast 04/03/2018
    1:05:37
  46. 54.
    Samantha Harvey on The Western Wind, plus how to define science fiction – books podcast 03/27/2018
    39:04
  47. 55.
    Jim Crace on The Melody – books podcast 03/20/2018
    48:22
  48. 56.
    Man Booker International and the Women's prize for fiction: where to start reading? – books podcast 03/13/2018
    42:13
  49. 57.
    What makes a good short story? With Chris Power – books podcast 03/06/2018
    44:00
  50. 58.
    Steven Pinker defends the Enlightenment – books podcast 02/27/2018
    32:18
  51. 59.
    Do our memories make us who we are? – books podcast 02/20/2018
    33:03
  52. 60.
    Why we need to rethink climate change, with Timothy Morton – books podcast 02/13/2018
    40:12
  53. 61.
    LGBT must-reads and a new history of trans Britain – books podcast 02/06/2018
    44:54
  54. 62.
    Women and food, and Helen Dunmore's posthumous Costa prize – books podcast 02/01/2018
    40:02
  55. 63.
    Peter Carey in conversation - books podcast 01/23/2018
    39:58
  56. 64.
    Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford on The Good Agency, plus Tony White - books podcast 01/16/2018
    41:37
  57. 65.
    Jonathan Safran Foer on Aleksandar Hemon's The Bees, Part 1 – short story podcast 01/09/2018
    46:23
  58. 66.
    David Mitchell on The Monkey's Paw by WW Jacobs – short story podcast 01/05/2018
    30:58
  59. 67.
    Stephen Fry on Saki's Sredni Vashtar - short story podcast 01/02/2018
    16:06
  60. 68.
    Neil Gaiman on Rudyard Kipling's The Gardener – short story podcast 12/29/2017
    33:02
  61. 69.
    Penelope Lively on MR James's Oh Whistle and I'll Come to you, my lad - short story podcast 12/26/2017
    50:58
  62. 70.
    Edward St Aubyn's King Lear and the future of literary fiction - books podcast 12/19/2017
    42:43
  63. 71.
    1947: When Now Begins and the best books of 2017 – books podcast 12/12/2017
    47:57
  64. 72.
    Stephen Fry and Emily Wilson on Greek myths – books podcast 12/05/2017
    35:20
  65. 73.
    Max Tegmark and Ken MacLeod on artificial intelligence – books podcast 11/28/2017
    30:44
  66. 74.
    Jennifer Egan and M John Harrison – books podcast 11/21/2017
    48:38
  67. 75.
    Time-travelling with Michael Brooks and Britt Wray – books podcast 11/14/2017
    43:26
  68. 76.
    Richard Flanagan and Jesmyn Ward – books podcast 11/07/2017
    44:01
  69. 77.
    Salman Rushdie on The Golden House, Trump and more – books podcast 10/31/2017
    1:09:01
  70. 78.
    Halloween reading with Andrew Michael Hurley – books podcast 10/24/2017
    36:12
  71. 79.
    George Saunders's Man Booker win and Valeria Luiselli – books podcast 10/18/2017
    43:10
  72. 80.
    Maria Alyokhina and Omar El Akkad – books podcast 10/10/2017
    35:24
  73. 81.
    Orhan Pamuk and Nicole Krauss - books podcast 10/03/2017
    30:19
  74. 82.
    Can books and poetry make you happier? - books podcast 09/26/2017
    38:48
  75. 83.
    Robert Webb on modern masculinity – books podcast 09/19/2017
    24:39
  76. 84.
    Kamila Shamsie and Preti Taneja on reimagining classics - books podcast 09/12/2017
    37:45
  77. 85.
    Colm Tóibín in conversation – books podcast 09/05/2017
    41:50
  78. 86.
    Edinburgh book festival with Colson Whitehead and others – books podcast 08/29/2017
    33:13
  79. 87.
    Jenny Zhang and Carolina Sanín – books podcast 08/22/2017
    33:50
  80. 88.
    Living with Oliver Sacks and love in later life: Bill Hayes and Sylvia Brownrigg – podcast 08/15/2017
    42:35
  81. 89.
    Summer reading with John Gordon Sinclair and Horatio Clare – podcast 08/08/2017
    28:26
  82. 90.
    Man Booker prize 2017 and poet Kayo Chingonyi – books podcast 08/01/2017
    41:59
  83. 91.
    Black history: Mumbo Jumbo and Paul Robeson – books podcast 07/25/2017
    27:00
  84. 92.
    Sara Pascoe and Lucy Worsley on Jane Austen – books podcast 07/18/2017
    34:11
  85. 93.
    Richard Dawkins and Carlo Rovelli on science and culture – books podcast 07/11/2017
    30:11
  86. 94.
    Naomi Klein on neoliberalism and the fightback against Donald Trump – books podcast 07/04/2017
    36:38
  87. 95.
    Arundhati Roy on The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – books podcast 06/28/2017
    40:08
  88. 96.
    Fair Field: Piers Plowman's Truth – books podcast 06/21/2017
    12:29
  89. 97.
    Fair Field: Piers Plowman's world of work - books podcast 06/21/2017
    12:46
  90. 98.
    Fair Field: Piers Plowman's dreamworld - books podcast 06/21/2017
    14:20
  91. 99.
    Reni Eddo-Lodge and Juno Dawson - books podcast 06/20/2017
    36:13
  92. 100.
    Scottish crime fiction with Ann Cleeves and Chris Brookmyre – books podcast 06/13/2017
    33:24

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