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The Guardian Books podcast

By The Guardian

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

  1. 1.
    Innermost: another episode of our new series 08/03/2020
    20:21
  2. 2.
    Innermost: episode 1 of a new series 06/25/2020
    16:34
  3. 3.
    'Our climate crisis is a choice': Christiana Figueres on why we can change the future - books podcast 04/21/2020
    42:59
  4. 4.
    Why David Attenborough is famous but 'he isn't a celebrity' – books podcast 04/14/2020
    37:17
  5. 5.
    From diseases to memes, how do things spread? - books podcast 04/07/2020
    32:31
  6. 6.
    Hunting down the 42 paintings of Pieter Bruegel - books podcast 03/31/2020
    36:38
  7. 7.
    Glenn Patterson and what to read while self-isolating – books podcast 03/24/2020
    37:48
  8. 8.
    Who was St Paul? With Christos Tsiolkas and Tom Holland – books podcast 03/17/2020
    37:42
  1. 9.
    'What if Gandalf joined The Sweeney?': Ben Aaronovitch on Rivers of London – books podcast 03/10/2020
    32:37
  2. 10.
    Inside the Brontës' fantasy world, and a Booker controversy – books podcast 03/03/2020
    36:24
  3. 11.
    The surprising history of astrology – books podcast 02/25/2020
    30:07
  4. 12.
    Maaza Mengiste on the Ethiopian women who fought Italy – books podcast 02/18/2020
    32:02
  5. 13.
    Sophie Hannah on the recipe for a perfect crime novel – books podcast 02/11/2020
    34:35
  6. 14.
    Adam Rutherford on how to tackle racist pseudoscience - books podcast 02/04/2020
    32:03
  7. 15.
    Jonathan Coe and Sara Collins on their Costa-winning novels – books podcast 01/28/2020
    38:36
  8. 16.
    Jeanine Cummins on her explosive new novel, American Dirt 01/22/2020
    39:47
  9. 17.
    Samantha Harvey on her year without sleep – books podcast 01/14/2020
    37:32
  10. 18.
    Eoin Colfer on returning to Artemis Fowl – books podcast 01/07/2020
    32:09
  11. 19.
    Our favourite books of 2019, and the most exciting books of 2020 – books podcast 12/24/2019
    36:50
  12. 20.
    Ben Lerner and Meena Kandasamy on autofiction – books podcast 12/17/2019
    37:01
  13. 21.
    Escaping Westboro Baptist Church: Megan Phelps-Roper's journey – books podcast 12/10/2019
    40:16
  14. 22.
    When imagining our future, what can sci-fi teach us? – books podcast 12/03/2019
    38:38
  15. 23.
    Elizabeth Strout on the return of Olive Kitteridge – books podcast 11/26/2019
    26:59
  16. 24.
    How true does travel writing need to be? With Rory MacLean and Luke Harding – books podcast 11/19/2019
    41:11
  17. 25.
    'The past is amongst us. Taking notes': nature writing with Kathleen Jamie and Laurie Lee – books podcast 11/12/2019
    29:34
  18. 26.
    'Mexico's drug problem is America's': crime legend Don Winslow – books podcast 11/05/2019
    34:42
  19. 27.
    One language dies every two weeks. How can poetry help? – books podcast 10/29/2019
    38:32
  20. 28.
    The history of the book, from Gilgamesh to now – books podcast 10/22/2019
    38:07
  21. 29.
    The legacy of the Windrush scandal, plus the 2019 Booker prize winners - books podcast 10/15/2019
    43:52
  22. 30.
    'I want world domination!' Lucy Ellmann on her Booker behemoth Ducks, Newburyport – books podcast 10/08/2019
    35:19
  23. 31.
    Ann Patchett on her latest novel and facing down Amazon – books podcast 10/01/2019
    35:05
  24. 32.
    Is freedom of speech a 'toxic myth'? Plus the top 100 books since 2000 – books podcast 09/24/2019
    38:22
  25. 33.
    From Blair to Cameron: what makes a good political memoir? – books podcast 09/17/2019
    35:53
  26. 34.
    'I felt a huge grief': the challenges of writing about trauma – books podcast 09/10/2019
    48:42
  27. 35.
    Salman Rushdie on retelling Don Quixote in Quichotte – books podcast 09/03/2019
    41:28
  28. 36.
    Elif Shafak on Turkey's treatment of novelists – books podcast 08/27/2019
    46:38
  29. 37.
    Does 'the English canon' still shape what we read? – books podcast 08/20/2019
    32:10
  30. 38.
    My friend, the fake German heiress: a true crime special – books podcast 08/13/2019
    32:41
  31. 39.
    How we can learn to stop worrying and love language – books podcast 08/06/2019
    35:54
  32. 40.
    Lisa Taddeo on sex and desire in Three Women – books podcast 07/30/2019
    40:17
  33. 41.
    Ocean Vuong and the new Great American Novel - books podcast 07/23/2019
    38:13
  34. 42.
    Iris Murdoch at 100 and Howard Jacobson on humour and shame – books podcast 07/16/2019
    38:24
  35. 43.
    Intolerance is rising in Europe, but can writers find hope? – books podcast 07/09/2019
    33:21
  36. 44.
    Tracy K Smith on the place of poetry in modern America – books podcast 07/02/2019
    26:49
  37. 45.
    Bernardine Evaristo and Lene Wold – books podcast 06/25/2019
    45:10
  38. 46.
    What is it like being a refugee? with Pajtim Statovci and Dina Nayeri – books podcast 06/18/2019
    31:46
  39. 47.
    Women's prize winner Tayari Jones and Sandra Newman – books podcast 06/11/2019
    37:18
  40. 48.
    Hay festival special with Pat Barker, John Lanchester, Max Porter and more – books podcast 06/04/2019
    47:25
  41. 49.
    Inside the world of trauma cleaners – books podcast 05/28/2019
    33:44
  42. 50.
    The life of Alexander von Humboldt, plus foraging for food – books podcast 05/21/2019
    41:39
  43. 51.
    'You can't sustain a career on shocking people': is Bret Easton Ellis genuine? – books podcast 05/14/2019
    49:54
  44. 52.
    Heida: the Icelandic model who became a shepherd – books podcast 05/07/2019
    36:36
  45. 53.
    Joe Dunthorne and Sarah Crossan on poetry and fiction – books podcast 04/30/2019
    39:10
  46. 54.
    Are we too reverent with William Shakespeare? – books podcast 04/23/2019
    42:10
  47. 55.
    The Man Booker international shortlist and Nicole Flattery – books podcast 04/16/2019
    39:52
  48. 56.
    Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Ian Maleney on soil, family and loss – books podcast 04/09/2019
    41:01
  49. 57.
    Nina Stibbe and the price of an expert bookseller – books podcast 04/02/2019
    39:14
  50. 58.
    Why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism? – books podcast 03/26/2019
    46:15
  51. 59.
    Therapy on the couch, plus the London book fair – books podcast 03/19/2019
    31:37
  52. 60.
    Finding solace in nature, with Luke Turner – books podcast 03/12/2019
    35:49
  53. 61.
    Why have we forgotten Jack the Ripper's victims? – books podcast 03/05/2019
    46:08
  54. 62.
    Can rocks influence US elections? Lewis Dartnell on how Earth shapes who we are – books podcast 02/26/2019
    37:46
  55. 63.
    Leïla Slimani and Cat Person author Kristen Roupenian – books podcast 02/19/2019
    46:34
  56. 64.
    The most disturbing books we've ever read, with Alice Clark-Platts 02/12/2019
    42:32
  57. 65.
    Jason Reynolds and JD Salinger's posthumous return – books podcast 02/05/2019
    36:05
  58. 66.
    Rethinking masculinity with Thomas Page McBee - books podcast 01/30/2019
    37:49
  59. 67.
    Costa biography prize winner Bart van Es and Mathias Énard – books podcast 01/22/2019
    44:31
  60. 68.
    TS Eliot poetry prize winner Hannah Sullivan and Kevin Powers – books podcast 01/16/2019
    47:17
  61. 69.
    Should we stop working? And the books of 2019 – books podcast 01/08/2019
    41:33
  62. 70.
    Sebastian Barry on James Joyce's Eveline – books podcast 01/01/2019
    19:10
  63. 71.
    Zadie Smith on Giuseppe Pontiggia's Umberto Buti – books podcast 12/31/2018
    25:50
  64. 72.
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Ama Ata Aidoo – books podcast 12/26/2018
    46:04
  65. 73.
    Neil Gaiman on Rudyard Kipling's The Gardener – books podcast 12/25/2018
    33:02
  66. 74.
    Penelope Lively on MR James' Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad – books podcast 12/24/2018
    50:58
  67. 75.
    The best audiobooks to enjoy this Christmas - books podcast 12/18/2018
    35:12
  68. 76.
    Our favourite books of the year, and prose poetry with Claudia Rankine – books podcast 12/11/2018
    44:41
  69. 77.
    Crime and passion with Sara Paretsky and André Aciman – books podcast 12/04/2018
    44:21
  70. 78.
    The art of biography, with Diarmaid MacCulloch and Ken Krimstein – books podcast 11/27/2018
    46:59
  71. 79.
    Myth-making with Sarah Perry and Maria Dahvana Headley – books podcast 11/20/2018
    48:16
  72. 80.
    Robin Robertson and Andrew McMillan on sex, war and truth in poetry – books podcast 11/13/2018
    49:32
  73. 81.
    How does our DNA shape who we are? Robert Plomin and Ivy Pochoda – books podcast 11/06/2018
    1:02:35
  74. 82.
    Political writing from Terrance Hayes to the Anglo-Saxons – books podcast 10/30/2018
    45:58
  75. 83.
    Feminist fairytales with Jessie Burton and Kiran Millwood Hargrave – books podcast 10/23/2018
    35:40
  76. 84.
    Anna Burns's Booker prize win and poet Kate Tempest – books podcast 10/17/2018
    45:42
  77. 85.
    What is it like being Ravenmaster at the Tower of London? – books podcast 10/09/2018
    1:00:44
  78. 86.
    Around the world with Simon Reeve and Neil MacGregor – books podcast 10/02/2018
    59:28
  79. 87.
    Sarah Waters, John Boyne and the 2018 Man Booker prize shortlist – books podcast 09/25/2018
    59:42
  80. 88.
    Karl Ove Knausgaard on the end of My Struggle – books podcast 09/18/2018
    56:43
  81. 89.
    Kate Atkinson on her new novel, Transcription – books podcast 09/11/2018
    34:13
  82. 90.
    Eugenia Cheng and Tim Radford on finding solace in science – books podcast 09/04/2018
    43:01
  83. 91.
    Daisy Johnson and Michael Hughes on Classical adaptation - books 08/28/2018
    50:34
  84. 92.
    Paul Kildea on Chopin and Amy Sackville on Velázquez – books podcast 08/21/2018
    39:06
  85. 93.
    Navigating modern life with Matt Haig and Christina Dalcher on feminist dystopias – books podcast 08/14/2018
    41:09
  86. 94.
    Jericho Brown on poetry, religion and race in the US – books podcast 08/07/2018
    34:51
  87. 95.
    Refugees, in their own words – books podcast 07/31/2018
    1:06:55
  88. 96.
    Michael Ondaatje and the Booker longlist – books podcast 07/24/2018
    33:19
  89. 97.
    Marcus du Sautoy and James Bridle – books podcast 07/17/2018
    40:14
  90. 98.
    Summer reading and Ross Raisin on how to be a great writer – books podcast 07/10/2018
    46:26
  91. 99.
    The rise of autofiction, with Olivia Laing and Christina Patterson – books podcast 07/03/2018
    29:04
  92. 100.
    Psychedelic drugs: Michael Pollan on the history, science and experience of taking them – books podcast 06/26/2018
    44:13
  93. 101.
    What is it like being a first-time novelist today? – books podcast 06/19/2018
    30:35
  94. 102.
    Marilynne Robinson on democracy, religion and Donald Trump – books podcast 06/12/2018
    41:38
  95. 103.
    Hay festival 2018: the Golden Booker, Akala, Tishani Doshi and more 06/01/2018
    45:36
  96. 104.
    American facts and fictions: Lawrence Wright and Amy Bloom – books podcast 05/29/2018
    42:35
  97. 105.
    Olga Tokarczuk's Man Booker win and David Graeber on pointless jobs – books podcast 05/23/2018
    30:50
  98. 106.
    Madeline Miller and Toby Litt – books podcast 05/15/2018
    48:11
  99. 107.
    Exploring mazes with Henry Eliot – books podcast 05/08/2018
    34:38
  100. 108.
    Aminatta Forna on Happiness, plus what are the best crime novels? – books podcast 05/01/2018
    41:21
  101. 109.
    The unhealthy truth about doctors - books podcast 04/24/2018
    38:58
  102. 110.
    Benedict Wells, plus Man Booker International prize and London book fair news – books podcast 04/17/2018
    33:53
  103. 111.
    Lisa Halliday on her novel Asymmetry – books podcast 04/10/2018
    27:59
  104. 112.
    Mary Beard on women and power – books podcast 04/03/2018
    1:05:37
  105. 113.
    Samantha Harvey on The Western Wind, plus how to define science fiction – books podcast 03/27/2018
    39:04
  106. 114.
    Jim Crace on The Melody – books podcast 03/20/2018
    48:22
  107. 115.
    Man Booker International and the Women's prize for fiction: where to start reading? – books podcast 03/13/2018
    42:13
  108. 116.
    What makes a good short story? With Chris Power – books podcast 03/06/2018
    44:00
  109. 117.
    Steven Pinker defends the Enlightenment – books podcast 02/27/2018
    32:18
  110. 118.
    Do our memories make us who we are? – books podcast 02/20/2018
    33:03
  111. 119.
    Why we need to rethink climate change, with Timothy Morton – books podcast 02/13/2018
    40:12
  112. 120.
    LGBT must-reads and a new history of trans Britain – books podcast 02/06/2018
    44:54
  113. 121.
    Women and food, and Helen Dunmore's posthumous Costa prize – books podcast 02/01/2018
    40:02
  114. 122.
    Peter Carey in conversation - books podcast 01/23/2018
    39:58
  115. 123.
    Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford on The Good Agency, plus Tony White - books podcast 01/16/2018
    41:37
  116. 124.
    Jonathan Safran Foer on Aleksandar Hemon's The Bees, Part 1 – short story podcast 01/09/2018
    46:23
  117. 125.
    David Mitchell on The Monkey's Paw by WW Jacobs – short story podcast 01/05/2018
    30:58
  118. 126.
    Stephen Fry on Saki's Sredni Vashtar - short story podcast 01/02/2018
    16:06
  119. 127.
    Neil Gaiman on Rudyard Kipling's The Gardener – short story podcast 12/29/2017
    33:02
  120. 128.
    Penelope Lively on MR James's Oh Whistle and I'll Come to you, my lad - short story podcast 12/26/2017
    50:58
  121. 129.
    Edward St Aubyn's King Lear and the future of literary fiction - books podcast 12/19/2017
    42:43
  122. 130.
    1947: When Now Begins and the best books of 2017 – books podcast 12/12/2017
    47:57
  123. 131.
    Stephen Fry and Emily Wilson on Greek myths – books podcast 12/05/2017
    35:20
  124. 132.
    Max Tegmark and Ken MacLeod on artificial intelligence – books podcast 11/28/2017
    30:44
  125. 133.
    Jennifer Egan and M John Harrison – books podcast 11/21/2017
    48:38
  126. 134.
    Time-travelling with Michael Brooks and Britt Wray – books podcast 11/14/2017
    43:26
  127. 135.
    Richard Flanagan and Jesmyn Ward – books podcast 11/07/2017
    44:01
  128. 136.
    Salman Rushdie on The Golden House, Trump and more – books podcast 10/31/2017
    1:09:01
  129. 137.
    Halloween reading with Andrew Michael Hurley – books podcast 10/24/2017
    36:12
  130. 138.
    George Saunders's Man Booker win and Valeria Luiselli – books podcast 10/18/2017
    43:10
  131. 139.
    Maria Alyokhina and Omar El Akkad – books podcast 10/10/2017
    35:24
  132. 140.
    Orhan Pamuk and Nicole Krauss - books podcast 10/03/2017
    30:19
  133. 141.
    Can books and poetry make you happier? - books podcast 09/26/2017
    38:48
  134. 142.
    Robert Webb on modern masculinity – books podcast 09/19/2017
    24:39
  135. 143.
    Kamila Shamsie and Preti Taneja on reimagining classics - books podcast 09/12/2017
    37:45
  136. 144.
    Colm Tóibín in conversation – books podcast 09/05/2017
    41:50
  137. 145.
    Edinburgh book festival with Colson Whitehead and others – books podcast 08/29/2017
    33:13
  138. 146.
    Jenny Zhang and Carolina Sanín – books podcast 08/22/2017
    33:50
  139. 147.
    Living with Oliver Sacks and love in later life: Bill Hayes and Sylvia Brownrigg 08/15/2017
    42:35
  140. 148.
    Summer reading with John Gordon Sinclair and Horatio Clare 08/08/2017
    28:26
  141. 149.
    Man Booker prize 2017 and poet Kayo Chingonyi – books podcast 08/01/2017
    41:59
  142. 150.
    Black history: Mumbo Jumbo and Paul Robeson – books podcast 07/25/2017
    27:00
  143. 151.
    Sara Pascoe and Lucy Worsley on Jane Austen – books podcast 07/18/2017
    34:11
  144. 152.
    Richard Dawkins and Carlo Rovelli on science and culture – books podcast 07/11/2017
    30:11
  145. 153.
    Naomi Klein on neoliberalism and the fightback against Donald Trump – books podcast 07/04/2017
    36:38
  146. 154.
    Arundhati Roy on The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – books podcast 06/28/2017
    40:08
  147. 155.
    Fair Field: Piers Plowman's Truth – books podcast 06/21/2017
    12:29
  148. 156.
    Fair Field: Piers Plowman's world of work - books podcast 06/21/2017
    12:46
  149. 157.
    Fair Field: Piers Plowman's dreamworld - books podcast 06/21/2017
    14:20
  150. 158.
    Reni Eddo-Lodge and Juno Dawson - books podcast 06/20/2017
    36:13
  151. 159.
    Scottish crime fiction with Ann Cleeves and Chris Brookmyre – books podcast 06/13/2017
    33:24
  152. 160.
    The Legend of the Almond Trees, read by Andrew Scott – Travel folktales for kids podcast 06/09/2017
    10:52
  153. 161.
    Richard Ford discusses his family memoir – books podcast 06/06/2017
    40:49
  154. 162.
    The Dragon of Palma de Mallorca, read by Andrew Scott – Travel folktales for kids podcast 06/02/2017
    12:09
  155. 163.
    Hay festival 2017: Cory Doctorow, Helen Fielding and Shashi Tharoor 05/30/2017
    47:12
  156. 164.
    The wandering knight of Zagreb, read by Andrew Scott – Travel folktales for kids podcast 05/26/2017
    11:10
  157. 165.
    Islands and literature, from Iceland to Jamaica - books podcast 05/23/2017
    37:15
  158. 166.
    Pinocchio and the Field of Miracles, read by Andrew Scott – Travel folktales for kids podcast 05/19/2017
    10:44
  159. 167.
    Funny memoirs with Patricia Lockwood – books podcast 05/16/2017
    33:08
  160. 168.
    Jack, the Giant Killer, read by Andrew Scott – Travel folktales for kids podcast 05/12/2017
    11:17
  161. 169.
    Tony Harrison at 80 - books podcast 05/09/2017
    34:58
  162. 170.
    Writing about working class life with Lisa McInerney and Lynsey Hanley – books podcast 05/02/2017
    37:44
  163. 171.
    Neil Gaiman on American Gods, Norse Mythology and more – books podcast 04/25/2017
    41:09
  164. 172.
    The shadows of war in Primo Levi and Xan Brooks - books podcast 04/18/2017
    35:45
  165. 173.
    Sara Baume, Peter Bazalgette and the art of empathy – books podcast 04/11/2017
    38:33
  166. 174.
    George Saunders and the Baileys women's prize – books podcast 04/04/2017
    35:59
  167. 175.
    Man Booker International prize and Dorthe Nors – books podcast 03/28/2017
    39:59
  168. 176.
    Being a radical optimist with Mohsin Hamid – books podcast 03/21/2017
    28:39
  169. 177.
    Baileys longlist author Ayòbámi Adébáyò, and London book fair – books podcast 03/14/2017
    38:43
  170. 178.
    Daniel Dennett on consciousness and 100 years of Anthony Burgess – books podcast 03/07/2017
    38:37
  171. 179.
    Fact or fiction: autobiographical novels with Édouard Louis – books podcast 02/28/2017
    42:04
  172. 180.
    Reclaiming history with Yaa Gyasi and Chibundu Onuzo - books podcast 02/17/2017
    45:26
  173. 181.
    Michael Chabon on The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – books podcast 02/10/2017
    40:50
  174. 182.
    Sebastian Barry on his Costa-winning novel Days Without End – books podcast 02/03/2017
    36:13
  175. 183.
    The biography of a paperback – books podcast 01/27/2017
    51:08
  176. 184.
    Searching for alien life with Jim Al-Khalili – books podcast 01/20/2017
    25:47
  177. 185.
    Alan Bennett discusses Keeping On Keeping On – books podcast 01/13/2017
    55:42
  178. 186.
    The Last Poets – books podcast 01/06/2017
    42:30
  179. 187.
    Books of the year, with Sarah Perry and Francis Spufford 12/30/2016
    58:04
  180. 188.
    Deadly beauty with Ruth Padel and Lucinda Hawksley – books podcast 12/23/2016
    42:01
  181. 189.
    Nadja Spiegelman and Alex Wheatle - books podcast 12/16/2016
    52:06
  182. 190.
    Margaret Drabble and the Ruby Dolls - books podcast 12/09/2016
    37:33
  183. 191.
    Alan Moore talks to Stewart Lee – books podcast 12/02/2016
    56:02
  184. 192.
    Nordic noir with Kati Hiekkapelto and Antti Tuomainen – books podcast 11/25/2016
    37:43
  185. 193.
    Climate change with Amitav Ghosh and Aaron Thier – books podcast 11/18/2016
    36:30
  186. 194.
    Jonathan Safran Foer on his novel Here I Am – books podcast 11/11/2016
    55:50
  187. 195.
    Goldsmiths prize and Anakana Schofield – books podcast 11/04/2016
    43:14
  188. 196.
    Susan Hill on ghost stories – books podcast 10/28/2016
    51:11
  189. 197.
    Booker finalist Paul Beatty and Super Thursday – books podcast 10/21/2016
    41:41
  190. 198.
    Colin Thubron and John Aggleton on memory – books podcast 10/14/2016
    44:43
  191. 199.
    Naomi Alderman, Lauren Beukes and Alastair Reynolds on gender politics and scifi – books podcast 10/07/2016
    52:47

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