The Guardian Books Podcast

The Guardian Books Podcast

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...

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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...

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'Our climate crisis is a choice': Christiana Figueres on why we can change the future - books podcast

On our final episode, the diplomat who spearheaded the Paris Agreement discusses why we should feel optimisitic about...

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Why David Attenborough is famous but 'he isn't a celebrity' – books podcast

We speak to Horrible Histories consultant and podcaster Greg Jenner about the history of celebrity and share what...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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'What if Gandalf joined The Sweeney?': Ben Aaronovitch on Rivers of London – books podcast

On this week’s show, the bestselling fantasy author talks about how he came to invent a magical branch of the Met,...

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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...

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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...

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Maaza Mengiste on the Ethiopian women who fought Italy – books podcast

The novelist explains how she discovered her family was woven into history, plus the new wave of Ethiopian literature...

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Sophie Hannah on the recipe for a perfect crime novel – books podcast

The crime writer joins us to discuss the mechanics of mystery novels, plus Margaret Atwood at the Hay festival in...

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Adam Rutherford on how to tackle racist pseudoscience - books podcast

The geneticist explains why science offers no support for prejudice. Help support our independent journalism at...

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Jonathan Coe and Sara Collins on their Costa-winning novels – books podcast

We welcome not one but two Costa winners, as the victors in the novel and the debut fiction categories join us in the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Our favourite books of 2019, and the most exciting books of 2020 – books podcast

Priya Basil talks about the dynamics of the dinner table and her book Be My Guest, and we chat about the best books...

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Ben Lerner and Meena Kandasamy on autofiction – books podcast

Ben Lerner and Meena Kandasamy talk about drawing on their most embarrassing and vulnerable moments to write fiction....

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