books podcasts

Bestselling author David Sedaris: Finding meaning in the mundane

David Sedaris built a career by sharing his life through essays. He writes about everything from the death of family...

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Feminist fairytales with Jessie Burton and Kiran Millwood Hargrave – books podcast

We travel to a faraway land, where brave writers fight deadly stereotypes and discover inspiring new ways to tell old...

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Political writing from Terrance Hayes to the Anglo-Saxons – books podcast

As the midterm elections loom, we welcome a poet whose verse is carved from this divided moment and search for the...

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1947: When Now Begins and the best books of 2017 – books podcast

On this week’s show, we look at the political and social upheaval of 1947 with journalist Elisabeth Åsbrink, and...

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David Mitchell on The Monkey's Paw by WW Jacobs – short story podcast

Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell introduces one of the great, early 20th century horror stories: WW Jacobs’s...

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Robin Robertson and Andrew McMillan on sex, war and truth in poetry – books podcast

On this week’s show, Robertson talks about his narrative poem The Long Take and McMillan explores adolescent rites of...

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Jonathan Safran Foer on Aleksandar Hemon's The Bees, Part 1 – short story podcast

Jonathan Safran Foer explains why he loves this tale about the Bosnian author’s father, which is then read by Chris...

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Marcus du Sautoy and James Bridle – books podcast

We talk about the troubling future of tech with artist and writer James Bridle, and the idea of infinity with Marcus...

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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,...

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Living with Oliver Sacks and love in later life: Bill Hayes and Sylvia Brownrigg – podcast

Living with Oliver Sacks and love in later life: Bill Hayes and Sylvia Brownrigg – podcast

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Jenny Zhang and Carolina Sanín – books podcast

On this week’s podcast, we talk to the Chinese-American author Jenny Zhang and the Colombian writer Carolina Sanín

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What makes a good short story? With Chris Power – books podcast

Chris Power, the Guardian’s resident short-story expert and now debut author himself, joins us to talk about reading...

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Man Booker International and the Women's prize for fiction: where to start reading? – books podcast

Taking a look at the two big prizes announcing their longlists this week, we discuss which books we’re most excited...

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Lisa Halliday on her novel Asymmetry – books podcast

On this week’s show, the American novelist talks about her much-discussed debut

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Why we need to rethink climate change, with Timothy Morton – books podcast

This week, we talk to philosopher Timothy Morton about his book Being Ecological and why we need to move away from...

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Steven Pinker defends the Enlightenment – books podcast

Is the world going to rack and ruin? The psychologist Steven Pinker makes the case for progress and Enlightenment values

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