Books and Authors

Books and Authors

United Kingdom

This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.


Helen Sedgwick, the York Writer's Festival and up and coming writers from Australia  

Helen Sedgwick discusses her new novel The Growing Season; Australian writers to watch.

Daryl Gregory and the importance of John Donne's love poems  

Daryl Gregory discusses his latest novel Spoonbenders and a manual on being a writer

Revisiting Greek myths with Kamila Shamsie and David Vann  

Kamila Shamsie and David Vann discuss their own interpretations of classic Greek myths.

Fredrick Backman, Outriders and writing to music  

Fredrik Backman is an internationally bestselling author whose A Man Called Ove has sold more than 3 million copies. His new novel, The Scandal, is set in an isolated Swedish town where the future is looking bright, until one brutal act threatens that future prosperity. Fredrik Backman talks to Mariella Frostrup.

The Chalke Valley History Festival  

Tom Holland, Tracy Borman and Olivette Otele talk about who is writing history today.

A Good Read 25 July 2017: John Niven & Sali Hughes  

Author John Niven and journalist Sali Hughes talk books they love with Harriett Gilbert.

Fiona Melrose, transgender characters in fiction and the book Susan Hill would never end  

Fiona Melrose discusses her new book, Johannesburg and Kaite Welsh on transgender fiction

Elizabeth Day, Patrick Ness and the Bradford Literary Festival  

Elizabeth Day discusses her new book, The Party and Patrick Ness's Queer Icon.

A Good Read 11 July 2017: Stacey Dooley & Gaia Vince  

Harriett Gilbert talks to Stacey Dooley and Gaia Vince about their favourite books.

Matt Haig, Val McDermid and a postcard from Argentina  

Matt Haig on time travel and Val McDermid discusses Virginia Woolf's Orlando.

A Good Read 4 July 2017: Kathy Burke & Tom Allen  

Kathy Burke and comedian Tom Allen talk about their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert

A Good Read 27 June 2017: Bill Paterson & Tom Chatfield  

Actor Bill Paterson and writer Tom Chatfield talk about beloved books to Harriett Gilbert

Mark Haddon on Virginia Woolf and Ruth Ware discusses her new novel, The Lying Game  

Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press and Misha Glenny on The Master and Margarita

A Good Read 20 June 2017: Verity Sharp & Matthew Syed  

Harriett Gilbert talks favourite books with Verity Sharp and Matthew Syed.

Thomas Keneally, Meike Ziervogel and pet peeves in books  

Thomas Keneally discusses his latest novel, Crimes of the Father

A Good Read 13 June 2017: Nathan Caton & Adam Rutherford  

Harriett Gilbert talks favourite books with Nathan Caton and Adam Rutherford.

A Good Read 6 June 2017 Ed Byrne & Hardeep Singh Kohli  

Harriett Gilbert talks to Ed Byrne and Hardeep Singh Kohli about their favourite books.

Tim Winton  

Tim Winton on his new book The Boy Behind The Curtain – Notes from an Australian Life

Gail Honeyman and Nell Stevens  

Gail Honeyman, Nell Stevens and Angie Thomas on the Book She'd Never Lend

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