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The Guardian Books Podcast

The Guardian Books Podcast

United Kingdom

Subscribe free to our weekly podcast, presented by editor of Guardian books Claire Armitstead, for author interviews, readings and discussions - plus a full recording of our monthly book club

Episodes

Alan Bennett discusses Keeping On Keeping On – books podcast  

A national treasure reads from the latest volume of his diaries and discusses finding inspiration in the everyday

The Last Poets – books podcast  

Famed for militant spoken-word poetry about black America from the height of the civil rights struggle, the Last Poets join us to perform and talk about their own battles

Books of the year, with Sarah Perry and Francis Spufford - podcast  

Costa contenders The Essex Serpent and Golden Hill bring historical fiction to the fore as we predict the books that will last from 2016

Ruth Padel and Lucinda Hawksley – books podcast  

Poetry and poison combine as we look at a lavishly illustrated history of arsenic in the home and a book-length Christmas poem

Margaret Drabble and the Ruby Dolls - books podcast  

The challenges of ageing and the dark side of fairy stories examined in a novel, The Dark Flood Rises, and the cabaret Brides of Bluebeard

Margaret Drabble and the Ruby Dolls - books podcast  

The challenges of ageing and the dark side of fairy stories examined in a novel, The Dark Flood Rises, and the cabaret Brides of Bluebeard

Alan Moore talks to Stewart Lee – books podcast  

The comics legend tells the standup comic why his latest project is a small-town novel set in the Midlands, running to 1,280 pages and titled Jerusalem

Nordic noir with Kati Hiekkapelto and Antti Tuomainen – books podcast  

We investigate crime fiction from the frozen north with two of Finland’s rising literary stars

Climate change with Amitav Ghosh and Aaron Thier – books podcast  

Amitav Ghosh discusses the failure of literary culture to confront climate change, while Aaron Thier explains how his novel Mr Eternity reflects current fears

Jonathan Safran Foer on his novel Here I Am – books podcast  

The American writer discusses his first novel in 11 years, books he hasn’t finished – and how his fiction is driven by instinct

Goldsmiths prize and Anakana Schofield – books podcast  

Blake Morrison discusses the UK’s most radical literary prize, while Anakana Schofield talks about the novel that earned her a place on the Goldsmiths shortlist

Susan Hill on ghost stories – books podcast  

Susan Hill discusses the timeless appeal of the ghost story and reads from her new collection, while the Bookshop Band get into the Halloween spirit

Booker finalist Paul Beatty and Super Thursday – books podcast  

As publishing begins the long climb to Christmas, Paul Beatty joins us to talk about life on the Man Booker shortlist

Colin Thubron and John Aggleton on memory – books podcast  

How can we construct a sense of self from the fragments of life we can recall? We dissect how science and fiction shed light on the mysteries of memory

Ultimate questions with Adam Biles and Sean Carroll – books podcast  

We examine beginnings and endings, with a novel set in a nursing home and a physicist who explores the influence of the big bang on our daily lives

Amos Oz on his novel Judas – books podcast  

The Israeli novelist Amos Oz talks about prose, poetry and politics in his latest novel, Judas

Deborah Levy and the Booker shortlist – books podcast  

As the Booker prize announces a shortlist that’s long on surprises, we talk to Deborah Levy and assess the contenders for this year’s award

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