The Guardian Books podcast

The Guardian Books podcast

United Kingdom

The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books, poetry and great writing presented by  Claire Armitstead,  Richard Lea, & Sian Cain. With in-depth interviews with leading authors and investigations into the thematic trends in contemporary writing, this is the perfect book worm’s companion


Kamila Shamsie and Preti Taneja on reimagining classics - books podcast  

The two novelists have used Greek tragedy and Shakespeare respectively to tell tough stories of modern life. They discuss how they went about it

Colm Tóibín in conversation – books podcast  

The acclaimed Irish novelist talks to Charlotte Higgins about House of Names, his reimagining of the Greek tragedy of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon

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

Naomi Klein on neoliberalism and the fightback against Donald Trump – books podcast  

The activist and author speaks to Gary Younge about her book No is Not Enough, and the importance of finding a way to push back against the shock politics of the Trump administration

Fair Field: Piers Plowman's Truth – books podcast  

In the last of three original podcasts based on William Langland’s poem, our hero goes in search of an ideal Truth. But what does that mean?

Fair Field: Piers Plowman's world of work - books podcast  

In the second of three original podcasts, William Langland’s 14th-century poem is brought into focus against a contemporary backdrop of precarious labour

Fair Field: Piers Plowman's dreamworld - books podcast  

In episode one of a three-part series, the medieval ‘poem of crisis’ reveals a world of inequality, corruption and spiritual malaise that is all too familiar

Reni Eddo-Lodge and Juno Dawson - books podcast  

We discuss race, gender and identity with activist Reni Eddo-Lodge and the writer Juno Dawson

Scottish crime fiction with Ann Cleeves and Chris Brookmyre – books podcast  

We investigate the murky world of tartan noir, and look into this week’s headline honours, the Baileys and children’s laureate

Richard Ford discusses his family memoir – books podcast  

The Pulitzer prize-winning author talks to Sarah Churchwell about his new memoir, Between Them: Remembering my Parents

The Dragon of Palma de Mallorca, read by Andrew Scott – Travel folktales for kids podcast  

The Spanish island city is terrorised by a fearsome dragon. But is it really a dragon, or something else?

Hay festival 2017: Cory Doctorow, Helen Fielding and Shashi Tharoor  – podcast  

We gaze uneasily to the future with Doctorow, look back on the history of the British Raj with Tharoor, and some comic relief comes from Fielding’s hapless heroine Bridget Jones

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