Sam Leith

Books Podcast: Michael Morpurgo

16 March 2017 12:06

In this week’s books podcast we have an interview with the former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo in which he talks…

Books podcast: Resisting the self-improvement craze

10 March 2017 9:19

Think positive. Listen to your inner voice. Strive to become the best version of yourself. The only way out is through.…

Books podcast: The story of pain

2 March 2017 10:33

My guest in this week’s books podcast is the scholar Joanna Bourke, who’s talking about her new book on something…

Books podcast: Daniel Dennett and the evolution of minds

23 February 2017 10:45

In this week’s podcast I’m talking to the philosopher Daniel Dennett — whose new book takes on one of the…

Books podcast: Louise Doughty on Apple Tree Yard, Sherlock and Lionel Shriver

16 February 2017 10:47

This week in the books podcast, I’m talking to Louise Doughty — the author of the novel behind the hit…

Books podcast: Rory Stewart’s The Marches

9 February 2017 10:00

In this week’s podcast, I sit down with the Conservative MP, sometime diplomat and writer Rory Stewart to talk about…

Émile Zola: The Upper Norwood Years

3 February 2017 10:07

Imagine if Dostoyevsky had spent a year or two knocking around Penge. Or if Balzac had sojourned in Stoke Poges.…

Books podcast: Michael Rosen on The Disappearance of Émile Zola

2 February 2017 11:09

Imagine if Dostoyevsky had spent a year or two knocking around Penge. Or if Balzac had sojourned in Stoke Poges.…

Did Darwin get it wrong?

27 January 2017 15:12

This week in the books podcast, we’re taking on some big issues. John Hands, the author of Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution…

Books podcast: Cosmosapiens

26 January 2017 11:39

This week in the books podcast, we’re taking on some big issues. John Hands, the author of Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution…

Exploring Israel and Jewishness with Harold Pinter

17 January 2017 10:12

In this week’s Books Podcast, I talk to Lady Antonia Fraser about her new book. Our Israeli Diary, 1978 is…

Books podcast: Antonia Fraser’s Israeli diary

16 January 2017 12:36

In this week’s Books Podcast, I talk to Lady Antonia Fraser about her new book. Our Israeli Diary, 1978 is…

Is there a war on the old?

10 January 2017 16:00

What’s it like being old? Rotten, says Professor John Sutherland in his latest book The War On The Old —…

Why do people hate poetry?

2 January 2017 11:52

Why do so many people think poetry is important, and so few of them read it? And why does what…

The great Roald Dahl debate

28 December 2016 22:26

In the year of Roald Dahl’s centenary, the Spectator Books Podcast decided to debate this sacred cow. Lucy Mangan, author of…

Books podcast: Michael Lewis and The Undoing Project

21 December 2016 11:14

The latest books podcast sees us sitting down with Michael Lewis – the author of Liar’s Poker, The Big Short,…

Books podcast: Treasure palaces

12 December 2016 10:58

In this week’s books podcast I talk about Treasure Palaces with its editor Maggie Fergusson. This is a remarkable collection…

Books podcast: The Dahl debate

5 December 2016 10:54

In the year of Roald Dahl’s centenary, this week’s Spectator Books Podcast considers a sacred cow. Lucy Mangan, author of…

Books podcast: Can you solve Alex Bellos’s problems?

28 November 2016 10:54

This week in the books podcast, I talk to Alex Bellos, author of the superbly engrossing Can You Solve My…

Books podcast: The Detection Club

21 November 2016 11:58

Nothing like a spot of murder as the evenings draw in. In this week’s podcast I talk to the crime…

Books podcast: The biographer’s tale

14 November 2016 11:12

In this week’s Spectator books podcast, it’s the Biographer’s Tale. I‘m joined by the doyen of romantic biographers Richard Holmes,…

Books podcast: Ben Lerner’s hatred of poetry

7 November 2016 10:38

Why do so many people think poetry is important, and so few of them read it? And why does what…

Books podcast: Andrew Solomon’s Far & Away

31 October 2016 10:19

In this week’s Spectator podcast I talk to Andrew Solomon. Though he’s best known for his work on depression (The…

Books podcast: What’s the point of the Man Booker Prize?

24 October 2016 11:31

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast, we’re talking about tomorrow night’s big announcement: the 2016 Man Booker Prize. This year’s…

Books podcast: Hisham Matar’s The Return

17 October 2016 12:10

In the latest Spectator Books podcast, I talk to Hisham Matar — newly shortlisted for the UK’s most prestigious non-fiction…