Books Podcast

Books Podcast: how does the world look through a different language?

20 March 2019 18:01

My guest on this week’s books podcast is the Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri. Someone whose own fiction has negotiated the…

Books Podcast: the life of Richard Sorge, Stalin’s master spy

13 March 2019 18:51

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined by Owen Matthews to talk about the man many have claimed was the…

The Books Podcast: love, death, and loss with Max Porter

6 March 2019 19:20

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Max Porter, former publisher at Granta and author of the prizewinning debut…

Spectator Books: how angels have changed through history

27 February 2019 18:03

In this week’s Spectator Books I’m talking to Peter Stanford, author of Angels: A Visible and Invisible History. Why is…

Books Podcast: how climate change will transform geopolitics as we know it

20 February 2019 17:54

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m talking to the American journalist David Wallace-Wells about his new book The Uninhabitable Earth:…

Books Podcast: Deborah Lipstadt on anti-Semitism and what you can and can’t say about Israel

13 February 2019 17:12

In this week’s books podcast, I’m joined by Deborah Lipstadt — the historian who herself made a piece of history…

Books Podcast: how has Royal reporting changed since Diana?

7 February 2019 11:50

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined from Los Angeles by Andrew Morton — the Royal writer who scooped the…

Books Podcast: is it time to stop working?

30 January 2019 18:35

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined by Josh Cohen, author of the Not Working: Why We Have To Stop…

Books Podcast: what modern Bibles get wrong

23 January 2019 17:12

In this week’s books podcast, my guest is Robert Alter – who has just published the fruits of decades of…

Books Podcast: why did Sweden cover up incidences of mass sexual assault?

17 January 2019 11:16

What do you think of when you think of Sweden? If, like me, the very name conjures fuzzy ideas of…

Books Podcast: Ed Vulliamy – how music helps me report from the frontline

2 January 2019 20:19

In this week’s books podcast we’re going to the wars. My guest is Ed Vulliamy, the veteran war correspondent who…

Books Podcast: conversing with Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick

19 December 2018 12:40

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Chris Kraus — author of the semi-autobiographical cult novel I Love Dick…

The Books Podcast: why runners up are more interesting than those who come first

12 December 2018 8:10

In this week’s books podcast I talk to the great trivia expert Mark Mason about his new The Book of…

Books Podcast: presidential lessons from Lincoln to Trump, with Doris Kearns Goodwin

5 December 2018 13:12

In this week’s books podcast, I’m speaking to the Pulitzer-prizewinning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin about her new book Leadership: Lessons…

Books Podcast: Lee Child on Reacher, revenge, and writing without a plan

28 November 2018 15:33

“I wondered what would happen if you made Goliath the hero…” In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to the…

The Books Podcast: geopolitics, the new Silk Roads, and the falcon-shaped airport in Turkmenistan

21 November 2018 17:04

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Oxford’s Professor of Global History Peter Frankopan about his follow-up to his…

Books Podcast: reconciling guilt and patriotism in post-war Germany

13 November 2018 17:56

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Nora Krug about her remarkable graphic work Heimat – in which this…

Books Podcast: a fresh look at Jeeves and Wooster with Ben Schott

1 November 2018 14:56

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Ben Schott. The author of Schott’s Miscellany, Ben’s literary productions have taken…

Books Podcast: how genes can predict your life

24 October 2018 16:39

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m talking to the behavioural geneticist Robert Plomin about his new book Blueprint: How DNA…

Books Podcast: detective work with Sara Paretsky

18 October 2018 14:43

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m talking to the incomparable Sara Paretsky about her latest V. I. Warshawski novel Shell…

Books Podcast: Andrew Roberts on Churchill

12 October 2018 13:03

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking — this time in front of a live audience at Daunt Books —…

Books Podcast: when did politics become so emotional?

4 October 2018 15:26

In this week’s books podcast, I’m joined by the political scientist William Davies to talk about his new book Nervous…

Books Podcast: Paddy Leigh-Fermor’s adventures

27 September 2018 17:01

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Adam Sisman about More Dashing — his new selection from the remarkable…

Books Podcast: icons and god(s) with Neil MacGregor

20 September 2018 12:26

In this week’s books podcast, I talk to the former head honcho of the National Gallery and British Museum, Neil…

Books Podcast: life and death in the Falklands – and what happens after

13 September 2018 15:09

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Helen Parr about her remarkable new book Our Boys: The Story of…