Books Podcast

Spectator Books: Behold, America

24 May 2018 15:38

Is the “American Dream”, as Donald Trump claims, dead? Is “America First” a policy of national pride or a dogwhistle…

Spectator Books: Arnhem

17 May 2018 13:59

In this week’s Spectator Books, I talk to the military historian Antony Beevor about his latest book, Arnhem: The Battle for…

Spectator Books: The Birth of the RAF

10 May 2018 16:38

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m joined by the historian Richard Overy to talk about his new book The Birth…

Spectator Books: The Order of Time

3 May 2018 15:33

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m talking to the brilliant Carlo Rovelli — who with the publication of his million-selling…

Spectator Books: How Britain Really Works

26 April 2018 18:07

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m joined by Stig Abell — editor of the Times Literary Supplement, sometime LBC talk radio host, former…

Spectator Books: the pleasures and perils of translation

19 April 2018 13:59

In this week’s books podcast, we’re using the occasion of the Man Booker International Prize shortlist to talk about the…

Spectator Books: Ultima

12 April 2018 17:32

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m talking to the historian Lisa Hilton about the latest in her series of what…

Books Podcast: Waiting for the Last Bus

29 March 2018 14:16

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m talking to Richard Holloway about his new book Waiting For The Last Bus. Richard is…

Books Podcast: Gimson’s Prime Ministers

22 March 2018 18:18

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m joined by the Telegraph’s former parliamentary sketch writer Andrew Gimson, and the Guardian cartoonist…

Books Podcast: St Paul, the biography

15 March 2018 16:11

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m talking to N. T. Wright, one of the world’s foremost scholars of the theology…

Books Podcast: Wendy Cope

8 March 2018 15:12

In this week’s Books podcast, I’m joined by the great Wendy Cope, whose new collection Anecdotal Evidence is just out. I talk…

Books Podcast: Jay Heinrichs’ How To Argue With A Cat

1 March 2018 14:18

In this week’s books podcast, I’m talking to Jay Heinrichs about his new book How To Argue With A Cat:…

Books Podcast: Steven Pinker

22 February 2018 13:53

This week’s books podcast was recorded live at a special Spectator subscriber event in London, where I was talking to…

Books Podcast: Mick Herron

15 February 2018 16:01

My guest in this week’s podcast is the incomparable spy writer Mick Herron – these days, happily, a less and…

Books Podcast: Mohsin Hamid

1 February 2018 17:49

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to the award-festooned writer Mohsin Hamid about his latest novel Exit West — touching on the…

Books Podcast: The life and work of Muriel Spark

25 January 2018 14:59

This week’s books podcast celebrates the centenary of Muriel Spark. I’m joined by Alan Taylor (author of a new memoir…

Books Podcast: 200 years of Frankenstein

18 January 2018 13:17

It LIVES! This week’s books podcast honours the bicentenary of the publication of Frankenstein. To cut through all those high…

Books Podcast: What really causes depression?

12 January 2018 10:56

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast — arranged in partnership with the male suicide prevention charity CALM — I talk…

Books Podcast: The year in strange facts

14 December 2017 14:21

This week’s Books Podcast — the last before the Christmas break — sees the Spectator’s office flooded with elves. The…

Books Podcast: How totalitarianism reclaimed Russia

7 December 2017 13:40

In this week’s Spectator Books Podcast, I’m talking to Russia’s most prominent dissident journalist, Masha Gessen, about her National Book…

Books Podcast: Richard Flanagan

30 November 2017 12:51

This week in the books podcast I’m talking to Richard Flanagan, the Man Booker prize winning author of Gould’s Book of…

Books Podcast: Can Anna Karenina save your life?

23 November 2017 16:09

My guest this week is the comedienne and writer Viv Groskop, and our subject is the greats of 19th- and…

Books Podcast: Melvyn Bragg on William Tyndale

16 November 2017 13:03

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m talking to Melvyn Bragg about his fascinating book on William Tyndale — which makes…

Books Podcast: Anthony Powell

9 November 2017 15:09

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m talking to Anthony Powell’s biographer Hilary Spurling about why A Dance to the Music of…

Books Podcast: Philip Pullman

2 November 2017 15:28

In this week’s Books podcast I talk to Philip Pullman about his captivating new novel La Belle Sauvage — in…