Books Podcast

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…

Books Podcast: The art of the political speech

26 October 2017 14:11

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m talking to the Times columnist and former speechwriter for Tony Blair, Philip Collins, about…

Books Podcast: Claire Tomalin

19 October 2017 17:40

In this week’s Books Podcast I talk to the incomparable Claire Tomalin — veteran literary editor, biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft,…

Books Podcast: Alan Hollinghurst

12 October 2017 12:49

In this week’s Books podcast I’m joined by Alan Hollinghurst, the Man Booker prizewinning author of The Line of Beauty…

Books Podcast: The age of decadence

5 October 2017 16:43

In this week’s Books podcast, my guest is the journalist and historian Simon Heffer, author of the magisterial new The Age of…

Books Podcast: Stalin’s war on Ukraine

21 September 2017 14:53

In this week’s Books Podcast I talk to the Pulitzer Prize winning historian (and former Spectator deputy editor) Anne Applebaum…

Books Podcast: How not to be a boy

14 September 2017 13:02

In this week’s Books podcast, my guest is the comedian and writer Robert Webb — whose moving and funny new…

Books podcast: A N Wilson

7 September 2017 11:58

A N Wilson’s new biography of Darwin was acclaimed in these pages by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst for having a ‘scientist’s forensic…

Books Podcast: World Book Club’s 15th birthday

31 August 2017 12:54

This week, in the books podcast, I talk to Harriett Gilbert – who has a good claim to be the…

Books Podcast: Clive James

24 August 2017 12:59

In this week’s Books podcast I speak to Clive James. Since he was diagnosed with leukaemia, Clive has been as…

Books Podcast: Robert Lowell’s centenary

17 August 2017 12:55

For this week’s podcast, in celebration of Robert Lowell’s centenary year, I’m joined by the critic and writer Jonathan Raban…

Books Podcast: The art of the sequel

11 August 2017 13:48

We live in an age when sequels to, and re-imaginings of, the classics, seem to be a larger part of…

Books Podcast: Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary

3 August 2017 16:29

This summer saw 20 years since the publication of the first Harry Potter novel. Love them or hate them, the…

Books Podcast: Is monogamy dead?

27 July 2017 16:35

This week’s Books Podcast is all about love. Can we have too much of it? How long does it last?…

Books Podcast: Summer reads

20 July 2017 15:10

This week, with the holidays approaching, I’m joined by the critic Alex Clark and Damian Barr — memoirist and host…

Books Podcast: Naomi Klein

13 July 2017 13:39

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast I’m joined by Naomi Klein, the activist journalist who gave articulate voice to the…

Books Podcast: The wisdom of the zombie apocalypse

6 July 2017 12:39

In this week’s books podcast, we’re talking about the lumbering hordes of the living dead. Yup: it’s Zombie Apocalypse time,…

Books Podcast: Jonathan Meades

29 June 2017 12:19

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m joined by the great Jonathan Meades. A man of many hats — food critic,…

Books Podcast: The secret lives of Julian Assange, Craig Wright and Ronald Pinn

22 June 2017 13:17

In this week’s podcast I’m talking to the novelist and journalist Andrew O’Hagan about lies, paranoia, and the way that…