Books Podcast

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…

Books Podcast: Sebastian Faulks’s ghosts in Paris

6 September 2018 15:27

In this week’s books podcast, I’m talking to Sebastian Faulks about his brilliant new novel Paris Echo, which describes the…

Books Podcast: How the 2008 crash changed the world

23 August 2018 16:26

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m joined by the economic historian Adam Tooze, author of the new book Crashed: How…

Books Podcast: can graphic novels be considered literature?

16 August 2018 15:50

Among the biggest surprises of this year’s Man Booker Prize longlist was the inclusion, for the first time in the…

Books Podcast: Jesse Norman and how to properly appreciate Adam Smith

26 July 2018 16:29

Adam Smith is the most quoted and misquoted economist of all time. But was he the prophet of devil-take-the-hindmost neoliberalism,…

Books Podcast: Ben Rhodes and what it was like to work for Obama

19 July 2018 15:44

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m talking to a man who has spent more time on Air Force One than…

Books Podcast: Margo Jefferson on Michael Jackson

12 July 2018 14:32

In this week’s Books podcast, we’re moonwalking back to the glory days of Michael Jackson with the brilliant Margo Jefferson,…

Books Podcast: Jay Rubin and the world of Japanese stories

5 July 2018 14:06

In this week’s Spectator books podcast I’m talking to the distinguished scholar of Japanese literature Jay Rubin, editor of the new…

Books Podcast: Judith Kerr and Matthew Kneale, writing in the family and the real Mog

28 June 2018 14:14

This week’s books podcast is a family affair: I’m talking to the children’s writer and illustrator Judith Kerr (Mog The…

Books Podcast: a psychedelic trip with Michael Pollan

21 June 2018 15:11

This week’s Spectator Books Podcast asks: is LSD good for you? I’m joined by the author Michael Pollan, who talks…

Spectator Books: Koh-i-Noor

14 June 2018 15:07

This week in the Spectator Books podcast I’m joined by William Dalrymple, co-author with Anita Anand of Koh-i-Noor: The History…