Books Podcast

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…

Books Podcast: William Empson’s legacy

8 June 2017 14:19

In this week’s Books Podcast, we’re talking about William Empson, one of the most brilliant and captivatingly eccentric literary critics and…

Books Podcast: Martin Luther, Catholic dissident

25 May 2017 12:23

In this week’s Books Podcast, we honour the five hundredth anniversary of the nailing of that business with the 95 Theses, the church…

Books Podcast: The art of losing control

18 May 2017 14:01

Is Enlightenment rationalism overrated? Do we spend too much time thinking and not enough time letting our conscious thoughts scatter…

Books Podcast: The lost stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

11 May 2017 14:02

Following the publication of a new collection of the lost short stories of F Scott Fitzgerald (I’d Die For You…

Books Podcast: Taking Hamlet around the world

8 May 2017 13:59

This week’s Books Podcast turns to perhaps the greatest work of the greatest writer in English history. Yup: it’s Hamlet…

Books Podcast: How freakin’ zeitgeist are you?

27 April 2017 13:39

In this week’s Books Podcast, I meet the poet Murray Lachlan Young. In the 1990s, Murray became notorious: the first…

Books podcast: The British boarding school

21 April 2017 10:46

“The happiest days of your life?” This week in the Books Podcast I ask the authors of two recent books…

Books Podcast: Rob Newman’s Neuropolis

13 April 2017 11:31

My guest in this week’s Spectator Books Podcast is Rob Newman. Listeners of a certain age (ie mine) will remember…

Listen: Pulitzer Prize winner Hisham Matar discusses The Return

11 April 2017 10:50

Back in October, I spoke to Hisham Matar — who has just won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography — about his book The…

Books Podcast: The joy of indexes

6 April 2017 11:29

On this week’s Books Podcast, I’m joined by the scholar Dennis Duncan to talk about a subject that’s very dear…

Books Podcast: Charlotte Rampling

30 March 2017 10:25

A few years ago, Charlotte Rampling signed a contract to write her autobiography – and then, the project not long…

Books Podcast: Machiavelli’s lifelong quest for freedom

23 March 2017 10:45

In this week’s Books Podcast I talk to Erica Benner about her new Life of Machiavelli, Be Like The Fox.…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

Books podcast: The war on the old

9 January 2017 17:22

Is there a war on the old? Yes, says John Sutherland, the respected author and critic who is currently Emeritus Professor…

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…