Books Podcast

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…

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…