Books Podcast

Rest in peace, Judith Kerr

23 May 2019 11:25

I am so, so sad to hear about the death of Judith Kerr. I last saw her only a month…

The Books Podcast: what makes Shakespeare special?

22 May 2019 17:11

In this week’s books podcast my guest is Emma Smith, Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Hertford College, Oxford, who’s talking…

Books Podcast: Ursula Buchan on her grandfather, John Buchan

15 May 2019 11:23

In this week’s books podcast, I’m joined by Ursula Buchan – the author of a hugely involving new life of…

The Books Podcast: Bret Easton Ellis on coming out as Patrick Bateman

8 May 2019 19:06

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined by Bret Easton Ellis. The author of Less Than Zero, American Psycho and…

Books Podcast: Joseph Stiglitz on the EU’s big economic mistake

2 May 2019 11:43

In this week’s books podcast, my guest is the Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, architect of Bill Clinton’s “Third Way”…

The Books Podcast: Nicci Gerrard – The Cold Friction of Expiring Sense

24 April 2019 16:12

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined by the journalist and (as one half of the crime writer Nicci French)…

The Books Podcast: Cass Sunstein – Beyond the Nudge

17 April 2019 11:22

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m joined by Professor Cass Sunstein – best known here as co-author of the hugely…

The Books Podcast: who was Søren Kierkegaard?

10 April 2019 17:53

My guest for this week’s books podcast is Clare Carlisle, author of a new life of Søren Kierkegaard, Philosopher of the Heart.…

The Books Podcast: Eglantyne Jebb, the extraordinary woman who founded Save The Children

3 April 2019 17:44

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Clare Mulley about The Woman Who Saved The Children, her biography of Eglantyne Jebb…

Books Podcast: Venice, the perfect city for crime fiction

27 March 2019 19:12

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined by one of the doyennes of crime writing, the brilliant Donna Leon. She…

Books Podcast: how does the world look through a different language?

20 March 2019 18:01

My guest on this week’s books podcast is the Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri. Someone whose own fiction has negotiated the…

Books Podcast: the life of Richard Sorge, Stalin’s master spy

13 March 2019 18:51

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined by Owen Matthews to talk about the man many have claimed was the…

The Books Podcast: love, death, and loss with Max Porter

6 March 2019 19:20

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Max Porter, former publisher at Granta and author of the prizewinning debut…

Spectator Books: how angels have changed through history

27 February 2019 18:03

In this week’s Spectator Books I’m talking to Peter Stanford, author of Angels: A Visible and Invisible History. Why is…

Books Podcast: how climate change will transform geopolitics as we know it

20 February 2019 17:54

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m talking to the American journalist David Wallace-Wells about his new book The Uninhabitable Earth:…

Books Podcast: Deborah Lipstadt on anti-Semitism and what you can and can’t say about Israel

13 February 2019 17:12

In this week’s books podcast, I’m joined by Deborah Lipstadt — the historian who herself made a piece of history…

Books Podcast: how has Royal reporting changed since Diana?

7 February 2019 11:50

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined from Los Angeles by Andrew Morton — the Royal writer who scooped the…

Books Podcast: is it time to stop working?

30 January 2019 18:35

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined by Josh Cohen, author of the Not Working: Why We Have To Stop…

Books Podcast: what modern Bibles get wrong

23 January 2019 17:12

In this week’s books podcast, my guest is Robert Alter – who has just published the fruits of decades of…

Books Podcast: why did Sweden cover up incidences of mass sexual assault?

17 January 2019 11:16

What do you think of when you think of Sweden? If, like me, the very name conjures fuzzy ideas of…

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…