Books Podcast

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…

Books Podcast: music, doomed love, and Nazis with Paul Kildea

7 June 2018 17:18

It’s a first for the Spectator Books podcast this week: music! We’ve temporarily dispensed with our usual intro jingle to…

Spectator Books: Carl Hiaasen’s Assume the Worst

31 May 2018 15:41

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m talking to the journalist and comic novelist Carl Hiaasen about his latest book, a…

Spectator Books: Behold, America

24 May 2018 15:38

Is the “American Dream”, as Donald Trump claims, dead? Is “America First” a policy of national pride or a dogwhistle…

Spectator Books: Arnhem

17 May 2018 13:59

In this week’s Spectator Books, I talk to the military historian Antony Beevor about his latest book, Arnhem: The Battle for…

Spectator Books: The Birth of the RAF

10 May 2018 16:38

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m joined by the historian Richard Overy to talk about his new book The Birth…

Spectator Books: The Order of Time

3 May 2018 15:33

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m talking to the brilliant Carlo Rovelli — who with the publication of his million-selling…

Spectator Books: How Britain Really Works

26 April 2018 18:07

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m joined by Stig Abell — editor of the Times Literary Supplement, sometime LBC talk radio host, former…

Spectator Books: the pleasures and perils of translation

19 April 2018 13:59

In this week’s books podcast, we’re using the occasion of the Man Booker International Prize shortlist to talk about the…

Spectator Books: Ultima

12 April 2018 17:32

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m talking to the historian Lisa Hilton about the latest in her series of what…

Books Podcast: Waiting for the Last Bus

29 March 2018 14:16

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m talking to Richard Holloway about his new book Waiting For The Last Bus. Richard is…

Books Podcast: Gimson’s Prime Ministers

22 March 2018 18:18

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m joined by the Telegraph’s former parliamentary sketch writer Andrew Gimson, and the Guardian cartoonist…

Books Podcast: St Paul, the biography

15 March 2018 16:11

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m talking to N. T. Wright, one of the world’s foremost scholars of the theology…

Books Podcast: Wendy Cope

8 March 2018 15:12

In this week’s Books podcast, I’m joined by the great Wendy Cope, whose new collection Anecdotal Evidence is just out. I talk…

Books Podcast: Jay Heinrichs’ How To Argue With A Cat

1 March 2018 14:18

In this week’s books podcast, I’m talking to Jay Heinrichs about his new book How To Argue With A Cat:…

Books Podcast: Steven Pinker

22 February 2018 13:53

This week’s books podcast was recorded live at a special Spectator subscriber event in London, where I was talking to…

Books Podcast: Mick Herron

15 February 2018 16:01

My guest in this week’s podcast is the incomparable spy writer Mick Herron – these days, happily, a less and…

Books Podcast: Mohsin Hamid

1 February 2018 17:49

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to the award-festooned writer Mohsin Hamid about his latest novel Exit West — touching on the…

Books Podcast: The life and work of Muriel Spark

25 January 2018 14:59

This week’s books podcast celebrates the centenary of Muriel Spark. I’m joined by Alan Taylor (author of a new memoir…

Books Podcast: 200 years of Frankenstein

18 January 2018 13:17

It LIVES! This week’s books podcast honours the bicentenary of the publication of Frankenstein. To cut through all those high…