Books Podcast

Books Podcast: the double agent who changed the Cold War

17 July 2019 18:40

There’s nobody who writes true-life spy stories like Ben MacIntyre — and with his latest book The Spy and the…

Spectator Books: Caroline Crampton’s forgotten histories of the Thames

10 July 2019 19:59

My guest on this week’s podcast is Caroline Crampton — whose fine and lyrical new book The Way To The Sea twines…

Would Faber & Faber still exist without T.S. Eliot?

3 July 2019 16:44

This year the publishers Faber & Faber celebrate their 90th birthday, and to honour the occasion I’m joined by Toby…

The Books Podcast: the right way to write with Benjamin Dreyer

26 June 2019 12:04

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast my guest is Benjamin Dreyer — whose name is pronounced, as I discover live…

Books Podcast: writings of the working class

19 June 2019 11:00

In this week’s books podcast Kit de Waal is here to talk about her new anthology of working-class memoir, Common…

Books Podcast: does tripping balls tell us anything profound about human consciousness?

12 June 2019 19:32

This week’s books podcast promises to be a trip. I’m joined by Mike Jay to talk about the history of…

Books Podcast: Chaucer’s European roots

5 June 2019 17:19

In this week’s books podcast we’re talking about why the Father of English Poetry, Geoffrey Chaucer, at least half belongs…

The Books Podcast: science fiction from Jim Al-Khalili

29 May 2019 17:25

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined by the physicist Jim Al-Khalili (host of Radio Four’s The Life Scientific) to…

The Books Podcast: Rory Stewart in conversation with Sam Leith

28 May 2019 13:47

Rory Stewart is the back-of-field Tory leadership candidate who’s catching most attention at the moment; popping up all over London…

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…