Books Podcast

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…

Books Podcast: What really causes depression?

12 January 2018 10:56

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast — arranged in partnership with the male suicide prevention charity CALM — I talk…

Books Podcast: The year in strange facts

14 December 2017 14:21

This week’s Books Podcast — the last before the Christmas break — sees the Spectator’s office flooded with elves. The…

Books Podcast: How totalitarianism reclaimed Russia

7 December 2017 13:40

In this week’s Spectator Books Podcast, I’m talking to Russia’s most prominent dissident journalist, Masha Gessen, about her National Book…

Books Podcast: Richard Flanagan

30 November 2017 12:51

This week in the books podcast I’m talking to Richard Flanagan, the Man Booker prize winning author of Gould’s Book of…

Books Podcast: Can Anna Karenina save your life?

23 November 2017 16:09

My guest this week is the comedienne and writer Viv Groskop, and our subject is the greats of 19th- and…

Books Podcast: Melvyn Bragg on William Tyndale

16 November 2017 13:03

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m talking to Melvyn Bragg about his fascinating book on William Tyndale — which makes…

Books Podcast: Anthony Powell

9 November 2017 15:09

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m talking to Anthony Powell’s biographer Hilary Spurling about why A Dance to the Music of…

Books Podcast: Philip Pullman

2 November 2017 15:28

In this week’s Books podcast I talk to Philip Pullman about his captivating new novel La Belle Sauvage — in…

Books Podcast: The art of the political speech

26 October 2017 14:11

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m talking to the Times columnist and former speechwriter for Tony Blair, Philip Collins, about…

Books Podcast: Claire Tomalin

19 October 2017 17:40

In this week’s Books Podcast I talk to the incomparable Claire Tomalin — veteran literary editor, biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft,…

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…