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Little Atoms

Little Atoms is a weekly show about books, with authors in conversation. Produced and presented by Neil Denny. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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492 - Mohsin Hamid and Jon McGregor

Mohsin Hamid writes regularly for The New York Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books, and is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Discontent and its Civilisations. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he has since lived between Lahore, London and New York. His latest novel Exit West was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. Jon McGregor is the author of four novels and a story collection. He is the winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literature Prize, Betty Trask Prize, and Somerset Maugham Award, and has twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, where he edits The Letters Page, a literary journal in letters. Jon's latest novel Reservoir 13 was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, and then won the 2017 Costa Prize for Best Novel. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 6mins

6 Feb 2018

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Little Atoms 353 – Rebecca Newberger Goldstein & Kenan Malik

In this episode of Little Atoms, two philosophical interviews: Rebecca Newberger Goldstein received her doctorate in philosophy from Princeton University. Her award-winning books include the novels The Mind-Body Problem, Properties of Light, and 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction and nonfiction studies of Kurt Gödel and Baruch Spinoza. She has […] See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 14mins

19 Nov 2014

Rank #2

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Little Atoms 521 - Sarah Churchwell's Behold, America

Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is the author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby and The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe. Her literary journalism has appeared widely in newspapers including the Guardian, New Statesman, Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement and New York Times Book Review, and she comments regularly on arts, culture, and politics for television and radio, where appearances include Question Time, Newsnight and The Review Show. She has judged many literary prizes, including the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction, the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and she was a co-winner of the 2015 Eccles British Library Writer's Award. Her latest book is Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52mins

5 Jul 2018

Rank #3

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Little Atoms 601 - Rachel DeLoache Williams' My Friend Anna

Rachel DeLoache Williams is an ex-Vanity Fair photo editor and author of My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress. She tells Neil about her friendship with Anna Delvey, the 'Russian heiress' who deceived New York's art scene for a year, and how she became her mark. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

26 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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Little Atoms 602 - Jia Tolentino's Trick Mirror

Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the essay collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self Delusion is her first book. She joined Neil to talk about how we're all forced to perform and monetize ourselves on the internet, the culture and industries around optimization and life-hacking, and the American tradition of self-reinvention. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28mins

2 Sep 2019

Rank #5

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Little Atoms 564 - Fatima Bhutto's The Runaways

Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1982. She grew up in Syria and Pakistan. She is the author of four previous books, most recently the highly acclaimed The Shadow of the Crescent Moon which was longlisted in 2014 for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel is The Runaways. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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Little Atoms 540 - Michael Redhill's Bellevue Square

Michael Redhill is the author of nine novels including Consolation, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Martin Sloane, a finalist for the Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious book award which he won with Bellevue Square. He's written a novel for young adults, four collections of poetry and two plays, including the internationally celebrated Goodness. He also writes a series of crime novels under the name Inger Ash Wolfe, one of which, The Calling, was made in to a feature film starring Susan Sarandon. Michael lives in Toronto. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31mins

8 Oct 2018

Rank #7

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From The Archive - Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation

To see in the New Year, here's a repeat of our Interview with Ottessa Moshfegh from August. Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World. Her stories have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and Granta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction; My Year of Rest and Relaxation, her second novel, was a New York Times bestseller. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29mins

1 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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Little Atoms 594 - Angela Saini's Superior

Angela Saini is an award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Observer, New Scientist, Wired, New Humanist among others, and she regularly presents science programmes on BBC radio. She has won awards from the Association of British Science Writers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. And she was named European Science Journalist of the Year. She has a Masters degree in Engineering from Oxford University and was a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Angela is the author of Geek Nation and Inferior, and her latest book is Superior: The Return of Race Science. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

39mins

8 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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Little Atoms 611 - Mars by 1980

Author and music journalist David Stubbs joins Neil to talk about his latest book Mars by 1980: The Story of Electronic Music. They chat about the evolution of synthesisers, the women who pioneered electronic music and where the genre is now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Little Atoms 390 – Royal Society Winton Prize 2015 One

The first of three episodes of Little Atoms in association with the 2015 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. This week Neil Denny talks with shortlisted authors Jim Al-Khalili & Johnjoe Mcfadden, and Jon Butterworth. Professor Jim Al-Khalili, OBE is an academic, author and broadcaster. He is a leading theoretical physicist based at the […] See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

57mins

9 Sep 2015

Rank #11

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438 – Thomas Frank's Listen, Liberal or, Whatever Happened to The Party of The People

Thomas Frank is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, and What's the Matter with Kansas? A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper's and a regular contributor to The Guardian, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler. His latest book is Listen, Liberal or, Whatever Happened to The Party of The People. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

18 Oct 2016

Rank #12

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437 – Mark Greif's Against Everything

Mark Greif studied history and literature at Harvard, and English at Oxford as a British Marshall Scholar. In 2004, he co-founded the literary journal n+1 in New York and has been a principal at the magazine since then. He earned a PhD in American studies from Yale in 2007. Since 2008, he has been on the faculty of the New School in New York, where he is currently an associate professor. His previous book, The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933–1973, was published in 2015. Greif has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and, for 2016–17, is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Mark’s latest book is the essay collection Against Everything. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

58mins

11 Oct 2016

Rank #13

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From the archive: Adam Curtis's All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

This interview was first broadcast on 21 November 2008.Adam Curtis is a producer, writer and director of documentaries such as Bitter Lake, HyperNormalisation, The Century of the Self, and The Power of Nightmares. In this episode, Adam talks about the concept of hyper-individualism and his series All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28mins

23 May 2017

Rank #14

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Little Atoms 386 – Stephen Grey & Dan Richards

Stephen Grey is a journalist based in London, who writes mainly about national security issues. He is best known for breaking the international exclusive story of the CIA’s secret rendition program. A former editor on the Sunday Times’ investigations unit, the Insight team, he continues to contribute to that newspaper, as well to the New […] See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 14mins

12 Aug 2015

Rank #15

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Little Atoms 465 - Ottessa Moshfegh & Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from Boston. Her novel Eileen was awarded the 2016 Pen/Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her short fiction has earned her the Paris Review Plimpton Prize, a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, and an O. Henry Award. Her collection Homesick for Another World was published in January 2017. McGlue was her debut novel, and the winner of the Fence Modern Prize for Prose and the Believer Book Award, and is being published in the U.K. for the first time.Lucy Hughes-Hallett is the author of The Pike, a biography of Gabriele d’Annunzio, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non Fiction, the Costa Biography Award, the Duff Cooper Prize and the Paddy Power Political Biography of the Year Award. Her other books are Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams and Distortions which was published in 1990 to wide acclaim, and Heroes: Saviours, Traitors and Supermen, published in 2004, which garnered similar praise. Cleopatra won the Fawcett Prize and the Emily Toth Award. Lucy Hughes-Hallett is also a respected critic who has reviewed for all the major British newspapers, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Lucy's first novel is Peculiar Ground. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 5mins

30 May 2017

Rank #16

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Little Atoms 585 - Andrea Lawlor's Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Andrea Lawlor lives in Western Massachusetts and teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College. Lawlor is a fiction editor for Fence and the author of a chapbook, Position Papers (Factory Hollow Press, 2016). Paul Takes The Form of A Mortal Girl is their debut novel. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

23 May 2019

Rank #17

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Little Atoms 612 - Casey Cep's Furious Hours

Casey Cep is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in English, she earned an M.Phil in theology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She is a staff writer at The New Yorker, and her work has appeared in The New York Times and The New Republic, among other publications. She is the author of Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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Little Atoms 625 - An Yu's Braised Pork

An Yu was born and raised in Beijing, and left at the age of eighteen to study in New York at NYU. A graduate of the NYU MFA in Creative Writing, she writes her fiction in English. Braised Pork is her debut novel. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28mins

28 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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Little Atoms 587 - Joanne Ramos' The Farm

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a BA from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, she wrote for the Economist as a staff writer. Her debut novel is The Farm. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #20