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The Guardian Books podcast

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The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books presented by Claire Armitstead, Richard Lea and Sian Cain. In-depth interviews with authors from all over the world combine with discussions and investigations to make this the perfect companion for readers and writers alike

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The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books presented by Claire Armitstead, Richard Lea and Sian Cain. In-depth interviews with authors from all over the world combine with discussions and investigations to make this the perfect companion for readers and writers alike

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One of Many Guardian Podcasts I Love

By Daveiii - Sep 18 2019
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I subscribe to several Guardian podcasts and this is one of my favorite. As a US resident, and consumer of mainly US literature, I’m always excited to find good UK/international book podcasts. The Guardian Books podcast is just that

it always sparkles

By acegavey - Dec 16 2007
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the speakers shine. it must be the location as the beginning of the English language.

iTunes Ratings

175 Ratings
Average Ratings
111
26
14
13
11

One of Many Guardian Podcasts I Love

By Daveiii - Sep 18 2019
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I subscribe to several Guardian podcasts and this is one of my favorite. As a US resident, and consumer of mainly US literature, I’m always excited to find good UK/international book podcasts. The Guardian Books podcast is just that

it always sparkles

By acegavey - Dec 16 2007
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the speakers shine. it must be the location as the beginning of the English language.

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The Guardian Books podcast

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The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books presented by Claire Armitstead, Richard Lea and Sian Cain. In-depth interviews with authors from all over the world combine with discussions and investigations to make this the perfect companion for readers and writers alike

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