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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, discussions  and investigations 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, discussions  and investigations make this the perfect companion for readers and writers alike

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198 Ratings
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14
14

Why?????

By Diggity323 - May 08 2020
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Why did this wonderful podcast end? So disappointed!!!

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

198 Ratings
Average Ratings
122
32
16
14
14

Why?????

By Diggity323 - May 08 2020
Read more
Why did this wonderful podcast end? So disappointed!!!

it always sparkles

By acegavey - Dec 16 2007
Read more
the speakers shine. it must be the location as the beginning of the English language.
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The Guardian Books podcast

Latest release on Apr 21, 2020

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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, discussions  and investigations make this the perfect companion for readers and writers alike

Rank #1: Our favourite books of 2019, and the most exciting books of 2020 – books podcast

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Priya Basil talks about the dynamics of the dinner table and her book Be My Guest, and we chat about the best books of the year. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Dec 24 2019

36mins

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Rank #2: Colm Tóibín in conversation – books podcast

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The acclaimed Irish novelist talks to Charlotte Higgins about House of Names, his reimagining of the Greek tragedy of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon

Sep 05 2017

41mins

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Rank #3: Our favourite books of the year, and prose poetry with Claudia Rankine – books podcast

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On this week’s show, we reveal the books we loved most in 2018 and discuss the future of prose poetry with poets Rankine, Jeremy Noel-Tod and Emily Berry

Dec 11 2018

44mins

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Rank #4: Should we stop working? And the books of 2019 – books podcast

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On this week’s show, we take a look ahead at the books coming out this year, and speak to Josh Cohen about why we should all slack off a little at work

Jan 08 2019

41mins

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Rank #5: Why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism? – books podcast

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On this week’s show, academic Robin DiAngelo talks about her book White Fragility and Margaret Busby reflects on her new collection of black female writers, New Daughters of Africa. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Mar 26 2019

46mins

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Rank #6: Stephen Fry and Emily Wilson on Greek myths – books podcast

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This week, the beloved broadcaster leads us back to the classical age, introducing his book Mythos, and we meet Homer’s first female English translator

Dec 05 2017

33mins

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Rank #7: Scottish crime fiction with Ann Cleeves and Chris Brookmyre – books podcast

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We investigate the murky world of tartan noir, and look into this week’s headline honours, the Baileys and children’s laureate

Jun 13 2017

33mins

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Rank #8: Naomi Klein on neoliberalism and the fightback against Donald Trump – books podcast

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The activist and author speaks to Gary Younge about her book No is Not Enough, and the importance of finding a way to push back against the shock politics of the Trump administration

Jul 04 2017

36mins

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Rank #9: Arundhati Roy on The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – books podcast

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The Booker Prize-winning author tells a Guardian Live audience about the long-awaited follow-up to her 1997 debut, The God of Small Things

Jun 28 2017

40mins

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Rank #10: 'You can't sustain a career on shocking people': is Bret Easton Ellis genuine? – books podcast

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The American Psycho author talks about the reactions to his first book in 10 years, and we discuss the UK’s new poet laureate, Simon Armitage. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

May 14 2019

49mins

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Rank #11: Karl Ove Knausgaard on the end of My Struggle – books podcast

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As the final volume of his autobiographical novel arrives in English, the Norwegian literary sensation discusses how the books have changed his life

Sep 18 2018

56mins

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Rank #12: Ocean Vuong and the new Great American Novel - books podcast

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On this week’s show, we speak to the poet about his debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous and discuss the evolution of the Great American Novel. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Jul 23 2019

38mins

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Rank #13: Michael Ondaatje and the Booker longlist – books podcast

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We look at the runners and riders in this year’s Man Booker longlist, and hear from Golden Booker winner Michael Ondaatje at a Guardian Live event

Jul 24 2018

33mins

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Rank #14: Richard Dawkins and Carlo Rovelli on science and culture – books podcast

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Two of the world’s foremost scientists discuss how to bridge the divide between the arts and sciences

Jul 11 2017

30mins

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Rank #15: Kate Atkinson on her new novel, Transcription – books podcast

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We sit down with the one and only Kate Atkinson, author of modern classics including Life After Life and Behind the Scenes at the Museum, to talk about her latest time-bending novel

Sep 11 2018

34mins

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Rank #16: The most disturbing books we've ever read, with Alice Clark-Platts

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On this week’s show, thriller fan Alison talks to Alice Clark-Platts about her terrifying novel The Flower Girls – and we share the books we found too unsettling to finish

Feb 12 2019

42mins

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Rank #17: Are we too reverent with William Shakespeare? – books podcast

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On this week’s show, we sit down with Shakespeare expert Emma Smith and novelist Tash Aw talks about his latest book, We, the Survivors. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Apr 23 2019

42mins

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Rank #18: Islands and literature, from Iceland to Jamaica - books podcast

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As the Brexit boat prepares to set sail, writers from islands around the world explain what it means to be from a small place surrounded by sea

May 23 2017

37mins

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Rank #19: Living with Oliver Sacks and love in later life: Bill Hayes and Sylvia Brownrigg

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On this week’s podcast, we talk to Hayes about his memoir Insomniac City and Brownrigg about her novel Pages for Her

Aug 15 2017

42mins

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Rank #20: Can books and poetry make you happier? - books podcast

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We talk to William Sieghart and Viv Groskop about the restorative properties of literature and poetry - can reading make you happier?

Sep 26 2017

38mins

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'Our climate crisis is a choice': Christiana Figueres on why we can change the future - books podcast

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On our final episode, the diplomat who spearheaded the Paris Agreement discusses why we should feel optimisitic about our ability to tackle the climate crisis. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Apr 21 2020

42mins

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Why David Attenborough is famous but 'he isn't a celebrity' – books podcast

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We speak to Horrible Histories consultant and podcaster Greg Jenner about the history of celebrity and share what listeners are reading. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Apr 14 2020

37mins

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From diseases to memes, how do things spread? - books podcast

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Mathematician Adam Kucharski talks about how the concept of ‘contagion’ is rooted in our social lives and we share your reading tips for lockdown. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Apr 07 2020

32mins

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Hunting down the 42 paintings of Pieter Bruegel - books podcast

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On this week’s show we talk to Toby Ferris about his pursuit of the Dutch master and look at how the literary world is dealing with the pandemic. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Mar 31 2020

36mins

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Glenn Patterson and what to read while self-isolating – books podcast

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On this week’s show we talk to the Northern Irish writer about his new novel and discuss how headlines can impact our appetite for certain books. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Mar 24 2020

37mins

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Who was St Paul? With Christos Tsiolkas and Tom Holland – books podcast

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On this week’s podcast, we talk to Tsiolkas about his novel on the life of St Paul and the historian Holland explains what we know about the man. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Mar 17 2020

37mins

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'What if Gandalf joined The Sweeney?': Ben Aaronovitch on Rivers of London – books podcast

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On this week’s show, the bestselling fantasy author talks about how he came to invent a magical branch of the Met, and we discuss Hilary Mantel’s new novel The Mirror & The Light. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Mar 10 2020

32mins

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Inside the Brontës' fantasy world, and a Booker controversy – books podcast

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On this week’s show, we talk to graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg about her comic Glass Town and the 2020 longlist for the International Booker prize. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Mar 03 2020

36mins

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The surprising history of astrology – books podcast

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Alexander Boxer talks about his book A Scheme of Heaven and we discuss why Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers tried to remove a juror for her reading history. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Feb 25 2020

30mins

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Maaza Mengiste on the Ethiopian women who fought Italy – books podcast

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The novelist explains how she discovered her family was woven into history, plus the new wave of Ethiopian literature in English. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Feb 18 2020

32mins

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Sophie Hannah on the recipe for a perfect crime novel – books podcast

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The crime writer joins us to discuss the mechanics of mystery novels, plus Margaret Atwood at the Hay festival in Cartagena. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Feb 11 2020

34mins

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Adam Rutherford on how to tackle racist pseudoscience - books podcast

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The geneticist explains why science offers no support for prejudice. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Feb 04 2020

32mins

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Jonathan Coe and Sara Collins on their Costa-winning novels – books podcast

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We welcome not one but two Costa winners, as the victors in the novel and the debut fiction categories join us in the studio. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Jan 28 2020

38mins

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Jeanine Cummins on her explosive new novel, American Dirt

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The novelist explains her sudden decision to write her controversial thriller, and we hail TS Eliot prize winner Roger Robinson. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Jan 22 2020

39mins

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Samantha Harvey on her year without sleep – books podcast

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On this week’s show, the novelist explains how she came to write about her insomnia and we consider why indie bookshops are booming in the UK and Ireland. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Jan 14 2020

37mins

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Eoin Colfer on returning to Artemis Fowl – books podcast

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This week, the creator of the biggest child villain in literature talks about comedy writing and seeing his creation adapted by Disney. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Jan 07 2020

32mins

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Our favourite books of 2019, and the most exciting books of 2020 – books podcast

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Priya Basil talks about the dynamics of the dinner table and her book Be My Guest, and we chat about the best books of the year. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Dec 24 2019

36mins

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Ben Lerner and Meena Kandasamy on autofiction – books podcast

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Ben Lerner and Meena Kandasamy talk about drawing on their most embarrassing and vulnerable moments to write fiction. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Dec 17 2019

37mins

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Escaping Westboro Baptist Church: Megan Phelps-Roper's journey – books podcast

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A former member recalls growing up in ‘America’s most hated family’ and Claire McGlasson explains why we’re fascinated by cults. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Dec 10 2019

40mins

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When imagining our future, what can sci-fi teach us? – books podcast

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On this week’s show, we talk to Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the two authors who published as James SA Corey and the space opera The Expanse. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

Dec 03 2019

38mins

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iTunes Ratings

198 Ratings
Average Ratings
122
32
16
14
14

Why?????

By Diggity323 - May 08 2020
Read more
Why did this wonderful podcast end? So disappointed!!!

it always sparkles

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