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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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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

185 Ratings
Average Ratings
114
29
15
14
13

One of Many Guardian Podcasts I Love

By Daveiii - Sep 18 2019
Read more
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
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 Feb 11, 2020

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Rank #1: Amos Oz on his novel Judas – books podcast

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The Israeli novelist Amos Oz talks about prose, poetry and politics in his latest novel, Judas

Sep 23 2016

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Rank #2: Simon Russell-Beale reads from The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré – books podcast

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As part of a series of readings to celebrate publication of le Carré’s memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel, Simon Russell-Beale reads from the 1963 novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, in which world weary spymaster Alec Leamas is called back for one last mission in east Germany...

Sep 08 2016

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Rank #3: 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

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Rank #4: Writing about working class life with Lisa McInerney and Lynsey Hanley – books podcast

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Irish author McInerney talks about writing working class characters in her novel The Blood Miracles, while social historian Hanley talks about Richard Hoggart’s groundbreaking study, The Uses of Literacy

May 02 2017

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Rank #5: 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

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Rank #6: 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

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Rank #7: 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

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Rank #8: Sara Pascoe and Lucy Worsley on Jane Austen – books podcast

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Rank #9: Our favourite books of the year, and prose poetry with Claudia Rankine – books podcast

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Dec 11 2018

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Rank #10: The unhealthy truth about doctors - books podcast

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Rank #11: Man Booker prize 2017 and poet Kayo Chingonyi – books podcast

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Aug 01 2017

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Rank #12: Aminatta Forna on Happiness, plus what are the best crime novels? – books podcast

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May 01 2018

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Rank #13: Should we stop working? And the books of 2019 – books podcast

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Rank #14: Jack, the Giant Killer, read by Andrew Scott – Travel folktales for kids podcast

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May 12 2017

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Rank #15: Man Booker International and the Women's prize for fiction: where to start reading? – books podcast

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Mar 13 2018

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Rank #16: Mary Beard on women and power – books podcast

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Apr 03 2018

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Rank #17: Benedict Wells, plus Man Booker International prize and London book fair news – books podcast

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Claire and Sian discuss the London book fair and the Man Booker International shortlist, and we chat to German author Benedict Wells about his English debut novel, The End of Loneliness

Apr 17 2018

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Rank #18: What makes a good short story? With Chris Power – books podcast

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Chris Power, the Guardian’s resident short-story expert and now debut author himself, joins us to talk about reading and writing this most exacting genre

Mar 06 2018

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Rank #19: Do our memories make us who we are? – books podcast

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Wendy Mitchell talks about her memoir of early onset dementia and neurologist Jules Montague explains how the brain shapes our sense of self

Feb 20 2018

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Rank #20: Tony Harrison at 80 - books podcast

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May 09 2017

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