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Each week, a guest makes a series of recommendations of things which they think should be better known. Our recommendations include interesting people, places, objects, stories, experiences and ideas which our guest feels haven't had the exposure that they deserve.

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Each week, a guest makes a series of recommendations of things which they think should be better known. Our recommendations include interesting people, places, objects, stories, experiences and ideas which our guest feels haven't had the exposure that they deserve.

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Better Known

Latest release on Oct 18, 2020

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Each week, a guest makes a series of recommendations of things which they think should be better known. Our recommendations include interesting people, places, objects, stories, experiences and ideas which our guest feels haven't had the exposure that they deserve.

Rank #1: Irenosen Okojie

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Irenosen Okojie discusses six things which should be better known

Jun 02 2019

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Rank #2: Jeremy Treglown

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Jeremy Treglown discusses six things which should be better known

Oct 27 2019

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Rank #3: David Singleton

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David Singleton discusses his six choices with Ivan Wise

Jan 21 2018

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Rank #4: Ezekiel Jacob

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Ezekiel Jacob talks to Ivan Wise

Jan 28 2018

28mins

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Rank #5: Will Eaves

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Will Eaves discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

Jan 13 2019

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Rank #6: Andy Reid

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Andy Reid discusses six things which he thinks should be better known

Jan 20 2019

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Rank #7: Henry Hitchings

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Henry Hitchings discusses six things which he thinks should be better known

Jan 06 2019

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Rank #8: Petroc Trelawny

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Petroc Trelawny discusses six things which should be better known

Nov 03 2019

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Rank #9: Tess Morris

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Tess Morris discusses six things which should be better known

Oct 20 2019

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Rank #10: Ali Thurm

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Ali Thurm discusses six things with Ivan which she thinks should be better known.

Ali is a novelist, poet and teacher. After balancing a career in primary teaching with writing part time, she was taken on by the literary agency Emily Sweet Associ...

May 03 2020

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Rank #11: Stories about writers

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Ivan Wise discusses six things which he thinks should be better known, on the theme of Stories about Writers.

1. The rehearsals for Pygmalion https://www.stuckinabook.com/the-truth-about-pygmalion-by-richard-huggett/
2. Arrow in the Blue and The...

Apr 26 2020

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Rank #12: Daisy Dunn

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Daisy Dunn discusses six things with Ivan which she thinks should be better known.

Daisy is a classicist and critic and author of, mostly recently, In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny, Of Gods and Men: 100 Stories from Ancient Greece & Rome...

Apr 19 2020

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Rank #13: Timandra Harkness

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Timandra Harkness talks to Ivan about six things which she thinks should be better known.

Timandra is a presenter, writer and comedian. She has presented BBC Radio 4 documentaries including Divided Nation and the FutureProofing series. Her book, B...

Apr 05 2020

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Rank #14: Lindsay Johns

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Writer and broadcaster Lindsay Johns discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known. Find out more about Lindsay at www.lindsayjohns.com

1. The novels of Alex La Guma https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09qcyy0
2. Archibald M...

Mar 29 2020

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Rank #15: Jim Shepard

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Jim Shepard discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

Jim has written seven novels, including The Book of Aron, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish Literature, the PEN/New England Award for Fiction, and the Clark Fiction...

Mar 08 2020

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Rank #16: Allison Dufosee

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Allison Dufosee discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Allison is the chief executive of World Bicycle Relief.

1. World Bicycle Relief www.worldbicyclerelief.org

2. Stem Cell Donation https://www.anthonynola...

Mar 01 2020

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Rank #17: Morag Joss

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Morag Joss discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known. Morag is the award-winning author of the Sara Selkirk novels and teaches Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University.

1. Delfshaven https://www.asthebirdfliesblog...

Feb 23 2020

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Rank #18: John Osborne

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Writer John Osborne discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

1. David Berman https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2019/07/Actual-Air-in-the-Purple-Mountains-An-Interview-With-David-Berman

2. The Greater Anglia...

Feb 16 2020

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Rank #19: Olivia Fane

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Olivia Fane discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Olivia is the author of five novels and The Conversations, 66 reasons to start talking. Her new book is Why Sex Doesn't Matter. She is married with five sons, and...

Feb 09 2020

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Rank #20: Margot Livesey

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For the hundredth episode, Margot Livesey talks to Ivan about six things which she thinks should be better known.

Margot Livesey is a novelist. Her novels include Homework, Eva Moves the Furniture and The Flight of Gemma Hardy. Her eighth novel, M...

Feb 02 2020

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Tom Barber

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Tom Barber discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Tom Barber was a journalist for many years, writing for GQ, the Evening Standard and Tatler among others before founding the award-winning travel company Original Tr...

Oct 18 2020

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Madeleine Bunting

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Madeleine Bunting discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

Madeleine was a journalist on the Guardian and held a number of positions including columnist 1999-2012. She wrote on a wide range of subjects including politics, socia...

Oct 11 2020

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Marty Jopson

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Scientist Marty Jopson discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Marty Jopson has been making science television for over twenty years. He has worked behind the camera as a researcher, prop builder, director, producer,...

Oct 04 2020

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Kavita Puri

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Journalist Kavita Puri discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Kavita Puri is an award-winning journalist, executive producer and broadcaster for the BBC. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed book Part...

Sep 27 2020

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Johnnie Boden

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Johnnie Boden, the founder of Boden, discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Johnnie Boden founded Boden in 1991 with eight menswear products, sold through a catalogue hand-drawn on his kitchen table. As ambitious as...

Sep 20 2020

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Caroline Eden

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Caroline Eden discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Caroline Eden is a writer and critic contributing to the Guardian, Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement. In 2020, she was awarded the prestigious Ar...

Sep 13 2020

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Adam Hart-Davis

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Adam Hart-Davis discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Adam Hart-Davis is a freelance writer and lecturer – former presenter on television of Local Heroes, Tomorrow’s World, What the Romans (and others) Did for Us,...

Sep 06 2020

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Jini Reddy

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Author Jini Reddy discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Jini Reddy’s most recent book Wanderland has been shortlisted for the 2020 Wainwright Prize. The prize celebrates the best in UK travel and nature writing. H...

Aug 30 2020

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Office Party

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As a bonus episode, in a surprising turn of events, Ivan gets invited to an office summer party via Zoom and is asked to provide some entertainment for the benefit of a group of bewildered colleagues. He discusses with Jacob Cunningham, Angharad Hopk...

Aug 27 2020

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Kris Hollington

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Kris Hollington discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Kris Hollington is a bestselling non-fiction author and ghost-writer of over twenty books, mostly covering crime, several of which have been adapted for TV dram...

Aug 23 2020

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Dorian Lynskey

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Author Dorian Lynskey discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Dorian Lynskey is an author and journalist who writes about music, politics, film and books for publications including the Guardian, the Observer, GQ, Bil...

Aug 16 2020

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Jack Gilpin

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Actor Jack Gilpin discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Jack Gilpin is an American actor and Episcopal priest. He currently stars in television drama series Billions and has previously performed in Succession and L...

Aug 09 2020

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Richard Askwith

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Author Richard Askwith discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Richard Askwith is author of six books, including the award-winning Feet in the Clouds (about fell-running); Today We Die A Little (an acclaimed biograph...

Aug 02 2020

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Louise Gray

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Journalist and author Louise Gray discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Louise Gray is the author of The Ethical Carnivore which discusses the ethics of meat by only eating animals she had killed herself. She was...

Jul 26 2020

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Stuart Ritchie

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Psychologist Stuart Ritchie discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Stuart Ritchie is a Lecturer in the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King's College London. His new book, Science Fictions: E...

Jul 19 2020

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Anand Menon

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Anand Menon discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King's College London and director of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative. His many books in...

Jul 12 2020

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David Vincent

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Historian David Vincent discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

David Vincent is Professor of Social History at the Open University, where he was previously Pro Vice Chancellor. He is an Honorary Professor of Histor...

Jul 05 2020

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Rose George

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Author Rose George discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known. You can find out more about her at www.rosegeorge.com

1. Janet Vaughan https://longreads.com/2015/03/10/a-very-naughty-little-girl/

2. The bidet https://www.bidet.o...

Jun 28 2020

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Emily Temple

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Novelist Emily Temple discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Emily Temple is the Managing Editor at Literary Hub, where she recommends more books than anyone could read. Her first novel, The Lightness, was publishe...

Jun 21 2020

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Cal Flyn

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Writer Cal Flyn discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Cal Flyn’s first book Thicker Than Water was published in 2016. It deals with the colonisation of Australia and questions of inherited guilt. Her second book,...

Jun 14 2020

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