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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, poetry and great writing presented by  Claire Armitstead,  Richard Lea, & Sian Cain. With in-depth interviews with leading authors and investigations into the thematic trends in contemporary writing, this is the perfect book worm’s companion

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The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books, poetry and great writing presented by  Claire Armitstead,  Richard Lea, & Sian Cain. With in-depth interviews with leading authors and investigations into the thematic trends in contemporary writing, this is the perfect book worm’s companion

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Favorite weekly roundup of English writing

By Wannawonk - Sep 21 2016
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Consistently intelligent conversations about & with contemporary English language authors. Great way to stay up to date with the latest in the literary world!

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

137 Ratings
Average Ratings
87
21
10
11
8

Favorite weekly roundup of English writing

By Wannawonk - Sep 21 2016
Read more
Consistently intelligent conversations about & with contemporary English language authors. Great way to stay up to date with the latest in the literary world!

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.
Cover image of The Guardian Books podcast

The Guardian Books podcast

Updated about 1 month ago

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The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books, poetry and great writing presented by  Claire Armitstead,  Richard Lea, & Sian Cain. With in-depth interviews with leading authors and investigations into the thematic trends in contemporary writing, this is the perfect book worm’s companion

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