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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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A new favorite!

By BuffaloNic - Jul 19 2019
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This is just perfect: erudite, yet friendly and accessible. Somehow, this podcast achieves that all-too-rare goal of providing fun, useful, interesting, challening information through well-paced dialogue with non-adversarial, non-competetive hosts.

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

160 Ratings
Average Ratings
99
24
14
13
10

A new favorite!

By BuffaloNic - Jul 19 2019
Read more
This is just perfect: erudite, yet friendly and accessible. Somehow, this podcast achieves that all-too-rare goal of providing fun, useful, interesting, challening information through well-paced dialogue with non-adversarial, non-competetive hosts.

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

Updated 10 days 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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