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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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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

170 Ratings
Average Ratings
106
26
14
13
11

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

Updated 7 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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