169 episodes

Cheryl Akle discusses the world with her favourite authors.

Stories Behind the Story with Better Reading Better Reading Podcast

    • Books
    • 4.3 • 209 Ratings

Cheryl Akle discusses the world with her favourite authors.

    Richard Flanagan: on unexpected tenderness and grateful wonder

    Richard Flanagan: on unexpected tenderness and grateful wonder

    Booker Prize winning author Richard Flanagan talks to Cheryl Akle about the unexpected tenderness he's discovered this year, the renewed attention to the beauty of the world, and the spirit of hope and grateful wonder. All things also expressed in his latest novel, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams.
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 36 min
    Nick Bryant: on America's decline, Trump... and on getting COVID

    Nick Bryant: on America's decline, Trump... and on getting COVID

    Foreign correspondent, Nick Bryant talks to Cheryl Akle about the political, economic, cultural and technological factors that contributed to America's decline and inadvertently paved the way for Trump's presidency. And also about him and his wife getting COVID.
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 37 min
    Sue Miller: on observation, character and writing about something that terrifies her

    Sue Miller: on observation, character and writing about something that terrifies her

    The Good Mother author, Sue Miller talks to Cheryl Akle about her life, being a reader, scholar, the point where she realised she was in charge of her inner life, and her latest novel, Monogamy. 
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 32 min
    Hazel Gaynor: on her unusual journey from self publishing to traditional publishing

    Hazel Gaynor: on her unusual journey from self publishing to traditional publishing

    Bestselling author, Hazel Gaynor talks to Cheryl Akle about the unusual route she took to publication. An excellent episode for aspiring authors.
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 28 min
    Turia Pitt: on the small steps that lead to happiness

    Turia Pitt: on the small steps that lead to happiness

    Turia Pitt is living proof that, with the right mindset, anything is possible. Here she talks to Cheryl about life, gratitude and Happy (and other ridiculous aspirations).
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 28 min
    Christine Jackman: on how to find silence in a noisy world

    Christine Jackman: on how to find silence in a noisy world

    Journalist Christine Jackman talks to Cheryl Akle about the noisy world we live in, and how Turning Down the Noise benefits our brains, our lives and our communities.
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
209 Ratings

209 Ratings

Clarebg ,

Insightful and great variety

Never listened to an episode I didn’t like and always learn something. Gillian Trigg was a favourite and am enjoying her book now. The Kiley Reíd conversation could have been this month- so relevant still and acutely highlights how little is happening. Thank you - Clare

TrueType Communications ,

My go to podcast on reading and writing

Thanks Cheryl for the effort you put into this podcast week in and out, and to your fascinating guests who share their stories with great generosity. This has become one of my favourite podcasts. I love the format and your well informed interview style which ensures the conversations are well paced and interesting.

lolalaz298 ,

Disappointed

I had often enjoyed Cheryl’s rapport with her interviewees but I can’t believe how differently I feel now after Cheryl’s judgmental comment regarding teachers implying they were on the bottom of the Degree scale! Listening to her now is tainted and not so enjoyable. I keep thinking - Great way to disenfranchise your audience Cheryl!

Top Podcasts In Books

Listeners Also Subscribed To