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The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books, presented by Claire Armitstead, Richard Lea and Sian Cain. In-depth interviews with authors from all over the world, discussions and investigations make this the perfect companion for readers and writers alike

The Guardian Books podcast The Guardian

    • Arts
    • 3.9 • 84 Ratings

The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books, presented by Claire Armitstead, Richard Lea and Sian Cain. In-depth interviews with authors from all over the world, discussions and investigations make this the perfect companion for readers and writers alike

    Weekend: episode two of a new podcast

    Weekend: episode two of a new podcast

    Ease into the weekend with our brand new podcast, showcasing some of the best Guardian and Observer writing from the week, read by talented narrators. In this episode, Marina Hyde looks at the new additions to Downing Street (2m00s), Hadley Freeman interviews Hollywood actor Will Arnett (9m56s), Sirin Kale tries her hand at quiz show Mastermind (26m32s), and David Robson examines why we’re so stressed about stress (41m08s). If you like what you hear, subscribe to Weekend on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

    • 49 min
    Weekend: episode one of a new podcast

    Weekend: episode one of a new podcast

    Ease into the weekend with our brand new podcast, showcasing some of the best Guardian and Observer writing from the week, read by talented narrators. In our first episode, Marina Hyde reflects on another less than stellar week for Boris Johnson (1m38s), Edward Helmore charts the rise of Joe Rogan (9m46s), Laura Snapes goes deep with singer George Ezra (18m30s), and Alex Moshakis asks, “Are you a jerk at work?” (34m40s). If you like what you hear, subscribe to Weekend on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

    • 48 min
    Comfort Eating with Grace Dent: episode one of a new podcast

    Comfort Eating with Grace Dent: episode one of a new podcast

    Have you ever wondered what famous people actually eat? In our new podcast, Guardian restaurant critic Grace Dent does just that, asking well-known guests to lift the lid on the food they turn to when they’re at home alone – and what comfort foods have seen them through their lives. In the first episode, screenwriter Russell T Davies tells Grace about his childhood in Swansea, the delights of Woolworth’s pork and egg pies, and how his husband’s death informed his latest TV series, It’s a Sin. Future guests will include Nish Kumar, Rafe Spall and Aisling Bea. Episodes willl be released every Tuesday – search for it wherever you get your podcasts. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

    • 39 min
    'Our climate crisis is a choice': Christiana Figueres on why we can change the future - books podcast

    'Our climate crisis is a choice': Christiana Figueres on why we can change the future - books podcast

    On our final episode, the diplomat who spearheaded the Paris Agreement discusses why we should feel optimisitic about our ability to tackle the climate crisis. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

    • 42 min
    Why David Attenborough is famous but 'he isn't a celebrity' – books podcast

    Why David Attenborough is famous but 'he isn't a celebrity' – books podcast

    We speak to Horrible Histories consultant and podcaster Greg Jenner about the history of celebrity and share what listeners are reading. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

    • 37 min
    From diseases to memes, how do things spread? - books podcast

    From diseases to memes, how do things spread? - books podcast

    Mathematician Adam Kucharski talks about how the concept of ‘contagion’ is rooted in our social lives and we share your reading tips for lockdown. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

abby wiliamson ,

Meh..interesting...

The episode “ should we stop working?for books books podcast” is very boring......meh....

Mini T-Bone ,

Can’t do without this podcast

I’ve been listening for years and am still addicted to this podcast. It has opened my eyes to so many new things, made me laugh out loud or try to hide tears on public transport, I’ve become the apex book recommender among friends and family and have a reading list to last until kingdom come. Apart from the sensitive and skilled commentary from the people behind this podcast, it’s because books are the ultimate subject matter - we go from poetry to biography to every type of fiction, taking to the people who’ve spent years of lives immersed in creative realisation of their research. And they don’t do it for money, people - authors are the most generous and talented hobbyists out there. Their passion is thankfully transmissible thanks to books and books media like this. Love your work, all of you!

imack03 ,

Book Review or ?

The banter, constant laughter at each other's comments is tedious. How about information without the persiflage.

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