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Going beyond the book with a wide range of authors to discover the story behind the books we love.

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    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Going beyond the book with a wide range of authors to discover the story behind the books we love.

    Kaliane Bradley

    Kaliane Bradley

    Some debuts are so assured and so distinctive that you just have to know more about what went into their creation. Kaliane Bradley’s The Ministry of Time is one such debut. We sat down with her to discover how the book was originally meant to be something else entirely, the inspirations behind its brilliant plot, and how she managed to balance comedy and trauma in such an entertaining read.

    • 24 min
    Sarah Perry

    Sarah Perry

    With a novel that spans twenty years, marked by three celestial events and characters with their feet firmly on the ground, we sat down for a fascinating conversation with former Waterstones Book of the Year author, Sarah Perry. How do faith and science intersect, what do we really mean by love, friendship and family, and when our orbits bring us back together how do we mark this significance?

    • 25 min
    Salman Rushdie

    Salman Rushdie

    On 12 Aug 2022, over 30 years after a fatwa had been ordered against him, Salman Rushdie was attacked as he was about to give a public lecture at the Chautauqua​ Institution. By his own admission, he shouldn’t have survived such serious injuries. So what was it that helped him to persevere and how has it changed his outlook on life. We spoke with him about the hard work of recovery, the need to write about the ordeal, and what it means to have a second chance at living.

    • 35 min
    David Nicholls

    David Nicholls

    Fresh from breaking hearts with the TV adaptation of his bestselling One Day, David Nicholls came in to talk to us about his new novel, You Are Here, which introduces us to Marnie and Michael, two souls on an epic walk, on the precipice of a new friendship, and maybe more. We sat down to talk about his love of walking, music and, well... love.

    • 23 min
    Percival Everett

    Percival Everett

    Not many writers would be brave enough to take an American classic like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and rework it from a new perspective, but then Percival Everett isn’t like most writers. We sat down to talk about giving fresh voice to one of American literature’s most important characters, the whole concept of ‘black voices’ and what drives his prolific output.

    • 16 min
    Zeinab Badawi

    Zeinab Badawi

    With African history having largely been told through a western lens, Zeinab Badawi travelled to over 30 countries in the continent of her birth over the course of 7 years, speaking with historians, archaeologists and academics in order to give them voice and weave an epic narrative from the cradle of humanity to a vibrant future.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Lauret33 ,

Listening to every episode!

Fascinating interviews with authors around a theme central to their writing. The episode in which Adam Buxton opens up about dealing with the death of his parents is very poignant.

@spinkmiles ,

This is like a good book

This is brilliant and interesting and makes me want to read more. (And as a person who has recently finished three English majors that says a lot) anyway listen if you like books and literature in any form.

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