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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

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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

    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
    Hunting down the 42 paintings of Pieter Bruegel - books podcast

    Hunting down the 42 paintings of Pieter Bruegel - books podcast

    On this week’s show we talk to Toby Ferris about his pursuit of the Dutch master and look at how the literary world is dealing with the pandemic. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

    • 36 min
    Glenn Patterson and what to read while self-isolating – books podcast

    Glenn Patterson and what to read while self-isolating – books podcast

    On this week’s show we talk to the Northern Irish writer about his new novel and discuss how headlines can impact our appetite for certain books. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

    • 37 min
    Who was St Paul? With Christos Tsiolkas and Tom Holland – books podcast

    Who was St Paul? With Christos Tsiolkas and Tom Holland – books podcast

    On this week’s podcast, we talk to Tsiolkas about his novel on the life of St Paul and the historian Holland explains what we know about the man. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

    • 37 min
    'What if Gandalf joined The Sweeney?': Ben Aaronovitch on Rivers of London – books podcast

    'What if Gandalf joined The Sweeney?': Ben Aaronovitch on Rivers of London – books podcast

    On this week’s show, the bestselling fantasy author talks about how he came to invent a magical branch of the Met, and we discuss Hilary Mantel’s new novel The Mirror & The Light. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

    • 32 min
    Inside the Brontës' fantasy world, and a Booker controversy – books podcast

    Inside the Brontës' fantasy world, and a Booker controversy – books podcast

    On this week’s show, we talk to graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg about her comic Glass Town and the 2020 longlist for the International Booker prize. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspod

    • 36 min

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