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Going beyond the book with a wide range of authors to discuss the themes and ideas that obsess us all.

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Going beyond the book with a wide range of authors to discuss the themes and ideas that obsess us all.

    BONUS: CLANLANDS with Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish

    BONUS: CLANLANDS with Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish

    A bonus episode in which we get to speak to two stars of the hugely popular TV series Outlander, actors Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish. Adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s historical novels set in 18th century Scotland in which Sam plays hero Jamie Fraser and Graham his uncle, Dougal MacKenzie, Outlander has become a TV sensation. After working together in seasons one and two, the two friends set out on a road trip around Scotland to investigate its history and culture, whilst also imbibing a good sample of its famous whiskey. We sat down with a wee dram of our own to talk about the book that came out of the trip.

    Books mentioned: Clanlands, Outlander

    • 37 min
    42. PUB GRUB with Tom Kerridge

    42. PUB GRUB with Tom Kerridge

    A pub with two Michelin stars is no ordinary pub and in what has been no ordinary year for the entire hospitality industry we sat down with celebrated chef Tom Kerridge in The Hand and Flowers to celebrate the publication of their cookbook, 15 years in the making. Why are pubs so important to communities and how do you keep that friendliness when serving food at the highest level? We spoke about the public house, the path to perfection and the right sauce to have with a bacon sandwich.

    Books mentioned: The Hand and Flowers Cookbook

    • 32 min
    41. OBLIVION with Rumaan Alam

    41. OBLIVION with Rumaan Alam

    Sometimes novels come along that seem to show an uncanny prescience for the world we live in. And whilst no one could have quite predicted what 2020 has thrown at us, Rumaan Alam has managed to write a novel about a simple family holiday that touches on the pressing issues of today. Class, Race, Privilege and confusion at what's happening in the world; all of these will feel familiar, as will the sense of not knowing what to do about it. Luckily Rumaan is here to talk us through them and to share what really scares him.
    Books mentioned: Leave The World Behind

    • 29 min
    40. CHOICE with Christa Parravani

    40. CHOICE with Christa Parravani

    As Americans go to the polls to chose their next president it's clear the result could have far-reaching repercussions in many areas. For many American women it may be that wheels are already in motion to further restrict their access to reproductive healthcare with the rushed new appointment to the Supreme Court. Christa Parravani talks to us about the surprise pregnancy that she wanted to end, only to be confronted by the confounding machinery of the American healthcare system in a red state. 

    Books mentioned: Loved and Wanted

    • 33 min
    39. CARE with Christie Watson and Madeleine Bunting

    39. CARE with Christie Watson and Madeleine Bunting

    When the pandemic hit, it was nurses who provided the critical care needed to save lives. And when the waves have passed it will be nurses providing the care needed in the aftermath. In this episode we examine what it really means to care with nurse and author Christie Watson and writer Madeleine Bunting, both of whom have travelled the country to see how care works in hospitals, surgeries, care homes and our own houses. What drives people to care for others and what do we need to so to ensure that care exists for all in the future?

    Books mentioned: The Courage To Care, Labours of Love, The Language of Kindness

    • 37 min
    38. JUST KEEP LIVIN' with Matthew McConaughey

    38. JUST KEEP LIVIN' with Matthew McConaughey

    Whichever of his many film roles first made an impression on you, you definitely never forget a Matthew McConaughey performance. With his new memoir Greenlights, we get personal insight into the man behind the roles as he shares his frank and funny insights into family, film-making and finding your path in life.
    Books mentioned: Greeenlights

    • 26 min

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