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From the freshest debuts to the biggest bestsellers, this is where the world’s best writers read for the first time from their latest greatest books and share their own personal stories. Recent world premieres include ‘Hamnet’, ‘Again, Rachel’ and ‘Shuggie Bain’.
Enjoy our Salon Exclusives strand, where each bite-size episode offers an exclusive taster of a new book. Or relax into an in-depth interview with one of your very favourite writers. Warm your heart with Armstead Maupin. Or hang on every word with Yaa Gyasi.
Hosted by writer and broadcaster, Damian Barr, and handpicked Guest Hosts, the Literary Salon live events and recordings celebrate storytelling and invite you to be part of it.

Produced and edited by Megan Bay Dorman. Programmed by Matt Casbourne. 

Damian Barr's Literary Salon Damian Barr's Literary Salon

    • Arts
    • 4.3 • 43 Ratings

From the freshest debuts to the biggest bestsellers, this is where the world’s best writers read for the first time from their latest greatest books and share their own personal stories. Recent world premieres include ‘Hamnet’, ‘Again, Rachel’ and ‘Shuggie Bain’.
Enjoy our Salon Exclusives strand, where each bite-size episode offers an exclusive taster of a new book. Or relax into an in-depth interview with one of your very favourite writers. Warm your heart with Armstead Maupin. Or hang on every word with Yaa Gyasi.
Hosted by writer and broadcaster, Damian Barr, and handpicked Guest Hosts, the Literary Salon live events and recordings celebrate storytelling and invite you to be part of it.

Produced and edited by Megan Bay Dorman. Programmed by Matt Casbourne. 

    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Julie Owen Moylan reads from That Green Eyed Girl

    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Julie Owen Moylan reads from That Green Eyed Girl

    Prepare for some sparkling literature that you need to read this summer. That Green Eyed Girl by Julie Owen Moylan has everything we love in a book: a character-driven plot, a dual timeline, and a mystery that gradually unfolds making for a page-turning novel.
    Ava is a young girl struggling to cope with an absent father and a mother suffering from a debilitating mental illness. She’s managing to keep it together, but only just. And then a parcel appears on her doorstep with a photo of a young woman with the word ‘LIAR’ scrawled across it. The riddle of the sender and its intended recipient become Ava’s obsession...
    That Green Eyed Girl is published by Michael Joseph and available now. We recommend buying from your local indie or you can get it from our shop.
    'I was hooked from the beginning' CLARE CHAMBERS, AUTHOR OF SMALL PLEASURES


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    Programmed by Matt Casbourne
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    • 12 min
    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Patrick McCabe reads from 'Poguemahone'

    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Patrick McCabe reads from 'Poguemahone'

    This week we’re featuring Poguemahone: a wild, free-verse monologue, steeped in music and folklore, crammed with characters, both real and imagined. It’s an epic 600-page book by twice Booker-shortlisted author Patrick McCabe that takes place in the 1970s, in Northwest London, and in the fractured mind of Una Fogarty. This is a really exciting literary novel that plays with form - the kind of book we love to feature on our show.  
    Published by Unbound and available now in all good bookshops. We recommend buying from your local indie or you can get it from our shop at Bookshop.org.
    ‘One of the most original literary works in recent times. I bloody loved it’ Adelle Stripe, author of Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile


    Podcast produced and edited by Megan Bay Dorman
    Programmed by Matt Casbourne



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    • 13 min
    Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart in conversation with Damian Barr, at the Literary Salon April 2022

    Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart in conversation with Damian Barr, at the Literary Salon April 2022

    EXTRA SPECIAL EPISODE ALERT! Enjoy this full-length Literary Salon with Douglas Stuart, hot-off-the-press!
    Last week we held a very special evening with Douglas in conversation with Damian at an in-person Salon in Brighton - it was an incredible conversation, and we're still thinking about it. So join us as we celebrate Douglas' brilliant new novel 'Young Mungo', the story of two boys, two tribes and two Scotlands. Catholic James and Protestant Mungo live in the violent, macho world of Glasgow’s council schemes. They dream of escaping the gangs and the grey, fractured city. Will their dream come true?
    'Thanks so much for a wonderful Salon Damian. I could have listened to Douglas all night. Such a tender, interesting and poignant interview.' - Araminta Hall
    Young Mungo is out now and a definite must-read for 2022. If you'd like to support the Salon podcast and indie bookshops at the same time, you can grab a copy from our shop at bookshop.org (where you can also pick up a copy of Douglas' Booker-winning debut, Shuggie Bain).


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    • 1 hr 26 min
    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Adriana Trigiani reads from 'The Good Left Undone'

    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Adriana Trigiani reads from 'The Good Left Undone'

    As the weather warms, we’re bringing you a sun-drenched mid-century novel from the international bestselling author Adriana Trigiani. In 'The Good Left Undone', we’re treated to a family saga that spans a century, taking us from Italy to the UK and back again. Through the generations, the Cabrellis have been subject to the tides of history and it is up to Matelda, the matriarch nearing the end of her life, to pass on their legacy before it’s too late. Trust Adriana to offer up lush descriptions that will transport the senses in a book that you’ll want to savour, about love, family, and long-held secrets...

    ‘Rich in all the elements that make a story memorable… Adriana is, indeed, a storyteller second to none' 
    - Heather Morris, bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    You can buy the book from your local indie or from our shop at Bookshop.org (which supports both the Literary Salon and indies across the UK with each purchase).



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    • 14 min
    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Joanna Cannon reads from 'A Tidy Ending'

    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Joanna Cannon reads from 'A Tidy Ending'

    If you love a whodunnit then we’ve got just the thing to satisfy that craving. A Tidy Ending by Joanna Cannon is a novel about Linda, an ordinary middle-aged housewife who keeps herself to herself. That is, until her husband Terry starts keeping strange hours just as a string of young women begin disappearing. There’s something nasty lurking behind the net curtains on Cavendish Avenue… 
    A darkly funny, character-driven mystery from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Joanna Cannon’s new novel will have you gripped!
    A Tidy Ending is published by Borough Press, an imprint of HarperCollins, and available now. We recommend buying from your local indie or you can get it from our shop at Bookshop.org. Or if you fancy a signed first edition then Goldsboro Books can oblige!

    Podcast produced and edited by Megan Bay Dorman
    Programmed by Matt Casbourne
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    • 14 min
    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Yasmin Cordery Khan reads from 'Edgware Road'

    SALON EXCLUSIVE: Yasmin Cordery Khan reads from 'Edgware Road'

    You may have noticed the rise in popularity of compelling novels written across dual timelines. We say: the more the merrier! This week we’re spotlighting one such novel, Edgware Road. It explores the story of Khalid, an immigrant father and gambler who goes missing in 1981. In 2003, his daughter Alia, now a young academic at Oxford, is on a mission to discover who her father really was. A family mystery, a daughter’s journey, and the exploration of what it means to be an immigrant in London are all explored in this page-turning novel.
    ‘An elegant and moving book from a highly promising new voice in fiction' Sathnam Sanghera, author of Empireland
    Edgware Road by Yasmin Cordery Khan is published by Head of Zeus and available now. We recommend buying from your local indie or you can get it from our shop at bookshop.org.
    Signed copies are also available to purchase from Queen’s Park Bookshop with delivery to anywhere in the UK.
    And whilst you're looking for upcoming literary loveliness, we have exciting upcoming Salons in April and May 2022, with Booker Prize Winner Douglas Stuart and world premieres from Kit De Waal and Abi Morgan. Tickets and info here!


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    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Your Granma ,

Book Club of Dreams

Damian Barr researches his guests really well and is enormously well read, he doesn’t critique the featured books like Radio 4 book shows, he really discusses them in a really free and interesting way. He’s an enthusiast first and for me that makes this podcast really engaging and interesting. When writers have a book out I know they have to do the rounds of promoting but Damian doesn’t let them trot out the same back-of-the-book stuff, he really takes them off the path. This podcast is interesting even if you don’t know who the writers are, it’s a good way to find new books to read.

LizLewis49 ,

Excellent listening

What fantastic authors and conversation! A charming and generous host in Damian and really great guests, this is not your standard interview podcast. An impressive archive too!

Belal Breaga ,

Savoy savourings

Great little number once again by Damian at the Savoy - actually it was wasn’t so little but a grand affair. Readings that lit up the ballroom and stoked up emotions. Hugely impressive, and these older podcasts are pretty much fun too.

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