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Simon Mayo and Matt Williams invite the world's finest authors in for a chat.

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Simon Mayo and Matt Williams invite the world's finest authors in for a chat.

    Q&A with David Baddiel (Jews Don't Count)

    Q&A with David Baddiel (Jews Don't Count)

    The multi million selling author and comedian chats about his favourite books and authors which include Alan Partridge, Nick Hornby and John Updike
     
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    • 14 min
    David Baddiel (Jews Don't Count) EXPLICIT

    David Baddiel (Jews Don't Count) EXPLICIT

    David Baddiel is an author, comedian and screenwriter. He has written and performed in a series of highly successful TV comedy shows, including Fantasy Football, The Mary Whitehouse Experience and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. He is the author of four novels as well as six books for children which have sold over 1 million copies.


    In Jews Don't Count David combines powerful polemic and personal testimony to investigate why, in an age of heightened awareness of the evils of systemic racism, anti-Semitism appears to have been neglected by those who consider themselves progressive and enlightened. 
     
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    • 46 min
    Q&A with Jeanine Cummins (American Dirt)

    Q&A with Jeanine Cummins (American Dirt)

    The author of the US best selling novel American Dirt tells Simon and Matt about her favourite books and authors - which include Colson Whitehead, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ann Patchett, Jasper Fforde and Toni Morrison
     
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    • 13 min
    Jeanine Cummins (American Dirt)

    Jeanine Cummins (American Dirt)

    Jeanine Cummins chats about her US best selling novel. American Dirt follows the path of a Mexican woman who survives an attack by a drug cartel - and escapes as an undocumented immigrant to the United States with her son. It was selected by Oprah for her Book Club and Radio 4 for their Book At Bedtime - but then drew criticism from fellow authors about her representation of Latinos. Jeanine talks openly about the year she has had dealing with the backlash.
     
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    • 36 min
    A Q&A with Jon Sopel (BBC News)

    A Q&A with Jon Sopel (BBC News)

    The BBC's man in Washington talks us through his favourite books and authors - which include John Le Carre, Hugo Young, Joseph Heller, Robert Caro and Denis Healey
     
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    Jon Sopel - UnPresidented

    Jon Sopel - UnPresidented

    The BBC's North America Editor chats about his diary of the 2020 US Presidential Election.
    It was an incredible year, which started with Joe Biden getting off to a very shaky start in the Primaries. And ended with a riot in Congress.
     
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
872 Ratings

872 Ratings

Zaplar ,

Excellent, with a dash of irony

Fantastic podcast and a great interview with David Baddiel. The unfortunate irony wasn’t missed that the advert following the podcast was for To Olivia, the Roald Dahl biopic 🙁

Beccatr0n ,

Love it

I only discovered this podcast a month or so ago. Not only is it great, I have the whole back catalogue to go through. I’m a book lover and have really missed Simon’s book club on Radio 2. Simon and Matt are obviously book lovers themselves and that really makes a difference to the quality of the show. I particularly like the QandA sessions although it’s generated so many book recommendations I don’t know how I’m going to get through them all.

elton (not that one) ,

Lawrie McNemeny

What? Apple only offers 5 stars? This show goes up to at least 11. Informative, witty, and often profound — and that’s just the guests. Best of all, Simon and Matt are like a well oiled machine <cue Matt’s laugh> so that, even when things go slightly awry (you know, when Matt had horsey trouble, or when a guest misremembers the title of Simon’s latest bestseller — I just love Razor’s Edge by the way), you feel among friends, in on the joke. You two should get your own radio show…
Just a question for Matt: did you know that Simon’s been crossing the streams? Tune into Simon’s “other” podcast (the one with Kermode as the contributor) dated 22 Jan 2021 at 33.53, and you’ll find him practising pronouncing Lawrie McMenemy. Such is the dedication of the man to radio presenting.
Seriously, thank you both so much for this podcast. What with one thing and another, books are our means of escape, and there are no better guides out there in helping us choose which ones to travel with.

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