11 episodes

IPA Executive Director John Roskam and News Ltd Journalist and host of The Bolt Report Andrew Bolt discuss the great books of literature. Each episode covers a new book as the pair discuss the themes, the lives of the authors and the impact each book has had on civilisation

The Great Books of Literature Podcast The Institute of Public Affairs

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IPA Executive Director John Roskam and News Ltd Journalist and host of The Bolt Report Andrew Bolt discuss the great books of literature. Each episode covers a new book as the pair discuss the themes, the lives of the authors and the impact each book has had on civilisation

    Bonus Episode: On Reading 10 Great Books

    Bonus Episode: On Reading 10 Great Books

    In this bonus episode of the IPA's Great Books of Literature Podcast, John Roskam and Andrew Bolt talk about which book was their favourite, which characters stuck out for them, which author's life was most interesting to learn about and what they learned from reading 10 of the great books of Western Civilisation

    • 57 min
    Episode 10: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Episode 10: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    The Brothers Karamazov is one of the most influential books ever written. Dostoevsky uses the book to explore morality, religion and the concept of free will.
    In this episode, John Roskam and Andrew Bolt discuss the book, its themes and the life of Dostoevsky 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 9: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Episode 9: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Pride and Prejudice is the most popular romantic comedy of all time. This comedic look at marriage and relationships has sold over 20 million copies since being published in 1813.
    John Roskam and Andrew Bolt discuss the book, its themes and the life of Jane Austen

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 8: The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth

    Episode 8: The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth

    The Radetzky March is one of the most important novels of the 20th Century. Spanning three generations of the Trotta family, The Radetzky March explores culture and patriotism amidst a dying empire in the lead up to the First World War.
    John Roskam and Andrew Bolt discuss these themes, the book and the life of Joseph Roth

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 7: The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

    Episode 7: The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

    The Way We Live Now is Anthony Trollope’s searing criticism of the corruption at the top of British society. It was listed at number 22 in The Guardian’s top 100 books of all time. In this episode, John Roskam and Andrew Bolt discuss Trollope's life, the book and its themes.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 6: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

    Episode 6: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness is one of the most famous and most important works to come out of the colonialist era. Marlow’s venture into the Congo to find Kurtz is gripping and dark, and raises many questions about civility and the savagery that lies in every person. Andrew and John discuss whether, after reading the book, one can view Western Civilisation and its history in the same way as they had before.
    John Roskam and Andrew Bolt discuss the book, its themes and the life of Joseph Conrad

    • 1 hr

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