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Conversations with some our of leading authors and creative thinkers, as we seek to understand how they write and where their ideas come from. Guests bring to the interview a handful of objects that have inspired their work. #PenguinPodcast

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Conversations with some our of leading authors and creative thinkers, as we seek to understand how they write and where their ideas come from. Guests bring to the interview a handful of objects that have inspired their work. #PenguinPodcast

    Richard Dawkins with Nihal Arthanayake

    Richard Dawkins with Nihal Arthanayake

    Richard Dawkins - British evolutionary biologist and populist science writer - chats to Nihal about his latest book ‘Outgrowing God’


    He also talks about objects which have inspired him creatively which include a framed photo of Prince Phillip and the Flounder fish.


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    • 31 min
    Richard Osman with Nihal Arthanayake

    Richard Osman with Nihal Arthanayake

    TV presenter and co-creator of the TV quiz show ‘Pointless’, Richard Osman chats to Nihal about his debut novel ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ - a story about four friends living in a retirement village who become amateur detectives. 
     
    He chats to Nihal about some objects that have inspired him which include the dating app Tinder and candles. Richard also reveals why he didn’t tell anyone he was writing a novel. #Penguinpodcast 
     
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    • 30 min
    Ben Macintyre with Nihal Arthanayake

    Ben Macintyre with Nihal Arthanayake

    Author and historian Ben Macintyre talks to Nihal about his new book ‘Agent Sonya’ - the story of the greatest female spy of the 20th Century. 


    Ben chats to Nihal about how ‘Sonya’s’ gender helped her stay under deep cover for so many years. Ben’s inspirational objects include a jar of chutney given to him from M15 and the jaw-dropping story of his great uncle’s pocketbook (which literally saved his life). #PenguinPodcast


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    • 45 min
    Ruth Jones with Nihal Arthanayake

    Ruth Jones with Nihal Arthanayake

    ‘Gavin and Stacey’ co-creator and actor Ruth Jones chats to Nihal about her second novel ‘Us Three’ - a story about enduring female friendships. 
     
    She talks about objects that have inspired her including a pair of pink trainers and Wales (the country). Plus why she never ever wants to return to Glastonbury #PenguinPodcast 
     
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    • 29 min
    Anthony Horowitz with Nihal Arthanayake

    Anthony Horowitz with Nihal Arthanayake

    Anthony Horowitz, author of the bestselling teen Spy series, Alex Rider, talks to Nihal about his creative process, how he’d like to write a Dickens novel and bonds with Nihal over the rapper Dave.


    Anthony, who has sold well in excess of 20 million books and has written two James Bond and two Sherlock Holmes novels, chats about his latest novel ‘Moonflower Murders’ and chooses objects that inspire his work including magic tricks and an unusual sculpture. #Penguinpodcast


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    • 34 min
    Kevin Kwan with Nihal Arthanayake

    Kevin Kwan with Nihal Arthanayake

    ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ author Kevin Kwan chats to Nihal about his new book ‘Sex and Vanity’ - the story of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men.


    Kevin discusses some objects which have inspired him and chats to Nihal about why the island of Capri is so important to him, and how he used to make best dressed lists #PenguinPodcast


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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
305 Ratings

305 Ratings

PSWBWHFswankz ,

This is brilliant

So happy I found this

Denzillion ,

iii - Interesting, Informative and Intriguing

A thoroughly enjoyable listen that gives you an insight into what makes different authors ‘tick’.

LaW2715 ,

Lovely to hear Elvis read live

Always good to hear Elvis play, let alone speak about his book. Locked down from Coronavirus and disappointed his concert was cancelled at the Wales Millennium this March. Looking forward to it being rescheduled. For now I shall enjoy this. Love this interview with Richard E. Grant

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