Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to discover the methods of – and inspiration behind – some of the world’s most exciting writers. Every Saturday, Georgina Godwin hosts an in-depth discussion with the person behind the prose.
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Georgina Godwin talks to American novelist Jessica Anya Blau. Her hit novels have been featured on ‘The Today Show’, CNN and NPR, and in ‘Cosmopolitan’, ‘Vanity Fair’, ‘Bust’, ‘Time Out’, ‘Oprah Summer Reads’ and other national publications. Her most recent book, ‘Mary Jane’, is a coming-of-age story set in 1970s Baltimore.
Monocle Reads: Tharik Hussain
Tharik Hussain is a writer and journalist who has written travel guides for Lonely Planet and won awards for his BBC World Service radio documentary: ‘America’s Mosques: A Story of Integration’. He speaks to Georgina Godwin about his latest book ‘Minarets in the Mountains’, which took him and his family on a journey through the western Balkans to discover a version of Islam that’s less known in Europe.
William Green knows a little more than most about how to stack the odds in your favour. His career as a financial journalist has seen him write for publications including ‘The New Yorker’, ‘Time’, ‘Fortune’, and ‘Forbes’. He has reported from all over the world and interviewed presidents, CEOs, billionaires, and investors. Georgina Godwin speaks to Green about his new book ‘Richer, Wiser, Happier’, which goes inside the lives of the world’s most successful investors to find out what lessons they have to teach us on investing and beyond.
Monocle Reads: Arifa Akbar
Arifa Akbar is the chief theatre critic at ‘The Guardian’. A journalist for over 20 years, she previously held the position of literary editor at ‘The Independent’ and worked as an arts and news correspondent. She speaks with Georgina Godwin about her new memoir ‘Consumed’ which is a personal exploration of her own grief after her sister died at the age of 45 from tuberculosis. In this moving debut, Arifa explores illness, sisterhood, and the role of art in life and loss.
Georgina Godwin talks to Galway-born Lisa McInerney about her work and career, in which the city and people of Cork seem to have captured her heart. Her latest book, ‘The Rules of Revelation’, is the third in a series focusing on a range of loveable characters, each trying to find their way with the odds stacked against them.
Monocle Reads: Mary Ann Sieghart
By now we are all aware of the pay gap between genders but what about the gaps that are harder to quantify? On this week’s ‘Monocle Reads’ Georgina Godwin speaks to journalist and academic Mary Ann Sieghart about her latest book ‘The Authority Gap’, which examines the disparity between men and women – one that can take different shapes but clearly permeates the lives of many women.
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