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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

    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


    ‘Agent Sonya’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/32NX94J 
     
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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 
     
    ‘Us Three’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/3i9x6u9  
     
     
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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


    ‘Sex and Vanity’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/33UuhbY
     
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    • 34 min
    Nick Hornby with Nihal Arthanayake

    Nick Hornby with Nihal Arthanayake

    Nick Hornby joins Nihal to talk about how he gets inspired, bringing along a collection of objects that help him including a jigsaw puzzle and an LP.
    The ‘About a Boy’ and ‘High Fidelity’ author chats to Nihal about his new novel ‘Just Like You’, why he is still full of doubt, and how the characters he creates have a personal effect on his life. #PenguinPodcast


    'Just Like You' is available to buy as an audiobook on 17/09/2020
     
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    • 32 min
    Lily Cole with Nihal Arthanayake

    Lily Cole with Nihal Arthanayake

    Lily Cole joins Nihal to talk about her latest book ‘Who Cares Wins’ - where she interviews the likes of Elon Musk, Stella McCartney and the Extinction Rebellion co-founders about issues relating to the climate crisis.


    Lily, who is an actress, model and businesswoman chose a selection of objects which have inspired her work and why optimism is so important when it comes to activism. #PenguinPodcast


    ‘Who Cares Wins’ is available to buy as an audiobook on 30/07 - https://apple.co/2EqWL2C 
     
     
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

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Love this show from the States!

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I have told everyone I know about this show. It keeps my reading list current, and gives me insights into the books that I wouldn't have without listening to the podcast. Plus, almost every book I've read from the list of episodes has been wonderful!! Thank you.

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Love the podcast but the Suggs episode was just so excellent - great stuff!!

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