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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Especially loved Episode 10. I’ve read The Brothers Karamazov twice. The podcast inspires me to read it a third time.
In depth exploration
I really appreciate these men and their ability to define and articulate the underlying questions within the great books. At times it can seem like there is tension between the hosts but I am willing to keep my nose out of their interpersonal relationships and just enjoy as they share their thoughts. The Brothers Karamazov episode was excellent and I loved getting to learn more about the history of the time and other fun tidbits (like Stalin being a fan... what was that about?). Keep up the good work guys!
Loved Episode 10
Have only listened to the Karamazov
episode but was impressed with their skills at literary analysis