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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
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    Conn Iggulden with Nihal Arthanayake

    Conn Iggulden with Nihal Arthanayake

    Bestselling historical fiction author Conn Iggulden talks to Nihal Arthanayake about Protector, the latest book in his Athenian series.
    In this episode, Conn Iggulden recalls the wondrous stories which ignited his imagination as a child and inspired him to begin writing. Armed with a Roman sword and a silver pen, he reveals his methods for understanding the reality of physical combat and tells us about his growing sentimentality in adulthood. #PenguinPodcast
    Protector is available to buy as an audiobook now: apple.co/3yoe638

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    Alexander McCall Smith with Nihal Arthanayake

    Alexander McCall Smith with Nihal Arthanayake

    Prolific author Alexander McCall Smith joins Nihal Arthanayake to share tales from behind his impressive body of work.
     
    In this episode, the ever-curious Alexander McCall Smith tells of his affection for Botswana, and its important role as the backdrop to his much-loved series, The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, gives due respect to the surprises of an author’s subconscious mind, and waxes lyrical about the Celtic art that inspired the story behind one of the fascinating objects he’s brought with him. #PenguinPodcast
    The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency is available on audiobook here: https://www.audiobooks.co.uk/audiobook/no-1-ladies-detective-agency-bbc-radio-casebook-vol-1-eight-bbc-radio-4-full-cast-dramatisations/324032


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    • 31 min
    The Penguin Podcast's Best of the Booker Prize

    The Penguin Podcast's Best of the Booker Prize

    To celebrate this year’s upcoming Booker Prize nominations, we've delved back into the archives and cherry-picked highlights from eight very special interviews. Hear about the inspirations, frustrations, and secrets behind the winners of the most prestigious prize in literature.
    What’s in a name? What is the worst question you can ask an author? Who has a squirrel skull hidden under their bed? All these questions are answered, alongside discussions of African Temporality, the importance of mischief and protest on social media. #PenguinPodcast
    Original interviews, from the archives:
    Bernardine Evaristo with Nihal Arthanayake: https://apple.co/2VcpL6BAnne Enright with Nihal Arthanayake: https://apple.co/2SNVs5cSalman Rushdie with David Olusoga: https://apple.co/3ytvy68Howard Jacobson with Nihal Arthanayake: https://apple.co/3Auas9sIan McEwan with Katy Brand: https://apple.co/3hjyJYfMarlon James with Nihal Arthanayake: https://apple.co/2SNTZvKPat Barker with Katy Brand: https://apple.co/3AvTmYMArundhati Roy with Kirsty Lang: https://apple.co/3AwU5Jh  
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    Avni Doshi with Nihal Arthanayake

    Avni Doshi with Nihal Arthanayake

    “There’s a way in which memory can press up against the present”: this week, American author Avni Doshi talks to Nihal Arthanayake about her wildly successful debut novel, ’Burnt Sugar’, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize.
    In this episode, Avni and Nihal discuss the problematic deification of motherhood in South Asian communities, using humour to explore dark subject matter, and using her nomadic experiences to develop her writing style. #PenguinPodcast
    'Burnt Sugar' is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/3gyj7jg

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    • 36 min
    Ed Miliband with Nihal Arthanayake

    Ed Miliband with Nihal Arthanayake

    Labour MP, podcast host and now author Ed Miliband talks to Nihal Arthanayake about his debut book, ‘Go Big: How To Fix Our World’. 
    Using a scene from ’The West Wing’ and a Robert Kennedy speech as jump off points, Ed and Nihal meditate on Ed's time as Leader of the Opposition, reconciling a partisan political climate, and being an idealist in a world of pragmatists. #PenguinPodcast
    Robert Kennedy’s Day of Affirmation speech can be found here - https://bit.ly/2T7Gff9
    The ‘Let Bartlet be Bartlet’ episode of ’The West Wing’ can be found here - https://bit.ly/3zdUQGi
    ’Go Big: How To Fix Our World’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/3w60AQB 

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    Barack Obama and Marcus Rashford in conversation

    Barack Obama and Marcus Rashford in conversation

    Tune in to an exclusive conversation between President Barack Obama and England and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford as they meet for the first time.
    In this special bonus episode of the #PenguinPodcast, moderated by June Sarpong, Barack Obama and Marcus Rashford discuss the power that young people have to make change, the positive impact that reading can have and the importance of giving back to your local community.

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    • 30 min

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