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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

    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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    • 36 min
    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
    Taylor Jenkins Reid with Nihal Arthanayake

    Taylor Jenkins Reid with Nihal Arthanayake

    Bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid talks to Nihal Arthanayake about her latest book, ’Malibu Rising’. 


    Much of Taylor’s fiction focuses on the world of celebrity and fame - she talks to Nihal about why a cultural fascination with celebrities exists, the insidious, seductive nature of fame, and how the accessibility of stars today has changed fame forever. They also discuss her writing process (which involves a lot of iced tea!) and the joys of immersing yourself in another time period. #PenguinPodcast  


    The audiobook version of ‘Malibu Rising’ is available to pre-order now - https://adbl.co/3oO6F19. 
     
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    • 31 min
    Emma Dabiri with Nihal Arthanayake

    Emma Dabiri with Nihal Arthanayake

    Author, social historian and broadcaster Emma Dabiri talks to Nihal Arthanayake about her latest book, 'What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition’.


    Emma picks objects including a bookshelf and an incense holder, which instigate a fascinating conversation about the changing landscape of online activism, the books she continues to return to for inspiration, and the importance of interrogating our current world order. #PenguinPodcast


    'What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/33yV7Fy
     
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    • 32 min
    Zadie Smith and Nick Laird with Nihal Arthanayake

    Zadie Smith and Nick Laird with Nihal Arthanayake

    Literary power couple Zadie Smith and Nick Laird chat to Nihal Arthanayake about their collaborative project, ‘Weirdo’, a children’s book about the quiet power of being different, featuring exquisite illustrations from Magenta Fox. 


    In this episode, Zadie and Nick discuss the joy of removing words from their work, the virtues of rawness in writing, and the inspiration they take from the internal life of their aging pug, Maud. #PenguinPodcast  


    ‘Weirdo’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/3eC4wkr 
     
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    • 36 min
    Yaa Gyasi with Nihal Arthanayake

    Yaa Gyasi with Nihal Arthanayake

    Ghanaian-American novelist Yaa Gyasi talks to Nihal Arthanayake about her second novel, ’Transcendent Kingdom’. 


    Using objects like a photo of a mouse and a SZA song, the author of the award-winning ‘Homegoing’ chats to Nihal about her Ghanaian heritage, liking your own characters, and discussing mental illness in African cultures. #PenguinPodcast


    ’Transcendent Kingdom’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/3e0h7Oa
     
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    • 35 min

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