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Going beyond the book with a wide range of authors to discover the story behind the books we love.

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    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 22 Ratings

Going beyond the book with a wide range of authors to discover the story behind the books we love.

    Sophie Elmhirst

    Sophie Elmhirst

    The facts are compelling: A couple sailing to the other side of the globe, adrift after their yacht sinks and a battle to survive for 117 days. But the telling of that story is taken to whole new level by Sophie Elmhirst who uses her journalistic skills to uncover the facts and then takes us inside the marriage of her eponymous heroes. Who were Maurice and Maralyn, where did their spirit of adventure come from, and how was their relationship the key to survival?

    • 30 min
    Sam Sedgman

    Sam Sedgman

    Fresh from co-writing the brilliant Adventures on Trains series with M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman has created an ingenious new adventure for children that follows aspiring inventor, Isaac Turner, across London landmarks on the trail for clues to his father’s disappearance. We spoke with Sam about how a visit to Big Ben with his own father proved to be all the inspiration he needed to create this new series, why he finds the real world so much more fascinating than fantasy and where Isaac’s adventured may take him next.

    • 14 min
    Alex Michaelides

    Alex Michaelides

    An idyllic, private Greek island in the company of a movie star may sound like paradise but things are about to turn deadly in The Fury, the latest thriller from Alex Michaelides. In a fascinating conversation we learn more about how his Cypriot upbringing infuses his storytelling, the new approach to writing that freed up his style, plus the real-life Hollywood inspiration behind his latest creation.

    • 22 min
    Chris Van Tulleken

    Chris Van Tulleken

    You've been told the problem is salt, or sugar, or even you! But in a fascinating conversation with Chris Van Tulleken we discover why it’s not you, it's the food. And by food we mean 'industrially produced edible substance' - YUM! What is ultra-processed food, what is it doing to our bodies and the planet, and what can we do to improve our health?

    • 23 min
    Nina Stibbe

    Nina Stibbe

    After charming the nation with Love, Nina - the collection of letters written to her sister during a five year stint as a nanny in '80s London, surrounded by literary types all new to her - Nina Stibbe returns to London once again, this time under the roof of author Deborah Moggach, with a hilarious diary of her life as a woman now in her 60's. Went to London, Took The Dog sees her wit as sparkling as ever, as she negotiates discarded takeaway on the streets of London, women's health issues amongst her circle of friends, and sharp observations on everything from dating profiles and literary festivals to the obsession with the whereabouts of Keir Starmer's charisma.

    • 28 min
    Ed Gamble

    Ed Gamble

    Looking back on his life so far through the prism of food, Ed Gamble’s Glutton is a hilarious take from a foodie obsessive who’s come to recognise quality over quantity. We sat down to talk about the ultimate cheeseboard, why Guinness is magical, and how type 1 diabetes impacts his favourite pastime.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Jo St Nick ,

Clans and Whisky Friends

Your interview highlighted Graham’s love of History and Sam’s can-do spirit beautifully

correconmigo ,

Clandlands

Truly enjoyed hearing more from Sam and Graham on their Scottish adventure. Cannot wait to (hopefully) visit Scotland one day but until then I’ll live vicariously through Clandlands. Thank you for sharing their story! Huge fan!!! 👏🏼👏🏼🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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