An audio fix for book lovers
There are some amazing literary podcasts that you can listen to when you’re not reading. Whether you are looking for lively book club discussions, in depth author interviews, candid book reviews or simply want to discover new gems to read next, there’s something bookish out there for everyone.
We have selected our favourite podcasts that discuss all things books, by book lovers for book lovers.
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Simon Mayo and Matt Williams invite the world’s finest authors in for a chat.
In this episode they talk to Anthony Horowitz. Anthony has written over 40 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider and was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels, and more recently he was commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to write new James Bond novels.Play
You’re Booked, hosted by journalist Daisy Buchanan, is the podcast for literary nosy parkers who would like the chance to snoop around guest’s bookshelves and discover the books that made an impact on them, the first forbidden books they read under the covers and the beloved books they have borrowed, and never given back.
In this episode, she visits David Nicholls, bestselling author of novels such as One Day, Us and most recently Sweet Sorrow.Play
The Penguin Podcast features world-class thinkers and pioneers from publishing and beyond. Join them as they ask their guests to bring in five objects to the Penguin studios that have inspired their work
in this episode, broadcaster and journalist Dame Jenni Murray talks to Nihal Arthanayake about her new book ‘Fat Cow, Fat Chance’, what it’s like to be labelled fat when society dictates skinny as the norm.Play
Kate and Laura on the books that get you talking. Every episode they sit down to chat about the books read most recently by their book clubs. What did they make of them? Did they spark debate? And whether they loved them or loathed them, they always try to answer the big question: were they great book club books?
In this episode they have a no holds barred discussion about Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld. In Sittenfeld’s alternative world, Hillary Rodham declines Bill Clinton’s proposal and their lives diverge from there.Play
(33 mins )
With an informal, conversational, and warm manner, Zibby Owens routinely gets authors to open up about what’s important to them, giving busy readers the back story to their favourite (or as yet undiscovered) books.
In this episode she talks to Caitlin Moran about her book, More Than A Woman. Zibby laughed her way through Caitlin’s book and their conversation: comparing raising children to addiction, motherhood as a superhero narrative, and how sharing our parenting stories is the key to sanity.
The Guardian Books podcast is a weekly look at the world of books, presented by Claire Armitstead, Richard Lea and Sian Cain. In-depth interviews with authors from all over the world, discussions and investigations make this the perfect companion for readers and writers alike.
In this episode, Why David Attenborough is famous but ‘he isn’t a celebrity’, they speak to Horrible Histories consultant and podcaster Greg Jenner about the history of celebrity and share what listeners are reading.Play
(44 mins )
What Should I Read Next? is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Anne Bogel interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they’re reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next.
In this episode she talks to Parisian reader Florence Breuvert about books in translation. Because she reads in both French and English, Florence often gets to choose between reading a work in translation, or reading an author’s words in their original language.Play