A special end-of-year edition of the podcast, with highlights, including: Sudhir Hazareesingh came on thew show back in March, ahead of the French election, to share his thoughts on Emmanuel Macron, the underdog philosopher-politician soon to become President; before Weinstein and #metoo, Charlotte Shane drew our attention to problems and divisions in feminism, and called for responsible, serious literature to take things forward; Clive Stafford-Smith, liberal lawyer and campaigner against the death penalty, on the rise of 'kill lists', an almost-blatant programme of state-sanctioned murder that goes on around the world; finally, in 2017 we marked the bicentennial of the death of Jane Austen by inviting Austen expert Claire Harman for a game of “rank your favourite Austen novels”. A refresher for regular listeners and a sampler for newcomers – with thanks to all.
How to read
Cold War machinations
Morals and mysteries
Bernardine Evaristo – winner of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction
David Greig – revisiting 'Solaris'
How to grow a human
Patronizing writers of colour
Scavenger of eternal truths
Unsettled by Sontag
The recipe for superstardom
Is it too late?
What do the kids say?
'We should all be interested in pigeons...'
The most expensive mystery of all
How to be modern: conspiracy theory, free will and the avant-garde
‘We don’t know what he has, we don’t know what he’s done with it’
Nature for sale
Unromancing the Romantics
An Unexpected Podcast: Talkin' Tolkien
Bend the Knee: A Song of Ice and Fire Podcast
Writer, Writer, Pants On Fire
Myths and Legends