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Monocle 24: Meet the Writers

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Monocle 24: Meet the Writers

Monocle 24: Meet the Writers

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Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to discover the methods of – and inspiration behind – some of the world’s most exciting writers. Every Saturday, Georgina Godwin hosts an in-depth discussion with the person behind the prose.

Latest Episodes

Romesh Gunesekera

The accolades that Sri Lankan-born novelist Romesh Gunesekera has received include being shortlisted for the Booker prize and having a novel on the ‘New York Times’ list of notable books. He joins Georgina Godwin – and her dog – for a walk and a discussion about home, identity, conflict and his latest book, ‘Suncatcher’.

29 MIN4 d ago
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Romesh Gunesekera

Monocle Reads: Sean Ashton

‘Sampler’ is a selection of encyclopaedia entries written by poets. The book is edited by Sean Ashton, who speaks to Georgina Godwin about the collection and his memoir, ‘Living in a Land’, which is written entirely in sentences constructed in the negative.

12 MIN1 w ago
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Monocle Reads: Sean Ashton

Oksana Zabuzhko

Oksana Zabuzhko is Ukraine’s leading author, best known for her novel ‘Field Work in Ukrainian Sex’, as well as her magnum opus ‘The Museum of Abandoned Secrets’. She speaks to Georgin Godwin about her work and her new book of short stories, ‘Your Ad Could Go Here’, which takes a look at the more mundane, and often forgotten, aspects of Ukrainian life.

29 MIN1 w ago
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Oksana Zabuzhko

Monocle Reads: Annie Zaidi

Georgina Godwin speaks to writer, poet and reporter Annie Zaidi about her latest book, ‘Bread, Cement, Cactus’. Part memoir and part reportage, it won the Nine Dots Prize, which celebrates creative thinking around contemporary societal issues.

16 MIN1 w ago
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Monocle Reads: Annie Zaidi

Gill Bennett

Gill Bennett was chief historian at the UK Foreign Office for 40 years. She tells Georgina Godwin about her new book, ‘The Zinoviev Letter’, which investigates the murky world of espionage and global conspiracy in the 1920s.

29 MIN2 w ago
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Gill Bennett

Monocle Reads: Mark Honigsbaum

Georgina Godwin speaks to writer, journalist and medical historian Mark Honigsbaum. His latest book, ‘The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris’, looks at how, despite a century of medical development, pandemics still take us by surprise.

19 MIN3 w ago
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Monocle Reads: Mark Honigsbaum

Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and writer whose vast catalogue of work has earned him celebrity status across the globe. A radical leftist, his work encompasses everything from psychoanalysis and political theory to art and film criticism. Described as “the leading Hegelian of our time”, he speaks to Georgina Godwin about his latest book, ‘Hegel in a Wired Brain’, which is an evaluation of the German philosopher’s relevance in the 21st century that ties in with the 250th anniversary of his birth.

29 MIN3 w ago
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Slavoj Žižek

Monocle Reads: Jenny Kleeman

Georgina Godwin speaks to writer and documentary film-maker Jenny Kleeman about her debut book ‘Sex Robots & Vegan Meat: Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex & Death’, which offers a sideway look at the fundamentals of human life.

15 MINJUL 16
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Monocle Reads: Jenny Kleeman

Waubgeshig Rice

Georgina Godwin speaks to Waubgeshig Rice, a Canadian journalist and writer originally from Wasauksing First Nation. An award-winning broadcaster, he is also a successful author. His latest novel, ‘Moon of the Crusted Snow’, explores the fate of a remote Anishinaabe community.

29 MINJUL 12
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Waubgeshig Rice

Monocle Reads: Derek Owusu

Georgina Godwin speaks to writer, poet and podcaster Derek Owusu about his debut novel ‘That Reminds Me’, which won him the 2020 Desmond Elliott Prize. The first book to be released on Stormzy’s Merky Books imprint, it explores addiction, identity and belonging through the fragments of one young man’s memory.

17 MINJUL 9
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Monocle Reads: Derek Owusu

Latest Episodes

Romesh Gunesekera

The accolades that Sri Lankan-born novelist Romesh Gunesekera has received include being shortlisted for the Booker prize and having a novel on the ‘New York Times’ list of notable books. He joins Georgina Godwin – and her dog – for a walk and a discussion about home, identity, conflict and his latest book, ‘Suncatcher’.

29 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Romesh Gunesekera

Monocle Reads: Sean Ashton

‘Sampler’ is a selection of encyclopaedia entries written by poets. The book is edited by Sean Ashton, who speaks to Georgina Godwin about the collection and his memoir, ‘Living in a Land’, which is written entirely in sentences constructed in the negative.

12 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Monocle Reads: Sean Ashton

Oksana Zabuzhko

Oksana Zabuzhko is Ukraine’s leading author, best known for her novel ‘Field Work in Ukrainian Sex’, as well as her magnum opus ‘The Museum of Abandoned Secrets’. She speaks to Georgin Godwin about her work and her new book of short stories, ‘Your Ad Could Go Here’, which takes a look at the more mundane, and often forgotten, aspects of Ukrainian life.

29 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Oksana Zabuzhko

Monocle Reads: Annie Zaidi

Georgina Godwin speaks to writer, poet and reporter Annie Zaidi about her latest book, ‘Bread, Cement, Cactus’. Part memoir and part reportage, it won the Nine Dots Prize, which celebrates creative thinking around contemporary societal issues.

16 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Monocle Reads: Annie Zaidi

Gill Bennett

Gill Bennett was chief historian at the UK Foreign Office for 40 years. She tells Georgina Godwin about her new book, ‘The Zinoviev Letter’, which investigates the murky world of espionage and global conspiracy in the 1920s.

29 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Gill Bennett

Monocle Reads: Mark Honigsbaum

Georgina Godwin speaks to writer, journalist and medical historian Mark Honigsbaum. His latest book, ‘The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris’, looks at how, despite a century of medical development, pandemics still take us by surprise.

19 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Monocle Reads: Mark Honigsbaum

Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and writer whose vast catalogue of work has earned him celebrity status across the globe. A radical leftist, his work encompasses everything from psychoanalysis and political theory to art and film criticism. Described as “the leading Hegelian of our time”, he speaks to Georgina Godwin about his latest book, ‘Hegel in a Wired Brain’, which is an evaluation of the German philosopher’s relevance in the 21st century that ties in with the 250th anniversary of his birth.

29 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Slavoj Žižek

Monocle Reads: Jenny Kleeman

Georgina Godwin speaks to writer and documentary film-maker Jenny Kleeman about her debut book ‘Sex Robots & Vegan Meat: Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex & Death’, which offers a sideway look at the fundamentals of human life.

15 MINJUL 16
Comments
Monocle Reads: Jenny Kleeman

Waubgeshig Rice

Georgina Godwin speaks to Waubgeshig Rice, a Canadian journalist and writer originally from Wasauksing First Nation. An award-winning broadcaster, he is also a successful author. His latest novel, ‘Moon of the Crusted Snow’, explores the fate of a remote Anishinaabe community.

29 MINJUL 12
Comments
Waubgeshig Rice

Monocle Reads: Derek Owusu

Georgina Godwin speaks to writer, poet and podcaster Derek Owusu about his debut novel ‘That Reminds Me’, which won him the 2020 Desmond Elliott Prize. The first book to be released on Stormzy’s Merky Books imprint, it explores addiction, identity and belonging through the fragments of one young man’s memory.

17 MINJUL 9
Comments
Monocle Reads: Derek Owusu
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