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Literary interviews and discussions on the latest releases in the world of publishing, from poetry through to physics. Presented by Sam Leith.
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32:20 | Aug 7th

In this week’s books podcast, we’re getting Romantic. Sam is joined by the writer Adam Nicolson and the artist Tom Hammick to talk about their new book The Making of Poetry: Coleridge, Wordsworth and their Year of Marvels. In it, Adam describes how —...Show More

15:14 | Jul 31st

The star New York Times columnist David Brooks has never been afraid to go beyond the usual remit of day-to-day politics. His new book The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life is exactly what it sounds like: a guide to the Meaning of Life, som...Show More

34:58 | Jul 24th

Pigeons: revolting pests who can’t tell the difference between fag-butts and chips, right? Not so, according to Sam's latest podcast guest Jon Day, distinguished man of letters, critic, academic and… pigeon-fancier. Jon’s new book Homing describes ho...Show More

37:12 | Jul 17th

There’s nobody who writes true-life spy stories like Ben MacIntyre — and with his latest book The Spy and the Traitor out in paperback, Ben joins me to talk about the astonishing career of Oleg Gordievsky, a single spy who really did change the whole...Show More

30:45 | Jul 3rd

This year the publishers Faber & Faber celebrate their 90th birthday, and to honour the occasion Sam is joined by Toby Faber, the founder’s grandson and the author of a new history of the company called Faber & Faber: The Untold Story. Most corporate...Show More

26:44 | Jun 26th

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast Sam's guest is Benjamin Dreyer — whose name is pronounced, as Sam discovers live on air, 'Dryer' rather than 'Drayer'. That seems an apt way to be introduced to a man who, as Random House US’s Copy Chief, makes ...Show More

30:05 | Jun 19th

In this week’s books podcast Kit de Waal is here to talk about her new anthology of working-class memoir, Common People. First a guest on this podcast a couple of years ago talking about her Desmond-Elliott-shortlisted debut My Name Is Leon, Kit expl...Show More

28:41 | Jun 12th

This week’s books podcast promises to be a trip. Sam is joined by Mike Jay to talk about the history of mescaline — a psychedelic drug whose influence goes from the earliest South American civilisations through the 19th-century Indian Wars up to W B ...Show More

35:48 | Jun 5th

In this week’s books podcast we’re talking about why the Father of English Poetry, Geoffrey Chaucer, at least half belongs in a French, Latin and Italian tradition. Marion Turner’s magnificently scholarly Chaucer: A European Life sets the great write...Show More

26:14 | May 29th

In this week’s books podcast Sam is joined by the physicist Jim Al-Khalili (host of Radio Four’s The Life Scientific) to talk about his first novel, a science-fiction thriller called Sunfall. In it, Jim uses real science to conjure up a plausible but...Show More

38:20 | May 22nd

In this week’s Spectator Books, Sam's guest is Emma Smith, Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Hertford College, Oxford, who’s talking about her new book This Is Shakespeare. What is it that makes Shakespeare special — and is it defensible that, as e...Show More

38:04 | May 15th

In this week's books podcast, Sam is joined by Ursula Buchan - the author of a hugely involving new life of her late grandfather John Buchan. The book is called Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps (you can read Allan Massie's enthusiastic Spectator review o...Show More

47:14 | May 8th

In this week’s books podcast Sam is joined by Bret Easton Ellis. The author of Less Than Zero, American Psycho and Imperial Bedrooms is here to talk about his first nonfiction book White, and the savage critical response to it. They discuss censoriou...Show More

40:03 | May 1st

In this week’s books podcast, the guest is the Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, architect of Bill Clinton’s “Third Way” and former chief economist at the World Bank.  His new book People, Power and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for...Show More

29:14 | Apr 24th

In this week’s books podcast Sam is joined by the journalist and (as one half of the crime writer Nicci French) novelist Nicci Gerrard to talk about her new book What Dementia Teaches Us About Love. The loss of her own father to dementia prompted Nic...Show More

39:43 | Apr 17th

In this week's Books Podcast Sam is joined by Professor Cass Sunstein - best known here as co-author of the hugely influential 2008 book Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness, which spawned a whole transatlantic movement in us...Show More

41:24 | Apr 10th

Sam's guest for this week’s books podcast is Clare Carlisle, author of a new life of Soren Kierkegaard, Philosopher of the Heart. Kierkegaard has a reputation for being forbidding, pious and difficult to pronounce - but Clare’s here to tell us why th...Show More

25:14 | Apr 3rd

In this week’s books podcast Sam is talking to Clare Mulley about The Woman Who Saved The Children, her biography of Eglantyne Jebb reissued to coincide with next week’s centenary of Save The Children, the charity that Jebb founded. Eglantyne was a f...Show More

24:10 | Mar 27th

In this week’s books podcast Sam is joined by one of the doyennes of crime writing, the brilliant Donna Leon. She talks about her latest Commissario Brunetti novel, Unto Us A Son Is Given, about what Venice gives her as a setting, why she welcomes sn...Show More

29:50 | Mar 20th

In this week's books podcast, Sam Leith is joined by the Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri. Someone whose own fiction has negotiated the cross-cultural territory of her Bengali-American identity, Jhumpa in the last few years has been negoti...Show More

31:12 | Mar 13th

In this week’s books podcast Sam is joined by Owen Matthews to talk about the man many have claimed was the greatest spy of the 20th century, Richard Sorge, the subject of Owen’s riveting new book An Impeccable Spy (reviewed in the new issue of The S...Show More

26:11 | Mar 6th

In this week's books podcast Sam talks to Max Porter, former publisher at Granta and author of the prizewinning debut Grief Is The Thing With Feathers, about his brilliant new novel Lanny (reviewed by Andrew Motion [here](https://www.spectator.co.uk/...Show More

38:39 | Feb 27th

In this week’s books podcast Sam talks to Peter Stanford, author of Angels: A Visible and Invisible History. Why is it that, according to some polls, more people believe in angels than believe in God? Peter takes us on a tour through history, theolog...Show More

34:08 | Feb 20th

In this week's Spectator Books, Sam talks to the American journalist David Wallace-Wells about his new book The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future. In it, he uses the best available scientific projections to underpin a picture of what the wor...Show More

34:52 | Feb 13th

In this week's Spectator Books, Sam is joined by Deborah Lipstadt -- the historian who herself made a piece of history when she defeated the Holocaust denier David Irving in court. In her new book Antisemitism Now, Professor Lipstadt returns to the f...Show More

18:52 | Feb 6th

In this week's books podcast I'm joined from Los Angeles by Andrew Morton -- the Royal writer who scooped the world with the inside story of Princess Diana's marriage. To coincide with the publication of a revised and expanded edition of Diana, Her T...Show More

39:55 | Jan 30th

In this week's books podcast Sam is joined by Josh Cohen, author of the Not Working: Why We Have To Stop. Josh is a literary critic and a working psychoanalyst, and his book is a thoughtful and subtle discussion of the way in which work dominates not...Show More

32:22 | Jan 23rd

In this week’s books podcast, Sam's guest is Robert Alter - who has just published the fruits of decades of labour in the form of his complete new translation of the Hebrew Bible into English. Acclaimed for his Bible translations by Seamus Heaney, Jo...Show More

29:53 | Jan 16th

In this week's episode, Sam talks to investigative journalist Kajsa Norman about her book 'Sweden's Dark Soul'. In it, she turns her gaze on the oppressive forces at the heart of Sweden’s ‘model democracy’. The story begins with the cover-up of mass ...Show More

35:30 | Jan 9th

In this week’s book’s podcast Sam's guest is Jonathan Ames, a writer who has produced everything from memoir (Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer) to TV writing (Bored To Death), graphic novels (The Alcoholic), pitch-black noir (You Were Ne...Show More

37:48 | Jan 2nd

In this week’s books podcast we’re going to the wars. Sam's guest is Ed Vulliamy, the veteran war correspondent who has written a fascinating memoir called When Words Fail: A Life With Music, War and Peace. In it, Ed talks about how his lifelong love...Show More

21:32 | Dec 19th, 2018

In this week’s books podcast Sam talks to Chris Kraus — author of the semi-autobiographical cult novel I Love Dick and the new essay collection Social Practices — about her strange and interesting life in the New York and LA art worlds, about taking ...Show More

21:15 | Dec 12th, 2018

In this week’s books podcast Sam talks to the great trivia expert Mark Mason about his new The Book of Seconds: The Incredible Stories of the Ones Who Didn’t (Quite) Win. Here’s the Christmas present for all the Tory frontbenchers in your life. Who r...Show More

32:09 | Dec 5th, 2018

In this week's books podcast, Sam is speaking to the Pulitzer-prizewinning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin about her new book Leadership: Lessons from the Presidents for Turbulent Times -- in which she describes what Lincoln, two Roosevelts and LBJ ha...Show More

24:14 | Nov 28th, 2018

According to which bit of hype you read, there’s a copy of one of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher thrillers sold somewhere in the world every four seconds, or every seven, or every nine. It’s a cute statistic and (as Child wryly notes), there’s an element o...Show More

37:23 | Nov 21st, 2018

In this week's books podcast Sam talks to Oxford's Professor of Global History Peter Frankopan about his follow-up to his bestselling history The Silk Roads. In The New Silk Roads, Peter brings his story up to date, and argues that with our Trump and...Show More

31:26 | Nov 13th, 2018

Sam talks to Nora Krug about her remarkable graphic work Heimat - in which this German born writer and artist discusses how it has felt to grow up in Germany and later the US with the shadow of her homeland’s war guilt, how that has issued in art, li...Show More

26:06 | Nov 7th, 2018

With Geoff Dyer, one of our most wayward and wittiest writers, about his new book Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, a frame-by-frame discussion of the classic war movie Where Eagles Dare. Learn from Geoff about the importance of squinting in Clint Eastwo...Show More

20:01 | Nov 1st, 2018

In this week's books podcast Sam talks to Ben Schott. The author of Schott's Miscellany, Ben's literary productions have taken an unexpected turn with the publication this week of his first novel. Jeeves and the King of Clubs is a tribute or companio...Show More

35:54 | Oct 24th, 2018

Sam Leith talks to the behavioural geneticist Robert Plomin about his new book Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are, in which he argues that it’s not only height and weight and skin colour that are heritable, but intelligence, TV-watching habits an...Show More

25:45 | Oct 18th, 2018

Sam talks to the incomparable Sara Paretsky about her latest V. I. Warshawski novel Shell Game — which pits the original feminist gumshoe against art thieves, Russian mobsters and her fink of an ex-husband. They talk about keeping Vic young (skincare...Show More

31:42 | Oct 11th, 2018

In this week's books podcast, Sam talks to Andrew Roberts in front of an audience about his new biography on Winston Churchill. It charts the leader's powerful sense of personal destiny, his ambition and bravery as a soldier and a leader. The book in...Show More

38:13 | Oct 4th, 2018

Political scientist William Davies talks to Sam Leith about his new book Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over The World. Here’s a deep dive into the parlous condition of our public discourse, drawing the line from Descartes and Hobbes to Trump and G...Show More

16:26 | Sep 27th, 2018

In this week's Spectator Books podcast, Sam Leith is talking to Adam Sisman about More Dashing -- his new selection from the remarkable correspondence of one of the 20th-century's most celebrated adventurers, spongers and men of letters, Paddy Leigh-...Show More

30:08 | Sep 20th, 2018

In this week’s books podcast, Sam talks to the former head honcho of the National Gallery and British Museum, Neil MacGregor, about his new book Living With The Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples. Neil tells the story of the world’s religions through objec...Show More

30:26 | Sep 13th, 2018

In this week’s books podcast Sam talks to Helen Parr about her remarkable new book Our Boys: The Story of A Paratrooper, which blends memoir, social history and military history to tell the story of the paratroopers who fought in the Falklands War an...Show More

22:51 | Sep 6th, 2018

In this week’s books podcast, Sam talks to Sebastian Faulks about his brilliant new novel Paris Echo, which describes the twined stories of a Moroccan teenager and an American academic in the French capital – and the way that the ghosts of the past, ...Show More

27:59 | Aug 30th, 2018

In this week’s books podcast, Sam Leith talks to Sir Ian Kershaw about his new book Rollercoaster: Europe 1950-2017\. Here from one of our most distinguished historians, is a history of Europe that goes from the postwar period right up to the present...Show More

31:23 | Aug 23rd, 2018

How are the subprime collapse in the US and the Eurozone crisis that came after linked? Why did a cartel of mega-wealthy businessmen do a good job at rescuing the US from disaster, and a group of well-intentioned political technocrats make such a has...Show More

29:56 | Aug 16th, 2018

Among the biggest surprises of this year’s Man Booker Prize longlist was the inclusion, for the first time in the prize’s 50-year history, of a “graphic novel”. Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina — a chillingly claustrophobic account of the aftermath of a murder ...Show More

31:28 | Aug 9th, 2018

In this summer rewind, Sam Leith talks to the journalist and historian Simon Heffer, originally released in October 2017. He is the author of the magisterial The Age of Decadence: Britain 1880-1914\. The second part in his trilogy of books about the...Show More

27:52 | Aug 3rd, 2018

In this summer rewind, hear Sam Leith talk to Times columnist and former speechwriter for Tony Blair, Philip Collins, originally released last October. His book When They Go Low, We Go High is a fascinating look at political oratory from Pericles to...Show More

28:49 | Jul 26th, 2018

Adam Smith is the most quoted and misquoted economist of all time. Sam Leith talks to Jesse Norman, author of the new Adam Smith: What He Thought and Why It Matters (reviewed in last week’s Spectator by Simon Heffer). Norman argues that we can only u...Show More

29:22 | Jul 19th, 2018

In this week’s Spectator Books, Sam talks to a man who has spent more time on Air Force One than even Piers Morgan: President Obama’s former foreign policy speechwriter and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, author of new memoir The World A...Show More

27:57 | Jul 12th, 2018

This week’s episode sees Sam Leith joined by Margo Jefferson, author of 'On Michael Jackson' and the memoir Negroland, to moonwalk back to the glory days of Michael Jackson. Jackson was one of the central figures in pop culture, but what was it that ...Show More

22:26 | Jul 5th, 2018

Sam talks to the distinguished scholar of Japanese literature Jay Rubin, editor of the new Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories.  Many of us in the West know little of Japanese literature beyond, perhaps, Haruki Murakami, Yukio Mishima and perha...Show More

29:15 | Jun 28th, 2018

This week’s episode is a family affair: Sam talks to the children’s writer and illustrator Judith Kerr (Mog The Forgetful Cat; When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit; and The Tiger Who Came To Tea), and her son the novelist and historian Matthew Kneale, autho...Show More

33:52 | Jun 21st, 2018

Is LSD good for you? Sam Leith is joined by the author Michael Pollan, who talks about the fascinating lost history of psychedelic drugs, speculates on what they may tell us about the human mind and the universe, recalls his own mind-blowing encounte...Show More

34:15 | Jun 14th, 2018

Sam Leith is joined by William Dalrymple, co-author with Anita Anand of Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Famous Diamond

27:09 | Jun 7th, 2018

It’s a first for the Spectator Books podcast this week: music! We’ve temporarily dispensed with our usual intro jingle to allow this week’s guest, Paul Kildea, to play us in. Paul’s new book Chopin’s Piano: A Journey Into Romanticism is a fascinating...Show More

26:11 | May 31st, 2018

In this week’s Spectator Books I’m talking to the journalist and comic novelist Carl Hiaasen about his latest book, a splenetic broadside against feelgood commencement speeches called Assume The Worst that serves as a joyous corrective to “you can be...Show More

29:34 | May 24th, 2018

Is the "American Dream", as Donald Trump claims, dead? Is “America First” a policy of national pride or a dogwhistle to white supremacists? In this week’s Spectator Books, we take the long view. My guest, Sarah Churchwell, excavates the long historie...Show More

24:33 | May 17th, 2018

In this week’s Spectator Books, Sam Leith talks to the military historian Antony Beevor about his latest book, Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944.

20:02 | May 10th, 2018

Sam Leith talks to historian Richard Overy about his new book The Birth of the RAF, 1918.  100 years ago this spring, the Royal Air Force took to the skies for the first time. Yet it was far from inevitable that it would come into being, that having...Show More

25:37 | May 3rd, 2018

Sam Leith talks to physicist Carlo Rovelli about the nature of time. Do we have free will? Can you understand physics without maths? Just what is Roger Penrose on about? We tackle all these questions and more. And gosh he’s a good talker. So go on: t...Show More

28:28 | Apr 26th, 2018

With Stig Abell, Editor of the Times Literary Supplement and LBC talk radio host. Stig talks about Britain's magnificently chaotic hodgepodge of institutions, his own unusual career, how the press is doomed, being a "centrist dad", the joys of PG Wod...Show More

28:30 | Apr 19th, 2018

With Boyd Tonkin, former chair of the International Booker and author of the forthcoming The 100 Best Novels in Translation, and Frank Wynne, nominated in the International Booker shortlist for his translation of Virginie Despentes. Presented by S...Show More

17:46 | Apr 12th, 2018

With Lisa Hilton, a.k.a. L.S. Hilton, author of Ultima, who talks about her 'filthy books' on international art dealing and murderous heroines. Presented by Sam Leith.

29:58 | Mar 29th, 2018

With Richard Holloway, writer, broadcaster, and formerly Bishop of Edinburgh, discussing questions of life, death, and faith. Presented by Sam Leith.

21:37 | Mar 22nd, 2018

With Andrew Gimson and Martin Rowson, author and illustrator of Gimson's Prime Ministers. Presented by Sam Leith.

24:12 | Mar 15th, 2018

With N. T. Wright, author of Paul: A Biography. Presented by Sam Leith.

29:30 | Mar 1st, 2018

With Jay Heinrichs, author of How To Argue With A Cat: A Human’s Guide to the Art of Persuasion. Presented by Sam Leith.

33:15 | Feb 22nd, 2018

With Steven Pinker, author of Enlightenment Now. Presented by Sam Leith. This is a live recording of a Spectator Books Podcast event. To find tickets to more events, visit spectator.co.uk/events

15:51 | Feb 15th, 2018

With Mick Herron, author of London Rules. Presented by Sam Leith.

24:31 | Feb 8th, 2018

With Stuart Kelly, author of The Minister and the Murderer: A Book of Aftermaths. Presented by Sam Leith.

23:32 | Feb 1st, 2018

With Mohsin Hamid, author of Exit West. Presented by Sam Leith.

21:41 | Jan 25th, 2018

With Alan Taylor, author of Appointment in Arezzo, and Philip Hensher. Presented by Sam Leith

24:34 | Jan 18th, 2018

With Fiona Sampson, author of In Search of Mary Shelley. Presented by Sam Leith.

43:17 | Jan 11th, 2018

With Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections, and Joel Beckman, Operations Director of CALM. Presented by Sam Leith.

23:52 | Dec 14th, 2017

With Andrew Hunter Murray, Dan Schreiber, James Harkin, and Anna Ptaszynski. Presented by Sam Leith.

23:17 | Dec 7th, 2017

With Masha Gessen, author of The Future is History: How totalitarianism reclaimed Russia. Presented by Sam Leith.

25:19 | Nov 30th, 2017

With Richard Flanagan, author of First Person. Presented by Sam Leith.

26:48 | Nov 23rd, 2017

With Viv Groskop, author of The Anna Karenina Fix. Presented by Sam Leith.

27:56 | Nov 16th, 2017

With Melvyn Bragg, author of William Tyndale: A Very Brief History. Presented by Sam Leith.

31:09 | Nov 9th, 2017

With Hilary Spurling, author of a new biography of Anthony Powell. Presented by Sam Leith.

23:53 | Nov 2nd, 2017

With Philip Pullman, author of La Belle Sauvage and Daemon Voices. Presented by Sam Leith

27:25 | Oct 26th, 2017

With Philip Collins, author of When They Go Low, We Go High. Presented by Sam Leith.

26:21 | Oct 19th, 2017

With Claire Tomalin, author of A Life of My Own. Presented by Sam Leith.

17:17 | Oct 12th, 2017

With Alan Hollinghurst, author of The Sparsholt Affair. Presented by Sam Leith.

31:01 | Oct 5th, 2017

With Simon Heffer, author of The Age of Decadence: Britain 1880 to 1914. Presented by Sam Leith.

22:23 | Sep 28th, 2017

With Robert Harris, author of Munich. Presented by Sam Leith.

24:46 | Sep 21st, 2017

With Anne Applebaum, author of Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine. Presented by Sam Leith.

26:06 | Sep 14th, 2017

With Robert Webb, author of 'How Not To Be a Boy'. Presented by Sam Leith.

29:29 | Sep 7th, 2017

With A.N. Wilson, author of Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker. Presented by Sam Leith.

15:30 | Aug 31st, 2017

With Harriet Gilbert, presenter of World Book Club on the BBC World Service. Presented by Sam Leith.

33:01 | Aug 24th, 2017

With Clive James, author of Injury Time. Presented by Sam Leith.

20:48 | Aug 17th, 2017

With Jonathan Raban. Presented by Sam Leith.

15:46 | Aug 10th, 2017

With Bonnie MacBird, author of Unquiet Spirits, and Anthony O'Neill, author of Dr Jekyll and Mr Seek. Presented by Sam Leith.

16:08 | Aug 3rd, 2017

With Nick Hilton and Melanie McDonagh. Presented by Sam Leith.

24:19 | Jul 27th, 2017

With Rosie Wilby, author of Is Monogamy Dead? Presented by Sam Leith.

20:21 | Jul 20th, 2017

With Alex Clark and Damian Barr. Presented by Sam Leith.

26:33 | Jul 13th, 2017

With Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough. Presented by Sam Leith.

23:49 | Jul 6th, 2017

With Greg Garrett, author of Living With The Living Dead: The Wisdom of the Zombie Apocalypse Presented by Sam Leith.

23:40 | Jun 29th, 2017

With Jonathan Meades, author of The Plagiarist in the Kitchen. Presented by Sam Leith.

33:08 | Jun 22nd, 2017

With Andrew O'Hagan, author of The Secret Life. Presented by Sam Leith.

25:00 | Jun 15th, 2017

With Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Kit de Waal, and Francis Spufford. Presented by Sam Leith.

20:53 | Jun 8th, 2017

With Professor Michael Wood. Presented by Sam Leith.

17:24 | Jun 1st, 2017

With Will Self, author of Phone. Presented by Sam Leith.

29:19 | May 25th, 2017

With Peter Stanford, author of Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident, and Peter Marshall, author of Heretics and Believers. Presented by Sam Leith.

25:42 | May 18th, 2017

Meditation, psychedelic drugs, charismatic Christianity, sex parties... all this, and more, in the search to lose control. With Jules Evans, author of The Art of Losing Control. Presented by Sam Leith.

27:26 | May 11th, 2017

With Anne Margaret Daniel, editor of I’d Die For You and Other Lost Stories, and Sarah Churchwell, author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of the Great Gatsby. Presented by Sam Leith.

20:23 | May 4th, 2017

With Dominic Dromgoole, author of Hamlet: Globe to Globe. Presented by Sam Leith.

21:40 | Apr 20th, 2017

With Alex Renton, author of Stiff Upper Lip, and Ysenda Maxtone Graham, author of Terms and Conditions. Presented by Sam Leith.

21:37 | Apr 13th, 2017

With Robert Newman, author of Neuropolis: A Brain Science Survival Guide. Presented by Sam Leith.

20:33 | Apr 6th, 2017

With Dennis Duncan. Presented by Sam Leith.

15:51 | Mar 30th, 2017

With Charlotte Rampling. Presented by Sam Leith.

18:21 | Mar 23rd, 2017

With Erica Benner, author of Be Like The Fox: Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom. Presented by Sam Leith.

24:29 | Mar 2nd, 2017

With Joanna Bourke, author of The Story of Pain. Presented by Sam Leith.

24:51 | Feb 16th, 2017

With Louise Doughty, author of Apple Tree Yard and Black Water. Presented by Sam Leith.

21:39 | Feb 9th, 2017

With Rory Stewart, author of The Marches. Presented by Sam Leith

30:32 | Feb 2nd, 2017

With Michael Rosen, author of The Disappearance of Émile Zola: Love, Literature and The Dreyfus Case Presented by Sam Leith

20:51 | Jan 16th, 2017

With Lady Antonia Fraser, author of Our Israeli Diary. Presented by Sam Leith.

25:56 | Jan 9th, 2017

With John Sutherland, author of The War on the Old. Presented by Sam Leith.

26:14 | Dec 21st, 2016

With Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, The Big Short and his new book, The Undoing Project. Presented by Sam Leith.

19:11 | Dec 12th, 2016

With Maggie Ferguson, editor of Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums. Presented by Sam Leith.

20:58 | Dec 5th, 2016

With Lucy Mangan, author of Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory, and James McConnachie. Presented by Sam Leith.

26:25 | Nov 28th, 2016

With Alex Bellos, author of 'Can You Solve My Problems?' Presented by Sam Leith

17:03 | Nov 21st, 2016

With Simon Brett and Andrew Taylor. Presented by Sam Leith.

31:56 | Nov 14th, 2016

With Richard Holmes and Frances Wilson. Presented by Sam Leith.

24:38 | Nov 7th, 2016

With Ben Lerner, author of The Hatred of Poetry and No Art. Presented by Sam Leith.

23:11 | Oct 23rd, 2016

With Philip Hensher and Sam Jordison. Presented by Sam Leith.

23:02 | Oct 17th, 2016

With Hisham Matar, author of The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between. Presented by Sam Leith.

21:34 | Oct 10th, 2016

With Rebecca Asher, author of Man Up, and Tim Samuels, author of Who Stole My Spear? Presented by Sam Leith.

20:46 | Sep 2nd, 2016

With Marcus du Sautoy and Steven Poole. Presented by Sam Leith.