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The Inheritors by William Golding
Jun 21 • 79 min
William Golding’s second novel The Inheritors (1955) is the book featured in this episode of Backlisted. Joining John and Andy to explore this intense, visionary account of the fall of Neanderthal man, published just a year after Lord of the Flies, are…
The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy
Jun 7 • 73 min
Margaret Kennedy’s bestselling novel The Constant Nymph (1924) is the book featured in this episode of Backlisted. Joining John and Andy to discuss this tale of romance, passion and bohemianism - and the chequered career of its author - is publisher…
Frost in May by Antonia White
May 24 • 64 min
Antonia White’s debut novel Frost in May(1933) is the book under discussion in this episode of Backlisted. Joining John and Andy to discuss this powerful story of religion and adolescence - and the troubled life of its author - are writer Laura Thompson…
The World According to Garp by John Irving
May 11 • 83 min
John Irving’s fourth novel The World According to Garp (1978) is the subject of this episode of Backlisted. Joining John and Andy to explore this unlikely bestseller and discuss its contemporary relevance are author Nikita Lalwani (You People) and…
The Journal of a Disappointed Man by W.N.P. Barbellion
Apr 26 • 67 min
W.N.P Barbellion’s The Journal of a Disappointed Man, first published in 1919, is the subject of this episode of Backlisted. Joining John and Andy to discuss this remarkable book are novelist Claire Fuller and nature writer Will Atkins. In addition, John…
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
Apr 12 • 72 min
We’re back! Barbara Pym’s second novel Excellent Women, first published in 1952, is the subject of this episode of Backlisted. Joining John and Andy to discuss it are Pym aficionados and literary agents Becky Brown and Norah Perkins from Curtis Brown…
Locklisted - March 27th 2020
Mar 31 • 60 min
Locklisted is John Mitchinson and Andy Miller, the hosts of Backlisted, and their producer Nicky Birch, chatting about books, films, TV, music etc. and generally giving new life to old pubs. It was recorded on March 27th 2020. For obvious reasons we…
Locklisted - March 20th 2020
Mar 23 • 58 min
Locklisted is John Mitchinson and Andy Miller, the hosts of Backlisted, and their producer Nicky Birch, chatting about books, films, TV, music etc. and generally giving new life to old pubs. It was recorded on March 20th 2020. For obvious reasons we…
Locklisted - Feb 28th 2020
Mar 1 • 44 min
Locklisted is John Mitchinson and Andy Miller, the hosts of Backlisted, and their producer Nicky Birch, chatting about books, films, TV, music etc. and generally giving new life to old pubs. It was recorded round the corner from The Wenlock Arms, a pub in…
Locklisted - Jan 17th 2020
Jan 26 • 33 min
Locklisted is John Mitchinson and Andy Miller, the hosts of Backlisted, and their producer Nicky Birch, chatting about books, films, TV, music etc. and generally giving new life to old pubs. It was recorded at The Wenlock Arms, a pub in North London, on…
A La Recherche du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust
Dec 24, 2019 • 78 min
Marcel Proust’s A La Recherche du Temps Perdu AKA In Search of Lost Time is the subject of this bumper Christmas special episode, which was recorded live at the London Library on December 11th 2019. Joining John and Andy are novelist Lissa Evans plus a…
Riceyman Steps by Arnold Bennett
Dec 9, 2019 • 62 min
Arnold Bennett’s 1923 novel Riceyman Steps is the subject of this episode. Joining John and Andy to discuss it are journalist Charlotte Higgins and novelist Kit De Waal. In addition, John has been reading The Northumbrians by Dan Jackson while Andy talks…
Edith’s Diary by Patricia Highsmith
Nov 25, 2019 • 63 min
Patricia Highsmith’s novel Edith’s Diary (1977) is the book under discussion. John and Andy are joined by writers Karen McLeod and John Grindrod. Plus Andy has been reading Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators in The Mystery of the Stuttering…
The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
Nov 11, 2019 • 66 min
W.G. Sebald’s book The Rings of Saturn, first published in Germany in 1995, is the subject of this episode. Joining John and Andy to walk around this enigmatic masterpiece are the writer and swimmer Philip Hoare and the novelist Jessie Greengrass. Other…
The Breaking Point by Daphne du Maurier
Oct 28, 2019 • 62 min
It’s Halloween! Daphne du Maurier’s The Breaking Point AKA The Blue Lenses is a collection of psychological horror stories that was first published in 1959. Joining John and Andy to discuss it are academic and du Maurier expert Dr Laura Varnam and,…
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
Oct 14, 2019 • 63 min
Absalom, Absalom! is the subject of this episode and William Faukner’s ninth novel first published in 1936. Returning to Backlisted as our guest is Professor Sarah Churchwell. Also under discussion are Sweet Home, a book of short stories by Wendy Erskine,…
The Soul of Kindness by Elizabeth Taylor
Sep 30, 2019 • 69 min
Novelist Elizabeth Taylor is the subject of this episode of Backlisted. Joining Andy and John to discuss The Soul of Kindness (1964) - and much more besides - are author and founder of Virago Press Carmen Callil and journalist and critic Rachel Cooke,…
Of Walking in Ice by Werner Herzog
Sep 16, 2019 • 62 min
Filmmaker Werner Herzog’s journal Of Walking in Ice is the subject of this episode, recorded at the End of the Road festival at Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset on September 1st 2019. Joining John and Andy is writer and critic Luke Turner (Out of the Woods).…
The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton
Sep 2, 2019 • 61 min
Philip Pullman is our guest on the 100th episode of Backlisted. John, Andy and Nicky travelled to Oxford for this special episode devoted to Robert Burton’s extraordinary 1400-page The Anatomy of Melancholy, first published in 1621 and described by Sir…
Books about The Beatles
Aug 19, 2019 • 60 min
Books about the Beatles are the subject of this special episode recorded at Cornwall’s Port Eliot festival on July 27th 2019. Joining John and Andy for this celebration of all things fab are lifelong Beatles fans, journalists and authors David Hepworth…
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Aug 5, 2019 • 54 min
Russell Hoban’s extraordinary novel Riddley Walker (1980) is the subject of this episode recorded live at the Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall on Friday July 26th 2019. Joining John and Andy to discuss the book are Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing…
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Jul 22, 2019 • 62 min
Ray Bradbury’s uncanny tales are the subject of this episode of Backlisted. John and Andy are joined by author and literary editor of The Spectator Sam Leith and writer and radio presenter Jennifer Lucy Allan. Also under discussion are Jay Bernard’s…
Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson
Jul 8, 2019 • 58 min
Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson, a bestseller when first published in the 1930s, is the novel under discussion. Joining John and Andy is novelist and teacher of creative writing Shelley Harris. Also featured in this episode, Marc Hamer’s memoir How…
The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
Jun 24, 2019 • 63 min
Italo Calvino’s third novel The Baron in the Trees (Il barone rampante) is the subject of this episode. Joining John and Andy to discuss the book is writer and fabulist Caspar Henderson. Elsewhere, John is captivated by Some Kids I Taught and What They…
The Prince of West End Avenue by Alan Isler
Jun 10, 2019 • 64 min
Alan Isler’s debut novel The Prince of West End Avenue (1994) is the subject of this episode of Backlisted. Joining Andy and John to discuss it are novelist William Sutcliffe and playwright and bibliomemoirist Samantha Ellis. Other books talked about in…
Beloved by Toni Morrison
May 27, 2019 • 61 min
Award-winning novelist Preti Taneja (We That Are Young) joins John and Andy to discuss Beloved by Toni Morrison, one of the greatest American novels of the last half century. Other books featured on this episode are It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s by…
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards
May 13, 2019 • 50 min
John and Andy are joined by writer and actor Will Smith for a special episode recorded live at the Guernsey Literary Festival on Sunday May 5th 2019. The novel under discussion is G.B. Edwards’s unique The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, set on Guernsey,…
A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe
Apr 29, 2019 • 62 min
Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year (1722) is the subject of this episode of Backlisted, recorded in the week of the 300th anniversary of the publication of Robinson Crusoe. Joining John and Andy to discuss the book - and Defoe’s extraordinary…
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Apr 15, 2019 • 60 min
Charles Dickens’s late masterpiece Great Expectations is the subject of this episode of Backlisted. Joining John and Andy to discuss the book (and its celebrated author) are journalist and editor William Atkins and returning guest, novelist Lissa Evans.…
Last Train to Memphis/Careless Love by Peter Guralnick
Apr 1, 2019 • 68 min
Elvis Presley is the subject of this episode of Backlisted, care of Peter Guralnick’s twin biographies Last Train to Memphis (1994) and Careless Love (1999). Joining John and Andy to discuss these remarkable books are novelists David Keenan and Bethan…
Human Voices by Penelope Fitzgerald
Mar 18, 2019 • 65 min
Penelope Fitzgerald’s fourth novel Human Voices (1980) is set at the BBC during the early months of the Second World War. Joining John and Andy to discuss the book, and Penelope Fitzgerald’s life and work, are publisher and editor George Morley and writer…
Utz by Bruce Chatwin
Mar 4, 2019 • 60 min
This episode is about Utz, Bruce Chatwin’s final novel, shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1988. John and Andy are joined by writer and journalist Jonathan Wilson and Unbound’s editor-at-large Rachael Kerr, who worked for Chatwin’s publisher Jonathan…
The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
Feb 18, 2019 • 60 min
On this episode John and Andy are joined by novelist and critic Amanda Craig and novelist and memoirist Alice Jolly to discuss Rebecca West’s debut novel The Return of the Soldier, published in 1918 when West was still in her mid-twenties. In addition…
Hemlock and After by Angus Wilson
Feb 4, 2019 • 62 min
John and Andy are joined by writer, dandy and erstwhile musician Dickon Edwards to discuss Hemlock and After, Angus Wilson’s debut novel, originally published in 1952. Wilson was considered one of the preeminent writers of his days but both his books and…
Imogen by Jilly Cooper
Jan 21, 2019 • 60 min
John and Andy are joined by author and podcaster Daisy Buchanan and poet and lecturer Dr Ian Patterson to discuss Imogen, Jilly Cooper’s 1978 novel of a young librarian finding romance - and all that goes with it - amongst the jet set in the south of…
The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence
Jan 7, 2019 • 58 min
In our first podcast of 2019 we tackle D.H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow, a novel that has divided opinion since it was first published (and banned) in 1915 - and sure enough opinion was divided between John and Andy on this one. To discuss the book they are…
Books Do Furnish a Room by Anthony Powell
Dec 25, 2018 • 65 min
John and Andy are joined by novelist Philip Hensher and biographer Hilary Spurling for a discussion of Books Do Furnish a Room by Anthony Powell, first published in 1971, the tenth instalment of A Dance to the Music of Time. This special Christmas episode…
Harpo Speaks! by Harpo Marx with Rowland Barber
Dec 10, 2018 • 56 min
John and Andy are joined by Dan Schreiber, writer, producer and co-host of the No Such Thing As A Fish podcast, to discuss Harpo Marx’s autobiography Harpo Speaks! (1961). Also discussed are titles by Neil Tennant, Alice Jolly, Penelope Fitzgerald and Max…
The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins
Nov 26, 2018 • 63 min
Andy and John are joined by Carmen Callil, publisher, writer and critic and founder of Virago Press, to discuss The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins, a novel first published in 1954 and then republished by Carmen in the 1980s as a Virago Modern…
Moominvalley in November by Tove Jansson
Nov 12, 2018 • 63 min
This week John and Andy are joined by award-winning children’s author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce and publisher and co-founder of Sort Of Books Natania Jansz to discuss Tove Jansson’s final Moomin book, Moominvalley in November. Other books…
Ghosts by Edith Wharton
Oct 29, 2018 • 60 min
It’s Halloween and John and Andy are joined by novelist Lissa Evans and Backlisted’s resident revenant, critic Andrew Male, to discuss Ghosts, Edith Wharton’s selection of her best supernatural tales, first published in 1937. John also talks about Alan…
Autumn Journal by Louis MacNeice
Oct 15, 2018 • 66 min
This week John and Andy are joined by actor and director Sam West and writer and academic Sophie Ratcliffe to talk about Louis MacNeice’s Autumn Journal. The poem was composed in the autumn of 1938 while Britain awaited the declaration of the Second World…
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
Oct 1, 2018 • 59 min
This week John and Andy are joined by novelist and literary journalist Sarra Manning (author of The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp) to discuss Elaine Dundy’s sparkling debut The Dud Avocado and its follow-up The Old Man and Me. Other books under discussion…
Ulverton by Adam Thorpe
Sep 17, 2018 • 58 min
For a special episode recorded at the End of the Road festival in Dorset, John and Andy are joined by author and critic Tom Cox to talk about Adam Thorpe’s 1992 debut novel Ulverton. Other books discussed include Sally Rooney’s new novel Normal People and…
A Girl in Winter by Philip Larkin
Sep 3, 2018 • 53 min
For the final episode recorded at this year’s Port Eliot festival in Cornwall, John and Andy are joined by authors Nina Stibbe and returning guest Simon Garfield to discuss Philip Larkin’s second and final novel A Girl In Winter, and Larkin’s place in the…
The Lion and the Unicorn by George Orwell
Aug 20, 2018 • 57 min
For the second of three episodes recorded at the Port Eliot festival in Cornwall, John and Andy are joined by songwriter and activist Billy Bragg and journalist and critic Suzi Feay to talk about George Orwell’s The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the…
How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read by Pierre Bayard
Aug 6, 2018 • 51 min
For the first of three episodes recorded at this year’s Port Eliot festival in Cornwall, John and Andy are joined by author Cathy Rentzenbrink and actor and writer Ben Moor to talk about Pierre Bayard’s How To Talk About Books You Haven’t Read. Three…
The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
Jul 22, 2018 • 65 min
John and Andy are joined by Unbound co-founder and co-author of Crap Towns Dan Kieran and returning guest Dr Una McCormack, NYT bestselling novelist and co-director of the Anglia Ruskin University Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy, to discuss J.R.R.…
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
Jul 9, 2018 • 58 min
John and Andy are joined by writer and editor Nikesh Shukla to discuss Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, ZZ Packer’s groundbreaking collection of stories, first published in 2003. Andy also talks about Lissa Evans’s new novel Old Baggage, while John has been…
Told by an Idiot by Rose Macaulay
Jun 25, 2018 • 67 min
This week John and Andy are joined by super-librarian Nancy Pearl, possibly the only librarian in the world to have their own action figure, to discuss Rose Macaulay’s gloriously eccentric family saga Told by an Idiot. John has been reading Sally Bayley’s…
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Jun 10, 2018 • 54 min
For a special episode recorded at the Bath Festival, we discuss Angela Carter’s astonishing collection The Bloody Chamber (1979), much of which was conceived while Carter lived in Bath. Andy and John are joined by novelist Rachel Heath, Boundless editor…
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
May 28, 2018 • 66 min
Hermione Lee joins John and Andy to discuss the work of American novelist Willa Cather and, in its centenary year, her pioneering novel My Ántonia. John also talks about Wilding by Isabella Tree and Andy revisits one his favourite books, Graham Greene’s…
The Fatal Englishman by Sebastian Faulks
May 13, 2018 • 62 min
The poet Rishi Dastidar joins John and Andy to talk about Sebastian Faulks’ least known and first non-fiction title, The Fatal Englishman: Three Short Lives. Also in this episode Andy talks about the Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St Aubyn while John…
Corregidora by Gayl Jones
Apr 30, 2018 • 68 min
Professor Sarah Churchwell introduces Andy and John to the phenomenal Corregidora by Gayl Jones, a book steeped in the blues and the American slavery legacy. Other books they’ve read are Rain on the Pavements by Roland Camberton and In Pursuit of Spring…
The Lowlife by Alexander Baron
Apr 15, 2018 • 59 min
John and Andy are at the dogs this week, discussing the 1963 cult novel The Lowlife by Alexander Baron. They are joined by London enthusiast Peter Watts(the first person to write a biography of Battersea Power Station) and Gary Budden, author and director…
Something Happened by Joseph Heller
Apr 2, 2018 • 75 min
Authors Matt Thorne and Nikita Lalwani join John and Andy to discuss the ‘other’ masterpiece by Joseph Heller, Something Happened, first published in 1974. Also in this episode John talks about Brother, a new novel by David Chariandy, while Andy has been…
The Town House by Norah Lofts
Mar 19, 2018 • 58 min
This week John and Andy are joined by journalist and author Lucy Mangan, whose new memoir of childhood reading Bookworm has just been published by Square Peg. They discuss Norah Lofts’ novel The Town House (1959), the first of her ‘Suffolk house’ trilogy.…
Berg by Ann Quin
Mar 2, 2018 • 57 min
This week Andy and John are joined by Jennifer Hodgson, editor of ‘The Unmapped Country’, a collection of British experimental writer Ann Quin’s lost work. They discuss Quin’s debut novel, Berg, with its opening sentence: ‘A man called Berg, who changed…
Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
Feb 19, 2018 • 62 min
John and Andy welcome authors Chris Power and Erica Wagner to discuss the multiple interlocking stories in Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson, including the phantasmagoric ‘Car Crash While Hitchhiking’. In addition Andy has been reading Jonathan Strange & Mr…
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
Jan 28, 2018 • 60 min
Critic and editor of Boundless Arifa Akbar joins John and Andy to discuss Hilary Mantel’s tale of mediums and malevolence in the M25 corridor, Beyond Black. Tony White’s ‘The Fountain in the Forest’ and ‘Mothers’ by Chris Power are the books we’ve been…
Lost Horizon by James Hilton
Jan 22, 2018 • 63 min
Music producer, gallery owner and now novelist Tot Taylor joins John and Andy to discuss James Hilton’s 1933 novel about an earthly paradise in the far Himalayas. And the various iterations of the story that came after.
À Rebours by J.-K. Huysmans
Jan 8, 2018 • 67 min
In a special edition of the show recorded at Shakespeare & Co. in Paris, John and Andy are joined by the bookstore’s owner Sylvia Whitman and author Adam Biles to discuss Huysmans’ novel of aesthetic isolation A Rebours.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming
Dec 25, 2017 • 66 min
In a special Christmas edition (which of course can be listened to at any time of year) John & Andy welcome Jude and James Cook to discuss Ian Fleming’s most festive Bond novel, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. There’s discussion of the films, the music,…
Fire & Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
Dec 10, 2017 • 60 min
Author and illustrator Alice Stevenson and her childhood friend, playwright Elinor Cook join John and Andy to talk about Diana Wynne Jones’s novel of memory, childhood and friendship.
Alma Cogan by Gordon Burn
Nov 27, 2017 • 58 min
In a special edition recorded earlier this year live at the Durham Book Festival, John and Andy are joined by writers Adele Stripe and Ben Myers to discuss Gordon Burn’s debut novel Alma Cogan. The ‘WHWBR?’ slots are occupied by Pevsner’s guide to Durham…
To Serve Them All My Days by R.F. Delderfield
Nov 10, 2017 • 59 min
Writer and author Jenny Colgan joins John and Andy to discuss R.F. Delderfield’s epic of life in an English boarding school between the wars. Craig Brown’s ‘Ma’am Darling’ and ‘Priestdaddy’ by Patricia Lockwood are the books we’ve been reading this week.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Oct 30, 2017 • 59 min
For our annual Halloween episode John Mitchinson and Andy Miller are joined by Fiona Wilson and Andrew Male to discuss Shirley jackson’s final novel ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’. In this show’s ‘What We Have Been Reading’ slot John discusses ‘True…
Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf
Oct 16, 2017 • 54 min
In a special live edition of Backlisted, recorded in front of an audience at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford, John and Andy are joined by Mark Haddon, author of ‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time’ and Sally Bayley, author and tutor in…
Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman
Oct 2, 2017 • 71 min
Simon Garfield, author of The Wrestling, The Nation’s Favourite and A Notable Woman, amongst others joins John and Andy to discuss William Goldman’s groundbreaking account of his life as a Hollywood screenwriter.
Look At Me by Anita Brookner
Sep 17, 2017 • 64 min
In a long awaited episode John Mitchinson and Andy Miller are joined by Una McCormack and Lucy Scholes to discuss Anita Brookner’s third novel ‘Look At Me’, a tale of intergalactic piracy in a far off star syste… No, not really. ‘The Cake And The Rain’,…
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
Sep 4, 2017 • 60 min
John and Andy are joined by poet, radio presenter, playwright and genuine Tyke Ian McMillan to discuss Malcolm Lowry’s unique work Under the Volcano. Also; The Factory of Light by Michael Jacobs, and more Rosemary Tonks. Do you have a problem with that?
Some Bits To Listen To While We Go On Our Holidays
Aug 21, 2017 • 36 min
Even your favourite podcasts need to take a holiday… but hopefully this collection of off cuts, tall tales, terrible name dropping and the occasional bit of literary chat will help tide you over until we return at the beginning of September
Desperate Characters by Paula Fox
Aug 7, 2017 • 72 min
Author William Fiennes joins Andy and John for a bumper edition to talk about ‘Desperate Characters’, Paula Fox’s New York set novel of relationships and feral cats. Also; William’s First Story charity, Adam Scovell’s Folk Horror and Sarah Hall’s story…
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos
Jul 24, 2017 • 57 min
In this edition of the podcast that gives new life to old books novelist Joanna Walsh and critic and academic Sarah Churchwell join John & Andy to talk about Anita Loos’ Jazz Age novel. Also discussed: The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich,…
Haunts of the Black Masseur by Charles Sprawson
Jul 9, 2017 • 63 min
Author and critic Alex Preston and Rachael Kerr, Unbound’s Editor at large, join John and Andy around the table to discuss Charles Sprawson’s ground breaking ‘Haunts Of The Black Masseur’, together with all things aquatic. The subtitle of the book is ‘The…
Father and Son by Edmund Gosse
Jun 24, 2017 • 59 min
Sarah Perry, bestselling author of The Essex Serpent, joins John and Andy to discuss Edmund Gosse’s account of growing up the son of a widowed Victorian fundementalist preacher. The trio also talk about Attrib. and Other Stories by Eley Williams, and…
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead by Crystal Zevon
Jun 12, 2017 • 62 min
Author and editor Richard T. Kelly joins John and Andy in the studio to discuss ‘I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead’ The Dirty Life And Times of Warren Zevon’ by Crystal Zevon. They also discuss the art of the oral history, and run through some of their favourites,…
Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone by James Baldwin
May 29, 2017 • 62 min
Novelist Niven Govinden joins John and Andy to discuss James Baldwin’s 1968 novel ‘Tell Me How Long The Train’s Been Gone’. Also discussed: ‘The World My Wilderness’ by Rose Macaulay, and ‘The Gallows Pole’ by Ben Myers. Oh, and Lissa Evans’ scene…
The Gift - Vladimir Nabokov
May 15, 2017 • 55 min
Writer and critic Catherine Taylor joins John and Andy to discuss Vladimir Nabokov’s parting love letter to Russia and it’s literature, The Gift. Also; singing with nightingales and reading Richard Mabey’s book about the same bird, David Storey’s Booker…
Honeymoon by Patrick Modiano
May 1, 2017 • 59 min
Novelist Rupert Thomson joins John & Andy to talk about the work of French author Patrick Modiano, who’s work explores the effect of the German occupation of his homeland during the Second World War. There’s also a special edition of ‘What I’ve Read This…
The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann
Apr 17, 2017 • 58 min
Novelist and writer Elizabeth Day joins John & Andy to discuss Rosamond Lehmann’s 1936 novel of a young woman’s affair with a married man. Also featured: Magnus Mills record store day novel ‘The Forensic Record Society’ and Clover Stroud’s memoir ‘The…
Patrick Hamilton Extra Episode
Apr 3, 2017 • 26 min
Following on from the Slaves Of Solitude episode, here is an extra half hour of conversation about Patrick Hamilton. Please listen the the main episode before this one.
The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton
Apr 3, 2017 • 59 min
Novelists Lissa Evans and Stuart Evers join Andy & John to discuss Patrick Hamilton’s 1947 tale of boarding-house life in wartime. Also, this week Andy has been reading Keith Waterhouse, while John talks about Padgett Powell’s ‘The Interrogative Mood’. If…
Lincoln in the Bardo minicast
Mar 27, 2017 • 13 min
A little something extra for you, the lovely Backlisted listeners, and a departure from our usual subject matter - a new(ish) book! After recording the upcoming show on Patrick Hamilton’s ‘Slaves Of Solitude’ with guests authors Lissa Evans and Stuart…
A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
Mar 20, 2017 • 60 min
Andy & John are joined by literary agent Claire Conville and writer and author Rowan Pelling to discuss James Salter’s 1967 novel of lust and imagination. The book, a description of an affair between an American college drop out and a French shop girl,…
The Snow Ball by Brigid Brophy
Mar 6, 2017 • 59 min
Novelist, critic & lecturer Jonathan Gibbs (a/k/a @Tiny_Camels) joins John & Andy to discuss The Snow Ball, Brigid Brophy’s novel of seduction, aging and Mozart.
The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary
Feb 20, 2017 • 58 min
Max Porter, author of ‘Grief Is The Thing With Feathers’, joins John and Andy to talk about The Horse’s Mouth, Joyce Cary’s story of the life of the itinerant artist. Also discussed are Dark Money, Jane Mayer’s account of the nexus of politics & wealth in…
Red Shift by Alan Garner
Feb 6, 2017 • 59 min
Critic and author Erica Wagner and novelist S.F. Said join John and Andy to discuss ‘Red Shift’, the fifth novel by Alan Garner. Also discussed: ‘Brave New Weed’ by Joe Dolce (no, not that one) and ‘Nomad’ by Alan Partridge (yes, that one).
Venetia by Georgette Heyer
Jan 23, 2017 • 57 min
This show sees John and Andy joined by Una McCormack and Cathy Rentzenbrink to discuss Venetia, one of the Regency Romance novels by Georgette Heyer. Includes mild language and various Georgian terms for drunkeness.
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
Jan 9, 2017 • 58 min
John Grindrod, author of Concretopia, joins John Mitchinson and Andy Miller to discuss Memento Mori, the third novel by Muriel Spark. They also pay tribute to the author and agent David Miller, who passed away recently, and read a short story in his…
A State of Denmark by Derek Raymond
Dec 27, 2016 • 58 min
In a bid to get our fear and creeping dread about the state of the world in early for 2017, author Travis Elborough (A Walk in The Park, The Bus We Loved, and The Long Player Goodbye) joins us to discuss A State of Denmark, the dystopian vision of England…
A Long Way from Verona by Jane Gardam
Dec 13, 2016 • 58 min
John and Andy are joined by Laura Cumming, the art critic for The Observer and author of ‘The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez’, and Hilary Murray Hill, CEO at Hachette Children’s Books, to talk bout Jane Gardam’s debut novel ‘A Long Way from…
So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell
Nov 28, 2016 • 59 min
Costa First Book nominee for My Name Is Leon, Kit de Waal joins John & Andy to discuss So Long, See You Tomorrow, the final novel by author and New Yorker literary editor William Maxwell.
Cocaine Nights by J.G. Ballard
Nov 7, 2016 • 59 min
Monocle culture editor Robert Bound joins John and Andy to discuss JG Ballard’s Spanish set thriller Cocaine Nights. Also, The Ballard-Bond connection, Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad, and the phrase you never want to hear John Mitchinson say in…
Cold Hand in Mine by Robert Aickman
Oct 26, 2016 • 59 min
In a special Halloween edition, John Mitchinson and Andy Miller are joined by Andrew Male to discuss Cold Hand In Mine, a book of ‘strange stories’ by British writer Robert Aickman
The Holiday by Stevie Smith
Oct 10, 2016 • 51 min
Recorded live at the Durham Book Festival 2016, John and Andy are joined by Sally Bayley (author, The Private Life Of The Diary) to discuss Stevie Smith’s third and final novel The Holiday.
The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell
Sep 24, 2016 • 58 min
Novelist, editor and critic Erica Wagner joins the Backlisted team to discuss one of her favourite books - The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell. Revolt Into Style, George Melly’s groundbreaking discourse on pop culture, and Exmoor Village, a Mass…
Summer Reading Special - What We Read On Our Holidays
Sep 12, 2016 • 59 min
In a special edition of the podcast Andy, John, Mathew and Matt discuss amongst other things which festivals work, why books win prizes, and why changing the name of a certain Swallows And Amazons character is a shame. HP Lovecraft, Greek philosophers and…
Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes
Aug 22, 2016 • 59 min
Slang lexicographer extraordinaire Jonathon Green joins John and Andy in this episode to discuss Absolute Beginners, the classic novel of London teenage life set around Soho and Notting Hill.
The Crack Up by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Aug 8, 2016 • 35 min
In a special edition recorded at Port Eliot Festival, the Backlisted team welcome comedy writer Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, Fresh Meat, The Thick Of It, Four Lions)to discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald’s posthumously published collection of essays ‘The Crack-Up’.
Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr
Jul 25, 2016 • 58 min
Author and poet Saleena Godden joins John Mitchinson, Andy Miller and Mathew Clayton to discuss Hubert Selby Jr’s legendary transgressive novel of dead end life in working class 50’s Brooklyn. WARNING: contains obligatory reference the The Fall.
Maiden Voyage by Denton Welch
Jul 11, 2016 • 58 min
Richard King, author of ‘How Soon Is Now’ and ‘Original Rockers’, visits Backlisted to talk about Maiden Voyage, an extraordinarily vivid memoir by Denton Welch of his early life in England and China.
Letters from a Fainthearted Feminist by Jill Tweedie
Jun 27, 2016 • 57 min
Writer and journalist Alex Clark joins John Mitchinson and Andy Miller in a stormy (and then hammery) podcast to discuss ‘Letters from a Fainthearted Feminist’, a collection of very funny columns by Jill Tweedie, originally published in The Guardian.
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
Jun 13, 2016 • 59 min
Author Lloyd Shepherd joins the Backlisted crew in their small but functional vessel to discuss what some regard as the first ever spy novel ‘The Riddle of the Sands’ and the extraordinary life of its author Erskine Childers. You can read more about…
The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns
May 30, 2016 • 57 min
Writer, academic and contributing editor of Bookanista Lucy Scholes joins Andy, John and Mathew on the pod to talk ‘The Vet’s Daughter’, the extraordinary novel of an extraordinary girl in late Victorian South London. Also, how some books just shouldn’t…
Bert Fegg’s Nasty Book for Boys & Girls by Terry Jones and Michael Palin
May 16, 2016 • 58 min
Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris, the creators of the Grown Up Ladybird series of picture books, join Andy Miller and Mathew Clayton to discuss Bert Fegg’s Nasty Book for Boys and Girls by Michael Palin and Terry Jones
Darkness Falls from the Air by Nigel Balchin
May 2, 2016 • 58 min
Journalist, broadcaster and former editrice of The Erotic Review Rowan Pelling joins John, Andy and Mathew on the show to explain her love of Nigel Balchin’s novel of the London Blitz, Darkness Falls From The Air.
All the Devils Are Here by David Seabrook
Apr 17, 2016 • 58 min
Rachel Cooke, Observer writer, New Statesman TV critic and author joins John, Andy & Mathew to discuss ‘All the Devils Are Here’, the astounding travelogue through Kent and the depths of human behaviour from David Seabrook. Plus, the drinking habits of…
The High Window by Raymond Chandler
Apr 4, 2016 • 56 min
Raymond Chandler’s ‘The High Window’, his third book featuring world weary detective Philip Marlowe, is introduced to Backlisted by Mojo magazine’s Andrew Male. Plus the joys of walking in the rain in England, remembering Anita Brookner, and JG Ballard’s…
The Information by Martin Amis
Mar 21, 2016 • 54 min
Kill Your Friends author John Niven joins John, Andy & Mathew in the pod to discuss The information by Martin Amis, on the way answering the question ‘if this book were a Britpop album, which Britpop album would it be?’ This may or may not become a…
Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Mar 6, 2016 • 59 min
Sylvia Townsend Warner’s debut novel ‘Lolly Willowes’ is the main book under discussion in this episode. It’s nominated by journalist, author & playwright Samantha Ellis, and she discusses witchcraft, spinsters and the Chilterns with John, Andy and…
The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard
Feb 22, 2016 • 57 min
Author and playwright Alice Jolly joins the Backlisted crew to discuss The Great Fire by Australian author Shirley Hazzard. Also, AA Gill and Spike Milligan have been Read This Week, and why it might be too late to start listening to jazz in your 50’s.
Passing by Nella Larsen
Feb 8, 2016 • 55 min
In episode 6 of the Backlisted Podcast we’re joined by Sarah Churchwell, professorial fellow in American literature and chair of public understanding of the humanities at the School of Advanced Study, the University of London (phew) to discuss ‘Passing’…
Christie Malry’s Own Double-Entry by B.S. Johnson
Jan 25, 2016 • 54 min
Emmy award winning writer and broadcaster David Quantick (Veep, The Thick of It, TV Burp) joins John and Andy in the Unbound offices to discuss his favourite novel, Christie Malry’s Own Double-Entry by B.S. Johnson. Plus how to pronounce Velasquez,…
The Blessing by Nancy Mitford
Jan 11, 2016 • 50 min
John, Andy and Mathew Clayton discuss Nancy Mitford’s novel ‘The Blessing’ with Nancy’s biographer Laura Thompson. Plus, what it feels like to finish ‘Finnegans Wake’, ‘bloke’s books’, and the rudest word in the Gloucestershire dialect. Join in the…
It Had To Be You by David Nobbs
Dec 28, 2015 • 51 min
Andy Miller and John Mitchinson, a/k/a/ Leavis & Butthead, return with another episode of the podcast which gives new life to old books. In this episode they’re joined by Jonathan Coe, author of The Rotter’s Club and Oh! What A Carve Up amongst others, to…
Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
Dec 13, 2015 • 49 min
John Mitchinson and Andy Miller are joined by author Linda Grant and Unbound’s Mathew Clayton to discuss ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ by ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ author Jean Rhys. Plus perfume, the previously unheard of genre of Scandinavian magic realism, and a…
A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
Nov 29, 2015 • 42 min
in the first episode of a new podcast about books, John Mitchinson and Andy Miller are joined by novelist Lissa Evans and Unbound’s Mathew Clayton discuss JL Carr’s ‘A Month in the Country’. If you’ve got any comments on the show, be sure to join in the…