Book Off!

Book Off!
A literary Podcast with a difference… #books #…
You’ve never seen Home Alone?????
Dec 18, 2018 • 41 min
Actors David Tennant and Christian Brassington go head to head in the Book Off, pitching George Orwell against Batman. They talk to Joe Haddow about festive films, a love of comics, new projects and finding time to read.
An archive? That’s just a load of tat…
Dec 11, 2018 • 38 min
Bestselling authors Barbara Taylor Bradford and Sophie Hannah go head to head in the Book Off! They talk to Joe Haddow about Agatha Christie, their writing routines, what constitutes an archive and the joy of typewriters.
Winman, Winton, Winter
Dec 4, 2018 • 46 min
Australian author Tim Winton goes head to head with British actress and author Sarah Winman. In this episode of Book Off, they chat to Joe Haddow about how books come to them, the importance of place and how writing gets harder as you get older.
People love being scared, it’s very close to sex!
Nov 27, 2018 • 44 min
Bestselling authors Sarah Perry and Patrick Gale go Head to Head in the Book Off, with two very different novels. Plus, they talk to Joe Haddow about ghosts, witches, reading bad reviews and their love of short stories.
Are we on another planet!?
Nov 20, 2018 • 42 min
International bestselling author Cecelia Ahern goes head to head in the Book Off with poet and broadcaster Murray Lachlan Young. In this episode, hosted by Joe Haddow, they discuss the bending of time, whether a different version of ourselves are living…
This Is Going To Hurt…
Nov 12, 2018 • 37 min
Comedian and author Adam Kay goes head to head in the Book Off with punk poet John Cooper Clarke. They discuss milkmen, Italian cinema and how punk it is to not have a mobile phone.
If you don’t love poetry, you should give up on life.
Nov 7, 2018 • 30 min
Former Lib Dem Leader, Paddy Ashdown, takes on international bestselling author Bernard Cornwell in the Book Off! Hosted by Joe Haddow, the two historians discuss secret spies in the Second World War, the unravelling of English history, how politics of…
Matt Haig and Bryony Gordon talk mental health, running and Police Academy!
Jul 27, 2018 • 49 min
Bestselling author Matt Haig and Telegraph journalist Bryony Gordon join Joe Haddow for a very interesting Book Off! As well as discussing their own books, Matt and Bryony talk about their mental health, facing demons, running and the Police Academy films!
Taking time off of social media? You must be mad!
Jun 29, 2018 • 40 min
Thriller writers Erin Kelly and Sabine Durrant go head to head in the Book Off! They talk to Joe Haddow about taking time off social media and how some subjects are just too horrific to write about.
Louise Doherty and Araminta Hall discuss the portrayal of women in fiction and their favourite places to write
Jun 2, 2018 • 46 min
The bestselling author of Apple Tree Yard, Louise Doherty, joins Joe Haddow for a chat about her writing foundation and goes head to head with author Araminta Hall who discusses her latest novel, Our Kind Of Cruelty. As well as the Book Off! the three…
Literary prizes and jet-lag, now there’s a combo!
May 10, 2018 • 47 min
Bestselling author and co-founder of the Women’s Prize For Fiction, Kate Mosse goes head to head with critic, journalist and author SJ Parris in the Book Off! They also discuss the importance of literary prizes, their latest novels, how to plan your…
Bestselling crime writer Mark Billingham goes head to head with music journalist extraordinaire David Hepworth. It’s about to get very geeky!
Apr 22, 2018 • 50 min
Bestselling crime writer Mark Billingham goes head to head with music journalist extraordinaire David Hepworth. As well as a hotly contested Book Off between Lyndon B Johnson and The Maltese Falcon (yep, seriously!) Joe Haddow gets geeky with both writers…
What’s the point of no carb diets?
Apr 8, 2018 • 40 min
Irish writer and Man Booker Prize longlistee Donal Ryan and debut author Imogen Hermes Gower join Joe Haddow to go head to head in the Book Off, putting John Steinbeck against Beryl Bainbridge. Imogen discusses the pressures of writing after a huge…
I’m funny how? I mean funny like I’m a clown?
Mar 16, 2018 • 41 min
Jess Kidd (Himself/The Hoarder) and Simon Wroe (Chop Chop/Here Comes Trouble) join Joe Haddow to talk books, writing styles and literary parties. They discuss what it means to be described as “humorous writers”, writing on a hangover, hoarding and the art…
Kit de Waal and Ned Beauman discuss the golden age of cinema and their experiences of growing up around books
Feb 27, 2018 • 40 min
Authors Kit de Waal (My Name Is Leon/The Trick To Time) and Ned Beauman (Boxer, Beetle/Glow) join Joe Haddow for another Book Off! As well as going head to head in a literary fight for glory, they discuss growing up around books, previous careers…and the…
Is a school reunion ever a good idea? John Niven and Viv Groskop discuss their books and life decisions.
Feb 12, 2018 • 27 min
Bestselling author John Niven and writer, broadcaster and comedian Viv Groskop go head to head in a very competitive Book Off! As well as talking to Joe Haddow about their latest books, they also discuss school reunions and great Russian novels! Naturally.
Jazz drummers can often ruin dinner! Lionel Shriver and Tracy Chevalier chat books, music and cycling
Jan 24, 2018 • 43 min
The bestselling authors of We Need To Talk About Kevin and Girl With The Pearl Earring, Lionel Shriver and Tracy Chevalier, bring two contemporary novels to the Book Off! to pitch against each other. As well as a heated book fight, Lionel and Tracy talk…
How do you follow Girl On The Train? Paula Hawkins discuss her second novel, with John Boyne
Jun 27, 2017 • 25 min
Bestselling authors Paula Hawkins (The Girl On The Train) and John Boyne (The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas) go head to head in the first ever Book Off! LP Hartley’s “The Go Between” will be put against “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood - but which…