The Penguin Podcast

The Penguin Podcast

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Conversations with some our of leading authors and creative thinkers, as we seek to understand how they write and where their ideas come from. Guests bring to the interview a handful of objects that have inspired their work. #PenguinPodcast


John Boyne with Nihal Arthanayake
May 8 • 33 min
John Boyne, bestselling author of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ chats to Nihal Arthanayake about harnessing ideas around his new YA book ‘My Brother’s Name is Jessica’. John brings objects into the studio that have inspired him including a football, a…
Ian McEwan with Katy Brand
Apr 23 • 28 min
Booker prize-winning author Ian McEwan visits the Penguin studio to talk about his new novel ‘Machines Like Me’ - set in an alternatives 1980’s in which synthetic humans are on sale. Ian and Katy talk about the ethics of AI, why drinking wine on the top…
Matt Parker with Katy Brand
Apr 10 • 41 min
What happened when engineers fixed an aeroplane window with bolts ever so slightly too short (spoiler: the pilot did not stay seated). Mathematician and stand-up comedian (yes, he does both), Matt Parker, explains to Katy Brand how maths mistakes in…
Best Of (Part 2) with Katy Brand
Mar 26 • 31 min
In this special edition, Katy Brand selects highlights from past episodes featuring Stephen Fry, Salman Rushdie, Ruby Wax, Zadie Smith, Caitlin Moran, Romesh Ranganathan, Reggie Yates, Ian Rankin, Michael Palin, Pat Barker, Arundhati Roy, Michael Morpurgo…
Marlon James with Nihal Arthanayake
Mar 13 • 25 min
Man Booker prize winner Marlon James tells Nihal why his new novel ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’ is a sort of African ‘Game of Thrones’. The Jamaican author of ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ talks about objects that inspire his creativity including comic…
Simon Amstell with Katy Brand
Feb 27 • 30 min
Simon Amstell - comedian, presenter, director and writer talks to Katy Brand about his new book ‘Help’, a memoir interspersed with sections of his stand-up gigs. Simon brings with him objects that have helped him to write and create (including post-it…
Imogen Hermes Gowar with Katy Brand
Feb 13 • 30 min
‘The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock’ was nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and was The Times Historical Fiction Book of the Year. Imogen Hermes Gowar talks to Katy Brand about the highs and lows of huge success as a first time author and brought in…
Best Of (Part 1) with Katy Brand
Jan 30 • 30 min
In this special edition, Katy Brand selects some of the best bits from past episodes featuring Johnny Marr, Romesh Ranganathan, Ruby Wax, Tim Peake, Zadie Smith, Sebastian Faulkes, William Boyd, Jeff Kinney, Michael Palin, Pat Barker and Caitlin Moran.…
Romesh Ranganathan with Nihal Arthanayake
Jan 16 • 29 min
Comedian Romesh Ranganathan tells Nihal why he thinks Richard Pryor is the greatest stand-up of all time and how he practices his set in front of an imaginary audience in his garage. Romesh’s chosen inspirational objects include a Public Enemy CD, a…
Michael Morpurgo with Katy Brand
Dec 21, 2018 • 29 min
Michael Morpurgo has written a new version of ‘The Snowman’ inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs which is now 40 years old. The author of 130 books including War Horse, Michael tells Katy why Christmas is so special. If you’re not feeling…
Marcus Zusak with Katy Brand
Dec 19, 2018 • 33 min
Markus Zusak, author of ‘The Book Thief’ (which spent over 500 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list) joins Katy Brand. He talks about his much anticipated new book ‘Bridge of Clay’ and why it took him over 13 years to write. Markus also explains…
Pat Barker with Katy Brand
Dec 5, 2018 • 25 min
Pat Barker, bestselling author of the Regeneration trilogy and Booker Prize winner talks to Katy Brand about her latest book ‘Silence of the Girls’ based on the Trojan wars. Pat also brings in objects to the Penguin studio that have inspired her including…
Michael Palin with David Baddiel
Nov 21, 2018 • 36 min
A special live edition of the Penguin Podcast with comedian, actor, and writer Michael Palin is hosted by David Baddiel. Having been in Monty Python’s Flying Circus and made award-winning travel documentaries around the world, Palin talks about his latest…
Tim Peake with Katy Brand
Nov 7, 2018 • 31 min
Could you make the grade as an astronaut? Katy Brand talks to Tim Peake about his new ‘Astronaut Selection Test Book’. Tim reveals what is was like hanging onto the outside of the International Space Station with one hand (whilst looking at the rest of…
Helena Kennedy with Nihal Arthanayake
Oct 24, 2018 • 28 min
Lawyer, broadcaster and author Helena Kennedy talks to Nihal Arthanayake about her latest novel, ‘Eve Was Shamed’. The book comes 25 years after her first book ‘Eve Was Framed’ which led to a number of key reforms for women. Her latest work sees how the…
William Boyd with Nihal Arthanayake
Oct 10, 2018 • 27 min
Bestselling author William Boyd tells Nihal Arthanayake about his writing methodology; years of research before he even sits down to write. Known for writing novels which span continents and timescales, commissioned by the Fleming Estate to write a James…
Colm Tóibín with Katy Brand
Sep 26, 2018 • 34 min
Bestselling author Colm Tóibín tells Katy Brand why he returns to the theme of home again and again in his work and what it’s like writing about violence for the first time. Colm wrote ‘Brooklyn’, which was made into a feature film starring Saoirse Ronan,…
Sebastian Faulks with Nihal Arthanayake
Sep 12, 2018 • 35 min
Bestselling author Sebastian Faulks tells Nihal Arthanayake how he creates characters, harnesses history to build stories and how he came up with ideas for his new novel ‘Paris Echo’. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Sebastian’s novel ‘Birdsong’…
Viv Groskop with Katy Brand
Aug 29, 2018 • 39 min
Journalist and novelist Viv Groskop joins Katy Brand in the Penguin studio to talk about her Book ‘The Anna Karenina Fix’, a very funny memoir and self-help book which explains how Russian literature has some valuable life lessons. As a young child Viv…
Claire Tomalin with David Baddiel
Aug 15, 2018 • 37 min
Biographer Claire Tomalin joins David Baddiel in the Penguin studio to chat about the art of writing about other people’s lives. She has written bestselling biographies including Mary Wollstonecraft, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen and has been called…
Jane Fallon with David Baddiel
Aug 1, 2018 • 29 min
Bestselling author Jane Fallon joins David Baddiel in the Penguin studio to talk about her new book ‘Faking Friends’. Jane is an award-winning TV producer behind shows such as This Life and EastEnders and has written eight books – selling over a million…
Caitlin Moran with David Baddiel
Jul 18, 2018 • 39 min
Caitlin Moran joins David Baddiel in the Penguin Studio. The critically acclaimed journalist and author penned her first book aged 13, has been writing for The Times since she was 18 and has had bestselling novels including ‘How to be a Woman’ and ‘How to…
Gabourey Sidibe with Katy Brand
Jul 4, 2018 • 35 min
Oscar nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe joins Katy Brand in the Penguin studio to talk about her hilarious and moving memoir ‘This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare’. Gabourey’s breakthrough role was as Precious in the feature film and she’s since starred…
Arundhati Roy with Kirsty Lang
Jun 20, 2018 • 37 min
Arundhati Roy joins Kirsty Lang for a special live edition of the Penguin Podcast. Arundhati burst onto the international literary scene 20 years ago with her novel ‘The God of Small Things’. Since then she has written non-fiction books and essays on…
Salman Rushdie with David Olusoga
Jun 6, 2018 • 37 min
Author Salman Rushdie joins David Olusoga in the Penguin Studio. Salman’s 13 novels have won countless awards worldwide and his second novel ‘Midnight’s children’ won the Best of the Booker over its 40 year history. Salman talks about his latest novel,…
Simon Mayo and David Baddiel
May 23, 2018 • 41 min
Radio broadcaster and author Simon Mayo joins David Baddiel in the Penguin studio to talk about his first adult novel ‘Mad Blood Stirring’. Simon hosts Radio 2’s Drivetime show, the BBC’s flagship film review show Kermode and Mayo and has previously…
Christie Watson with Paul Smith
May 9, 2018 • 28 min
Before she was a critically acclaimed author, Christie Watson was a nurse for 20 years, she joins Paul Smith in the Penguin studio to talk about ‘The Language of Kindness’. It’s an extraordinary account of a profession that witnesses everything from birth…
Tracy Chevalier with Paul Smith
Apr 25, 2018 • 37 min
Much-loved author Tracy Chevalier has written nine novels, including ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ which sold 5 million copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson. Tracy joins Paul Smith (Maximo Park) in the…
Eoin Colfer with Paul Smith
Apr 4, 2018 • 36 min
Author of the award winning ‘Artemis Fowl’, Eoin Colfer, joins Maxïmo Park frontman, Paul Smith, in the Penguin studio. Eoin talks about his book ‘And Another Thing’, the sixth instalment of the ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ (commissioned by the…
Afua Hirsch with David Olusoga
Mar 21, 2018 • 41 min
Guardian Columnist and author Afua Hirsch joins historian and broadcaster David Olusoga in the Penguin studio. Afua talks about her bestselling book ‘BRIT (ish)’ which tackles questions of race, identity and belonging in the UK. She brings along objects…
Deborah Levy with David Baddiel
Mar 9, 2018 • 43 min
Playwright, novelist, poet and author Deborah Levy joins David Baddiel in the Penguin studio to talk about her critically acclaimed novel ‘Hot Milk’, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2016. Deborah has written 6 novels including ‘Swimming…
Reggie Yates with David Baddiel
Feb 21, 2018 • 51 min
Radio 1 DJ, actor and television presenter Reggie Yates joins David Baddiel in the studio to talk about his new book. ‘Unseen’ explores how he made the transition from TV personality to documentary storyteller, covering difficult subjects such as far…
Mohsin Hamid with Paul Smith
Feb 7, 2018 • 39 min
‘Exit West’ was chosen by Barack Obama as one of his favourite books of last year. The author Mohsin Hamid, joins Paul Smith in the Penguin studio, and has chosen five objects that have inspired his book. They include a book by C.S. Lewis, a photograph of…
Jojo Moyes with Konnie Huq
Jan 24, 2018 • 43 min
Jojo Moyes, author of the hugely successful novel ‘Me Before You’, joins us in the Penguin studio to talk about the final book in her Lou Clarke trilogy ‘Still Me’. Jojo’s books have sold more than 30 million copies and she’s one of the few authors to…
C.J. Tudor with Konnie Huq
Jan 10, 2018 • 43 min
The Chalk Man is one of this years most anticipated thrillers. Its author, C.J. Tudor, joins Konnie Huq in the Penguin studio to talk about writing her debut novel and how it became part of a furious bidding war. C.J. brings in five objects that have…
Jeff Kinney with Konnie Huq
Dec 27, 2017 • 41 min
Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, joins Konnie Huq in the Penguin studio to talk about his latest in the series: The Getaway. Jeff’s books have sold more than 194 million copies, they’ve inspired four feature films and he’s been named…
Ian Rankin with David Baddiel
Dec 13, 2017 • 48 min
Author of the hugely successful Inspector Rebus novels, Ian Rankin, joins David Baddiel in the Penguin studio to talk about his short story made for radio, The Deathwatch Journal. Ian is regarded at one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years,…
Nina Stibbe with Konnie Huq
Nov 29, 2017 • 39 min
Author of ‘Love, Nina’ (adapted for TV starring Helena Bonham Carter) and the critically acclaimed novels, ‘Man at the Helm’ and ‘Paradise Lodge’, Nina Stibbe joins Konnie Huq in the Penguin studio. Nina talks about her new book ‘An Almost Perfect…
No Such Thing as a Penguin Podcast
Nov 15, 2017 • 43 min
Fact researchers, presenters of the hugely successful No Such Thing as a Fish podcast, TV show hosts and authors the QI Elves join Paul Smith in the Penguin studio to talk about The Book of the Year. Dan Schreiber, Anna Ptaszynski, Andrew Hunter Murray…
Stephen Fry with David Baddiel
Nov 1, 2017 • 61 min
Comedian, actor, broadcaster and writer Stephen Fry joins David Baddiel in the Penguin studio to talk about his new book Mythos, which retells the Greek Myths. Stephen brings in words (instead of objects) that have inspired him and he and David discuss…
Malcolm Gladwell with Paul Smith
Oct 18, 2017 • 38 min
The author of five New York Times bestsellers and one of the world’s most successful non-fiction writers, Malcolm Gladwell speaks to Paul Smith down the line from LA. Malcolm talks about the themes behind Blink, Outliers, David & Goliath and on writing…
Rachel Botsman with Konnie Huq
Oct 4, 2017 • 43 min
Award winning author Rachel Botsman is a world-renowned trust expert and her Ted Talks views are in the millions. She joins Konnie Huq in the studio to reveal how we are on the cusp of one of the biggest social transformations in human history. Rachel has…
Harlan Coben with Konnie Huq
Sep 20, 2017 • 41 min
Author Harlan Coben has over 70 million books in print across the world and his last 10 novels all debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. He joins Konnie Huq in the Penguin studio to talk about his latest book Don’t Let Go and he’s…
Anthony Horowitz with Konnie Huq
Sep 6, 2017 • 41 min
Bestselling author of the Alex Rider teen series Anthony Horowitz, joins Konnie Huq in the Penguin studio to talk about his latest book. The Word is Murder is the first in his new series of crime novels. Anthony brings some objects that inspire his…
Simon Sinek with Konnie Huq
Aug 30, 2017 • 37 min
Author and motivational speaker Simon SInek joins Konnie Huq in the Penguin studio to talk about his book Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. Simon brings some objects that have inspired him, including a rare military coin and…
Tim Weaver with Paul Smith
Aug 9, 2017 • 40 min
Bestselling author Tim Weaver joins Paul Smith in the Penguin studio to talk about the latest instalment in his David Raker series, I Am Missing. Tim bring along objects including a missing persons poster, his favourite Batman comic and a picture of…
Naomi Klein with David Baddiel
Jul 26, 2017 • 46 min
Award-winning journalist and author Naomi Klein joins David Baddiel in the Penguin studio to talk about her new book No Is Not Enough. Naomi brings along objects including a stitch unpicker and a model of a woman blowing a shell as she talks about…
Simon Sebag Montefiore with Paul Smith
Jul 12, 2017 • 43 min
Historian and novelist Simon Sebag Montefiore joins Paul Smith in the Penguin studio to talk about the final instalment in his Moscow trilogy, Red Sky At Noon. He chooses objects including a machete and a Russian doll as he talks about researching the…
Helen Fielding with Konnie Huq
Jun 28, 2017 • 30 min
Helen Fielding joins Konnie Huq in the Penguin studio to talk about her latest book Bridget Jones’s Baby. Helen chooses objects including her own diary and her favourite writing chair as she talks about how she first dreamt up the character of Bridget…
Carlo Rovelli with Konnie Huq
Jun 14, 2017 • 41 min
Physicist and bestselling author Carlo Rovelli joins Konnie Huq in the Penguin studio to talk about his book Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity. Carlo brings along objects including a photograph of himself as a student with his…
Jane Corry with Paul Smith
May 31, 2017 • 39 min
Bestselling author Jane Corry joins Paul Smith in the Penguin studio to talk about her new thriller, Blood Sisters. Jane brings along objects including a photograph of her grandmother and her wedding ring as she explains how teaching creative writing in…
Jo Nesbo with Konnie Huq
May 3, 2017 • 40 min
Thriller writer Jo Nesbo joins Konnie Huq in the Penguin studio to talk about his new novel The Thirst, the latest instalment in his bestselling Harry Hole series. Jo brings along objects including a photograph of his favourite coffee shop and rock…
Jon Culshaw with Meera Syal
Apr 19, 2017 • 48 min
Comedian and audiobook narrator Jon Culshaw joins Meera Syal in the Penguin studio in a special Doctor Who edition of the podcast. Jon brings along objects including his junior telescope and a cassette recorder as he talks about his lifelong love of…
Brad Stone with David Baddiel
Apr 5, 2017 • 43 min
Journalist and bestselling author Brad Stone joins David Baddiel in the Penguin studio to talk about his new book, The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World. Brad brings along objects…
Elan Mastai with David Baddiel
Mar 22, 2017 • 58 min
Screenwriter Elan Mastai joins David Baddiel in the Penguin studio to talk about his debut novel All Our Wrong Todays. Elan brings along objects including a bad avocado and his grandfather’s copy of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle as he talks about his…
David Hepworth with Paul Smith
Mar 8, 2017 • 45 min
David Hepworth joins Paul Smith in the Penguin studio to talk about his latest book 1971: Never A Dull Moment. David brings along objects including his copy of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory and a picture of himself aged twenty-one as he explains why 1971 was…
John Boyne with Paul Smith
Feb 22, 2017 • 44 min
Bestselling author John Boyne joins Paul Smith in the Penguin studio to talk about his latest novel The Heart’s Invisible Furies. John brings along objects including models of Tintin and Pinocchio, a picture of his home and a selection of his favourite…
Harriet Harman with Konnie Huq
Feb 8, 2017 • 44 min
Harriet Harman joins Konnie Huq in the Penguin studio to talk about her book A Woman’s Work. Harriet brings along objects including her Labour rosette, her favourite apple crumble recipe and her lucky jacket (complete with very large shoulder pads). She…
Ruby Wax with David Baddiel
Jan 25, 2017 • 44 min
Ruby Wax joins David Baddiel in the Penguin studio to talk about her book A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled. Ruby brings along objects including her graduation gown, a pair of red knickers and a plastic pig as she explains why she is fascinated by how…
Ali Land with Paul Smith
Jan 11, 2017 • 40 min
Ali Land joins Paul Smith in the Penguin studio to talk about her debut novel Good Me Bad Me. Ali brings along a selection of objects, including a scrapbook she made whilst working as a mental health nurse and a pair of sandals from Bondi Beach, as she…
Tom Fletcher with Konnie Huq
Dec 26, 2016 • 35 min
Singer-songwriter turned children’s author Tom Fletcher joins Konnie Huq in the Penguin studio to talk about his first novel The Christmasaurus. Tom discusses his lifelong obsession with Christmas and dinosaurs, and brings along a selection of objects…
James Oswald with Konnie Huq
Dec 14, 2016 • 42 min
James Oswald joins Konnie Huq in the Penguin studio to talk about the latest book in his Detective Inspector Tony McLean mystery series, The Damage Done. James brings along a number of objects that helped shape the series, including his walking boots, his…
Zadie Smith with David Baddiel
Nov 30, 2016 • 47 min
Zadie Smith joins David Baddiel in the Penguin studio to talk about her latest novel, Swing Time. Zadie brings along objects including a carved wooden head, a sequinned glove and a book on Fred Astaire as she talks dancing, motherhood and the importance…
Johnny Marr with David Baddiel
Nov 16, 2016 • 48 min
Musician, songwriter and singer Johnny Marr joins David Baddiel in the Penguin Studio to talk about his autobiography Set The Boy Free (and jam with David on the guitar). Johnny talks about first falling in love with the sound of the guitar listening to…
Alexandra Shulman with Richard E. Grant
Nov 2, 2016 • 37 min
Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman joins Richard E. Grant in the Penguin Studio to talk about her book Inside Vogue: A Diary of My 100th Year, which documents the style bible’s centenary celebrations. Alexandra talks about her own twenty four years…
The Football Ramble
Oct 19, 2016 • 54 min
The foursome behind the UK’s biggest independent sports podcast, The Football Ramble, take over the Penguin studio to talk about their debut book, also called The Football Ramble. Marcus, Luke, Pete and Jim discuss football’s early beginnings; dissect the…
Clare Balding with Richard E. Grant
Oct 5, 2016 • 43 min
Clare Balding joins Richard E. Grant in the Penguin Studio to talk about her first children’s book The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop. Clare brings along a number of objects that inspired her book, including her family jockey silks and her Olympic torch…
Robert Harris with Richard E. Grant
Sep 28, 2016 • 38 min
Author Robert Harris joins Richard E. Grant in the Penguin studio to talk about his latest novel, Conclave. Robert explains why the election of a new Pope is the perfect setting for a thriller and talks about being given an exclusive tour of the Vatican…
Highlights from the Penguin Podcast - Episode 2
Sep 7, 2016 • 31 min
The second of two special editions of the Penguin podcast, looking back at some of the standout moments from the past year courtesy of guests including Shami Chakrabarti, Louis de Bernieres and Paula Hawkins. With a rallying call to all would-be writers…
Highlights from the Penguin Podcast - Episode 1
Aug 17, 2016 • 26 min
The first of two special editions of the Penguin podcast looking at some of the highlights from the past year. Featuring guests including Bill Bryson, Chris Packham and Pat Barker, a really wide array of topics are covered, ranging from libraries all the…
Shappi Khorsandi with Richard E. Grant
Jul 27, 2016 • 36 min
Comedian Shappi Khorsandi joins Richard E. Grant in the Penguin studio to talk about her debut novel, Nina is Not OK. Quite dark and very funny, it focuses on the teenage struggles of Nina, who absolutely does NOT have a drink problem. Shappi brings with…
Emma Kennedy with Richard E. Grant
Jul 6, 2016 • 37 min
Writer and actress Emma Kennedy joins Richard E. Grant in the Penguin studio to talk about her bestselling memoir The Tent, The Bucket and Me, which charts her disastrous family holidays. She brings along a number of objects that inspired her book,…
John Finnemore with Richard E. Grant
Jun 15, 2016 • 37 min
Comedian John Finnemore joins Richard E. Grant in the Penguin studio to talk about his award-winning shows Cabin Pressure, Double Acts and John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme. Renowned for his wordplay, John admits that writing doesn’t always come easily…
Irvine Welsh with Richard E. Grant
May 25, 2016 • 37 min
Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh joins Richard E. Grant down the line from Chicago to talk about bringing back the incendiary Francis Begbie in his latest novel The Blade Artist. Irvine talks about a number of objects that shaped and inspired the novel,…
Chris Packham with Richard E. Grant
May 5, 2016 • 43 min
Writer and wildlife presenter Chris Packham joins Richard E. Grant in the Penguin studio to talk about his memoir, Fingers In The Sparkle Jar. Chris brings along a number of objects that shaped his book, including a fox skull, a set of hawk bells and his…
Alain de Botton with Richard E. Grant
Apr 27, 2016 • 44 min
Writer and philosopher Alain de Botton joins Richard E. Grant in the Penguin studio to talk about his latest novel, The Course of Love. Alain brings along a number of objects that shaped his book, including his copy of Virginia Woolf’s essay The Docks of…
Francesca Martinez with Richard E. Grant
Apr 6, 2016 • 42 min
Award-winning comedian Francesca Martinez joins Richard E. Grant in the Penguin studio to talk about her memoir What the **** is Normal?! Francesca brings along a number of objects that shaped her book, including a photo of her beloved grandparents and a…
Shami Chakrabarti with Richard E. Grant
Mar 16, 2016 • 44 min
Shami Chakrabarti joins Richard E. Grant in the Penguin studio to talk about her book On Liberty. Shami brings along a number of objects that shaped the book, including a goldfish bowl and her mother’s pearls, as she tells the story behind her human…
Colm Tóibín with Richard E. Grant
Feb 29, 2016 • 45 min
Colm Tóibín joins Richard E. Grant in the Penguin studio to talk about the novel behind the Oscar-nominated film Brooklyn. Colm brings along a number of objects that inspired the novel as he muses on the Irish immigrant experience, homesickness and life…
Howard Jacobson with Richard E. Grant
Feb 23, 2016 • 47 min
Howard Jacobson joins Richard E. Grant in the Penguin studio to talk about his new novel Shylock Is My Name, a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. A self-proclaimed reverer of Shakespeare, Howard explains how he rose to the challenge of…
Louis de Bernières with Richard E. Grant
Feb 2, 2016 • 43 min
The author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin joins Richard E. Grant in the Penguin Studio to talk about his major new novel, The Dust That Falls From Dreams. Louis brings his great grandmother’s diaries and a handmade ‘guitar-lute’ into the Penguin studio and…
Phil Redmond with Richard E. Grant
Jan 12, 2016 • 43 min
Phil Redmond, the creator of Brookside, Hollyoaks and Grange Hill, turns his hand from TV scripts to his first novel, Highbridge. Phil brings with him an assortment of objects that inspired the book, including an Army ration pack and a ‘pay and throw’…
Michael Acton Smith with Richard E. Grant
Dec 29, 2015 • 31 min
Michael Acton Smith, founder of Mind Candy who created Moshi Monsters demystifies mindfulness and talks to Richard about how it can be used to rewire our brains, change the way we see the world and help us unlock our true potential. Michael reveals what…
Neil Gaiman with Richard E. Grant
Dec 8, 2015 • 46 min
Neil Gaiman discusses his friendship with the late Terry Pratchett and how they worked together to create Good Omens, a story of the impending apocalypse. Neil reveals how they relied on an answerphone to write the book and how Terry helped him with…
Elvis Costello with Richard E. Grant
Nov 17, 2015 • 40 min
Elvis Costello brings his first guitar, musical mementoes from his Dad and a referee’s whistle to the Penguin Studio as he talks about his memoir ‘Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink’. Some of the topics of conversation include his many and varied…
Bill Bryson with Richard E. Grant – Live
Oct 27, 2015 • 60 min
Bill Bryson discusses The Road to Little Dribbling, his follow up to Notes From A Small Island. To tell the story of his journey Bill brings along his passport, a walking stick, a cow, Stonehenge and an ordnance survey map. Recorded with Richard E. Grant…
Paula Hawkins with Richard E. Grant
Oct 6, 2015 • 40 min
Paula Hawkins brings a photo of her father, an Edward Hopper picture and a DVD of Rear Window to the Penguin Studio to talk about her bestselling book ‘The Girl On The Train’ with host Richard E Grant. Their discussion includes unreliable narrators,…
Meera Syal with Richard E. Grant
Sep 15, 2015 • 40 min
Meera Syal brings her copy of The Handmaid’s Tale, her Mother’s Indian passport and precious gold bangles given to her at her wedding to the Penguin Studio to talk about her latest book ’The House of Hidden Mothers’ with host Richard E Grant. Their…
Pat Barker with Richard E. Grant
Aug 25, 2015 • 36 min
Pat Barker brings a child’s gas mask, a jar of water from a wishing well and a notebook to the Penguin Studio to talk about her latest book Noonday. Host Richard E. Grant and Pat discuss witchcraft, the impact of WW2 as well as her personal journey to…
Bridget Christie with Richard E. Grant
Aug 4, 2015 • 34 min
Comedian Bridget Christie brings a yoghurt, a ‘votes for women’ sash given to her by Emmeline Pankhurst’s great-granddaughter and a piece of gammon to the Penguin Studio to talk about her latest book ‘A Book For Her’. Host Richard E. Grant and Bridget…
Kate Atkinson with Richard E. Grant
Jul 15, 2015 • 37 min
Kate Atkinson brings an antique silver hare, a Halifax Bomber and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony to the Penguin Studio to talk about her latest book ‘A God In Ruins’ with host Richard E Grant. The topics of conversation include the long-term effects of war on…