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Welcome to BookD, the podcast that brings you the stories behind your favourite books. Created by Audio Editors, BookD offers a fascinating perspective into the world of publishing. In our fortnightly programs, you can listen to authors discuss the inspiration behind their books, and hear the story of how these books were transformed from a concept to finished print and audio products. Tune in every other week for conversations with the stars of literature, art, film, music, science and politics...



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“Hopefully readers of The Escape will be scared to be in their own home.” CL Taylor is the Sunday Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Her fourth book, The Escape, publishes in March 2017 and already people are raving about it: “C.L.Taylor is a class act and The Escape is gem of a book” – SIMON TOYNE “Absorbing and disturbing” – ALEX MARWOOD “Definitely CL Taylor’s best yet” – LISA HALL Here she discusses her fascination with how people respond to fear,...
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Mar 8, 2017 BookD Podcast
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Catherine Mayer is a journalist, a best selling author and a former president of the foreign press association in London - she accidentally co founded a political party at the Woman of the World festival in March 2015. She's watched the Woman's Equality Party grow from an idea to a vibrant political force across the UK - she is now president. Gender equality is good for everyone so why are women everywhere at best second class citizens. What will it take to reach gender equality? Catherine's...
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Feb 22, 2017 BookD Podcast
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Borough Press’ editor Charlotte Cray meets debut novelist Jennifer Ryan, the author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. In this conversation they delve into life in the invented idyllic English village of Chilbury and meet all of its delightful and unsavory characters – with some lovely readings from the book. But most important of all, they meet its subversive all-female choir that fights for its place during WW2. From Party Granny to Shakespeare Granny, we hear about the characters in...
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Jan 9, 2017 BookD Podcast
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Welcome back to BookD in 2017 - first up we have the fabulous Angela Clarke who just so happens to be the Amazon Rising Star of 2016 and author of the Hashtag Murder series. On today's episode, Angela talks to her Editor Phoebe Morgan about the joys and dangers of social media, revenge porn and her new novel Watch Me. Who turned Twitter evil? Angela would like to know…
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Welcome to BookD - on today's episode, best selling crime author Paul Finch’s talks about the research aspect of his new book Strangers with ex under cover cop Ash Cameron. Strangers is a gloriously gripping read – a crime novel which will have fans of The Fall hooked from page one. A half-a-million copy bestseller already, Paul Finch is no stranger to the limelight, with the likes of Peter James calling him a “born storyteller”, whilst Rachel Abbott says Strangers is “compulsive...
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Aug 4, 2016 BookD Podcast
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Welcome back to BookD! We've been away for a while but we're back with the hottest interviews, book news and views from your favourite authors, actors and creatives! Brought to you by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Apr 29, 2016 BookD Podcast
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Let us take you to a remote island. That's where Rob Ewing wants us to go with The Last of Us. Borough assistant editor Charlotte Cray sat down with the debut author to discuss why living as a GP on the remote Scottish island of Barra with his kids inspired him to write about what would happen if a pandemic swept all the adults away. It's a stunning imagining of the carnal realities of survival and lets you be a fly on the wall as a group of children try to rub along together, try to be good,...
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Young Nelly Dean has been Hindley’s closest companion for as long as she can remember, living freely at the great house, Wuthering Heights. But when the benevolence of the master brings a wild child into the house, Nelly must follow in her mother’s footsteps, be called servant and give herself to the family completely. But Nelly is not the only one who must serve. When a new heir is born, a reign of violence begins that will test Nelly’s spirit as she finds out what it is to know true...
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Mar 10, 2016 BookD Podcast
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A LESSON YOU WILL NEVER FORGET The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall. Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end. As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again. But as they’re drawn into a network of corruption, lies and exploitation, every...
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Mar 4, 2016 BookD Podcast
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We welcome Ben Fogle to the BookD studio to talk about his love for the Labrador. Labradors are the most popular breed of dog in the world. Not only a great family companion, they also excel at hunting, tracking, retrieving, guiding and rescuing. But where did the breed originally come from? How did it develop? When did black, yellow and chocolate Labradors first appear? Did they really all come from Labrador in Canada and are they really all related to just one dog? In this first history of...
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Feb 26, 2016 BookD Podcast
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An interview with David Baddiel minutes after he finished recording of 'The Boy Who Could Do What He Liked' audiobook for World Book Day on March 3rd 2016. Alfie has a routine. To be honest, he has a lot of routines. There’s the waking-up routine, the getting-dressed routine, the cleaning-his-teeth-in-the-morning routine, the getting-his-school-bag-ready-routine… and that’s all before 8:30am. But then one day Alfie’s usual babysitter is unavailable, and Alfie’s parents get Mrs Stokes...
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Today on BookD Borough assistant editor Charlotte Cray sits down with an author who is having her way with the crime genre and making it all her own. From literary stock, journalist Susie Steiner is all about debunking the slick solvers that our fictional detectives have become and getting inside the heads of those left behind. So, meet Steiner’s creation Detective Sargent Manon Bradshaw, whip smart, beset by internet dating disasters, a detective who isn’t afraid to cry and be outraged by...
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Mindfulness, Mediation and Poetry. This perfectly encapsulates what Stressed, Unstressed is all about. This week BookD had the wonderful opportunity to welcome Jonathan Bate and Paula Byrne, the husband and wife team who put together this inspirational anthology. In a society which is now acutely aware of stress and how it can manifest itself in severe and physical ways, Stressed, Unstressed provides an alternative to prescription to medication. Paula explains how her GP diagnosed her with...
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Today on BookD we talk to the author whose debut novel was talked about with such fervour and excitement months before it was even published. Finally today is the day where we celebrate Joanna Cannon’s publication day of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - we're delighted to have her on the show and know she’ll be back soon. She’s a psychiatrist who started writing a blog to express what it was like to be effected by your patients in their darkest hour, and life inside the chaotic and...
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In the first episode of 2016, Claudia Carroll comes on the show and asks why some men have no problem leading secret lives, opens up on the perils of online dating and whether the divorce hotel exists. Claudia has been writing for 14 years. Her novels are categorised as romantic comedy but we would like to think there's a twist to every story.
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Nov 19, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Welcome to our #BFILovefest Q&A session where over the weekend you can listen to authors talk about the greatest love of their lives, favourite on screen couple, whether they believe in love at first sight and when they last kissed in the cinema. In today's podcast celebrating the BFI season for LoveFest get up close and personal with erotica author Nikki Gemmell as she divulges on her love for Ben Whishaw, her disdain for dinner parties and why she has a phobia wearing jeans.
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Welcome to BookD Live: where we record hosted events around London. On this episode listen to Lena Dunham and Caitlin Moran at the Southbank Centre. Why? when and where? will girls and women become equal was a question raised by artistic director, Jude Kelly at the event in her introductory speech. "A few years ago if you told me that two women talking about girls things, women's things and feminism I might have been sceptible but no longer, because the world if changing". Lena talks...
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Oct 16, 2015 BookD Podcast
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What are the things we live for? What matters most in life when your time is short? Listen to Kate Gross in conversation with friend Katy Brand discussing the book 'Late Fragments'. Ambitious and talented, Kate Gross worked at Number 10 Downing Street for two British Prime Ministers whilst only in her twenties. At thirty, she was CEO of a charity working with fragile democracies in Africa. She had married 'the best looking man I've ever kissed' – and given birth to twin boys in 2008. The...
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Andrew Marr comes back on the show to talk about his second political fiction novel 'Children of the Master' - the story of the Labour Party having an unexpected win with a narrow majority in the 2018 general election. Andrew talks about the writing process second time around and his passion for the arts, as well as regrets not going to art college, the best therapy after his stroke and what he spends his time doing in Primrose Hill. National Poetry Day is on October 8th 2016 and Andrew's un...
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Jul 31, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Welcome to 58 authors / 58 seconds. We ask authors to tell us their favourite piece of music which will be released daily during the BBC Proms season starting on the 17th July until 12th September. Each audio piece is 58 seconds to celebrate the number of days of live music in London, showcasing world case musicians at the top of their game.
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Jul 31, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Welcome to 58 authors / 58 seconds. We ask authors to tell us their favourite piece of music which will be released daily during the BBC Proms season starting on the 17th July until 12th September. Each audio piece is 58 seconds to celebrate the number of days of live music in London, showcasing world case musicians at the top of their game.
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Jul 31, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Welcome to 58 authors / 58 seconds. We ask authors to tell us their favourite piece of music which will be released daily during the BBC Proms season starting on the 17th July until 12th September. Each audio piece is 58 seconds to celebrate the number of days of live music in London, showcasing world case musicians at the top of their game.
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Jul 29, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Welcome to 58 authors / 58 seconds. We ask authors to tell us their favourite piece of music which will be released daily during the BBC Proms season starting on the 17th July until 12th September. Each audio piece is 58 seconds to celebrate the number of days of live music in London, showcasing world case musicians at the top of their game.
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Jul 29, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Welcome to 58 authors / 58 seconds. We ask authors to tell us their favourite piece of music which will be released daily during the BBC Proms season starting on the 17th July until 12th September. Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Sharpe series, The Saxon Stories, The Warlord Chronicles, The Grail Quest and The Starbuck Chronicles. In today's 58 authors he talks with his long standing editor of 34 years, Susan Watt about his love for requiems and choral music. The perfect accompaniment...
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"I spend all day in a room thinking about people that don't exist" Listen to our latest interview with author of 'Infinite Home' Kathleen Alcott talk about the beauty of New York, the idea of living alone, why technology and our age of 'connectiveness' has damaged our ability to empathise and writing her first historical novel. Infinite Home tells the story of a charming, if dilapidated, Brooklyn brownstone where a family of sort live: beautiful agoraphobe Adeleine, who surrounds...
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Jul 28, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Welcome to 58 authors / 58 seconds. We ask authors to tell us their favourite piece of music which will be released daily during the BBC Proms season starting on the 17th July until 12th September. Each audio piece is 58 seconds to celebrate the number of days of live music in London, showcasing world case musicians at the top of their game.
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Jul 27, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Welcome to 58 authors / 58 seconds. We ask authors to tell us their favourite piece of music which will be released daily during the BBC Proms season starting on the 17th July until 12th September. Author of 'The Ashes of London', Andrew Taylor talks about the fluidity within The Tallis Scholars as they sing Palestrina. Taylor talks about how he listened to this particular choral piece whilst writing the book. Each audio piece is 58 seconds to celebrate the number of days of live music in...
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Jul 24, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Violin player and author Oscar de Muriel features in Saturday's '58 Seconds' and unleashes the legend of the Violin Sonata in G minor, more familiarly known as the Devil's Trill Sonata)by Giuseppe Tartini. 58 authors is a compilation of authors who talk about their favourite piece of classical music and how it informs them as a writer. Oscar de Muriel is the debut novelist of 'Strings of Murder'
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Jul 24, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Every day during the BBC Proms 2015, we ask authors to tell us their favourite piece of classical music and how it informs them as a writer. Today rock and pop critic for The Times, Will Hodgkinson features in this 58 second piece. The Missa Luba is a setting of the Latin Mass sung in styles traditional to the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was arranged by Father Guido Haazen, a Franciscan friar from Belgium, and originally performed and recorded in 1958 by Les Troubadours du Roi Baudouin...
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Jul 24, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Welcome to 58 authors / 58 seconds. We ask authors to tell us their favourite piece of music which will be released daily during the BBC Proms season starting on the 17th July until 12th September. Film director and author of 'They All Love Jack' Bruce Robinson talks about Tchaikovsky violin concerto and the passion behind the Russian composer's work. Each audio piece is 58 seconds to celebrate the number of days of live music in London, showcasing world case musicians at the top of their game.
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Jul 24, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Welcome to 58 authors / 58 seconds. We ask authors to tell us their favourite piece of music which will be released daily during the BBC Proms season starting on the 17th July until 12th September. Francesca Haig, author of 'The Fire Sermon' talks about Telemann's concerto in G major for two violas. As a viola player herself, Haig stresses that there aren't that many composer who write exciting work for the viola but Telemann really does in this piece which is identified in the embellishments....
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Jul 22, 2015 BookD Podcast
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On Day 6 of '58 Authors' where for 58 seconds author Philip Hoare celebrate Benjamin Britten, his love for the sea and the wondrous opera 'Billy Budd' which included a libretto by the English novelist E. M. Forster and based on the short novel Billy Budd by Herman Melville. Philip Hoare is the author of 'Leviathan or, The Whale' which he won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. An experienced broadcaster, Hoare wrote and presented the BBC Arena film The Hunt for Moby-Dick, and...
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Jul 21, 2015 BookD Podcast
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On Day 5 of '58 Authors' - Swedish crime writer Robert Karjel reflects on the importance of seasons when writing new material with Debussy's 'Clare de Lune' by Claude Debussy. Robert talks about the beauty of the Scandinavian landscape and how whilst the piece brings sadness, a certain feeling of hope is erected, similar to the change between Summer and Autumn and the need to move forward and start again.
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Jul 20, 2015 BookD Podcast
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On Day 3 of 58 authors / 58 seconds childerns book author and spoken word artist Steven Camden tells us why 'Discovery at Night' by Ludovico Einaudi is his favourite piece of classical music. "There's something about this piece of music that throws things into my mind", Steven notes, allowing his ideas to flow with ease. 58 authors ties in with the BBC Proms season, marking 58 days of live music starting on the 17th July until 12th September 2015.
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Jul 20, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Every day during the BBC Proms 2015, we ask authors to tell us their favourite piece of classical music and how it informs them as a writer. On Day 4, Susie Steiner, author of her new novel 'Missing Presumed' discusses Schubert's string quintet in C major. Susie used to play the viola as a teenager and mentions the intimacy musicians feel when they get to know and play a piece. Living for the moment is another factor in Susie's 58 seconds. Do we ever live for the moment anymore in our society?...
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Jun 23, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Hello and welcome to this audio podcast version of our very first Live Streamed interview which took place at 11am on June 23rd 2015. Today, BookD was joined by author and illustrator Lauren Child . Lauren is the creator of the hugely successful Charlie and Lola picture books which have now been turned in to a TV show. She is also the author/illustrator of the Clarice Bean series. In 2009 she started a whole new world for her fans to explore – aimed for both boys and girls with a brand new...
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Culture and the arts is at the heart of what Steven Camden is all about. Originally a spoken word artist from Birmingham he always had a hankering to write stories for kids. His first novel 'Tape' came out in 2013 receiving high praise for it's depiction of touching, emotional scenes, relationships between characters and his ability to write nostalgia within some rather cool time shifts. His second book 'It's About Love' published on June 4th and is setting imaginations alight. He really is an...
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Today on BookD we welcome a debut novelist who is no ordinary debut writer. In her busy life she is a powerhouse of a businesswoman and CEO of an incredibly well established book business. Seni Glaister is now the author of 'The Museum of Things Left Behind' which has been described as a 'tour de force of endless invention, a hilarious, enchanting and surprisingly relevant tale which will make you see the world as if freshly minted' which published on May 21st 2015.
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May 20, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Crime and thriller author Catherine Hunt talks about the first time she read 'A Fatal Inversion' by the legendary lady of suspense Barbara Vine aka Ruth Rendell. Hunt's debut novel, Someone Out There, publishes on Thursday 21st May. It’s a bone-chilling psychological thriller about obsession, and a woman caught up in terrifying circumstances. We ask Hunt 'What's the book you wish you'd written and why?' She chose 'A Fatal Inversion' because it feels rather timely, given the recent and very...
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May 15, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Julia Wisdom is the Crime and Thriller publisher at HarperCollins. Her red pen has graced the pages of Reginald Hill, Charles Cumming, Simon Toyne, Val McDermid, Patricia Cornwell, Jillianne Hoffman and Andrew Taylor. If you're an editor of Crime and Thriller books - what keeps you going through the relentless violence, crime, fear and dark corners of the human psyche? Does good ever prevail in the end? "Your intellect is challenged just by the 'who done it' aspect?" - Julia say's who...
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May 7, 2015 BookD Podcast
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In today's Writer's Envy, Matthew Plampin talks about the novel 'Moby Dick' by Herman Melville and the the difficulties of writing it. In Writer's Envy we ask authors 'What's the book you wish you'd written and why?' - Plampin touches on notable trials in writing the novel noting, "there's a lot of anguish in Moby Dick, that was obviously a book that was wrenched out".
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May 3, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Nicolette Jones, writer, critic, broadcaster and interviewer joins BookD to talk about her career in the world of Childrens books. Nicolette has been the Childrens book editor for the Sunday Times for more than two decades and is an integral cog within the machine of Childrens books. The role of the critic is a fascinating one, especially when it comes to recognising a special talent and telling the world through print. The critic has to be inventive and open minded to a world of imaginative...
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Apr 21, 2015 BookD Podcast
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What's the book you wish you'd written and why? On today's 'Writer's Envy', author of 'My Dear I Wanted to Tell You' and 'The Heroes's Welcome' return to shed light on not one, but three stories that get her synapses sparking setting her envious streak alight. "It's their ability to do something new with something very old. I'm quite envious of those" If you have a book you wish you'd written and why, take part in our Writer's Envy debate and tweet us @BookDPodcast - remember to use...
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Apr 20, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Welcome to 'Ask the editor', the new podcast series brought to you by BookD where once a week book editors tell us about their passion for book and the relationship between the editor and the authors, bringing as many readers to the author's work as possible. "It's hard to say what we do. It's complicated. You're reacting to something on quite an emotional level" These bunch of risk takers open up about what makes the role of the editor so special. They embody the principal of...
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Apr 17, 2015 BookD Podcast
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This year we have been exposed to a lot of Turner and his ground breaking reputation, shattering the mould of tradition where audiences were revered by his cutting edge art work. Tate Britain kick off 2015 with the exhibition 'Late Turner', then came Mike Leigh's awards winning film with Timothy Spall stepping into the shoes of the established Turner and showcasing the grunting, snorting yet intriguing artist in his later years. Matthew Plampin, author and art historian and his historical...
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Apr 15, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Matthew Plampin is the author is 'Will & Tom', the historical fiction novel that tells the story of two Joseph Turner and Thomas Gertin, artists and friends. Ahead of the release of the interview, we asked Matthew to tell us his favourite Turner painting. Matthew studies Turner as an undergraduate and completed a PHD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has written and lectured on nineteenth-century art and architecture and his other books are 'The Street Philosopher', 'The Devil's Acre'...
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Apr 7, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Music critic and writer Will Hodgkinson talks today on 'Writer's Envy' and tells us about the book he wished he'd written which happens to be 'The Ballad of the Sad Café' by American writer Carson McCullers. Will's book 'The House is Full of Yogis' is available now in print, ebook and audio.
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Mar 26, 2015 BookD Podcast
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"We were a very normal family, we were not hippies. We might have had a Cat Stevens record; that's as far as it went" Will Hodgkinson, rock and pop music critic for The Times comes on the show to talk about his new memoir, out now called 'The House is Full of Yogis'. The House if Full of Yogis tells the story of Nev Hodgkinson, Will's dad who threw himself into a religious group called the Brahma Kamaris who originated from India. "For most people that would be a cult, but the...
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Mar 24, 2015 BookD Podcast
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"It was the first 19th Century book that I read that had me laughing out loud" Listen to author Ben McPherson talk about the book he wish he'd written and why in this week's Writer's Envy on BookD.
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‘The creative process is paring back all the time. If you can’t defend it, get rid of it. How simple can you make it? Usually, “creativity” means showing off to your peer group, and creativity without intelligence is as dumb as it comes.’ Art director John McConnell said this once about the creative process. From one art director to another today we speak with art director of the Observer Magazine, Rob Biddulph. From a visual point of view the art director is responsible for...
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Mar 11, 2015 BookD Podcast
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This special BookD interview was recorded on March 10th 2015 the day before the long awaited Insurgent premiere in London celebrating Veronica Roth's fabulous Divergent trilogy and more specifically her second book in the series. Veronica Roth was a student at North Western University and studying psychology when she had an idea for a book. Writing since she was eleven years old this was something Veronica was very comfortable with and before she knew it she was furiously writing down her ideas...
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Mar 6, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Writer's Envy returns with children's book author Michael Morpurgo who talks about the book he wished he'd written. L'homme qui plante les arbres 'The Man Who Planted Trees' is by French author Jean Giono who wrote works of fiction mostly set in the Provence region of France. "It's about renewal and looking after the world around us". Michael discusses the importance of the book for him and why he thinks it's the perfect story. The story is about a shepherd, the difficulties of life...
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Feb 25, 2015 BookD Podcast
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"I worked for ABC news for 5 years and I started to realise that working in TV news wasn’t something I wanted to continue doing. So I thought it would be fun to open my own business…naively". Listen to the founder and creative genius that is Tarek Malouf talk about his new book 'Life is Sweet'. Tarek opened the world famous Hummingbird bakery in London's Notting Hill in 2004. Soon the queues were forming round the block and Londoners were desperate to try cupcakes boasting the...
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This week we talk to debut Andrea Bennett who talks about living in Russia during the 90s which later inspired her to write her first novel 'Galina Petrovna's Three Legged Dog Story'. A joyful and hilarious tale of some very spirited septuagenarians and babushkas as they overcome innumerable obstacles to save their beloved mutt from a heartless exterminator in a land where bureaucracy reigns above all else. This is a very charming podcast episode talking to an author who's first novel came...
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Feb 11, 2015 BookD Podcast
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Typespace is BookD's new feature where we ask authors to photograph their desk space and ask them to take a closer look and explain what makes these inner spaces so special. These are the places where great ideas unfurl and materialize shaping narrative, stories and the imagination. On today's episode author of 'The Ice Twins' SK Tremayne takes us behind-the-scenes at a part of his desk space consisting of various totems, trinkets and artifacts. Tremayne's writing has been called ‘Chilling...
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Feb 8, 2015 BookD Podcast
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This is an old interview recorded back in 2013 after Eddie's portrayal of Colin Clark, the man that spent a rather racey week with Marilyn Monroe in England during her filming of 'The Prince and the Showgirl' in 1957. Eddie also read the audiobook of 'My Week with Marilyn' and talks about his passion for film, books and his future aspirations. Eddie also received an Oscar for best actor in his role for 'The Theory of Everything' playing Stephen Hawking also starring Felicity Jones.
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Feb 2, 2015 BookD Podcast
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On today's episode of BookD we talk to debut author 'The Story of Land and Sea' set to be debut of 2015, a dazzling write up by Vogue magazine in the US. A lyrical and spellbinding story of love, loss, and war from a standout new voice in fiction. Katy Simpson Smith has already been acclaimed as an ‘heir apparent to to Michael Ondaatje and Marilynne Robinson’
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Jan 12, 2015 BookD Podcast
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As promised here is the interview in full to listen to of photographer Julie Michaelsen and debut author and nutritional therapist to the stars Amelia Freer. This is a very honest and insightful interview into the truths and myths around healthy living and what we need to focus on to avoid all the jargon surrounding something that should come quite naturally to us. Eat Nourish Glow is Amelia's new book and is out now. We urge you to go and buy it!
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Since his phenomenal television appearances in Little Britain and stage roles in the West End, Walliams has since turned his considerable talents to writing for children. His latest book, Awful Auntie is his new offering, and was a live event held at The Garrick Theatre on November 8th 2014 where Walliams celebrated with a one-off show for kids and families. Listen to David in conversation including some special appearances from characters from the book including Gibbon, the butler and...
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Dec 26, 2014 BookD Podcast
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Soak up some arts and culture and listen to BookD Podcast talk to Michael Morpurgo about his on stage performance with Joey at this year's BBC Proms for the WarHorse Prom. This is a truly breathtaking interview - we hope you enjoy it
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Dec 15, 2014 BookD Podcast
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Typespace is BookD's new feature where we ask authors to photograph their desk space and ask them to take a closer look and explain what makes these inner spaces so special. These are the places where great ideas unfurl and materialize shaping narrative, stories and the imagination. On today's episode we take a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the 28-year-old historian turned author Katy Simpson-Smith's beautiful desk space where she talks about the importance of having beautiful things around her...
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Dec 11, 2014 BookD Podcast
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Patricia Cornwell returns to the show in this one on one interview on the BookD Podcast to talk to host Tanya Brennand-Roper about the inspiration for a character that's been part of her psyche for over 20 books. Dr Kay Scarpetta is a woman Cornwell is proud of, she's at the vanguard when it comes to the forensic science genre which gave birth to a host of block buster shows in the US such as The Wire and Breaking Bad.
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Dec 3, 2014 BookD Podcast
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Recently, Luke Treadaway read the unabridged audiobook version of 'WarHorse' by Michael Morpurgo. We asked Luke to tell us about the book he wished he'd written for this week's episode of 'Writer's Envy'. Today Luke talks to us about Eric Carle's memorable and iconic picture book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' which pioneering in many ways the art of collage and bringing it to the forefront in Childrens books. The book since publication in 1969 has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and is...
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Nov 24, 2014 BookD Podcast
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On today's BookD live Patricia Cornwell talks to an audience about the journey of her protagonist Kay Scarpetta and how writing the same character for 22 books demands new ideas, thinking on your feet and knowing what technological advancements are carried out when it comes to the subject of forensics. She was the first woman to carve a niche for others to follow. The forensic thriller novel is now an area saturated by many authors but Patricia is the leader and establishment of it.
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This is an extract from our full interview with Luke Treadaway. To listen to it in full find the interview in the BookD Soundcloud page
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Nov 14, 2014 BookD Podcast
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We talk to actor Luke Treadaway and his incredible career on stage and screen, ranging from his debut film breaking out in 'The Brothers of the Head' with his brother Harry and later as Albert in the National Theatre's 'WarHorse'. In 2013 he won best actor at the Olivier awards for his beautiful performance as Christoper Boone in 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' and discusses how acting is a glorious craft to be a part of.
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Today we talk to Alexander McCall Smith on the day of his publication for his retelling of a modern classic,'Emma' by Jane Austen.
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Nov 5, 2014 BookD Podcast
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On today's episode of Writer's Envy we ask artist Oliver Jeffers about the book he wish he'd written. A tricky question to ask an artist but he had a perfect answer. Serge Bloch's work is reminiscent of the masterpieces produced by Saul Steinberg, his illustrations are filled with charm, beautiful line and sometimes a few 3D objects here and there. Hear what Oliver had to say on Serge's book 'There Enemy' in this ver short episode.
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Nov 2, 2014 BookD Podcast
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On Saturday November 1st 2014, The Southbank Centre in London held a wonderful event celebrating the 10th Anniversary of picture book 'How to Catch a Star' by author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers. The day was filled with drawing, painting, film and various talks with Oliver and a very special guest and fellow draftsman Sir Quentin Blake. Oliver and Quentin were interviewed by Children's book editor of The Sunday Times Nicolette Jones about their careers and passion for mark making. Later in...
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Oct 30, 2014 BookD Podcast
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The year 2014 marks 100 years since WW1 when Britain entered one of the costliest conflicts in history and fighting continued to fight until the 11th of November 1918, more commonly known as Remembrance Day. Today we talk to historian and author Sir Max Hastings. This interview was recorded last year before the publication of his book Catastrophe asking the question what happened to Europe in 1914?
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Oct 29, 2014 BookD Podcast
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Welcome back to Writer's Envy, a short program which is part of the BookD Podcast. Today author of 'Paper Aeroplanes' 'Goose' and 'This Old Thing' Dawn O'Porter talks about her love for Charlotte Brontë as we ask 'What's the book you wish you'd written any why?'.
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Oct 28, 2014 BookD Podcast
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In the last few days we heard the news that author, presenter, journalist and entrepeneur Dawn O'Porter signed a 2 book deal with HarperCollins Publishers to write adult fiction novels due for release for Summer 2016. We talk to Dawn briefly about how she feels about the deal, the excitement of writing in a new genre and her aspirations to one day be published by a publishing powerhouse like HarperCollins.
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The BookD podcast brings you it's second LIVE event which was recorded on Monday 20th October in London. Bernard Cornwell author of the Sharpe series, The Saxon Stories, The Warlord Chronicles, The Grail Quest and The Starbuck Chronicles. Bernard talks with his long standing editor of 34 years, Susan Watt about two new book Waterloo and The Empty Throne, part of his magnificent Warrior Chronicles.
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Oct 22, 2014 BookD Podcast
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The New Collins English Dictionary publishes today and whilst the reasons we own dictionaries are to look up the meaning of a word when we're stuck or unsure about what it is we're actually trying to say, don't you want to know what new words have managed to grace the pages of this wondrous reference book? Society changes rapidly nowadays and with words like 'twerking', 'hackerazzi' and 'bashtag' coming into the fold we have an expert on hand to tell us more about these new fascinating words...
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Oct 22, 2014 BookD Podcast
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"I wish I had written Arthur Miller's extraordinary autobiography 'Timebends' partly because if I'd written 'Timebends' I would have been Arthur Miller and I would have lived an extraordinary life" Miller is a fascinating person and someone who spy and thriller author Charles Cumming touches on in this week's episode of 'Writer's Envy'. For all other Writer's Envy episodes you can find our archive on the BookD and HarperCollins Presents Soundcloud pages.