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    <description>&lt;p&gt;The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books, poetry and great writing presented by&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://www.theguardian.com/profile/clairearmitstead"&gt;Claire Armitstead&lt;/a&gt;,&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="http://www.theguardian.com/profile/richardlea"&gt;Richard Lea&lt;/a&gt;, &amp;amp; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/profile/sian-cain"&gt;Sian Cain&lt;/a&gt;. With in-depth interviews with leading&amp;nbsp;authors and investigations into the thematic trends in contemporary writing, this is the perfect book worm’s companion&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;/p&gt;</description>
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    <pubDate>Thu, 27 Jun 2019 07:03:10 GMT</pubDate>
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      <description>&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;This podcast contains descriptions of violence which some may find distressing&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;p&gt;This week, Bernardine Evaristo joins us in the studio to discuss her latest novel, Girl, Woman Other. We also welcome the journalist Lene Wold, who tells us how she met a young woman who had survived an attempted “honour” killing and came face to face with the man who tried to kill her – her father.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/jun/25/bernardine-evaristo-lene-wold-books-honour-killings-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <dc:creator>Presented by Richard Lea, Claire Armitstead and Sian Cain. Produced by Susannah Tresilian</dc:creator>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;With this week’s show coinciding with &lt;a href="https://refugeeweek.org.uk/"&gt;Refugee Week&lt;/a&gt;, Richard sits down with two authors who were refugees as children: Dina Nayeri, who was eight when her family fled Iran and settled in Oklahoma, and Patjim Statovci, whose family left Kosovo when he was two and grew up in Helsinki. Statovci’s second novel, &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/07/crossing-pajtim-statovci-review"&gt;Crossing&lt;/a&gt;, follows two teenagers as they flee Albania for a better life in Europe. And Nayeri’s most recent book The Ungrateful Refugee, &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/04/dina-nayeri-ungrateful-refugee"&gt;which started as a Guardian Long Read&lt;/a&gt;, a memoir and journalistic take on the stages in an asylum seeker’s journey, from escape to resettlement.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/jun/18/what-is-it-like-being-a-refugee-with-pajtim-statovci-and-dina-nayeri-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s show, we take a look at this year’s Women’s prize winner, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Fresh from her win, Jones speaks with Sian about the inspiration behind the novel. Claire and Richard discuss the decision with prize judge Arifa Akbar, and why she believes the most inventive fiction is now being written by women of colour.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Sandra Newman then talks to Richard about her latest novel The Heavens. In an early noughties, utopian version of New York, Ben and Kate meet at a party and fall in love. But when Kate falls asleep, she wakes up in London in 1593, in the body of Emilia, the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Every move Kate/Emilia makes has unfortunate implications for the modern-day world …&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/jun/11/womens-prize-winner-tayari-jones-and-sandra-newman-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;This week’s show comes to you from the Hay festival, held each year in the tiny “town of books”, Hay-on-Wye. Claire and Sian bring you some highlights from the festival, including Elif Shafak, a musical reading of Max Porter’s novel Lanny and a stirring discussion with John Boyne about an author’s right to write whatever they want.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Many thanks to the Hay festival, Alula Down, George Brooker and Mia Colleran.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/jun/04/hay-festival-special-with-pat-barker-john-lanchester-max-porter-and-more-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s show, Sian sits down with Sarah Krasnostein to discuss the woman at the heart of her startling and lyrical biography, The Trauma Cleaner. Krasnostein first became interested in Sandra Pankhurst when she learned of her occupation: a trauma cleaner, who steps in to restore crime scenes and locations of suicides, as well as the cluttered homes of hoarders, to their former state. But as Krasnostein began to learn, Pankhurst’s job was not the most interesting thing about her.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;And the team reflect on the life of children’s author Judith Kerr, &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/23/judith-kerr-beloved-author-of-the-tiger-who-came-to-tea-dies-aged-95"&gt;who died on 23 May at the age of 95.&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/may/28/inside-the-world-of-trauma-cleaners-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s show, we’re talking about two books that encourage us to look anew at nature. Claire sits down in Cartegena with Andrea Wulf, who won the Royal Society prize in 2016 for &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/nov/13/the-invention-of-nature-the-adventures-of-alexander-von-humboldt-andrea-wulf-review"&gt;The Invention of Nature&lt;/a&gt;, her biography of Alexander von Humboldt. They discuss her latest take on the polymath explorer’s life: graphic novel The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;We also discover how you can find food growing wild - even in the city - as Richard tries to collect his dinner with professional forager John Wright, the author of The Forager’s Calendar.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/may/21/the-life-of-alexander-von-humboldt-plus-foraging-for-food-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s show, the American Psycho author meets Alex Needham, the Guardian’s arts editor, to discuss the controversy about White, a collection of essays and his first book in 10 years. Ellis explains why he is &lt;em&gt;not&lt;/em&gt; interested in attention, his theory of “post-empire” culture in the US and why he is “deeply sympathetic” to millennials.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Plus, Claire, Sian and Richard discuss the appointment of Simon Armitage as the &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/10/simon-armitage-poet-laureate"&gt;UK’s new poet laureate&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/may/14/bret-easton-ellis-poet-laureate-simon-armitage-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <pubDate>Tue, 14 May 2019 11:49:42 GMT</pubDate>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s show, we take a look at two books that connect us to the Earth and sky. Sian meets Heida Ásgeirsdóttir, who turned down a burgeoning modelling career to take over her parents’ remote farm in Iceland. After spending years making it her own and finding true beauty in the nature around her, she was eventually forced to protect it in a David versus Goliath battle with a power company – all documented in Steinunn Sigurðardóttir’s book, Heida: A Shepherd at the Edge of the World.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;And Claire sits down with Sinéad Gleeson, the Irish poet and writer whose debut essay collection Constellations: Reflections from Life is a kind of fragmentary autobiography exploring love, loss, motherhood and illness.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/may/07/heida-the-icelandic-model-who-became-a-shepherd-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s show, we explore poetry as a means to write a novel – and a way of not writing one. Claire sits down with Sarah Crossan to discuss her latest novel-in-verse, Toffee, the story of a young runaway who finds herself living with an older woman who has dementia.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;And Sian speaks to Joe Dunthorne, best known as the novelist behind Submarine and The Adulterants, about his funny and dark debut poetry collection, O Positive. He speaks about why novel-writing is starting to get harder for him and why he finds so much joy in writing poems.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/apr/30/joe-dunthorne-and-sarah-crossan-on-poetry-and-fiction-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s show, which falls on what may – or may not – have been &lt;a href="https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/shakespedia/william-shakespeare/when-was-shakespeare-born/"&gt;William Shakespeare’s birthday&lt;/a&gt;, Oxford professor Emma Smith comes in to the studio to talk about her new book on his plays, This Is Shakespeare. She tells Claire why she believes readers could have more fun with his writing and why he would have been someone to “have a drink and a good conversation with”.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Tash Aw has been reflecting changing Asian society since his debut novel The Harmony Silk Factory, longlisted for the Booker prize in 2005. In his latest, We, the Survivors, he returns to his childhood home of Malaysia to shine a light on the hierarchies of migration. He speaks to Richard about the enormous movement of people across Asia and the new western cliche of Asians being rich, not poor.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/apr/23/are-we-too-reverent-with-william-shakespeare-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s show, Claire and Sian discuss the six books up for the 2019 Man Booker International prize and some of best fiction in translation with Boyd Tonkin. And Richard sits down with Irish short story writer Nicole Flattery about her debut collection, Show Them a Good Time&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/apr/16/the-man-booker-international-shortlist-and-nicole-flattery-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s podcast we welcome Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Ian Maleney, two writers who examine the connections between place, family and loss. Maleney’s family has lived in the Irish Midlands for generations, while Burnett can trace her roots in Devon back hundreds of years. They discuss how their projects to explore this heritage were given new impetus by an illness in the family, and how their different approaches found very different forms.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;We also discuss the importance of place and region in literature with Manchester-based publisher Ra Page, and hear from Sinéad Gleeson about literary Irishness.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/apr/09/elizabeth-jane-burnett-and-ian-maleney-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;This week we welcome Nina Stibbe to the Books podcast, with her latest Lizzie Vogel novel, Reasons to Be Cheerful. She talks to Sian Cain about the art of writing dialogue, finding humour in the most unlikely situations and what it means to be labelled a “funny woman”.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;We also take a look at a petition calling on Waterstones to pay staff the UK living wage. Is it time to recognise the contribution booksellers have made to turning the company around? And does a strategy based on trusting the expertise of individual booksellers make any sense without rewarding the people on whom it depends?&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/apr/02/nina-stibbe-and-the-price-of-an-expert-bookseller-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s show, Richard sits down with academic Robin DiAngelo to discuss her book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. A bestseller in the US, DiAngelo explains why white people need to listen more and stop avoiding conversations about racism due to their own discomfort, and how living in a racist society insidiously affects unconscious thinking.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;And legendary publisher Margaret Busby joins Claire in the studio to discuss New Daughters of Africa, her follow-up anthology to her groundbreaking collection Daughters of Africa, which established many black female writers as names almost three decades ago.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/mar/26/why-is-it-so-hard-for-white-people-to-talk-about-racism-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s show, Claire and Sian meet up at London book fair to discuss the trends and biggest books announced for 2019 and 2020. Then they sit down with neuropsychologist AK Benjamin and novelist Anthony Good, who have written two very different books turning the tables on therapy. Benjamin’s genre-busting take on mental health, Let Me Not Be Mad, puts the author centre stage, while Good’s Kill [redacted] is a thriller in which a man grieving the murder of his wife attempts to justify his right to revenge through letters to his therapist.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/mar/19/therapy-on-the-couch-plus-the-london-book-fair-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;This week, music journalist and writer Luke Turner takes Claire for a wander through the trees and history of Epping Forest as they discuss his book Out of the Woods. Turner began roaming this woodland at the border of London and Essex when he found himself at a complicated crossroads in his life: a five-year relationship had ended and he was beginning to come to terms with his sexuality. He talks to Claire about finding solace in nature.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/mar/12/finding-solace-in-nature-with-luke-turner-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;For hundreds of years, people have been fascinated by true crime and death, but the blurred line between real stories and entertainment can uncomfortably inflect our knowledge of the truth – and our empathy for people in the past.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Two historians are doing their bit to make us reappraise what we know about such histories. Hallie Rubenhold is the author of The Five, tracing the lives of the five women killed by Jack the Ripper. And Lindsey Fitzharris’s The Butchering Art is a history of Victorian medicine and the life of pioneering surgeon Joseph Lister, which includes details of riveting medical cases and shows the reality behind the gory details.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/mar/05/why-have-we-forgotten-jack-the-rippers-victims-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s show, Richard sits down with scientist Lewis Dartnell, whose book Origins encourages us to look to the deepest structures of the world – geography, physics and climate – to understand how we live now. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;And Claire and Sian discuss the growing number of plagiarism allegations around books in the news and why such claims can be so hard to prove.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/feb/26/can-rocks-influence-us-elections-lewis-dartnell-on-how-earth-shapes-who-we-are-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s podcast, French author Leïla Slimani sits down with Sian to talk about her novel Adèle, the story of a self-destructive sex addict. And author Kristen Roupenian reveals to Hadley Freeman how writing one short story, Cat Person, threw her suddenly into the spotlight and cast her, rather dauntingly, as an internationally recognised expert on modern love. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Then Claire and Sian recall the novelist Andrea Levy, &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/15/andrea-levy-chronicler-of-the-windrush-generation-dies-aged-62"&gt;who died last week.&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/feb/19/leila-slimani-and-cat-person-author-kristen-roupenian-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s show, thriller fan Alison Flood speaks to Alice Clark-Platts about her terrifying novel The Flower Girls, after finding herself struggling with its most shocking moment. Then Claire, Richard, Sian and Alison share the books they have found unsettling or disturbing, even to the point of being unable to finish them.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2019/feb/12/tell-us-what-books-are-the-most-shocking-or-disturbing"&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Tell us: what books are the most shocking or disturbing?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/feb/12/the-most-disturbing-books-weve-ever-read-with-alice-clark-platts-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <pubDate>Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:29:09 GMT</pubDate>
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