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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>Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:59:09 GMT</pubDate>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;For years, Anna Sorokin passed herself off as “&lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/may/09/anna-sorokin-the-fake-heiress-who-fooled-everyone-podcast"&gt;Anna Delvey&lt;/a&gt;”, an extravagant socialite who bankrolled her lavish lifestyle with tens of thousands of dollars swindled from banks, hotels and friends who believed she was a wealthy German heiress. One of those friends was Rachel DeLoache Williams, whose new book My Friend Anna details how she and law enforcement realised the extent of Sorokin’s lies. She tells Sian what it was like seeing her sentenced to prison earlier this year.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Then Alison Flood joins Sian in studio to talk about their shared love for true crime books, the balancing act of finding thrills in amazing stories while remembering the victims, and what books might appeal to those who know this genre through podcasts.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/aug/13/my-friend-the-fake-german-heiress-a-true-special-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <pubDate>Tue, 13 Aug 2019 06:00:48 GMT</pubDate>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s podcast, we’re exploring the ways language and punctuation are evolving. Guardian journalist David Shariatmadari comes in to talk about Jacob Rees-Mogg’s much discussed language rules for his staff, and why he banned words such as “very”, “ongoing” and “unacceptable”, and declared the phrase “no longer fit for purpose”, well, no longer fit for purpose. As the author of Don’t Believe a Word, David also dispels some widespread myths about how language works and how it can evolve.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;And Richard speaks to Cecelia Watson, author of Semicolon, about the joys and pleasures of the misunderstood and misused punctuation mark.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/aug/06/how-we-can-learn-to-stop-worrying-and-love-language-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;This week, the Vietnamese-born poet Ocean Vuong joins Sian to discuss his prose debut, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Taking the form of a letter written by a Vietnamese migrant to the US to his mother who can’t read English, Vuong’s novel has already been &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/09/ocean-vuong-on-earth-we-are-briefly-gorgeous-interview"&gt;hailed as the latest Great American Novel&lt;/a&gt;. He shares the autobiographical roots of his book, why US citizenship begins in its foreign policy, and why so many positive words in American vernacular – smashed it, slaying, making a killing – are rooted in violence.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;And Claire, Richard and Sian look at the history of the term “Great American Novel” and what more recent candidates could take on that label today.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/jul/23/ocean-vuong-and-the-new-great-american-novel-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s show, Richard Lea speaks to Howard Jacobson, hot on the heels of his new novel Live a Little, a love story about two ninetysomethings in north London’s Finchley Road. Jacobson talks about humour, shame and antisemitism.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;And Claire, Richard and Sian talk about the novels of Iris Murdoch, in the week of her centenary.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/jul/16/iris-murdoch-at-100-howard-jacobson-on-humour-and-shame-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;On this week’s episode, Claire meets two writers from different generations who have connected though their work. &lt;br&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Johny Pitts, a young photographer, musician and broadcaster, travels through 10 European cities to explore what it means to be a European of African heritage today in his new book Afropean. &lt;a href="https://jamaicansmusic.com/learn/origins/dub_poetry"&gt;Dub poet&lt;/a&gt; Roger Robinson divides his time between Trinidad and the UK. He has been a mentor to many younger writers, including Inua Ellams, author of Barbershop Chronicles and Half God of Rainfall, and Pitts. &lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/jul/09/intolerance-is-rising-in-europe-but-can-writers-find-hope-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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      <description>&lt;p&gt;This week’s show is dedicated to poetry. The outgoing US poet laureate, Tracy K Smith, sits down with Richard to discuss her 15-year career and the role of poetry in uniting a divided America as the next laureate – the Native American poet &lt;a href="https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/joy-harjo"&gt;Joy Jarjo&lt;/a&gt; – takes over.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;And Claire and Richard chat about the new Oxford professor of poetry, Britain’s Alice Oswald, who will take over from Simon Armitage in the 300-year-old role on Friday. As the first female poet to take up the position – Ruth Padel was elected in 2009 but resigned within two weeks – Oswald has promised what she calls “&lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/23/oxford-poetry-professor-contest-kicks-off-amid-growing-controversy"&gt;extreme poetry events&lt;/a&gt;”.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/jul/02/tracy-k-smith-on-the-place-of-poetry-in-modern-america-books-podcast"&gt;Continue reading...&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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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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      <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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      <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 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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