The Digested Read podcast
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A podcast version of John Crace's wickedly satirical Guardian column, lampooning the literary style of leading authors by summarising their books in five minutes
||ExplicitEL James: black and blue and read all over? – books podcast||John Crace whips through the lastest instalment of EL James’s sado-masochistic bestseller, Grey, and asks if it’s time to apply the safe word||12/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMichel Houellebecq: profane or prophetic? – books podcast||John Crace squashes Houellebecq’s Submission and asks whether the sacred monster of French fiction is just making trouble for its own sake||12/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTS Eliot: beyond commentary? – books podcast||John Crace puts the annotated editon of the Nobel laureate’s poetical works through the wringer and assesses the stature of the modernist master||12/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitKazuo Ishiguro: roaring giant or sleeping dragon? – books podcast||John Crace boils down The Buried Giant and asks whether this genre-bending quest novel is destined for the halls of glory or the mists of forgetfulness||12/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitHarper Lee: a happy return to Maycomb? – books podcast||John Crace puts the squeeze on Go Set a Watchman, and considers its effect on the author’s reputation||12/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hillary Clinton: the big reveal? – books podcast||John Crace digests Hillary Clinton's latest autobiography, and picks it over for clues to vital questions – what does she really think of Obama?||1/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Haruki Murakami: Cult of the colourless? - books podcast||John Crace digests Murakami's latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, and wonders if the bestselling Japanese author has bleached the life out of his fiction||1/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Val McDermid: Jane Austen's equal? - books podcast||John Crace digests Val McDermid's update of Northanger Abbey, and asks if her attempt to square up to Austen's gothic melodrama is fine or foolhardy • More digested reads podcasts||12/31/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Caitlin Moran: all about the girl, again - books podcast||John Crace digests Caitlin Moran's debut novel, How to Build a Girl, down to 600 words, and wonders what it adds to the autobiography that set her on the crest of the fourth wave of feminism||12/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Martin Amis: back in the danger zone? - books podcast||John Crace digests Martin Amis's new novel The Zone of Interest down to 600 words, and wonders if he was wise to return to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust||12/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Stephen Fry: low tales of the high life - books podcast||John Crace digests Stephen Fry's latest memoir, More Fool Me, down to 600 words, and finds the nation's favourite luvvie adrift in a blizzard of names and white powder||12/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Karl Ove Knausgaard : Proust or poseur? - books podcast||John Crace digests Karl Ove Knausgaard's multi-volume autobiographical fiction, My Struggle, and asks if it is exceptional in anything apart from length • More digested read podcasts||12/25/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitRussell Brand: the raffish revolutionary - books podcast||In the first of a daily series of digested reads, John Crace considers Russell Brand's political manifesto, Revolution More digested read podcasts||12/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitIain Banks: a death foretold? - books podcast||John Crace digests Iain Banks' last novel The Quarry, about a man dying of cancer, down to 600 words, and explains how satire can be powered by affection||12/31/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitJK Rowling: a question of identity – books podcast||John Crace boils down JK Rowling's first crime novel, The Cuckoo's Calling – published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith – into just 600 words||12/30/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitRoddy Doyle: gutsy performance or needs more commitment? – books podcast||John Crace boils down Roddy Doyle's sequel to The Commitments, The Guts, into just 600 words, while Caspar Llewellyn Smith and Hannah Freeman debate the merits of Jimmy Rabitte's return||12/29/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath – books podcast||John Crace digests Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath down to just 600 words, and Oliver Burkeman joins him to discuss whether popular science books have reached a tipping point||12/28/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||TS Eliot: giant of poetry or literary obsessive? – books podcast||John Crace boils down the fourth volume of TS Eliot's Letters into just 600 words, while Nicholas Wroe examines their importance for understanding a great poet||12/27/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMorrissey's autobiography: vain or glorious? – books podcast||John Crace digests Morrissey's Autobiography down to just 600 words, while Will Woodward and Caspar Llewellyn Smith wonder if the one-time Smiths frontman is as cool as he thinks he is||12/26/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitRichard Dawkins: intellectual titan or tiresome self-publicist? – books podcast||John Crace boils Richard Dawkins's memoir, An Appetite for Wonder, down to just 600 words, while Ian Sample and Andrew Brown consider his life and work||12/24/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bridget Jones: today's heroine or yesterday's woman? – books podcast||John Crace digests Helen Fielding's third Bridget Jones novel, Mad about the Boy, into just 600 words. Lisa Allardice and Rosie Swash discuss how well Bridget has aged||12/23/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||The digested read podcast: The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch||John Crace has a quick dip into the Booker prize-winning novel||2/4/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Must You Go? by Antonia Fraser||John Crace looks at the author's memories of life with Harold Pinter, with the pauses taken out||2/4/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||The digested classic podcast: The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury||John Crace makes a quick study of a depraved academic||1/14/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Digested classic podcast: Candleford Green by Flora Thompson||John Crace makes a Sunday night feelgood costume drama||1/13/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||The digested read podcast: You Need The digested read podcast: This Book to Get What You Want by Mark Palmer and Scott Solder||John Crace helps himself||1/13/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||The digested read podcast: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera||The unbearable lightness of trying to be Milan Kundera gets to John Crace as he swallows his classic text||1/12/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||The digested read podcast: Driven to Distraction by Clarkson||John Crace takes journalism's monster truck for a spin and writes him off||1/12/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Digested classic podcast: Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh||John Crace experiments wi skaggie an aw tha'||12/3/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Digested read podcast: Delia's Happy Christmas by Delia Smith||John Crace reheats some leftover recipes||12/1/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
Worthy of its own podcast
I was wondering where the D.R. went on the Guardian Books podcast. Ah ha! I hope the Guardian posts his hilarious versions of 'Biggles' and 'The Shack' on this podcast. This podcast is truly a treat and, in some cases, far better than reading the book itself. Abridged or digested books are nothing new, but most of them take a dull book and distill its most dull aspects. Not here. Mr. Crace chooses to focus mostly on literary hubris and media marketing blather, along with a pun or two (is there such a thing as a good pun?), and the result is very enjoyable listening.
Funny, skillful satire!
Even when you aren't familiar with the classic and modern books being satired, you feel familiar with them after you've heard John Crace's "digested" version of them. When you are, in fact, familiar with the book that's being skewered, it's even more hilarious!
Excellent but not updated enough !!!!
This is one of my favouriote podcasts, just wish that they updateded it more frequently. I read Crace's coloumn in The Guardian but hearing him read it with his own nuances is so much better - PLEASE PLEASE update !!!