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Literary interviews and discussions on the latest releases in the world of publishing, from poetry through to physics. Presented by Sam Leith.

Customer Reviews

Intelligent & engaging

The guests are consistently interesting. They are asked thoughtful questions and allowed to answer them, without being continuously interrupted. How novel & unlike many BBC Radio 4 podcasts, sadly. I look forward to new episodes & learn something every time I listen. Bravo!

Great Topics

Informed guests. Intelligent discussion. What more could you want?

The sort of high-level cultured conversation one feels privileged to overhear

Host Sam Leith is amazing -- he certainly gives the impression that he reads all the books from cover to cover, and he never lacks for an intelligent, witty, empathetic question or comment -- and his various guests are generally fascinating, articulate, and blessedly free of pomposity. Really, it's almost palate-cleansing to listen to these polite, illuminating, good-humored chats, especially after a diet of raw political podcasts.
(P.S. Speaking of politics, I find it particularly welcome that, for the most part, these bookish conversations are relatively free from the familiar left-wing bias that one might expect from a bunch of contemporary British and American literary types.)