The Best Podcasts for Book Lovers

12 January 2016

Love Serial? Don't stop there! There's a whole world of podcasts out there for those who like nothing more than a good story channeled straight to their eardrums. Here's our pick of the best book reviews, storytelling and literary chat on the web. 

 

The Moth

Ideal for anyone who loves a good story. Thousands of true stories have been told told, live and without notes, to crowds of strangers at The Moth's monthly events worldwide. The very best are collected in this brilliant podcast. 

Josie and Robin’s Book Shambles

Brilliant authors and comedians, including Mark Gatiss, Chris Hadfield and Owen Jones, join the most endearing hosts around, Josie Long and Robin Ince, for shambolic, surreal and passionate bookish chat. 

The Book Slam Podcast

Book Slam is London’s first/ best/ only literary nightclub, which always features an impressive collection of the most exciting authors, musicians and poets around. Previous events have featured Kate Tempest, Nick Hornby and Caitlin Moran reading from their latest work. For those of us that aren't able to make it out on a school night the Book Slam podcasts presents the best performances from each event. 

Welcome to Night Vale

One of the most popular, and odd, podcasts in the world. This long-running storytelling podcast reveals the strange happenings in the fictional town of Night Vale through community updates for this small desert town, where ghosts, angels and aliens are all part of everyday life. 

Selected Shorts

This award-winning podcast features short stories by some of the world's most well-known authors, including Haruki Murakami, Tobias Wolff and Jonathan Franzen, read by stars of stage and screen. 

The New Yorker: Fiction

The guest list of this monthly podcast presented by the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman reads like a Who's Who of best and brightest minds of the literary world. Previous podcasts feature Salman Rushdie, Miranda July and Margaret Atwood reading and discussing the latest releases. 

Longform

One for non-fiction fans, this is a weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer about how they started out and how they tell stories. Previous guests include Lena Dunham, Aleksandar Hemon and Margo Jefferson.

If you love listening to stories on the go you might also like to read our pick of the best audiobooks around