6 podcasts about books to download this week

Take a listen to these podcasts about our favourite subject- books!

Covering forgotten classics, debut authors, writing inspiration and more, take a listen to these podcasts about our favourite subject- books!


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The premise of the Backlisted Podcast is simple. Each month hosts John and Andy invite a guest on the show to talk about a less known literary gem that they love, more often than not persuading you that should read it too. 

Previous guest picks include Willa Cather's My Antonia, Nabakov's The Gift, and Raymond Chandler's Marlowe Mystery, The High Window.

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Mostly Lit Podcast

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Join 20-somethings Alex Reads, Rai, and Derek Owusu - aka Mostly Lit - each week as they talk books, films, pop culture, wellness, and everything in between.

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Radio Four: Books and Authors

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The best bits from Radio Four's Open Book and A Good Read; this weekly podcast features interviews, reviews and discussion about the best new fiction and non-fiction.

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The Riff Raff Podcast

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The Riff Raff is a writers' community co-founded by authors Amy Baker and Rosy Edwards. Each episode of their monthly podcast features an interview with a debut author; who shares their story of getting published, along with writing tips and career advice for aspiring authors. Take a listen to this episode with Picador's Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti.

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The LRB Podcast

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In their fortnightly podcast, the London Review of Books invites contributors to read from their work, introduced by the magazine's editorial team. Recent guests include Anne Enright, Alan Bennett and Mary Beard.

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Desert Island Discs

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Although not a book podcast, the online archives of this long-running Radio Four show, which go back to 1942, are filled to the rafters with interviews with literary giants.

Here are just a few to start off with:

Kirsty Young interviews Colm Tóibín in 2016

Lauren Laverne interviews Ann Cleeves in 2019