Archive | June, 2009

Leviathan wins Samuel Johnson Prize

Philip Hoare’s Leviathan was my favourite non-fiction title of last year, so I am delighted to hear that it has just won this year’s Samuel Johnson prize. You can hear the interview I did with Philip earlier this year here.

Continue Reading · 30 June 2009 · history and politics, literature, podcasts

Ishiguro interview: part II

Part two of my interview with Kazuo Ishiguro is now available here. In it we talk about his Japanese roots; dealing with success at an early age; and the critical reaction to what he regards as his most ambitious, exploratory novel, The Unconsoled, which went from incomprehension or even hostility within the space of a […]

Continue Reading · 30 June 2009 · literature, podcasts

Revealing the Resistance

Last week I interviewed Matthew Cobb about his new book, The Resistance: The French Fight against the Nazis, which surprisingly is the first popular book to examine the Resistance in a quarter of a century. Matthew, who lived for many years in Paris, told me before the interview that it was seeing images of Paris […]

Continue Reading · 18 June 2009 · history and politics, podcasts

Empires of the Sea

With Empires of the Sea by Roger Crowley, enters the video age! I spent a very pleasant afternoon with Roger Crowley this week at his home in Gloucestershire interviewing him about his book on sixteenth-century superpower confrontation, Empires of the Sea. After the audio interview was complete we went into his garden and recorded […]

Continue Reading · 12 June 2009 · history and politics, podcasts, video

“I’m a novelist moonlighting as a short story writer”

Last month I recorded an extensive interview with Kazuo Ishiguro, to mark the publication of his first collection of short stories. It also forms part of Faber’s 80th birthday celebrations. The first part of what we’ve decided to present as a two-part podcast is now available here on Faber’s site and on iTunes. It focuses […]

Continue Reading · 4 June 2009 · literature, podcasts