Archive | March, 2010

43. In praise of Germany

In this week’s podcast, I talk to Simon Winder about the challenges of making a book on German history entertaining. It’s a challenge he rose to magnificently in his quirky new book, Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient and Modern. He takes the reader along the highways and down many of the byways of […]

Continue Reading · 27 March 2010 · history and politics, podcasts

42. The Return of Captain John Emmett

To record this week’s podcast, I travelled to the Cotswolds to visit my guest (and friend), Elizabeth Speller. Elizabeth has recently bought a splendid shepherd’s hut on wheels which she is using as a retreat to write in. Although this book wasn’t written there, its sequel, currently a work in progress, will be. You can […]

Continue Reading · 22 March 2010 · historical fiction, literature, podcasts

41. It’s only a movie (and a book)

Last Monday I met film critic Mark Kermode at the Watershed in Bristol before his event there which formed part of his countrywide tour to present his new book, It’s Only a Movie. He was remarkably bright and engaged, considering he had been at the BAFTAs the night before and had already done 37 interviews […]

Continue Reading · 1 March 2010 · biography and memoir, film, podcasts