Archive | July, 2010

Summer Reading Choices: Daisy Hay

Daisy Hay studied at Cambridge and currently holds the Alistair Horne Fellowship at St Antony’s College, Oxford. I interviewed Daisy recently about her first book, Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives, which has recently won the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize. You can hear the interview by clicking here. Here are Daisy’s summer […]

Continue Reading · 30 July 2010 · literature, podcasts

Summer Reading Choices: Philip Hoare

Philip Hoare was born and brought up in Southampton, where he still lives. His books include Spike Island: The Memory of a Military Hospital (2001), which W.G. Sebald praised for its “unique sense of time and place, and great depth of vision” and Leviathan or, The Whale which won the 2009 Samuel Johnson Prize for […]

Continue Reading · 29 July 2010 · podcasts

Summer Reading Choices: Lucy Worsley

By day, Lucy Worsley is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, which looks after The Tower of London, Hampton Court, and Kensington Palace inter al. By night, she is a TV presenter and writer, most recently author of Courtiers: The Secret History of Kensington Palace. You can listen to my interview with her by clicking […]

Continue Reading · 27 July 2010 · literature, podcasts

Summer Reading Choices: Louise Foxcroft

Louise Foxcroft is the author of Hot Flushes, Cold Science: A History of the Modern Menopause, which won the Longman History Today prize for Book of the Year 2009.You can listen to my interview with Louise about this book by clicking here. Here are her holiday reading recommendations: In the early summer, ready to get […]

Continue Reading · 25 July 2010 · literature, medicine, podcasts

Summer Reading Choices: Jan Zalasiewicz

Today’s holiday reading selector is Jan Zalasiewicz, who teaches geology at Leicester University. He was a guest on the very first Blackwell Online podcast, in which he told me about his book The World after Us. You can listen to the interview here. I’m hoping to interview him again this autumn when his new book, […]

Continue Reading · 24 July 2010 · crime fiction, podcasts

Summer Reading Choices: Elizabeth Speller

Today’s guest selector of summer reading is Elizabeth Speller, author most recently of a highly praised debut novel, The Return of Captain John Emmett. She is also the author of several works of non-fiction – including a memoir, Sunlight on the Garden – and a prize-winning poet. Here are her choices: Dragging a hefty suitcase […]

Continue Reading · 23 July 2010 · crime fiction, literature

Summer Reading Choices: Michael Bywater

Our next guest recommender of Summer Reading is Michael Bywater, author (of Lost Worlds and Big Babies, inter al.), broadcaster, and – as you will see when you read on – now writing for the stage… This summer I’m too too utterly utterly up to my ears in queers, dears. Specifically the (slightly illusory) late […]

Continue Reading · 22 July 2010 · biography and memoir, crime fiction, literature

Summer Reading Choices: Helen Rappaport

This is the first in a short series of summer reading recommendations from some of the authors I have interviewed in recent months. New posts will appear as they arrive. Our first guest is historian Helen Rappaport. Helen studied Russian before becoming an actress, but in recent years she has developed a successful second career […]

Continue Reading · 21 July 2010 · podcasts

Israel and the NGOs- Le Monde diplomatique podcast July 2010

In this month’s podcast for Le Monde diplomatique, I interview Eyal Weizman about the article he co-authored with Thomas Keenan, entitled “NGOs are ‘the enemy within’”, which looks at how Israel has stepped up the pressure on human rights organizations and NGOs, particularly in the aftermath of their assault on Gaza at the end of […]

Continue Reading · 8 July 2010 · history and politics, podcasts

Antonio Forcellino on Michelangelo

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Continue Reading · 1 July 2010 · podcasts