Thomas Penn: The Brothers York

The Book Club | 30 October 2022 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Thomas Penn about his book The Brothers York: An English Tragedy. Tells the story of three brothers – Edward IV; George, Duke of Clarence; and Richard III. Argues that the ‘Wars of the Roses’ weren’t determined by a struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster so much as by the catastrophic white-on-white conflict that caused the House of York to implode.

Allan Mallinson: The Shape of Battle

The Book Club | 21 July 2022 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Allan Mallinson about his book The Shape of Battle: Six Campaigns from Hastings to Helmand. Discusses why everyone should take an interest in warfare – as being the most complex of all human interactions; whether war is always “hell” for everyone involved; and how while the technology may change, the essentials remain the same.

Kavita Puri: Partition Voices

The Book Club | 13 July 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kavita Puri about her book Partition Voices: Untold British Stories. Excavates often traumatic memories of the mass migration and bloody violence of the partition of India. Explains why the story has been so shrouded in silence – there isn’t a memorial to Partition, anywhere on earth – and yet how it has shaped the UK’s population and politics ever since. Argues that it’s vital that empire and the end-of-empire be taught in every British school.

Andrea Elliott: Invisible Child

The Book Club | 15 June 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrea Elliott about her book Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in New York City. Discusses how she came to spend seven years reporting on a single, homeless family in Brooklyn, how she negotiated her duty to observe rather than participate – and what their telenovela-like experiences tell us about American history.

Simon Kuper: How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK

The Book Club | 4 May 2022 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Simon Kuper about his book Chums: How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK. Backgrounds how the social and psychological dynamics of the UK’s present government were shaped by 1980s Oxford University where many of those now in power first met. Argues that Boris Johnson’s love of winging it was nurtured in the tutorial culture of his Balliol days; that the dynamics of Tory leadership contests are throwbacks to the Oxford Union; that Brexit was a jobs-protection scheme for the old-fashioned ruling class; and that argues for being more like Germany, with less emphasis on rhetorical skills.

Felipe Fernández-Armesto: Beyond the Myth of Magellan

The Book Club | 6 April 2022 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Felipe Fernández-Armesto about his book Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan. Argues that almost everything we think we know about this hero of the great age of exploration is wrong.

Francis Fukuyama: Liberalism and its Discontents

The Book Club | 21 March 2022 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Francis Fukuyama about his book Liberalism and its Discontents. Discusses how a system that has built peace and prosperity since the Enlightenment has come under attack from the neoliberal right and the identitarian left; and how Vladimir Putin may end up being the unwitting founding father of a new Ukraine.

Christopher de Bellaigue: The Lion House

The Book Club | 2 March 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Christopher de Bellaigue about his book The Lion House: The Coming of a King. Discusses the life of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent – massacres, sieges, over-mighty viziers, Venetian perfidy, and… true love?