Mary Ann Sieghart: The Authority Gap

The Book Club | 28 July 2021 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mary Ann Sieghart about her book The Authority Gap. Marshals the evidence that all the way through society women are taken less seriously than men, even by other women. Suggests how it came to be, what we can do to change it, and why we should take the trouble.

Iain MacGregor: Checkpoint Charlie

The Book Club | 4 August 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Iain MacGregor about his book Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall And The Most Dangerous Place On Earth. Discusses how, and why, the Russians cut a city in half overnight; and why we let them. Describes how events in Tiananmen Square reached Friedrichstrasse. Includes a lovely story about a single British soldier looking after the Red Army that they never forgot.

Lawrence Wright: The Plague Year

The Book Club | 9 June 2021 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lawrence Wright about his book The Plague Year: America In The Time of Covid. Discusses what a book brings to recent history that week-to-week journalism can’t, about the extraordinary happenstance that put him in contact with one of the unsung heroes of the vaccine race, and the three reasons Covid was such a catastrophe for the US.

Michela Wrong: Do Not Disturb

The Book Club | 24 March 2021 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michela Wrong about her book Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad. While Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame has basked in the approval of Western donors, Michela Wrong argues, his burnished image conceals a history of sadism, repression and violent tyranny. Discusses what our goodies-and-baddies account of Rwanda’s genocide missed, and why it urgently needs correcting.

Cat Jarman: River Kings

The Book Club | 24 February 2021 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cat Jarman about her book River Kings. Spins a global history of the Vikings out of a single carnelian bead found in a grave in Repton. Explains that there was more to the Viking culture than arson, rape and pillage in Northumbria – showing how 21st-century techniques have helped to expose a culture that raided and traded from Scandinavia as far as Baghdad and Constantinople, and may have been the ancestral population of the Russian heartland.

Simon Winchester: Land

The Book Club | 27 January 2021 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Simon Winchester about his book Land: How The Hunger For Ownership Made The Modern World. Discusses mankind’s relationship to land through place and time. Considers whether capitalism is possible without land rights, whether climate change will alter our relationship to property, why the pioneering map makers of the nineteenth century are now barely heard of – and Dutch land reclamation.

What Would Orwell Be Without Nineteen Eighty-Four?

The Book Club | 31 January 2021 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Podcast marking the moment that George Orwell comes out of copyright. D. J. Taylor (author of On Nineteen Eighty-Four and Orwell: The Life) and Dorian Lynskey (author of The Ministry of Truth) discuss how Orwell speaks to us now, and how his reputation has weathered. Was he secretly a conservative? Was he a McCarthyite snitch? How would he be remembered had he died before writing Nineteen Eighty-Four? And does ‘Orwellian’ mean anything much at all?

James Hawes: The Shortest History of England

The Book Club | 18 November 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Hawes about his book The Shortest History of England. Discusses why there’s real value in so brief an overview of our history, how Jurassic rock formations determined UK politics, why the English never got over the Norman Conquest, how the break-up of the Union is now an inevitability, and why the Cross of St George is a funny emblem for English nationalists to rally behind.