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Little Atoms

English, Human interest, 1 season, 615 episodes, 2 days, 6 hours, 19 minutes
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Little Atoms is a weekly show about books, with authors in conversation. Produced and presented by Neil Denny.
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Little Atoms 907 - Rebecca Watson's I Will Crash

Rebecca Watson is an Assistant Arts Editor at the Financial Times and one of the Observer's ten best debut novelists of 2021. She has been published in the TLS, Granta and the Guardian. In 2018, she was shortlisted for The White Review Short Story Prize, and in 2021, she was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize. She is the author of the novel Little Scratch, and on this episode of Little Atoms she talks to Neil Denny about her latest novel I Will Crash. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/11/202428 minutes, 53 seconds
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Little Atoms 906 - Alan Murrin's The Coast Road

Alan Murrin is an Irish writer based in Berlin. His short story, "The Wake," won the 2021 Bournemouth Writing Prize and was shortlisted for short story of the year at the Irish Book Awards. His debut novel The Coast Road which he discussed with Neil Denny in this episode of Little Atoms was shortlisted for the PFD Queer Fiction prize. Murrin is also the recipient of an Irish Arts Council Agility Award and an Arts Council Literature Bursary. He is a graduate of the prose fiction masters at the University of East Anglia, and writes for the Irish Times and the Times Literary Supplement, as well as Art Review and e-flux. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/4/202428 minutes, 6 seconds
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Little Atoms 905 - Yael Van Der Wouden's The Safekeep

Yael van der Wouden is a writer and teacher. She currently lectures in creative writing and comparative literature in the Netherlands. Her essay on Dutch identity and Jewishness, "On (Not) Reading Anne Frank", has received a notable mention in The Best American Essays 2018. On this episode of Little Atoms she talks to Neil Denny about her debut novel The Safekeep. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/27/202435 minutes, 53 seconds
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Little Atoms 904 - Jon Savage's The Secret Public

Jon Savage is the author of England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock and Teenage: The Creation of Youth, 1875-1945. On this episode of Little Atoms he talks to Neil Denny about his latest book The Secret Public: How LGBTQ Performers Shaped Popular Culture (1955–1979). Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/24/202433 minutes
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Little Atoms 903 - Julia Armfield's Private Rites

Julia Armfield's work has been published in Granta, The White Review and Best British Short Stories 2019 and 2021. In 2019, she was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award. She was longlisted for the Deborah Rogers Award 2018, and won the White Review Short Story Prize 2018 and a Pushcart Prize in 2020. She is the author of salt slow, a collection of short stories, which was longlisted for the Polari Prize 2020 and the Edge Hill Prize 2020. Her debut novel, Our Wives Under the Sea, was shortlisted for the Foyles Fiction Book of the Year Award 2022 and won the Polari Prize 2023. On today's show she talks to Neil Denny about her latest novel Private Rites. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/20/202428 minutes, 41 seconds
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Little Atoms 902 - Noreen Masud's A Flat Place

Noreen Masud is a lecturer in twentieth century literature at the University of Bristol, and an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker. On this episode of Little Atoms she talks to Neil Denny about her memoir A Flat Place. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/17/202430 minutes, 17 seconds
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Little Atoms 901 - Clare Pollard's The Modern Fairies

Clare Pollard is an award-winning poet and playwright based in London. She is the author of five poetry collections and the former Editor of the Modern Poetry in Translation magazine. Her first novel, Delphi , was published by Fig Tree in 2022. On today's show she talks to Neil Denny about her second novel,The Modern Fairies. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/13/202430 minutes, 32 seconds
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Little Atoms 900 - Kevin Barry's The Heart In Winter

Kevin Barry is the author of four novels and three story collections. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. His stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta and elsewhere. His novel, Night Boat to Tangier,was an Irish number one bestseller, was longlisted for the Booker Prize and named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by the New York Times. He also works as a playwright and screenwriter. On today's show, the 900th episode of Little Atoms, Kevin talks to Neil Denny about his latest novel The Heart In Winter. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/6/202432 minutes, 12 seconds
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Little Atoms 899 - Rachel Khong's Real Americans

Rachel Khong is the author of Goodbye, Vitamin, winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction and named a Best Book of the Year by NPR; O, The Oprah Magazine; Vogue; and Esquire. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Cut, The Guardian, The Paris Review, andTin House. In 2018, she founded The Ruby, a work and event space for women and non-binary writers and artists in San Francisco's Mission District. On today’s show she talks to Neil Denny about her latest novel Real Americans. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/30/202427 minutes, 37 seconds
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Little Atoms 898 - Ayana Mathis's The Unsettled

Ayana Mathis's first novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie was a New York Times best seller and has been translated into sixteen languages. Her nonfiction has been published in the The New York Times, The Atlantic, Guernica, and Rolling Stone. Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. On today's show she talks to Neil Denny about her long-awaited new novel The Unsettled. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/23/202438 minutes, 2 seconds
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Little Atoms 897 - Kaliane Bradley's The Ministry of Time

Kaliane Bradley is a British-Cambodian writer and editor based in London. Her short stories have appeared in Electric Literature, Catapult, Somesuch Stories and The Willowherb Review,among others. She was the winner of the 2022 Harper's Bazaar Short Story Prize and the 2022 V. S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. in this week's show she talks to Neil Denny about her first novel The Ministry of Time. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/16/202428 minutes, 41 seconds
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Little Atoms 896 - Orlando Whitfield's All That Glitters

Orlando Whitfield graduated from Goldsmiths University in 2009. He started dealing art while still a student, and worked in and around the art market for fifteen years. His writing has appeared in the Paris Review and the White Review. On today's show he talks to Neil Denny about his first book All That Glitters: A Story of Friendship, Fraud and Fine Art. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/9/202427 minutes, 30 seconds
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Little Atoms 895 - Sarah Perry's Enlightenment

Sarah Perry is the internationally bestselling author of the novels The Essex Serpent, Melmoth, and After Me Comes the Flood, and the non-fiction Essex Girls. On today's show she talks to Neil Denny about her latest novel Enlightenment. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/2/202429 minutes, 50 seconds
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Little Atoms 894 - Francesca De Tores' Saltblood

Francesca De Tores is a novelist, poet and academic. She is the author of four previous novels, published in more than 20 languages. In addition to a collection of poems, her poetry is widely published in journals and anthologies. On this week's show she talks to Neil Denny about Saltblood, an epic literary historical novel set during the Golden Age of Piracy, about the life of the infamous female pirate Mary Read. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/29/202428 minutes, 48 seconds
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Little Atoms 893 - Niamh Mulvey's The Amendments

Niamh Mulvey's first book, the short story collection Hearts and Bones: Love Songs for Late Youth was published by Picador in June 2022. Her short fiction has been published in The Stinging Fly, Banshee and Southword and was shortlisted for the Seán O’Faoláin Prize for Short Fiction 2020. In this week's show she talks to Neil Denny about her first novel The Amendments. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/22/202431 minutes, 33 seconds
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Little Atoms 892 - Sinéad Gleeson’s Hagstone

Sinéad Gleeson’s essay collection Constellations: Reflections from Life was published by Picador in 2019 and won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at 2019 Irish Book Awards and the Dalkey Literary Award for Emerging Writer. It was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and Michel Deon Prize. In today's show she talks to Neil Denny about her debut novel Hagstone. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/15/202425 minutes, 50 seconds
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Little Atoms 891 - Peter Pomerantsev's How To Win An Information War

Peter Pomerantsev is a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, where he studies contemporary propaganda and how to defeat it. His first book, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, won the 2016 RSL Ondaatje Prize and was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award, Pushkin Prize, Baillie Gifford Prize and Gordon Burn Prize. His second, This is Not Propaganda, won the 2020 Gordon Burn Prize. His essay on authoritarian propaganda, 'Memory in the Age of Impunity', won the 2022 European Press Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. On today's show he talks to Neil Denny about his latest book How To Win An Information War: The Propagandist Who Outwitted Hitler. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/8/202428 minutes, 24 seconds
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Little Atoms 890 - Stuart Turton's The Last Murder At The End Of The World

Stuart Turton's debut novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, won the Costa First Novel Award and the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Best Novel, and was shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards and the British Book Awards Debut of the Year. A Sunday Times bestseller, it has been translated into over thirty languages, and has sold over one million copies in the UK and US combined. The Devil and the Dark Water, his follow up, won the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Fiction and was selected for the BBC Two Book Club, Between the Covers, and the Radio 2 Jo Whiley Book Club. On today's podcast he talks to Neil Denny about his latest novel The Last Murder At The End Of The World. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/1/202431 minutes, 21 seconds
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Little Atoms 889 - Michael Donkor's Grow Where They Fall

Michael Donkor was born in London to Ghanaian parents. He studied English at Wadham College, Oxford, followed by a Masters in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. His first novel, Hold, was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prizes. He is a frequent contributor to outlets including the Guardian, the TLS and the Independent. Michael talks to Neil Denny his latest novel Grow Where They Fall. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/26/202429 minutes, 55 seconds
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Little Atoms 888 - Lauren Oyler's No Judgement

Lauren Oyler is the author of the novel Fake Accounts. Her essays on books and culture appear regularly in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the London Review of Books, Harper's, the Guardian and other publications. She lives in Berlin. on today's show she talks to Neil Denny about her new collection of essays No Judgement: On Being Critical. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/19/202429 minutes
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Little Atoms 887 - Helen Oyeyemi's Parasol Against The Axe

Helen Oyeyemi talks to Neil Denny about her latest novel Parasol Against The Axe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/15/202421 minutes, 45 seconds
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Little Atoms 886 - Tracy King's Learning To Think.

Tracy King talks to Neil Denny about her memoir Learning To Think. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/12/202428 minutes, 7 seconds
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Little Atoms 885 - Rachel Cockerell's Melting Point

Rachel Cockerell talks to Neil Denny about her first work of non-fiction Melting Point: Family, Memory and the Search for a Promised Land. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/5/202428 minutes, 23 seconds
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Little Atoms 884 - Hannah Durkin's Survivors

Dr. Hannah Durkin talks to Neil Denny about her new book Survivors: The Lost Stories of the Last Captives of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/27/202426 minutes, 3 seconds
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Little Atoms 883 - Leo Vardiashvili's Hard By A Great Forest

Leo Vardiashvili joins Neil Denny to talk about his debut novel Hard By A Great Forest. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/20/202421 minutes, 11 seconds
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Little Atoms 882 - Molly McGhee's Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind

Molly McGhee talks to Neil Denny about her debut novel Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/13/202429 minutes, 3 seconds
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Little Atoms 881 - Aniefiok Ekpoudom's Where We Come From

Aniefiok Ekpoudom talks to Neil Denny about his debut book Where We Come From: Rap, Home and Hope in Modern Britain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/6/202430 minutes, 51 seconds
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Little Atoms 880 - Kiley Reid's Come And Get It

Kiley Reid talks to Neil Denny about her latest novel Come And Get It. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/30/202431 minutes, 19 seconds
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Little Atoms 879 - Sigrid Nunez's The Vulnerables

Sigrid Nunez talks to Neil Denny about her latest novel The Vulnerables. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/23/202428 minutes, 12 seconds
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Little Atoms 878 - Kate Brody's Rabbit Hole

Kate Brody talks to Neil Denny about her debut novel Rabbit Hole. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/16/202430 minutes, 59 seconds
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Little Atoms 877 - Ron Rash's The Caretaker

Ron Rash talks to Neil Denny about his latest novel The Caretaker. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/9/202424 minutes, 26 seconds
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Little Atoms 876 - Jonathan Lethem's Brooklyn Crime Novel

in the first show of 2024, Jonathan Lethem joins Neil Denny to talk about his new book Brooklyn Crime Novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/2/202425 minutes, 36 seconds
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Little Atoms 875 - Dann McDorman's West Heart Kill

Dann McDorman talks to Nei Denny abouty his debut novel West Heart Kill. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/19/202327 minutes, 34 seconds
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Little Atoms 874 - Julianne Pachico's Jungle House

Julianne Pachico returns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil Denny about her latest novel Jungle House. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/12/202327 minutes, 6 seconds
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Little Atoms 873 - Rob Drummond's You're All Talk

Linguist Rob Drummond talks to Neil Denny about his new book You're All Talk: why we are what we speak. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/8/202329 minutes, 46 seconds
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Little Atoms 872 - Anne Michaels' Held

Anne Michaels talks to Neil Denny about her latest novel Held. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/5/202326 minutes, 6 seconds
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Little Atoms 871 - Jean Kwok's The Leftover Woman

Jean Kwok joins Neil Denny to talk about her latest novel The Leftover Woman. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/1/202326 minutes, 10 seconds
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Little Atoms 870 - Mike McCormack's This Plague of Souls

Mike McCormack talks to Neil Denny about his "metaphysical noir" novel This Plague of Souls. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/28/202328 minutes, 31 seconds
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Little Atoms 869 - Beto O'Rourke's We've Got To Try

Former US Congressman and Democratic presidential nomination candidate Beto O'Rourke talks to Neil Denny about his book We've Got To Try: How the Fight for Voting Rights Makes Everything Else Possible. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/24/202329 minutes, 5 seconds
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Little Atoms 868 - Ed Gillett's Party Lines

Ed Gillett talks to Neil Denny about his new book Party Lines: Dance Music and the Making of Modern Britain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/21/202344 minutes, 30 seconds
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Little Atoms 867 - A.K. Blakemore's The Glutton

A.K. Blakemore talks to Neil Denny about her latest novel The Glutton. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/14/202328 minutes, 48 seconds
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Little Atoms 866 - Adam Biles' Beasts of England

Adam Biles talks to Neil Denny about his Animal Farm sequel Beasts of England. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/10/202333 minutes, 2 seconds
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Little Atoms 865 - Sandra Newman's Julia

Sandra Newman talks to Neil Denny about her new novel Julia, which retells 1984 from Julia's perspective. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/7/202330 minutes, 45 seconds
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Little Atoms 864 - Cat Jarman's The Bone Chests

Cat Jarman retrurns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil about her new book The Bone Chests: Unlocking The Secrets of the Anglo-Saxons. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/31/202329 minutes, 13 seconds
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Little Atoms 863 - Michael J. Benton's Extinction

Paleontologist Michael J. Benton talks to Neil about his latest book Extinction: How Life Survives, Adapts and Evolves. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/26/202335 minutes, 1 second
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Little Atoms 862 - Robert Peckham's Fear

Neil is joined by Robert Peckham to talk about his book Fear: An Alternative History of the World. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/23/202327 minutes, 57 seconds
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From the Archive - Isabella Hammad's Enter Ghost

Neil is on holiday so here's a repeat of our interview from earlier this year with Isabella Hammad talking about her novel Enter Ghost. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/19/202325 minutes, 1 second
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Little Atoms 861 - Elizabeth Acevedo's Family Lore

Elizabeth Acevedo talks to Neil Denny about her first novel for adults, Family Lore. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/16/202328 minutes, 6 seconds
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Little Atoms 860 - Caspar Henderson's A Book of Noises

Caspar Henderson talks to Neil Denny about his new book, A Book of Noises: Notes on the Auraculous. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/9/202326 minutes, 41 seconds
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Little Atoms 859 - Francis Spufford's Cahokia Jazz

Francis Spufford returns to Little Atoms and talks to neil Denny about his latest novel, the alternative history Cahokia Jazz. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/5/202329 minutes, 46 seconds
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Little Atoms 858 - Gina Chung's Sea Change

Gina Chung talks to Neil Denny about her debut novel Sea Change. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/2/202331 minutes, 31 seconds
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Little Atoms 857 - Natalie Haynes' Divine Might

Natalie Haynes returns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil Denny about her latest non-fiction book Divine Might: Goddesses in Greek Myth. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/29/202332 minutes, 28 seconds
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Little Atoms 856 - Jamel Brinkley's Witness

Jamel Brinkley talks to Neil Denny about his latest short story collection Witness. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/25/202330 minutes, 3 seconds
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Little Atoms 855 - Lauren Groff's The Vaster Wilds

Neil welcome's back Lauren Groff to Little Atoms to talk about her latest novel The Vaster Wilds. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/22/202326 minutes, 33 seconds
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Little Atoms 854 - David Stubbs' Different Times

David Stubbs returns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil Denny about his latest book Different Times: A History of British Comedy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/18/202329 minutes, 30 seconds
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Little Atoms 853 - Yiyun Li's Wednesday's Child

Yiyun Li returns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil Denny about her new collection of stories Wednesday's Child. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/14/202325 minutes, 3 seconds
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Little Atoms 852 - Nick Hunt's Red Smoking Mirror

Travel writer Nick Hunt talks to Neil Denny about his debut novel Red Smoking Mirror. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/11/202330 minutes, 34 seconds
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Little Atoms 851 - Khashayar Khabushani's I Will Greet The Sun Again

Khashayar J. Khabushani talks to Neil Denny about his debut novel I Will Greet The Sun Again. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/7/202326 minutes, 23 seconds
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Little Atoms 850 - Simon Winder & Penguin Crime & Espionage

Penguin Press publishing director Simon Winder talks to Neil Denny about the recent revival of Penguin Modern Classics Crime and Espionage series. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/4/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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Little Atoms 849 - Rachel Connolly's Lazy City

Rachel Connolly talks to Neil Denny about her Belfast set debut novel Lazy City. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/28/202330 minutes, 27 seconds
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Little Atoms 848 - Thomas Morris' Open Up

Thomas Morris talks to Neil Denny about his new "suite of stories" Open Up. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/24/202329 minutes
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Little Atoms 847 - Anna Funder's Wifedom

Anna Funder talks to Neil about the life of George Orwell's wife Eileen O'Shaughnessy in her new book Wifedom. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/21/202329 minutes, 19 seconds
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Little Atoms 846 - V. V. Ganeshananthan's Brotherless Night

V. V. Ganeshananthan in conversation with Neil Denny about her latest novel Brotherless Night. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/17/202333 minutes, 33 seconds
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Little Atoms 845 - Laura Lippman's Prom Mom

Laura Lippman returns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil about her latest novel Prom Mom. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/14/202330 minutes, 11 seconds
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Little Atoms 844 - Kate Mosse's The Ghost Ship

Kate Mosse talks to Neil about her latest novel, the third book in her Joubert Family Chronicles quartet, the Ghost Ship. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/10/202327 minutes, 27 seconds
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Little Atoms 843 - Paul Murray's The Bee Sting

Paul Murray talks to Neil about his latest novel The Bee Sting, which was recently long-listed for the 2023 Man Booker prize. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/7/202329 minutes, 56 seconds
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Little Atoms 842 - Charles Frazier's The Trackers

Charles Frazier talks to Neil about his Great Depression set novel The Trackers. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/31/202325 minutes, 21 seconds
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Little Atoms 841 - Mikki Brammar's The Collected Regrets of Clover

Mikki Brammar talks to Neil about her debut novel The Collected Regrets of Clover. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/24/202332 minutes, 8 seconds
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Little Atoms 840 - Patrick deWitt's The Librarianist

Patrick deWitt returns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil about his latest novel The Librarianist. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/17/202327 minutes, 23 seconds
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Little Atoms 839 - Mark O'Connell's A Thread of Violence

Mark O'Connell returns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil about his latest book A Thread of Violence. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/13/202328 minutes, 1 second
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Little Atoms 838 - Laura Cumming's Thunderclap

Laura Cumming returns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil about her latest book Thunderclap: A memoir of art and life & sudden death. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/10/202329 minutes, 58 seconds
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Little Atoms 837 - Una Mannion's Tell Me What I Am

Una Mannion talks to Neil about her latest novel Tell Me What I Am. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/3/202328 minutes, 18 seconds
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Little Atoms 836 - Richard Ford's Be Mine

Richard Ford talks to Neil about his fifth and final Frank Bascombe novel Be Mine. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/26/202329 minutes, 3 seconds
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Little Atoms 835 - Stephen Buoro's The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa

Stephen Buoro talks to Neil about his Nigeria set debut novel The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/19/202326 minutes
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Little Atoms 834 - K. Patrick's Mrs S.

K. Patrick talks to Neil about their debut novel Mrs S. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/12/202325 minutes, 39 seconds
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Little Atoms 833 - Kevin Brazil's Whatever Happened To Queer Happiness?

Kevin Brazil talks to Neil about his essay collection Whatever Happened To Queer Happiness? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/5/202326 minutes, 21 seconds
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Little Atoms 832 - Octavia Bright's This Ragged Grace

Octavia Bright talks to Neil about her memoir of recovery and renewal This Ragged Grace. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/1/202329 minutes, 53 seconds
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Little Atoms 831 - Natasha Calder's Whether Violent or Natural

Neil talks to Natasha Calder about her new novel Whether Violent or Natural. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/29/202324 minutes, 51 seconds
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Little Atoms 830 - Kristen Ghodsee's Everyday Utopia

Kristen Ghodsee talks to Neil about her latest book Everyday Utopia: In Praise of Radical Alternatives to the Traditional Family Home. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/22/202332 minutes, 59 seconds
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Little Atoms 829 - Claire Dederer's Monsters

Claire Dederer talks to Neil about her latest book Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/18/202329 minutes, 39 seconds
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Little Atoms 828 - Blessin Adams' Great And Horrible News

Blessin Adams talks to Neil Denny about her book Great and Horrible News: Murder and Mayhem in Early Modern Britain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/15/202331 minutes, 47 seconds
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Little Atoms 827 - Mat Osman's The Ghost Theatre

Mat Osman tells Neil about his latest novel The Ghost Theatre. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/11/202328 minutes, 46 seconds
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Little Atoms 826 - Margot Douaihy's Scorched Grace

Margot Douaihy talks to Neil about her New Orleans set debut novel Scorched Grace. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/8/202328 minutes, 57 seconds
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Little Atoms 825 - Isabella Hammad's Enter Ghost

Isabella Hammad talks to Neil about her latest novel Enter Ghost. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/4/202325 minutes, 1 second
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Little Atoms 824 - Michael Magee's Close To Home

Michael Magee talks to Neil about his Belfast set debut novel Close To Home. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/1/202333 minutes, 26 seconds
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Little Atoms 823 - Jaime Green's The Possibility Of Life

Jaime Green talks to Neil about her new book The Possibility Of Life, longlisted for the Women's Prize Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/27/202330 minutes, 54 seconds
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Little Atoms 822 - Sheena Patel's I'm A Fan

Sheena Patel talks to Neil about her debut novel I'm A Fan, which is longlisted for the 2023 Women's Prize for Fiction. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/24/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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Little Atoms 821 - Claire Fuller's The Memory of Animals

Neil talks to Claire Fuller about her latest novel The Memory of Animals. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/20/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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Little Atoms 820 - Cecile Pin's Wandering Souls

Cecile Pin talks to Neil about her debut novel Wandering Souls, which is longlisted for the 2023 Women's Prize for Fiction. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/17/202325 minutes, 27 seconds
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Little Atoms 819 - Dizz Tate's Brutes

Dizz Tate talks to Neil about her debut novel Brutes. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/13/202328 minutes, 13 seconds
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Little Atoms 818 - Tara M. Stringfellow's Memphis

Tara M. Stringfellow talks to Neil about her debut novel Memphis, which has been longlisted for the 2023 Women's Prize for Fiction. (Content Warning: reading contains some racial slurs). Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/10/202330 minutes, 47 seconds
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Little Atoms 817 - Max Porter's Shy

Max Porter talks to Neil about his latest novel Shy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/6/202327 minutes, 40 seconds
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Little Atoms 816 - Eleanor Catton's Birnam Wood

Neil talks to Booker prize wiining novellist Eleanor Catton about her long awaited new novel Birnam Wood. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/3/202329 minutes, 44 seconds
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Little Atoms 815 - Oliver Milman's The Insect Crisis

Oliver Milman talks to Neil about his book The Insect Crisis, out now in paperback. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/27/202329 minutes, 21 seconds
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Little Atoms 814 - Fiona McFarlane's The Sun Walks Down

Neil talks to Fiona McFarlane about her Australian outback set novel The Sun Walks Down. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/21/202332 minutes, 4 seconds
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Little Atoms 813 - Alice Winn's In Memoriam

Alice Winn talks to Neil about her WWI set debut novel In Memoriam. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/14/202329 minutes, 42 seconds
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Little Atoms 812 - Ann-Helén Laestadius' Stolen

Ann-Helén Laestadius talks to Neil about her novel Stolen. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/10/202330 minutes, 31 seconds
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Little Atoms 811 - Kevin Jared Hosein's Hungry Ghosts

Kevin Jared Hosein talks to Neil about his 1940's Trinidad set novel Hungry Ghosts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/7/202328 minutes, 3 seconds
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Little Atoms 810 - Sophie Mackintosh's Cursed Bread

Neil talks to Sophie Mackintosh about her latest novel Cursed Bread. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/3/202325 minutes, 37 seconds
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Little Atoms 809 - Santanu Bhattacharya's One Small Voice

Neil talks to Santanu Bhattacharya about his debut novel One Small Voice. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/28/202331 minutes, 6 seconds
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Little Atoms 808 - Paul Harding's This Other Eden

Paul Harding talks to Neil about his latest novel This Other Eden. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/21/202330 minutes, 52 seconds
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Little Atoms 807 - James Hannaham's Didn't Nobody Give A Shit What Happened To Carlotta

James Hannaham talks to Neil about his Ulysses influenced novel Didn't Nobody Give A Shit What Happened To Carlotta, about a trans woman returning after 23 years in prison to a gentrified Brooklyn. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/17/202327 minutes, 11 seconds
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Little Atoms 806 - Jonathan Escoffery's If I Survive You

Jonathan Escoffery talks to Neil about his debut collection of stories If I Survive You. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/14/202330 minutes, 40 seconds
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Little Atoms 805 - Jan Grue's I Live A Life Like Yours

Neil talks to Jan Grue about I Live A Life Like Yours, his memoir about disability, difference, and living as a vulnerable body. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/10/202327 minutes, 24 seconds
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Little Atoms 804 - Aleksandar Hemon's The World And All That It Holds

Aleksandar Hemon talks to Neil about his latest novel The World And All That It Holds. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/7/202328 minutes, 56 seconds
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Little Atoms 803 - Laura Purcell's The Whispering Muse

Laura Purcell talks to Neil about her latest gothic novel The Whispering Muse. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/3/202326 minutes, 13 seconds
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Little Atoms 802 - Gavin Plumley's A Home For All Seasons

Gavin Plumley takes us into the Herefordshire countryside in his new book A Home For All Seasons. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/31/202328 minutes, 43 seconds
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Little Atoms 801 - Victoria MacKenzie's for Thy Great Pain Have Mercy on my Little Pain

Victoria MacKenzie talks to Neil about Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, in her debut novel for Thy Great Pain Have Mercy on my Little Pain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/27/202329 minutes, 44 seconds
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Little Atoms 800 - Bret Easton Ellis' The Shards

It's the 800th Little Atoms, and Bret Easton Ellis returns to the show to talk to Neil about his first novel in thirteen years, The Shards. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/24/202331 minutes
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Little Atoms 799 - Jonathan Ames' The Wheel of Doll

Jonathan Ames returns to Little Atoms to talk about his latest novel The Wheel of Doll. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/10/202329 minutes, 35 seconds
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Little Atoms 798 - Matt Lodder's Painted People

On the first show of 2023, Neil talks to Matt Lodder about his new book Painted People: Humanity in 21 Tattoos. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/3/202330 minutes, 36 seconds
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Little Atoms 797 - Michael Pedersen's Boyfriends

On the last show of 2022, Michael Pedersen on male friendship in his new book Boyfriends. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/30/202229 minutes, 17 seconds
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Little Atoms 796 - Jessamine Chan's The School for Good Mothers

Jessamine Chan talks to Neil about her debut novel The School For Good Mothers. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/23/202224 minutes, 46 seconds
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Little Atoms 795 - Amy Jeffs' Wild

Neil hears tales from medieval Britain with Amy Jeffs and her new book Wild. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/20/202233 minutes, 45 seconds
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Little Atoms 794 - Dorthe Nors' A Line In The World

Dorthe Nors returns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil about her latest book A Line In The World: A Year On The North Sea Coast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/16/202228 minutes, 10 seconds
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Little Atoms 793 - Katherine Rundell's The Golden Mole

Katherine Rundell talks to Neil about her latest book The Golden Mole. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/13/202230 minutes, 30 seconds
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Little Atoms 792 - Camper English's The Perfect Tonic

Camper English talks about the long relationship between medicine and alcohol in his new book The Perfect Tonic. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/9/202229 minutes, 41 seconds
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Little Atoms 791 - Kathryn Harkup's Superspy Science

Kathryn Harkup talks to Neil about the science of James Bond in her new book Superspy Science. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/6/202230 minutes, 27 seconds
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Little Atoms 790 - Simon Morden's The Red Planet

Simon Morden talks to Neil about his new book The Red Planet: A Natural History of Mars. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/29/202230 minutes, 28 seconds
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Little Atoms 789 - Jarett Kobek's How To Find Zodiac and Motor Spirit

Jarett Kobek returns to Little Atoms for an extra long episode He talks to Neil about two books, Motor Spirit and How To Find Zodiak. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/22/202250 minutes, 36 seconds
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Little Atoms 788 - Hannah Bourne-Taylor's Fledgling

Hannah Bourne-Taylor talks to Neil about her memoir Fledgling. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/15/202229 minutes, 11 seconds
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Little Atoms 787 - Joyce Carol Oates' Babysitter

Joyce Carol Oates returns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil about her latest novel Babysitter. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/8/202231 minutes, 33 seconds
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Little Atoms 786 - Adrian Chiles' The Good Drinker

Adrian Chiles joins Neil to talk about moderating his alcohol intake, in his new book The Good Drinker. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/4/202228 minutes, 51 seconds
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Little Atoms 785 - Thomas Williams' Lost Realms

Thomas Williams talks to Neil about his new book Lost Realms: Histories of Britain From The Romans to The Vikings. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/1/202224 minutes, 11 seconds
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Little Atoms 784 - Clare Pollard's Delphi

Clare Pollard talks to Neil about her debut novel Delphi. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/27/202224 minutes, 48 seconds
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Little Atoms 783 - Yiyun Li's The Book of Goose

Yiyun Li talks to Neil about her latest novel The Book of Goose. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/24/202230 minutes, 3 seconds
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Little Atoms 782 - Ned Beauman's Venomous Lumpsucker

Ned Beauman talks to Neil about his latest novel Venomous Lumpsucker. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/20/202230 minutes, 10 seconds
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Little Atoms 781 - George Saunders' Liberation Day

George Saunders returns to Little Atoms, to talk to Neil about his first collection of short stories in a decade, Liberation Day. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/17/202226 minutes, 46 seconds
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Little Atoms 780 - Brenna Hassett's Growing Up Human

Brenna Hassett talks to Neil about the evolution of childhood, in her new book Growing Up Human. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/13/202227 minutes, 48 seconds
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Little Atoms 779 - James Crawford's The Edge Of The Plain

Neil talks to James Crawford about Borders and his new book The Edge Of The Plain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/10/202231 minutes, 8 seconds
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Little Atoms 778 - A.M. Homes' The Unfolding

A.M. Homes talks to Neil about her first novel in a decade, The Unfolding. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/6/202225 minutes, 33 seconds
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Little Atoms 777 - Celeste Ng's Our Missing Hearts

Celeste Ng returns to Little Atoms to talk to Neil about her latest novel Our Missing Hearts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/3/202230 minutes, 15 seconds
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Little Atoms 776 - Rebecca Stott's Dark Earth

Neil talks to Rebecca Stott about her post-Roman Londinium set novel Dark Earth. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/29/202228 minutes, 39 seconds
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Little Atoms 775 - Kamila Shamsie's Best of Friends

Neil talks to Kamila Shamsie about her Karachi and London set new novel Best of Friends. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/26/202228 minutes, 50 seconds
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Little Atoms 774 - Robert Harris' Act Of Oblivion

Robert Harris talks to Neil about Act Of Oblivion, his new novel set in colonial America in the aftermath of the English Civil War. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/22/202230 minutes, 26 seconds
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Little Atoms 773 - Andrea Wulf's Magnificent Rebels

Andrea Wulf talks to Neil about her new book Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/19/202230 minutes, 6 seconds
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Little Atoms 772 - Natalie Haynes' Stone Blind

Neil talks to Natalie Haynes about her latest novel Stone Blind, which tells the story of Medusa. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/15/202230 minutes, 6 seconds
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Little Atoms 771 - Will Ashon's The Passengers

On today's show Neil talks to Will Ashon about his new book The Passengers. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/12/202227 minutes, 19 seconds
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Little Atoms 770 - Miranda Seymour's I Used To Live Here Once

Miranda Seymour talks to Neil about her new biography of Jean Rhys: I Used To Live Here Once. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/8/202231 minutes, 55 seconds
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Little Atoms 768 - Maggie O'Farrell's The Marriage Portrait

Maggie O'Farrell talks to Neil about her long-awaited new novel The Marriage Portrait. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/29/202226 minutes, 58 seconds
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Little Atoms 767 - Gaia Vince's Nomad Century

Gaia Vince talks to Neil about her new book Nomad Century: How to Survive the Climate Upheaval. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/25/202230 minutes, 59 seconds
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Little Atoms 766 - Tom de Freston's Wreck

This week Neil talks to artist Tom de Freston about his new book Wreck: Géricault’s Raft and the Art of Being Lost at Sea, which explores Tom's obession with Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa, and it's influence on his own practice. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/22/202225 minutes, 18 seconds
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Little Atoms 765 - Mohsin Hamid's The Last White Man

Mohsin Hamid returns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil about his latest novel The Last White Man. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/18/202224 minutes, 15 seconds
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Little Atoms 764 - Natasha Pulley's The Half Life of Valery K

Neil talks to Natasha Pulley about her Cold War set novel the Half Life of Valery K. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/15/202225 minutes, 49 seconds
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Little Atoms 763 - Niamh Mulvey's Hearts and Bones

Niamh Mulvey talks to Neil about her debut short story collection Hearts & Bones: Loves Songs For Late Youth. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/8/202230 minutes, 3 seconds
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Little Atoms 762 - Tim Birkhead's Birds and Us

Ornithologist Tim Birkhead talks to Neil about his latest book Birds and Us: A 12,000 Year History, from Cave Art to Conservation. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/4/202231 minutes, 4 seconds
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Little Atoms 761 - Sarah Churchwell's The Wrath To Come

Sarah Churchwell talks to Neil about her new book The Wrath To Come: Gone With The Wind And The Lies America Tells. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/1/202228 minutes, 48 seconds
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Little Atoms 760 - Lan Samantha Chang's The Family Chao

Neil is joined by the director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop Lan Samantha Chang to talk about her latest novel The Family Chao, a retelling of The Brothers Karamazov set in a Midwestern Chinese restaurant. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/28/202229 minutes, 20 seconds
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Little Atoms 759 - Nell Stevens' Briefly, A Delicious Life

Nell Stevens returns to Little Atoms to talk to Neil about her debut novel Briefly, A Delicious Life. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/25/202228 minutes, 22 seconds
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Little Atoms 758 - Sarah Polley's Run Towards The Danger

Sarah Polley talks to Neil about her essay collection Run Towards The Danger: Confrontations With A Body of Memory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/18/202228 minutes, 40 seconds
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Little Atoms 757 - James Runcie's The Great Passion

James Runcie tells the story of Bach's creation of the St Matthew Passion in his latest novel The Great Passion. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/11/202226 minutes, 55 seconds
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Little Atoms 756 - James Vincent's Beyond Measure

James Vincent talks to Neil about the revolutionary roots of the metric system in his new book Beyond Measure: The Hidden History of Measurement. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/4/202233 minutes, 20 seconds
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Little Atoms 755 - Sophie Haydock's The Flames

Sophie Haydock talks to Neil about the women of Egon Schiele in her debut novel The Flames. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/27/202228 minutes
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Little Atoms 754 - Louise Kennedy's Trespasses

Louise Kennedy talks to Neil about her debut novel Trespasses, and her short story collection The End of The World is a Cul de Sac, which is just out in paperback. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/23/202230 minutes, 41 seconds
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Little Atoms 753 - Matthew Green's Shadowlands

Matthew Green talks to Neil about his book Shadowlands: A Journey Through Lost Britain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/20/202229 minutes, 8 seconds
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Little Atoms 752 - Wolfson Prize 2022 Shortlist Two

The second of two shows with shortlisted writers for the 2022 Wolfson History Prize, With Marc David Baer (The Ottomans), Francesca Stavrakopoulou (God: An Anatomy) and Nicholas Orme (Going To Church in Medieval England). Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/16/202235 minutes, 21 seconds
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Little Atoms 751 - Wolfson Prize 2022 Shortlist One

The first of two shows with shortlisted writers for the 2022 Wolfson History Prize. In this show Neil talks to Malcolm Gaskill (The Ruin of All Witches) and Clare Jackson (Devil-Land). Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/13/202226 minutes, 49 seconds
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Little Atoms 750 - John Waters' Liarmouth

For the 750th Little Atoms, here's a short interview with legendary film-maker John Waters about his debut novel Liarmouth. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/6/202212 minutes, 43 seconds
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Little Atoms 749 - Karen Joy Fowler's Booth

Karen Joy Fowler talks to Neil about her latest novel Booth. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/30/202224 minutes, 59 seconds
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Little Atoms 748 - Kiran Millwood Hargrave's The Dance Tree

Kiran Millwood Hargrave talks to Neil about her latest novel The Dance Tree. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/23/202232 minutes, 16 seconds
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Little Atoms 747 - John Grindrod's Iconicon

John Grindrod takes us on a journey around the landmark buildings of contemporary Britain in his new book Iconicon. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/16/202235 minutes, 12 seconds
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Little Atoms 746 - Alex Preston's Winchelsea

Neil talks smuggling and rebellion with Alex Preston in his new novel Winchelsea. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/9/202230 minutes, 57 seconds
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Little Atoms 745 - Miranda Cowley Heller's The Paper Palace

Neil talks to Miranda Cowley Heller about her debut novel The Paper Palace. (Contains some discussion of writing about sexual abuse). Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/2/202231 minutes, 30 seconds
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Little Atoms 744 - Louise Welsh's The Second Cut

Neil has been waiting for 20 years to talk to Louise Welsh about her latest novel The Second Cut. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/25/202227 minutes, 24 seconds
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Little Atoms 743 - Lisa Harding's Bright Burning Things

Neil talks to Lisa Harding about her novel Bright Burning Things, which is just out in paperback. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/18/202226 minutes, 25 seconds
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From The Archive - Matthew Baker's Why Visit America

Neil will return from holiday eventually, but meanwhile why not listen to another deep cut from the Little Atoms archive, this week Matthew Baker talks about his short shory collection Why Visit America. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/11/202228 minutes, 11 seconds
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From The Archive - Jarett Kobek's Only Americans Burn In Hell

Neil is still on holiday so here's another hit from the Little Atoms archive, Jarett Kobek on his novel Only Americans Burn In Hell. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/4/202247 minutes, 50 seconds
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From The Archive - Sarah Churchwell's Behold America

Neil is on holiday so please enjoy from the Little Atoms archive Sarah Churchwell on her book Behold America. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/28/202252 minutes, 34 seconds
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Little Atoms 742 - Laurie Winkless' Sticky

Laurie Winkless talks to Neil about all things Sticky (and slippery) in her new book Sticky: The Secret Science of Surfaces. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/22/202232 minutes, 57 seconds
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Little Atoms 741 - Will Storr's The Status Game

Will Storr talks to Neil about his new book The Status Game. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/18/202230 minutes, 12 seconds
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Little Atoms 740 - Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' The Love Songs Of W.E.B Du Bois

Neil talks to Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' about her epic debut novel The Love Songs Of W.E.B Du Bois. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/15/202233 minutes, 22 seconds
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Little Atoms 739 - Marlon James' Moon Witch Spider King

Booker Prize winner Marlon James talks to Neil about the second novel in his fantasy trilogy Moon Witch Spider King. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/8/202228 minutes, 18 seconds
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Little Atoms 738 - Sequoia Nagamatsu's How High We Go In The Dark

Sequoia Nagamatsu talks to Neil about his billion-year spanning debut novel How High We Go In The Dark. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/1/202228 minutes, 10 seconds
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Little Atoms 737 - Julie Bindel's Feminism For Women

Neil talks to Julie Bindel about how equality is not the same as liberation, in her new book Feminism for Women. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/22/202228 minutes, 39 seconds
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Little Atoms 736 - John Banville's April in Spain

Neil talks to John Banville about his latest two crime novels April in Spain and Snow. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/15/202225 minutes, 24 seconds
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Little Atoms 735 - Georgia Pritchett's My Mess Is A Bit Of A Life

Neil talks to award-winning comedy writer Georgia Pritchett about her adventures in anxiety, in her memoir My Mess Is A Bit Of A Life. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/8/202230 minutes, 7 seconds
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Little Atoms 734 - Christine Smallwood's The Life Of The Mind

Padraig chats to Harper's and n+1 critic Christine Smallwood about "adjunct lit", therapists, the end of the world, and her debut novel The Life Of The Mind Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/25/202232 minutes, 9 seconds
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Little Atoms 733 - Michael Brooks' The Art of More

Michael Brooks talks to Neil about how maths underpins the rise of civilisation in his new book The Art of More. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/18/202229 minutes, 25 seconds
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Little Atoms 732 - Helen Oyeyemi's Peaces

Helen Oyeyemi talks to Neil about her latest novel Peaces. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/11/202228 minutes, 17 seconds
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Little Atoms 731 - Kelefa Sanneh's Major Labels

The New Yorker's Music critic Kelefa Sanneh talks to Neil about his new book Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/4/202233 minutes, 43 seconds
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Little Atoms 730 - Judy Golding on William Golding

On the last Little Atoms of 2021, Judy Golding talks to Neil about her father William Golding, on the republication by Faber of The Inheritors, Pincher Martin and The Spire. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/21/202128 minutes, 10 seconds
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Little Atoms 729 - Rebecca Donner's All The Frequent Troubles Of Our Days

Rebecca Donner talks to Neil about her great-great-aunt Mildred Harnack and her part in the German Reistance to Hitler, in her new book All The Frequent Troubles Of Our Days. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/14/202136 minutes, 45 seconds
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Little Atoms 728 - Tom Chivers' London Clay

Tom Chivers joins Neil to talk about walking the historical strata of London and it's hidden rivers, in his new book London Clay. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/7/202126 minutes, 34 seconds
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Little Atoms 727 - Nickolas Butler's Godspeed

Neil talks to Nickolas Butler about his latest novel Godspeed. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/30/202120 minutes, 34 seconds
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Little Atoms 726 - Ruth Ozeki's The Book of Form & Emptiness

Neil talks to Ruth Ozeki about her latest novel The Book of Form & Emptiness. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/23/202129 minutes, 37 seconds
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Little Atoms 725 - Qian Julie Wang's Beautiful Country

Qian Julie Wang talks to Neil about growing up hungry and afraid in America as an undocumented migrant, in her new memoir Beautiful Country. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/16/202134 minutes, 50 seconds
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Little Atoms 724 - Tom Standage's A Brief History Of Motion

Tom Standage talks to Neil about his new book A Short History Of Motion, from who invented the wheel to self-driving cars. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/9/202134 minutes, 10 seconds
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Little Atoms 723 - Monisha Rajesh's Around The World In 80 Trains

Monisha Rajesh, author of Around The World in 80 Trains, talks to Neil about how her obsession with train travel began, puts up a hearty defence of Amtrak, and tells of her travels to North Korea. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/2/202138 minutes, 55 seconds
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Little Atoms 722 - Mary Roach's Fuzz

Mary Roach talks to Neil about house-breaking bears and monkey muggers in her new book Fuzz: When Nature Breaks The Law. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/25/202130 minutes, 16 seconds
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Little Atoms 721 - Alexandra Kleeman's Something New Under The Sun

Alexandra Kleeman talks to Neil about her latest novel Something New Under The Sun. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/18/202132 minutes, 6 seconds
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Little Atoms 720 - Jackie Higgins' Sentient

Jackie Higgins talks to Neil about what the amazing senses of animals from the cheetah to the octopus can tell us about our own senses in her new book Sentient. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/202132 minutes, 37 seconds
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Little Atoms 719 - Sebastian Faulks' Snow Country

Birdsong author Sebastian Faulks talks to Neil about his latest novel Snow Country, set in Austria between the wars, the second novel of an Austrian trilogy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/4/202128 minutes, 24 seconds
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Little Atoms 718 - Geoff Dyer's SEE/SAW

Geoff Dyer talks to Neil about SEE/SAW his latest collection of essays on looking at photographs. Yes we talk about lots of photographs on an audio podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/27/202131 minutes, 5 seconds
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Little Atoms 717 - Travis Elborough's Through The Looking Glasses

Cultural critic Travis Elborough talks to Neil about the history an cultural impact of spectacles in his latest book Through The Looking Glasses. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/23/202129 minutes, 18 seconds
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Little Atoms 716 - Lauren Groff's Matrix

Lauren Groff returns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil about her latest novel Matrix, a meticulously recreated historical fiction set in a 12th century abbey. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/20/202128 minutes, 24 seconds
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Little Atoms 715 - Julianne Pachico's The Anthill

Julianne Pachico talks to Neil about her Colombia set debut novel The Anthill. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/16/202126 minutes, 16 seconds
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Little Atoms 714 - Joyce Carol Oates' Breathe

Joyce Carol Oates talks to Neil about her latest novel Breathe, "a memoir that has been reimagined as a work of fiction" about grief. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/13/202128 minutes, 21 seconds
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Little Atoms 713 - Ece Temelkuran's Together

Ece Temelkuran returns to Little Atoms to tell Padraig about Together: Ten Choices for a Better Now, the sequel to the global hit How To Lose A Country. Ece discusses how criticism replaced action, the role of the exile, and the radical proposition of trust. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/9/202140 minutes, 41 seconds
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Little Atoms 712 - Elif Shafak's The Island of Missing Trees

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist whose work has been translated into 54 languages. Shafak's last novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize. She talks to Neil about her latest novel The Island of Missing Trees, set in Cyprus during the partition and contemporary London, and featuring a rather unusual narrator. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/6/202128 minutes, 24 seconds
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Little Atoms 711 - Stephen Walker's Beyond

Stephen Walker talks to Neil about the 60th annversary of Yuri Gagarin's incredible journey into space in his new book Beyond. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/30/202143 minutes, 22 seconds
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Little Atoms 710 - Jean Hanff Korelitz's The Plot

Jean Hanff Korelitz talks to Neil about her latest novel The Plot, which centers around the literary world and the contested ownership of the right to tell a story. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/26/202129 minutes, 3 seconds
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Little Atoms 709 - Julian Sancton's Madhouse at the End of the Earth

Julian Sancton on his new book Madhouse at the End of the Earth, and incredible survival story of an ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/23/202129 minutes, 18 seconds
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Little Atoms 708 - Laura Lippman's Dream Girl

Laura Lippman talks to Neil about the gentrification of Baltimore and using elements of the horror genre in her new novel Dream Girl, and of writing about herself in her essay collection My Life as a Villainess. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/19/202127 minutes, 53 seconds
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Little Atoms 707 - Brandy Schillace's Mr Humble & Dr Butcher

Brandy Schillace tells Neil the incredible story of Dr Robert White and his quest to perform the first head transplant. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/16/202131 minutes, 4 seconds
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Little Atoms 706 - Michael Spitzer's The Musical Human

Michael Spitzer talks to Neil about his new history of the world through the evolution of music, The Musical Human. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/9/202128 minutes, 2 seconds
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Little Atoms 705 - Alice Bell's Our Biggest Experiment

Alice Bell talks to Neil about her history of climate change, Our Biggest Experiment. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/2/202135 minutes, 23 seconds
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Little Atoms 704 - Karl Deisseroth's Connections

Neil talks to optogenetics pioneer Karl Deisseroff about the work of his Stanford lab, and about his new book Connections: A Story of Human Feeling. Also contains Karl's wind-chimes. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/26/202129 minutes, 24 seconds
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Little Atoms 703 - Stephanie Scott's What's Left Of Me Is Yours

Stephanie Scott talks to Neil about her debut novel What's Left Of Me Is Yours. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/19/202128 minutes, 44 seconds
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Little Atoms 702 - Alex Von Tunzelmann's Fallen Idols

Alex von Tunzelmann is a bestselling author, screenwriter, broadcaster, and media commentator. Her latest book is Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History. Inspired by the toppling of the Edward Colson statue in Bristol, Alex tackles the bad faith arguments of the culture warriors head on, talking about some historical examples of other statues around the world that have fallen from favour. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/12/202128 minutes, 53 seconds
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Little Atoms 701 - Scott Weidensaul's A World On The Wing

Scott Weidensaul is one of the most respected natural history writers in the country. Among the more than 30 books he's written are Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His latest book is A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/5/202134 minutes, 1 second
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Little Atoms 700 - Jonathan Meades' Pedro and Ricky Come Again

It's the 700th episode of Little Atoms, and writer and filmmaker Jonathan Meades returns for the tenth time to talk to Neil about his new collection of journalism Pedro and Ricky Come Again. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/28/202130 minutes, 21 seconds
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Little Atoms 699 - Juliet Jacques' Variations

Juliet Jacques is a writer and filmmaker based in London, and a fellow contributor to Resonance FM. She is the author of Trans: A Memoir, and now a collection of short stories Variations, which uses "found" documents and real-life events to rewrite and reinvigorate a history of transgender Britain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/21/202133 minutes, 30 seconds
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Little Atoms 698 - Cherie Jones and Kate Mosse

Neil talks to Cherie Jones about her Women's Prize shortlisted debut novel How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House, and to Kate Mosse about the Women's Prize Trust Discoveries programme. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/14/202159 minutes, 16 seconds
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Little Atoms 697 - Natasha Pulley's The Kingdoms

Natasha Pulley talks to Neil about time travel, slavery and the UK under French occupation in her latest novel The Kingdoms. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/7/202128 minutes, 37 seconds
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Little Atoms 696 - Jonathan Ames' A Man Named Doll

Jonathan Ames talks to Neil about A Man Named Doll, the first in a series of detective novels about "A troubled man, aged 50", as coincidentally Neil is this week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/31/202129 minutes, 56 seconds
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Little Atoms 695 - Clare Chambers' Small Pleasures

Clare Chambers talks to Neil about her Women's Prize 2021 longlisted novel Small Pleasures, about repressed love and parthenogenesis in the South East London suburbs. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/24/202128 minutes, 55 seconds
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Little Atoms 694 - Tabitha Lasley's Sea State

Tabitha Lasley talks to Neil about her first book Sea State, a study of masculinity in the oil industry, which becomes an accidental memoir when she becomes to close to her story. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/20/202130 minutes, 17 seconds
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Little Atoms 693 - Philip Hoare's Albert & The Whale

Philip Hoare returns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil about his fascination with Albrecht Dürer, and Dürer's fascination with painting a whale in his new book Albert & The Whale. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/17/202124 minutes, 49 seconds
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Little Atoms 692 - Helen Scales' The Brilliant Abyss

Helen Scales returns to Little Atoms and talks to Neil about exploring the deep oceans, how creatures survive the great depths, and how human activity threatens even the deepest places in her new book The Brilliant Abyss. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/10/202129 minutes, 50 seconds
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Little Atoms 691 - Tom Higham's The World Before Us

Tom Higham talks to Neil about the hunt for the Denisovans, and our other hominid ancestors. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/6/202131 minutes, 51 seconds
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Little Atoms 690 - Claire Fuller's Unsettled Ground

Claire Fuller talks to Neil about her 2021 Women's Prize shortlisted fourth novel Unsettled Ground. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/29/202128 minutes, 22 seconds
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Little Atoms 689 - Cat Jarman's River Kings

Dr Cat Jarman talks to Neil about how an Indian Carnelian bead ends up in a Viking grave in Derbyshire, in her new history of the Vikings, River Kings. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/26/202134 minutes, 37 seconds
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Little Atoms 688 - Una Mannion's A Crooked Tree

Una Mannion talks to Neil about her debut novel A Crooked Tree. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/22/202128 minutes, 54 seconds
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Little Atoms 687 - Chris Power's A Lonely Man

Chris Power talks to Neil about Russian oligarchs, paranoia and the ethics of using real life in fiction, in his debut novel A Lonely Man. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/19/202129 minutes, 31 seconds
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Little Atoms 686 - Sarah Leipciger's Coming Up For Air

Born and raised in Canada, Sarah Leipciger lives in London with her three children, and teaches creative writing to prisoners. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Asham Award, the Fish Prize and the Bridport Prize. Her first novel, the critically acclaimed The Mountain Can Wait, was published in 2015. Coming Up For Air is her second novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/15/202126 minutes, 32 seconds
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Little Atoms 685 - Gavin Francis's Intensive Care

Little Atoms' favourite GP Gavin Francis returns to talk about his new book Intensive Care, which details his experiences of Covid 19. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/12/202130 minutes, 58 seconds
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Little Atoms 684 - Bob Stanley and Tessa Norton's Excavate!

Tessa Norton and Bob Stanley talk to Neil about their new book Excavate! The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/8/202127 minutes, 25 seconds
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Little Atoms 683 - Sam Byers' Come Join Our Disease

Sam Byers is the author of Idiopathy (2013) and Perfidious Albion (2018). He talks to Neil about ideas of freedom, wellness and degradation in his new novel Come Join Our Disease. NB: For some reason Neil's end sounds like he was recorded at the bottom of a well, but Sam sounds fine and that's the main thing. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/5/202131 minutes, 51 seconds
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Little Atoms 682 - Melanie Challenger's How To Be Animal

Melanie Challenger talks to Neil about her new book How To Be Animal, which combines popular science, history and moral philosophy in a wide-ranging and radical new take on the human story and what it means for us today. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/1/202134 minutes, 32 seconds
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Little Atoms 681 - Jess Walter's The Cold Millions

Jess Walter talks to Neil about his new novel The Cold Millions, which features union organising, riots and the suppression of protest. Set in Spokane in 1909, but seemingly ripped out of today's headlines. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/29/202131 minutes, 29 seconds
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Little Atoms 680 - Courttia Newland's A River Called Time

Courttia Newland is the author of The Scholar, Snakeskin and The Gospel According to Cane. He co-edited The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain, and his short stories have featured in various anthologies. He talks to Neil about working with Steve McQueen on Little Axe, and about taking 20 years to write his multiverse spanning, world decolonising novel A River Called Time. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/26/202127 minutes, 26 seconds
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Little Atoms 679 - Yaa Gyasi's Transcendent Kingdom

The Author of Homegoing Yaa Gyasi talks to Neil about the American opioid epidemic, finding meaning through both faith and science, and growing up in Alabama in her latest novel Transcendent Kingdom, which is long-listed for the 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction. Featuring an appearance by Yaa's dog. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/23/202130 minutes, 17 seconds
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Little Atoms 678 - Kat Arney's Rebel Cell

Dr Kat Arney talks about how cancer breaks the rules, via naked mole rats, nazi scientists and chimney sweep's scrotums in her new book Rebel Cell. See her website for more details: https://www.rebelcellbook.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/19/202130 minutes, 41 seconds
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Little Atoms 677 - Sebastian Barry's A Thousand Moons

For the week of St Patrick's Day Neil talks to the current Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry on the paperback release of his latest novel A Thousand Moons. Sebastian talks about finding his family through fiction, and how an Arshile Gorky painting, a pet dog, the writings of Peter Matthiessen and watching RuPaul's Drag Race all influenced Days Without End and A Thousand Moons. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/16/202129 minutes, 44 seconds
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Little Atoms 676 - Robert Jones Jr's The Prophets

Robert Jones, Jr. is a writer from Brooklyn, N.Y. He earned both his B.F.A. in creative writing and M.F.A. in fiction from Brooklyn College. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Essence and The Paris Review. He is the creator of the social justice social media community, Son of Baldwin. He talks to Neil about his debut novel The Prophets. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/9/202132 minutes, 28 seconds
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Little Atoms 675 - Rebecca Watson's little scratch

Rebecca Watson talks to Neil about her debut novel little scratch, which was published recently to critical acclaim. She is one of The Observer’s 10 best debut novelists of 2021. Watson writes for publications including the TLS, Granta and the Guardian, and is part-time Assistant Arts Editor at the Financial Times. In 2018, she was shortlisted for the White Review Short Story Prize. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/5/202128 minutes, 41 seconds
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Little Atoms 674 - Francis Spufford's Light Perpetual

Francis Spufford returns to Little Atoms to talk to Neil about his new novel Light Perpetual. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/2/202139 minutes, 50 seconds
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Little Atoms 673 - Sara Seager's The Smallest Lights in the Universe

Sara Seager is an astrophysicist and a professor of physics and planetary science at MIT. She talks about her new memoir The Smallest Lights in the Universe, about juggling being a MacArthur award winning astrophysicist with being a widowed single-mother, and brings Neil up to speed with the latest news in the hunt for exo-planets. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/26/202127 minutes, 52 seconds
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Little Atoms 672 - Max Porter's The Death of Francis Bacon

Max Porter is the author of Lanny, longlisted for the Booker Prize, and Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. He is the recipient of the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year award. He talks to Neil about painting with words in his latest book The Death of Francis Bacon. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/23/202128 minutes, 54 seconds
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Little Atoms 671 - Torrey Peters' Detransition, Baby

Torrey Peters lives in Brooklyn and holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth. She is the author of two novellas, Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones and The Masker. She talks to Neil about ideas of motherhood, ethical surgery, the politically fraught concept of detransitioning and what trans women and divorced cis women have in common in her debut novel Detransition, Baby. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/16/202141 minutes, 46 seconds
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Little Atoms 670 Cal Flyn's Islands of Abandonment

Cal Flyn, author of the memoir Thicker Than Water, talks about her latest book Islands of Abandonment: Life In The Post-Human Landscape. She talks to Neil about her travels to post-industrial wastelands, nuclear exclusion zones and sites of natural disasters to see how nature can reclaim even the most polluted landscapes. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/9/202138 minutes, 23 seconds
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Little Atoms 669 - Jason Diakité's A Drop of Midnight

Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité is one of Sweden’s most well-known hip-hop artists. Born in Lund to American parents—an African American dad and a white mom—he has released eight solo albums and numerous singles, the majority of which have reached gold or platinum status. He talks to Neil about his new memoir A Drop of Midnight, in which he talks about growing up conflicted in Sweden, and his travels to South Carolina in search of his ancestors. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/2/202128 minutes, 28 seconds
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Little Atoms 668 - Andrew Harding's These Are Not Gentle People

Andrew Harding is the BBC's Africa correspondent. He talks to Neil about his new book These Are Not Gentle People, about a crime that shook South Africa and split a community apart. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/29/202124 minutes, 43 seconds
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Little Atoms 667 - Stuart Turton's The Devil And The Dark Water

Stuart Turton's debut novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, won the Costa First Novel Award and the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Best Novel, and was shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards and the British Book Awards Debut of the Year. A Sunday Times bestseller for three weeks, it has been translated into over thirty languages and has also been a bestseller in Italy, Russia and Poland. His latest novel is The Devil And The Dark Water. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/26/202129 minutes, 33 seconds
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Little Atoms 666 - Ivy Pochoda's These Women

Ivy Pochoda is the author of The Art of Disappearing, Visitation Street - a Guardian and Amazon best book of 2013 - and Wonder Valley, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and a winner of the Strand Critics Circle Award. For many years she was a world-ranked squash player. She teaches creative writing at the Lamp Arts Studio in Skid Row. Ivy grew up in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives in West Adams, Los Angeles. Her latest novel is These Women. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/18/202133 minutes, 1 second
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Little Atoms 665 - George Saunders' A Swim In A Pond In The Rain

On this week's show, George Saunders, author of the Booker Prize winning novel Lincoln In The Bardo, talks to Neil about the genius of the Russian short story in his latest book A Swim In A Pond In The Rain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/12/202131 minutes, 9 seconds
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Little Atoms 664 - John Lanchester's Reality and Other Stories

Just in time for Christmas! John Lanchester joins Neil for some spooky stories in his first short story collection, Reality and Other Stories. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/24/202026 minutes, 28 seconds
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Little Atoms 663 - Alex Ross' Wagnerism

Alex Ross graduated from Harvard in 1990. He wrote for the New York Times from 1992 until 1996 when he became staff writer at the New Yorker. His first book, The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, won the Guardian First Book Award. It was also shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the author of the essay collection Listen to This. His latest book is Wagnerism: Art and politics in the shadow of music. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/8/202029 minutes, 47 seconds
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Little Atoms 662 - Noreena Hertz's The Lonely Century

Noreena Hertz is a renowned thought leader, academic, and broadcaster who was named by The Observer “one of the world’s leading thinkers” and by Vogue “one of the world’s most inspiring women.” Her previous bestsellers—The Silent Takeover, I.O.U. and Eyes Wide Open—have been published in more than twenty countries, and her opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Financial Times, El Pais, Die Zeit and South China Morning Post. Hertz holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from Cambridge University. She is based at University College London, where she holds an Honorary Professorship. Her latest book is The Lonely Century. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/1/202030 minutes, 36 seconds
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Little Atoms 661 - Gavin Francis' Island Dreams

Gavin Francis is an award-winning writer and GP. He is the author of four books of non-fiction, including Adventures in Human Being, which was a Sunday Times bestseller and won the Saltire Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award, and Empire Antarctica, which won Scottish Book of the Year in the SMIT Awards and was shortlisted for both the Ondaatje and Costa Prizes. He has written for the Guardian, The Times, the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books. His work is published in eighteen languages. His latest book is Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/24/202029 minutes, 15 seconds
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Little Atoms 660 - William Boyd's Trio

William Boyd was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana, and grew up there and in Nigeria. He is the author of fifteen highly acclaimed, bestselling novels and five collections of stories. His latest novel is Trio. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/17/202028 minutes, 42 seconds
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Little Atoms 659 - Rebecca Wragg Sykes' Kindred

Rebecca Wragg Sykes has been fascinated by the vanished worlds of the Pleistocene ice ages since childhood, and followed this interest through a career researching the most enigmatic characters of all, the Neanderthals. Alongside her academic expertise, she has also earned a reputation for exceptional public engagement as a speaker, in print and broadcast. Her writing has featured in the Guardian, Aeon and Scientific American, and she has appeared on history and science programmes for BBC Radio 4. She works as an archaeological and creative consultant, and co-founded the influential TrowelBlazers project, and Rebecca is now the author of Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/10/202054 minutes, 16 seconds
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Little Atoms 658 - Kate Summerscale's The Haunting of Alma Fielding

Kate Summerscale is the author of the number one bestselling The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2008, winner of the Galaxy British Book of the Year Award, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and adapted into a major ITV drama. Her first book, the bestselling The Queen of Whale Cay, won a Somerset Maugham award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread biography award. Her latest book, The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story is shortlisted for the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/31/202025 minutes, 42 seconds
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Little Atoms 657 - Natalie Haynes' Pandora's Jar

Natalie Haynes is the author of six books, her novels, A Thousand Ships, The Children of Jocasta, and The Amber Fury, and the non-fiction works, Pandora’s Jar, about women in Greek Myth, and The Ancient Guide To Modern Life.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/27/202031 minutes, 19 seconds
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Little Atoms 656 - Gabriel Bergmoser's The Hunted

Gabriel Bergmoser is an award-winning Melbourne-based author, who grew up in a small rural town. In 2015 he won the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award for his pilot Windmills, and his plays include Heroes, which was nominated for the 2017 Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing. His musical, Moonlite, about a gay bushranger, was performed as part of the 2018 Midsumma Festival to critical acclaim, and was later selected for the Homegrown Grassroots development initiative. A film adaptation of his latest novel The Hunted is being developed in a joint production between Stampede Ventures and Vertigo Entertainment in Los Angeles. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/19/202032 minutes, 45 seconds
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Little Atoms 655 - Matthew Baker's Why Visit America

Matthew Baker is the author of the story collection Hybrid Creatures. His stories have appeared in the Paris Review, American Short Fiction, New England Review, One Story, Electric Literature and Conjunctions, and in anthologies including Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions. A recipient of grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Commission and the MacDowell Colony, among many others, he has an MFA from Vanderbilt University, where he was the founding editor of Nashville Review. His latest story collection is Why Visit America. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/12/202028 minutes, 11 seconds
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Little Atoms 654 - Jo Marchant's The Human Cosmos

Dr Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist. She has a PhD in genetics and medical microbiology from St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, London, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College. She has worked as an editor at New Scientist and Nature, and her articles have appeared in the Guardian, Wired, Observer, New York Times and Washington Post. She is the author of Decoding the Heavens, shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books, and Cure, shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books and longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize. Her latest book is The Human Cosmos: A Secret History of The Stars. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/5/202027 minutes, 16 seconds
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Little Atoms 653 - Terri White's Coming Undone

Terri White is Editor-in-Chief of Empire magazine, having previously edited some of the most read titles in the UK and US, including Time Out New York and Shortlist, where she was named Men's Magazine Editor of the Year. She has also written for the Guardian and The Pool. Her first book is the memoir Coming Undone. NB: This interview contains discussion of domestic violence, sexual abuse and self-harm. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/28/202029 minutes, 9 seconds
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Little Atoms 652 - Michael Bond's Wayfinding

Michael Bond, who won the British Psychology Society Prize 2015 for The Power of Others, is a freelance journalist and former senior editor and reporter at New Scientist. His latest book is Wayfinding: The Art and Science of How We Find and Lose Our Way. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/21/202027 minutes, 44 seconds
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Little Atoms 651 - David Eagleman's Livewired

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Stanford University, an internationally bestselling author, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He is the writer and presenter of The Brain, an Emmy-nominated PBS/BBC television series that asks what it means to be human from a neuroscientist's point of view. Eagleman’s research encompasses time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system. He is the author of many books, including Sum, Incognito, The Brain, and The Runaway Species. Dr. Eagleman appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature. His latest book is Livewired: The Inside Story of The Ever-Changing Brain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/17/202019 minutes, 49 seconds
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Little Atoms 650 - Susanna Moore's Miss Aluminium

Susanna Moore is the author of the novels The Life of Objects, The Big Girls, One Last Look, In the Cut, Sleeping Beauties, The Whiteness of Bones, and My Old Sweetheart, and two books of nonfiction, Light Years: A Girlhood in Hawai'i and I Myself Have Seen It: The Myth of Hawai'i. She lives in New York City. Her latest book is the memoir Miss Aluminium. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/14/202027 minutes
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Little Atoms 649 - Sophie Mackintosh's Blue Ticket

Sophie Mackintosh is the author of The Water Cure, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 and won a Betty Trask Award 2019. Sophie talks to Neil about her "a bit speculative, a bit dystopian" new novel Blue Ticket. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/7/202025 minutes, 25 seconds
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Little Atoms 648 - Douglas Stuart's Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart talks to Neil about his Man Booker longlisted, Glasgow set debut novel Shuggie Bain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/31/202031 minutes, 2 seconds
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Little Atoms 647 - Maria Konnikova's The Biggest Bluff

Maria Konnikova talks to Neil Denny about her latest book The Biggest Bluff, in which she sets out to study luck and instead becomes a professional poker player. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/24/202040 minutes, 42 seconds
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From The Archive - Luke Turner's Out Of The Woods

Luke Turner is a writer and editor based in London. He co-founded the influential music website The Quietus where he runs a regular podcast and radio show. He has contributed to the Guardian, Dazed & Confused, Vice, NME, Q Mojo, Monocle, Nowness and Somesuch Stories, among other publications. Out of the Woods is his first book. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/17/202027 minutes, 40 seconds
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From The Archive - Chris Power's Mothers

Chris Power lives and works in London. His 'Brief Survey of the Short Story' has appeared in the Guardian since 2007. His fiction has been published in The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review and The White Review. Mothers is his first book. This interview first broadcast in May 2018. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/10/202040 minutes, 55 seconds
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From The Archive - Amy Sackville's Painter To The King

Amy Sackville was born in 1981. She studied English and Theatre Studies at Leeds, and went on to do an MPhil in English at Exeter College, Oxford, and an MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths. Her first novel was The Still Point, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize and won the 2010 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and her second was Orkney, which won a 2014 Somerset Maugham Award. Her latest novel is Painter to the King. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/3/202029 minutes, 38 seconds
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Little Atoms 646 - Frances Cha's If I Had Your Face

Frances Cha is a former editor for CNN in Seoul and Hong Kong. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Columbia University MFA writing program, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. If I Had Your Face is her first novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/27/202021 minutes, 26 seconds
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Little Atoms 645 - Jenny Kleeman's Sex Robots and Vegan Meat

Jenny Kleeman is a journalist and documentary-maker who has travelled the world finding extraordinary characters to turn into film, print and audio. She writes for the Guardian, The Times, the Sunday Times and Tortoise. Sex Robots & Vegan Meat is her first book. In this interview Jenny talks on Neil about... sex robots, plus future technologies around giving birth. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/20/202031 minutes, 36 seconds
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Little Atoms 644 - Adam Hart's Unfit For Purpose

Adam Hart is a biologist, broadcaster, academic and author. Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire, Adam is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4, and a presenter on BBC2. Adam talks about his new book Unfit for Purpose: When Human Evolution Collides with the Modern World, and how our bodies are not built to cope with the modern diet, stress, social media and "fake news". Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/13/202032 minutes, 26 seconds
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Little Atoms 643 - Emily Anthes' The Great Indoors

Science Writer Emily Anthes on her new book The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behaviour, Health, and Happiness. Emily talks to Neil about designing better hospitals, schools and prisons, "amphibious" homes and building a house on Mars. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/6/202028 minutes, 17 seconds
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Little Atoms 642 - Simon Stephenson's Set My Heart To Five

Simon Stephenson is an author and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. His previous book Let Not The Waves Of The Sea won Best First Book at the Scottish Book Awards. Set My Heart To Five is his debut novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/29/202027 minutes, 54 seconds
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Little Atoms 641 - Lars Iyer's Nietzsche And The Burbs

Lars Iyer is the author of the novels Nietzsche and the Burbs (2020) and Wittgenstein Jr (2014). He has also written a trilogy of novels, Spurious, Dogma and Exodus, which has received rave reviews in nearly all major literary publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Spectator and The Believer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/22/202025 minutes, 11 seconds
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Little Atoms 640 - Richard Atkinson's Mr Atkinson's Rum Contract

Richard Atkinson is a publisher who has been behind some of the most successful cookbooks of recent years. He lives in London but has a deep-rooted affection for the north of England, the land of his ancestors. He is the author of Mr Atkinson's Rum Contract: The Story of a Tangled Inheritance. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/15/202028 minutes, 12 seconds
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Little Atoms 639 - David Farrier's Footprints

David Farrier teaches English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. In 2017 he was the recipient of the Royal Society of Literature's Giles St Aubyn Award for Non-Fiction, and his work had appeared in Eon and The Atlantic. His first book is Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/8/202029 minutes, 15 seconds
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Little Atoms 638 - Mark O'Connell's Notes From An Apocalypse

Mark O'Connell is the author of To Be a Machine, which won the Wellcome Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2017. He lives in Dublin with his family. He writes for the Guardian, Slate, the New York Times and The Millions. His latest book is Notes From An Apocalypse: A Personal Journey To The End of The World and Back. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/1/202035 minutes, 49 seconds
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From The Archive - Fern Riddell's Death In Ten Minutes

Dr Fern Riddell is a historian specialising in sex, suffrage and culture in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. She appears regularly on TV and radio, and writes for the Guardian, Huffington Post, Telegraph and Times Higher Education among others, and is a columnist for BBC History Magazine. Fern is the author of The Victorian Guide to Sex, and most recently Death in Ten Minutes: Kitty Marion: Activist. Arsonist. Suffragette. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/25/202040 minutes, 40 seconds
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Little Atoms 637 - Garth Greenwell's Cleanness

Garth Greenwell is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow. His novella Mitko won the Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award. His novel What Belongs to You has been widely acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic. His latest book is Cleanness. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/18/202037 minutes, 53 seconds
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Little Atoms 636 - Kiran Millwood Hargrave's The Mercies

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet, playwright, and novelist. The Mercies is her first novel for adults. Her bestselling works for children include The Girl of Ink & Stars and have won numerous awards including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year and the Blackwell's Children's Book of the Year. They have also been shortlisted for prizes such as the Costa Children's Book Award, the Blue Peter Best Story Award and the Foyles Book of the Year Award. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/11/202028 minutes, 39 seconds
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Little Atoms 635 - Ingrid Persaud's Love After Love

Born in Trinidad, Ingrid Persaud won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2017 and the BBC Short Story Award in 2018. She read law at the LSE and was a legal academic before taking degrees in fine art at Goldsmiths, University of London and Central Saint Martins. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Prospect and Pree magazines. Her debut novel is Love After Love. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/4/202027 minutes, 49 seconds
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Little Atoms 634 - Philip Hensher's A Small Revolution in Germany

Philip Hensher has written eleven novels, including The Mulberry Empire, the Booker-shortlisted The Northern Clemency, King of the Badgers, The Friendly Ones and Scenes from Early Life, which won the Ondaatje Prize in 2012. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Bath Spa, and his latest novel is A Small Revolution in Germany. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/27/202026 minutes, 13 seconds
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Little Atoms 633 - Eimear McBride's Strange Hotel

Eimear McBride is the author of the novels The Lesser Bohemians (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize) and A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing (winner of the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, and others). She was the inaugural creative fellow at the Beckett Research Centre, University of Reading, and occasionally writes for The Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, and The Irish Times. Her latest novel is Strange Hotel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/20/202019 minutes, 19 seconds
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Little Atoms 632 - Rosanna Amaka's The Book of Echoes

Rosanna Amaka was born to African and Caribbean parents. She began writing her debut novel The Books of Echoes twenty years ago to give voice to the Brixton community in which she grew up. Her community was fast disappearing – as a result of gentrification, emigration back to the Caribbean and Africa, or simply with the passing away of the older generation. Its depiction of unimaginable pain redeemed by love and hope was also inspired by a wish to understand the impact of history on present-day lives. Rosanna Amaka lives in South London. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/13/202022 minutes, 19 seconds
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From The Archive - Damian Barr's You Will Be Safe Here

Damian Barr is an award-winning writer and columnist. Maggie & Me, his memoir about coming of age and coming out in Thatcher's Britain, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and Sunday Times Memoir of the Year, and won the Paddy Power Political Books 'Satire' Award and Stonewall Writer of the Year Award. Damian writes columns for the Big Issue and High Life and often appears on BBC Radio 4. He is creator and host of his own Literary Salon that premieres work from established and emerging writers. His debut novel You Will Be Safe Here is out now in paperback. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/6/202031 minutes, 20 seconds
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Little Atoms 631 - Stephen Moss' The Accidental Countryside

Stephen Moss is a naturalist, broadcaster, television producer and author. In a distinguished career at the BBC Natural History Unit his credits included Springwatch, Birds Britannia and The Nature of Britain. His books include The Robin: A Biography, A Bird in the Bush, The Bumper Book of Nature, Wild Hares and Hummingbirds and Wild Kingdom. He is also Senior Lecturer in Nature and Travel Writing at Bath Spa University. Originally from London, he lives with his family on the Somerset Levels, and is President of the Somerset Wildlife Trust. His latest book is The Accidental Countryside: Hidden Havens for Britain's Wildlife. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/30/202029 minutes, 31 seconds
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From the Archive - Yara Rodrigues Fowler's Stubborn Archivist

Yara Rodrigues Fowler is a novelist from South London. She is also a trustee of Latin American Women's Aid, an organisation that runs the only two refuges in Europe for and by Latin American Women. Her debut novel Stubborn Archivist was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and is now out in paperback. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/24/202028 minutes, 14 seconds
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Little Atoms 630 - Ben Halls' The Quarry

Ben Halls is a London-based writer and journalist. He worked in pubs, off licences and several minimum wage jobs before deciding to return to school to pursue his passion for writing. In 2014 Ben completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and completed his Master of Fine Arts at Kingston University in 2016. The Quarry is his debut novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/17/202024 minutes, 32 seconds
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Little Atoms 629 - Peter Swanson's Rules For Perfect Murders

Peter Swanson's novels include The Girl With a Clock for a Heart, nominated for an LA Times book award, The Kind Worth Killing, a Richard and Judy pick and the iBooks store's thriller of the year in 2015, and, most recently, Before She Knew Him. His latest novel is Rules For Perfect Murders. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/10/202029 minutes, 22 seconds
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Little Atoms 628 - Rosamund Lupton's Three Hours

Rosamund Lupton is the author of Sister, a BBC Radio 4 "Book at Bedtime", a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, winner of the Strand Magazine critics award and the Richard and Judy Bookclub Readers' Choice Award. Her next two books Afterwards and The Quality of Silence (also a Richard and Judy pick) were Sunday Times bestsellers. Her books have been published in over thirty languages. Her latest novel is Three Hours. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/3/202027 minutes, 55 seconds
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Little Atoms 627 - Gaia Vince's Transcendence

Gaia Vince is a science writer and broadcaster interested in the interplay between humans and the planetary environment. She has held senior editorial posts at Nature and New Scientist, and her writing has featured in newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, The Times and Scientific American. She also writes and presents science programmes for radio and television. Her research takes her across the world: she has visited more than 60 countries, lived in three and is currently based in London. In 2015, she became the first woman to win the Royal Society Science Book of the Year Prize solo for her debut, Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made. Her latest book is Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/25/202035 minutes, 57 seconds
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From the Archive - Melissa Harrison's All Among The Barley

Melissa Harrison is the author of the novels Clay and At Hawthorn Time, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize, and one work of non-fiction, Rain, which was longlisted for the Wainwright Prize. She is a nature writer, critic and columnist for The Times, the Financial Times and the Guardian, among others. Her latest novel is All Among the Barley. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/18/202026 minutes, 42 seconds
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From the Archive - Lauren Groff's Florida

Lauren Groff is the author of three New York Times bestselling novels – Fates and Furies (named by Barack Obama as his favourite book of 2015), The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia – as well as the story collection Delicate Edible Birds. She graduated from Amherst College and has an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Groff’s fiction has won the Pushcart Prize and the PEN/O. Henry Award, among others, and has been shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2017, she was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. Her stories have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, the Atlantic, One Story and Ploughshares, and in several of the annual The Best New American Stories anthologies. Her latest story collection is Florida. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/11/202033 minutes, 20 seconds
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Little Atoms 626 - Eoin Colfer's Highfire

Eoin Colfer is the author of the internationally bestselling Artemis Fowl series, which has been translated into over forty languages. A Disney film adaptation will be released in 2019, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Dame Judi Dench. Eoin's books have won numerous awards including The British Children's Book of the Year, The Irish Book Awards Children's Book of the Year and The German Children's Book of the Year. Born in Ireland, Eoin was educated at Dublin University and qualified as a primary teacher, before turning his hand to writing in 2001. Highfire is his first adult fantasy novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/4/202028 minutes, 28 seconds
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Little Atoms 625 - An Yu's Braised Pork

An Yu was born and raised in Beijing, and left at the age of eighteen to study in New York at NYU. A graduate of the NYU MFA in Creative Writing, she writes her fiction in English. Braised Pork is her debut novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/28/202028 minutes, 41 seconds
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Little Atoms 624 - Ziya Tong's The Reality Bubble

Ziya Tong is on the board of WWF International and was formerly the Vice Chair of WWF Canada. She presented Daily Planet, Discovery Channel's flagship science programme, until its final season in 2018. Tong also hosted the CBC's Emmy-nominated series ZeD, PBS' national prime-time series, Wired Science, and worked as a correspondent for NOVA scienceNOW. She is the author of The Reality Bubble: Blind Spots, Hidden Truths and the Dangerous Illusions that Shape Our World. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/21/202030 minutes, 18 seconds
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Little Atoms 623 - Susannah Cahalan's The Great Pretender

Susannah Cahalan is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, a memoir about her struggle with a rare autoimmune disease of the brain, which was made into a film by Netflix. Her latest book is The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission that Changed our Understanding of Madness. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/14/202031 minutes, 16 seconds
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Little Atoms 622 - Romesh Gunesekera's Suncatcher

Romesh Gunesekera is the author of many acclaimed works of fiction including Reef, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, The Sandglass, winner of the inaugural BBC Asia Award, and The Match, the ground-breaking cricket novel. His fiction has been translated into over a dozen languages and he is the recipient of many awards including a Premio Mondello in Italy. He was born in Colombo and lives in London. His latest novel is Suncatcher. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/17/201926 minutes, 57 seconds
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Little Atoms 621 - James Meek's To Calais, In Ordinary Time

James Meek is the author of six novels including The People's Act of Love which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won both the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Scottish Arts Council Award. It has been published in more than thirty countries. Meek's last novel The Heart Broke In was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award and he has also written two collections of short stories and two books of non-fiction, Private Island, which won the 2015 Orwell Prize and Dreams of Leaving and Remaining. He is a Contributing Editor to the London Review of Books and writes regularly for the Guardian and New York Times. His latest novel is To Calais, In Ordinary Time. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/201945 minutes, 39 seconds
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Little Atoms 620 - Caleb Klaces' Fatherhood

Padraig Reidy hosts this episode, joined by Caleb Klaces to discuss his debut novel Fatherhood. They talk about the place of being a father today, the value of home and the novel as an adult bildungsroman. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/6/201926 minutes, 35 seconds
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Little Atoms 619 - Emma Forrest's Royals

Emma Forrest has published three novels, an essay collection and the memoir Your Voice In My Head. An Anglo-American currently based in London, she recently wrote and directed her feature debut, Untogether. Her latest novel is Royals. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/3/201926 minutes, 48 seconds
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Little Atoms 618 - Amelia Gentleman's The Windrush Betrayal

In this episode Neil speaks to Guardian reporter Amelia Gentleman. She was named journalist of the year (Press Gazette) and won the 2018 Paul Foot journalism award for her reportage on the Windrush scandal, which led to the downfall of the Home Secretary and the government loosening its ‘hostile environment’ policy for migrants. She tells Neil about her new book The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/26/201928 minutes, 53 seconds
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Little Atoms 617 - David Keenan's For The Good Times

David Keenan was born in Glasgow and grew up in Airdrie, in the west of Scotland, in the late-70s and early-1980s. He is the author of two novels, the cult classic This Is Memorial Device, which won the Collyer Bristow/London Magazine Award for Debut Fiction 2018 and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, and For The Good Times which won the Gordon Burn Prize. He is also the author of England's Hidden Reverse, a history of the UK's post-punk/Industrial underground. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/19/201932 minutes
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Little Atoms 616 Téa Obreht's Inland

Téa Obreht is the author of The Tiger's Wife, winner of the Orange Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award, and her latest novel is Inland. She was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, in 1985 and has lived in the United States since the age of twelve. She currently lives in New York City and teaches at Hunter College. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/15/201930 minutes, 34 seconds
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Little Atoms - Henry McDonald's Two Souls

Padraig Reidy hosts this week, speaking to Guardian journalist and author Henry McDonald about his novel Two Souls. They talk punk, football and paramilitary activity in 70s and 80s Belfast, and how a few wrong choices changed the path of young men's lives. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/12/201929 minutes, 34 seconds
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Little Atoms 614 - Sarah Perry's Melmoth

This week Neil speaks to Sarah Perry, author of the bestselling The Essex Serpent, which won Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 and Book of the Year 2017 at the British Book Awards. Her latest novel is Melmoth. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/5/201930 minutes, 21 seconds
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Little Atoms 613 - Elle Nash's Animals Eat Each Other

Elle Nash is a founding editor of Witch Craft Magazine and a fiction editor at Hobart Pulp. Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Elle, NAILED, Reality Beach, Hobart, and other places. She was a member of the Denver Press Club and now lives in Arkansas. Occasionally she reads tarot in exchange for money. Her debut novel is Animals Eat Each Other. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/29/201928 minutes, 36 seconds
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Little Atoms 612 - Casey Cep's Furious Hours

Casey Cep is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in English, she earned an M.Phil in theology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She is a staff writer at The New Yorker, and her work has appeared in The New York Times and The New Republic, among other publications. She is the author of Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/24/201948 minutes, 10 seconds
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Little Atoms 611 - Mars by 1980

Author and music journalist David Stubbs joins Neil to talk about his latest book Mars by 1980: The Story of Electronic Music. They chat about the evolution of synthesisers, the women who pioneered electronic music and where the genre is now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/21/201932 minutes, 18 seconds
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Little Atoms 610 - Fatima Bhutto's New Kings of the World

Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and grew up between Syria and Pakistan. She is the author of five previous books of fiction and nonfiction. Her debut novel, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, was long listed for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction and the memoir about her father’s life and assassination, Songs of Blood and Sword, was published to acclaim. Her most recent novel is The Runaways, and her latest book is New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/14/201932 minutes, 7 seconds
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Little Atoms 609 - Lillian Li's Number One Chinese Restaurant

Lillian Li joins Neil to talk about her debut novel, Number One Chinese Restaurant, which was longlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for fiction. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/10/201929 minutes, 32 seconds
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Little Atoms 608 - Ben Fergusson's An Honest Man

Novelist Ben Fergusson joins Neil to talk about An Honest Man, the final book of his Berlin Trilogy. They discuss writing against the backdrop of 1989 Berlin, the summer after leaving school, and the novel's parallels between relationships, infidelity and espionage. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/7/201933 minutes, 22 seconds
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Little Atoms 607 - Madeline Stevens' Devotion

Madeline Stevens joins Neil to talk about her first novel, Devotion. They discuss the drafts and graft that come before a debut novel, how Madeline's seven years spent working as a nanny in New York influenced her writing, and how what started out as a short story became Devotion. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/30/201929 minutes, 22 seconds
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Little Atoms 606 - Julian Hoffman's Irreplaceable

Julian Hoffman joins Neil to talk about his latest book Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save Our Wild Places. They discuss the aborted attempt by Boris Johnson to build an airport on the marshland of Kent's Hoo peninsula, what 'protection' really means when it comes to preservation, and why we owe it to future generations to maintain the habitats of threatened species. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/23/201932 minutes, 33 seconds
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Little Atoms 605 - Niven Govinden's This Brutal House

Niven Govinden joins Neil to talk about his new novel This Brutal House, about family and protest in the vogue ball community of 1980s New York. Govinden's previous novels include All The Days And Nights, Graffiti My Soul and Black Bread White Beer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/16/201936 minutes, 54 seconds
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Little Atoms 604 - Ben Smith's Doggerland

Ben Smith is a lecturer in creative writing at Plymouth University, specializing in environmental literature and focusing particularly on oceans, climate change and the ‘Anthropocene’. He joined Neil to talk about his first novel, Doggerland, writing rooted in place, and the enjoyment of writing a character who is "really just a git". Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/12/201929 minutes, 7 seconds
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Little Atoms 603 - Richard Osmond's Rock, Paper, Scissors

Poet Richard Osmond joins Neil to talk about his latest collection, Rock, Paper, Scissors, inspired by his experiences during the London Bridge terrorist attack on 3rd June 2017. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/10/201944 minutes, 4 seconds
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Little Atoms 602 - Jia Tolentino's Trick Mirror

Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the essay collection Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self Delusion is her first book. She joined Neil to talk about how we're all forced to perform and monetize ourselves on the internet, the culture and industries around optimization and life-hacking, and the American tradition of self-reinvention. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/2/201928 minutes, 51 seconds
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Little Atoms 601 - Rachel DeLoache Williams' My Friend Anna

Rachel DeLoache Williams is an ex-Vanity Fair photo editor and author of My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress. She tells Neil about her friendship with Anna Delvey, the 'Russian heiress' who deceived New York's art scene for a year, and how she became her mark. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/26/201930 minutes, 43 seconds
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Little Atoms 600 - Laura Cumming's On Chapel Sands

It's the 600th Little Atoms! and Neil welcomes Laura Cumming back to the show. Laura Cumming has been chief art critic of the Observer since 1999. Her book, The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez, was Book of the Week on Radio 4, Wall Street Journal Book of the Year and a New York Times bestseller. It won the 2017 James Tait Black Biography Prize and was published to critical acclaim (‘A riveting detective story: readers will be spellbound’ Colm Tóibín). Her first book, A Face to the World: On Self-Portraits, was described by Nick Hornby as ‘Brilliant, fizzing with ideas not just about art but human nature’ and by Julian Barnes as ‘that rare item: an art book where the text is so enthralling that the pictures almost seem like an interruption’. Laura’s latest book is On Chapel Sands: My Mother and Other Missing Persons. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/19/201936 minutes, 31 seconds
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Little Atoms 599 - Claire McGlasson's The Rapture

Claire McGlasson is a journalist who works for ITV News and enjoys the variety of life on the road with a TV camera. She lives in Cambridgeshire. The Rapture is her debut novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/12/201930 minutes, 52 seconds
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Little Atoms 598 - Lee Jackson's Palaces of Pleasure

Lee Jackson is a Victorian enthusiast, creator of the popular online resource on the social history of Victorian London, www.victorianlondon.org, and currently working on a PhD entitled 'Dickensland'. His book Dirty Old London was described by The Times as 'a tightly argued, meticulously researched history of sanitation that reads like a novel' and by the Lancet as 'a triumph of popular scholarship'. His latest book Palaces of Pleasure: How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment covers topics as diverse as the origins of modern public house, football, music hall, the Victorian seaside, dance halls and pleasure gardens. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/5/201931 minutes, 18 seconds
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Little Atoms 597 - Namwali Serpell's The Old Drift

Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for women writers in 2011 and was selected for the Africa 39, a 2014 Hay Festival project to identify the best African writers under 40. Her first published story, 'Muzungu', was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2009 and shortlisted for the 2010 Caine Prize for African writing. She won the 2015 Caine Prize for her story 'The Sack'. The Old Drift is her first novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/29/201934 minutes, 18 seconds
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Little Atoms 596 - Caroline Crampton's The Way To The Sea

Caroline Crampton is a writer and editor who contributes regularly to the Guardian, the Mail on Sunday and the New Humanist. She has appeared as a broadcaster on Newsnight, Sky News and BBC Radio 4. Her first book is The Way to The Sea: The Forgotten Histories of The Thames Estuary. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/22/201928 minutes, 37 seconds
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Little Atoms Live at Idler Festival w. Josh Cohen

Recorded live at the Idler Festival 2019 at Fenton House, Hampstead. Josh Cohen is a psychoanalyst in private practice, and Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University of London. He is the author of numerous books and articles on modern literature, psychoanalysis and cultural theory. His books include How to Read Freud and The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark. He is a regular contributor to Guardian, New Statesman and TLS. His latest book is Not Working: Why We Have To Stop. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/18/201943 minutes, 4 seconds
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Little Atoms 595 - Carolina Setterwall's Let's Hope For The Best

Carolina Setterwall was born in 1978 in Sala, Sweden. She studied Media and Communication in Uppsala, Stockholm and London and has worked within the music and publishing industries as an editor and writer. Setterwall lives in Stockholm with her son. Let's Hope for the Best is her first novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/15/201929 minutes
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Little Atoms 594 - Angela Saini's Superior

Angela Saini is an award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Observer, New Scientist, Wired, New Humanist among others, and she regularly presents science programmes on BBC radio. She has won awards from the Association of British Science Writers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. And she was named European Science Journalist of the Year. She has a Masters degree in Engineering from Oxford University and was a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Angela is the author of Geek Nation and Inferior, and her latest book is Superior: The Return of Race Science. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/8/201939 minutes, 46 seconds
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Little Atoms 593 - Keith Kahn-Harris' Strange Hate

Keith Kahn-Harris is a sociologist and writer. He is a senior lecturer at Leo Baeck College, associate lecturer at Birkbeck College, and associate fellow of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research where he runs the European Jewish Research Archive. His previous books include Uncivil War: The Israel Conflict in the Jewish Community. His latest book is Strange Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and the Limits of Diversity. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/4/201934 minutes, 28 seconds
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Little Atoms 592 - Anna Sherman's The Bells of Old Tokyo

Anna Sherman was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. She studied Greek and Latin at Wellesley College and Oxford before moving to Tokyo in 2001. The Bells of Old Tokyo is her first book. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/1/201927 minutes, 28 seconds
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Little Atoms 591 - Richard King's The Lark Ascending

Richard King is the author of the acclaimed How Soon Is Now?, which was named Sunday Times Music Book of the Year, and Original Rockers. His writing has appeared in the Observer, Vice, Guardian, Caught by the River and many other publications. He was co-editor of Loops, an occasional journal of music writing published jointly by Faber & Faber and Domino Records. His latest book is The Lark Ascending: The Music of the British Landscape. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/24/201939 minutes, 27 seconds
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Little Atoms 590 - Wayetu Moore's She Would Be King

Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book and is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University, and the University of Southern California. She teaches at the City University of New York's John Jay College and lives in Brooklyn. She Would Be King is her debut novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/17/201932 minutes, 15 seconds
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Little Atoms 589 - Nathaniel Rich's Losing Earth

Nathaniel Rich is the author of the novels Odds Against Tomorrow and The Mayor’s Tongue. His short fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and VICE, among other publications. He is a writer at large for The New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and The Atlantic. Rich lives with his wife and son in New Orleans. His latest book is Losing Earth: The Decade We Could Have Stopped Climate Change. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/10/201931 minutes, 26 seconds
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Little Atoms 588 - Pete Brown's Pie Fidelity

Pete Brown is a British author, journalist, blogger and broadcaster specialising in food and drink, especially the fun parts like beer and cider. His broad, fresh approach takes in social history, cultural commentary, travel writing, personal discovery and natural history, and his words are always delivered with the warmth and wit you'd expect from a great night down the pub. He writes for newspapers and magazines around the world and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Food Programme. He was named British Beer Writer of the Year in 2009 and 2012, and Fortnum and Mason Online Drinks Writer of the Year in 2015. He blogs at petebrown.net and his latest book is Pie Fidelity: In Defence of British Food. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/6/201933 minutes, 46 seconds
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Little Atoms 587 - Joanne Ramos' The Farm

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a BA from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, she wrote for the Economist as a staff writer. Her debut novel is The Farm. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/3/201934 minutes, 45 seconds
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Little Atoms 586 - Hamid Ismailov's The Devils' Dance

Born in 1954 in Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan, Hamid Ismailov is an Uzbek journalist and writer who was forced to flee Uzbekistan in 1992 due to what the state dubbed `unacceptable democratic tendencies'. He came to the United Kingdom, where he took a job with the BBC World Service. His works are banned in Uzbekistan. Several of his Russian-original novels have been published in English translation, including The Railway, The Dead Lake, which was long listed for the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and The Underground. The Devils' Dance is the first of his Uzbek language novels to appear in English, and the translation by Donald Rayfield won the 2019 ERBD Literature Prize. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/27/201929 minutes, 53 seconds
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Little Atoms 585 - Andrea Lawlor's Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Andrea Lawlor lives in Western Massachusetts and teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College. Lawlor is a fiction editor for Fence and the author of a chapbook, Position Papers (Factory Hollow Press, 2016). Paul Takes The Form of A Mortal Girl is their debut novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/23/201937 minutes, 6 seconds
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Little Atoms 584 - Season Butler's Cygnet

Season Butler is a writer, artist and dramaturg born in Washington, DC. Through her work, she explores her interest in identity and otherness, the opportunities and traps of hindsight and hope, and what it means to look forward to an increasingly wily future. An early draft of of her debut novel Cygnet was shortlisted for the SI Leeds Prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian Women. She lives and works between London and Berlin. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/20/201924 minutes, 23 seconds
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Little Atoms 583 - Dan Richards' Outpost

Dan Richards is the co-author of Holloway (with Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood) and the author of The Beechwood Airship Interviews and Climbing Days. He has written for the Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, Caught by the River, Monocle and the Quietus. He is an RLF Fellow at Bristol University. Dan's latest book is Outpost: A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/16/201932 minutes, 3 seconds
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Little Atoms 582 - Natalie Haynes' A Thousand Ships

Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of The Children of Jocasta and The Amber Fury, which was shortlisted for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year award, and a non-fiction book about Ancient History, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life. She has written and presented two series of the BBC Radio 4 show,Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics. In 2015, she was awarded the Classical Association Prize for her work in bringing Classics to a wider audience. Her latest novel is A Thousand Ships. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/13/201939 minutes, 35 seconds
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Little Atoms 581 - Iain Reid's Foe

Iain Reid is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction. His internationally bestselling debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, has been published in more than twenty countries. Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman is writing and directing a film based on the novel, which Reid will co-produce. His second novel, Foe, was an instant bestseller and feature film rights have been acquired by Anonymous Content, with Reid set to executive produce. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/9/201930 minutes, 37 seconds
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Little Atoms 580 - Bret Easton Ellis' White

Bret Easton Ellis is the author of several novels, including Imperial Bedrooms, Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, Glamorama and Lunar Park, and a collection of stories, The Informers. Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho and The Informers have all been made into films. His first work of non-fiction, White, was  published in 2019. He is the host of the Bret Easton Ellis Podcast available on Patreon. He lives in Los Angeles. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/6/201930 minutes, 19 seconds
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Little Atoms 579 - Bev Thomas' A Good Enough Mother

Bev Thomas was a clinical psychologist in the NHS for many years. She currently works as an organisational consultant in mental health and other services. A Good Enough Mother is her debut novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/2/201929 minutes, 42 seconds
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Little Atoms 578 - Jarett Kobek's Only Americans Burn in Hell

Jarett Kobek is a Turkish-American writer living in California. His novella ATTA, a psychedelic biography of the 9/11 bomber Mohamed Atta, was an unexplained bestseller in parts of Canada. His first novel, I Hate the Internet, was a bestseller everywhere, doing especially well in Serbia. His second novel, The Future Won't Be Long, wasn't a bestseller anywhere, but was published in the United States by a company that printed propaganda for Nazi Germany. His latest novel is Only Americans Burn in Hell. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/29/201947 minutes, 50 seconds
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Little Atoms 577 - Isabella Hammad's The Parisian

Isabella Hammad was born in London. She won the 2018 Plimpton Prize for Fiction for her story 'Mr. Can’aan'. Her writing has appeared in Conjunctions and the Paris Review. The Parisian is her first novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/25/201925 minutes, 43 seconds
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Little Atoms 576 - Will Ashon's Chamber Music

Will Ashon is the author of Strange Labyrinth (Granta, 2017) and two novels. He previously ran BIG DADA records where his artists included Roots Manuva, MF DOOM, Kate Tempest and Diplo. Will's latest book is Chamber Music: About the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces). Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/22/201936 minutes, 11 seconds
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Little Atoms 575 - Temi Oh's Do You Dream of Terra-Two?

Temi Oh graduated from King’s College London in 2015 with a BSci in Neuroscience. While at KCL, Temi founded and ran a book-club called “Neuroscience-fiction”, where she led discussions about science-fiction books which focus on the brain. In 2016, she received an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/18/201929 minutes
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Little Atoms 574 - Steve Brusatte's The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Steve Brusatte is a palaeontologist on the faculty of the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He grew up in the Midwestern United States and has a BS in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago, MSc in Palaeobiology from the University of Bristol (UK), and PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Columbia University in New York. At age 31, Steve is widely recognized as one of the leading palaeontologists of his generation. He has written nearly 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers during his decade of research in the field, discovered and named 10 new species of dinosaurs, and led groundbreaking studies on how dinosaurs rose to dominance and went extinct. Steve is the author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/15/201930 minutes, 38 seconds
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Little Atoms 573 - A K Benjamin's Let Me Not Be Mad

A K Benjamin is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, specialising in diagnostics and acute rehab. Previously he was a screenwriter, spent two years as a contemplative monk and has worked at a number of NGOs, with homeless addicts, with gangs and with children with acquired and congenital neurological conditions. He no longer lives in the UK. A K Benjamin is not his real name. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/11/201927 minutes, 24 seconds
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Little Atoms 572 - Hanna Jameson's The Last

Hanna Jameson wrote her first book at the age of seventeen. Paul Rees of Q Magazine described her as writing like 'an angel on speed'. She has worked for the NHS and travelled the USA, Japan and Europe, developing a particular interest in the US, which led to her studying for a BA in American History. The Last is her fourth novel and her first for Penguin. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/8/201927 minutes, 38 seconds
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Little Atoms 571 - Adam Foulds' Dream Sequence

Adam Foulds most recent books are In the Wolf's Mouth; The Quickening Maze, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won the Encore Award and the European Union Prize for Literature; and The Broken Word, which won the Costa Poetry Award and the Somerset Maugham Award. His latest book is Dream Sequence. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/4/201930 minutes, 21 seconds
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Little Atoms 570 - Damian Barr's You Will Be Safe Here

Damian Barr is an award-winning writer and columnist. Maggie & Me, his memoir about coming of age and coming out in Thatcher's Britain, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and Sunday Times Memoir of the Year, and won the Paddy Power Political Books 'Satire' Award and Stonewall Writer of the Year Award. Damian writes columns for the Big Issue and High Life and often appears on BBC Radio 4. He is creator and host of his own Literary Salon that premieres work from established and emerging writers. You Will Be Safe Here is his debut novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/1/201931 minutes, 20 seconds
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Little Atoms 569 Jan Carson's The Fire Starters

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim, followed by short story collection, Children's Children, and a flash fiction anthology Postcard Stories. In 2016 she won the Harper's Bazaar short story competition and was shortlisted for the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize. The Fire Starters is her second novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/29/201931 minutes, 1 second
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Little Atoms 568 - Luke Turner's Out of the Woods

Luke Turner is a writer and editor based in London. He co-founded the influential music website The Quietus where he runs a regular podcast and radio show. He has contributed to the Guardian, Dazed & Confused, Vice, NME, Q Mojo, Monocle, Nowness and Somesuch Stories, among other publications. Out of the Woods is his first book. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/26/201927 minutes, 40 seconds
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Little Atoms 567 - Lewis Dartnell's Origins

Lewis Dartnell is a Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster. He has won several awards for his science writing, and contributes to the Guardian, the Times and the New Scientist. He has also written for television and appeared on BBC Horizon, Sky News, Wonders of the Universe, Stargazing Live, and the Sky At Night. His previous books include the bestseller The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch and his latest book is Origins: How The Earth Made Us. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/22/201932 minutes, 29 seconds
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Little Atoms 566 - Yara Rodrigues Fowler's Stubborn Archivist

Yara Rodrigues Fowler grew up in a Brazilian-English household in London, where she still lives. She has a BA in English from Oxford and an MA in Comparative Literature at UCL. Yara is a trustee of Latin American Women's Aid, the only refuge run for and by Latin American women in the UK and has also given workshops on gender and power to teenage girls with feminist organisation Fearless Futures. Yara's writing has been published in Litro, and the UCL Publishers' Prize, and she received a Special Mention in the 2015 Galley Beggar Press Short Story Competition. Stubborn Archivist is her debut novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/19/201928 minutes, 14 seconds
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Little Atoms 565 - Ken Hollings' The Space Oracle

Ken Hollings is a writer, broadcaster, cultural theorist and lecturer based in London. He is the author of the books Destroy All Monsters, Welcome To Mars, and The Bright Labyrinth. His work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies throughout the world, and he has written and presented programs for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, NPS in the Netherlands, ABC Australia, and Resonance 104.4FM. His latest book is The Space Oracle. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/15/201934 minutes
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Little Atoms 564 - Fatima Bhutto's The Runaways

Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1982. She grew up in Syria and Pakistan. She is the author of four previous books, most recently the highly acclaimed The Shadow of the Crescent Moon which was longlisted in 2014 for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel is The Runaways. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/12/201934 minutes, 21 seconds
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Little Atoms 563 - Max Porter's Lanny

Max Porter is the author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, which has been translated into twenty languages worldwide, and been made into a stage play starring Cillian Murphy. His latest book is Lanny, the story of a young boy, an elderly artist, and a mysterious spirit. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/8/201947 minutes, 25 seconds
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Little Atoms 562 - John Lanchester's The Wall

John Lanchester was born in Hamburg in 1962. He has worked as a football reporter, obituary writer, book editor, restaurant critic, and deputy editor of the London Review of Books, where he is a contributing editor. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker. He has written four novels, The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Phillips and Fragrant Harbour, and Capital, and two works of non-fiction: Family Romance, a memoir; and Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, about the global financial crisis. His books have won the Hawthornden Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Prize, E.M Forster Award, and the Premi Libreter, been longlisted for the Booker Prize, and been translated into twenty-five languages. His latest novel is The Wall. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/5/201929 minutes, 31 seconds
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Little Atoms 561 - Ece Temelkuran's How To Lose A Country

Ece Temelkuran is an award-winning Turkish novelist and commentator. Her journalism has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel and Frankfurter Allgemeine, and her novels include Women Who Blow On Knots and The Time of Mute Swans. Her latest novel is How To Lose A Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/1/201931 minutes, 35 seconds
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Little Atoms 560 - Dr Julia Shaw's Making Evil

Dr Julia Shaw is a scientist in the Department of Psychology at University College London (UCL). Her academic work, teaching and role as an expert witness have focused on different ways of understanding criminal behaviour. Dr Shaw has consulted as an expert on criminal cases, delivered police-training and military workshops, and has evaluated offender diversion programs. She is also the co-founder of Spot, a start-up that helps employees report workplace harassment and discrimination, and employers take action. Her work has been featured in outlets such as CNN, the BBC, the New Yorker, WIRED, Forbes, the Guardian and Der Spiegel. She is the author of Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/26/201933 minutes, 42 seconds
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Little Atoms 559 - Deborah Lipstadt's Antisemitism Here And Now

Deborah Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Her books include The Eichmann Trial, Denial: holocaust history on trial (a National Jewish Book Award-winner), Denying the Holocaust: the growing assault on truth and memory, and Beyond Belief: the American press and the coming of the Holocaust, 1933–1945. She lives in Atlanta. Her latest book is Antisemitism Here and Now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/20/201941 minutes, 54 seconds
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Little Atoms 558 - Kristen Ghodsee's Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Kristen R. Ghodsee was travelling in Europe, and spent the summer of 1990 witnessing first-hand the initial hope and euphoria that followed the sudden and unexpected collapse of state socialism in the former Eastern Bloc. The political and economic chaos that followed inspired Ghodsee to pursue an academic career studying this upheaval, focusing on how ordinary people’s lives – and women’s particularly – changed when state socialism gave way to capitalism. For the last two decades, she has visited the region regularly and lived for over three years in Bulgaria and the Eastern parts of reunified Germany. Now a professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, she has won many awards for her work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has written six books on gender, socialism, and postsocialism, examining the everyday experiences of upheaval and displacement that continue to haunt the region to this day. Ghodsee also writes on women's issues for the Chronicle of Higher Education and is the co-author of Professor Mommy: Finding Work/Family Balance in Academia. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications such as Eurozine, Aeon, Dissent, Foreign Affairs and The New York Times. Her latest book is Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism And Other Arguments for Economic Independence. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/12/201935 minutes, 53 seconds
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Little Atoms 557 - Georgina Harding's Land of the Living

Georgina Harding is the author of three previous novels: The Solitude of Thomas Cave, The Spy Game and, most recently, Painter of Silence, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. Her first book was a word of non-fiction, In Another Europe, recording a journey she made across Romania in 1988 during the worst times of the Ceausescu regime. It was followed by Tranquebar: A Season in South India, which documented the lives of the people in a small fishing village on the Coromandel coast. Her latest novel is Land of the Living. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/5/201928 minutes, 15 seconds
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Little Atoms 556 - Simon Garfield's In Miniature

Simon Garfield is the author of seventeen acclaimed books of non-fiction including Timekeepers, A Notable Woman (as editor), To the Letter, On the Map, Just My Type and Mauve. His study of AIDS in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham prize. His latest book is In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/29/201931 minutes, 48 seconds
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Little Atoms 555 - Alexander Chee's How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Alexander Chee is the bestselling author of the novels The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh. He is a contributing editor at the New Republic, an editor at large at Virginia Quarterly Review, and a critic at large at the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays 2016, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Guernica, and Tin House, among others. He is an associate professor of English at Dartmouth College. His latest book is the essay collection How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/22/201926 minutes, 51 seconds
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Little Atoms 554 - Adam Weymouth's Kings of the Yukon

Adam Weymouth's work has been published by a wide variety of outlets including the Guardian, the Atlantic and the New Internationalist. His interest in the relationship between humans and the world around them has led him to write on issues of climate change and environmentalism, and most recently, to the Yukon river and the stories of the communities living on its banks. He lives on a 100-year-old Dutch barge on the River Lea in London. His first book, Kings of the Yukon: An Alaskan River Journey won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2018. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/15/201926 minutes, 57 seconds
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Little Atoms 553 - Thea Lim's An Ocean of Minutes

Thea Lim’s novel An Ocean of Minutes is out now from Quercus/Hachette in the UK, Viking/Penguin Random House in Canada, and Touchstone Books/Simon & Schuster in the US. Her writing has been published by the Paris Review, the Guardian, Salon, the National Post, LitHub, Electric Literature, the Millions, the Southampton Review, GRIST and others. She has received multiple awards and fellowships for her work, including artists’ grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Her novella The Same Woman was released by Invisible Publishing in 2007. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston and she previously served as nonfiction editor at Gulf Coast. She grew up in Singapore and lives in Toronto, where she is a professor of creative writing. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/8/201932 minutes, 8 seconds
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From The Archive - Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation

To see in the New Year, here's a repeat of our Interview with Ottessa Moshfegh from August. Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World. Her stories have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and Granta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction; My Year of Rest and Relaxation, her second novel, was a New York Times bestseller. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/1/201929 minutes, 4 seconds
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From the Archive - Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt

For Christmas Day, here's a repeat of our interview from June 2018 with Adam Kay. Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer for TV and film, including Mitchell & Webb and Very British Problems. He previously worked as a junior doctor, detailing his funny and sad experiences in his first book This Is Going To Hurt. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/25/201837 minutes, 33 seconds
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Little Atoms 552 - David Frye's Walls

David Frye is a professor and historian, whose research has taken him around the world and involved him in numerous archaeological digs since receiving his PhD from Duke University. He has published extensively in international academic journals. He is the author of Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood & Brick. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/18/201828 minutes, 57 seconds
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Little Atoms 551 - Jeff Jackson's Destroy All Monsters

Jeff Jackson is the author of Mira Corpora, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Vice, and The Collagist, and five of his plays have been produced by the Obie Award–winning Collapsable Giraffe theater company in New York City. His latest novel is Destroy All Monsters. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/11/201830 minutes, 32 seconds
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Little Atoms 550 - Paul Ewen's Francis Plug: Writer in Residence

This week Padraig Reidy talks to Paul Ewen. Paul Ewen is a New Zealand writer based in south London. His work has appeared in the British Council's New Writing anthology, the Guardian, the TES, Tank, and Five Dials. Paul's first novel, Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author, was published by Galley Beggar Press in 2014. It went on to appear on numerous Books Of The Year lists, won a Society of Authors McKitterick Prize, and was described as "inspired" by the Sunday Times, whose reviewer also called it "a brilliant, deranged new comic creation... the funniest book I've read in years." Paul is now the author of Francis Plug: Writer in Residence. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/4/201828 minutes, 58 seconds
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Little Atoms 549 - R.O. Kwon's The Incendiaries

R. O. Kwon is the author of the novel The Incendiaries. Her writing is published in The Guardian, Vice, BuzzFeed, Time, Noon, Electric Literature, Playboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Omi International, the Steinbeck Center, and the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony. Born in South Korea, she has lived most of her life in the United States.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/27/201822 minutes, 6 seconds
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Little Atoms 548 - Thomas Page McBee's Amateur

Thomas Page McBee was ‘masculinity expert’ for Vice and the first trans man ever to box at Madison Square Garden. His essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times, Playboy, Glamour and Salon. He is the author of Man Alive, and most recently Amateur: A True Story About What Makes A Man. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/20/201829 minutes, 56 seconds
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Little Atoms 547 - Robert Olen Butler's Paris in the Dark

Robert Olen Butler is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, and sixteen other novels including Hell, A Small Hotel, Perfume River, and the Christopher Marlowe Cobb series. He is also the author of six short story collections and a book on the creative process, From Where You Dream. He has twice won a National Magazine Award in Fiction and received the 2013 F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University. His latest novel is Paris in the Dark. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/13/201828 minutes, 13 seconds
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Little Atoms 546 - Richard Skinner's Writing a Novel

Richard Skinner is a novelist, poet and critic. His most recent book, The Mirror, was described as ‘beautifully written . . . immersive . . . captivating’ by the Guardian. As Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy, he created the flagship ‘Writing a Novel’ six-month course in 2009 and since then has helped hundreds of writers find their voice. He is also the author of Writing a Novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/6/201829 minutes, 11 seconds
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Little Atoms 545 - Rose George's Nine Pints

Rose George is the author of A Life Removed: Hunting for Refuge in the Modern World, and The Big Necessity: Adventures in the World of Human Waste, which was judged one of the best books of 2008 by the Economist, and one of the top ten science books of the same year by the American Library Association, and Deep Sea and Foreign Going: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that brings you Ninety Percent of Everything, which was a Radio 4 Book of the Week, and won the Mountbatten Literature Award by the British Maritime Foundation. Rose writes frequently for the Guardian, the New Statesman and many others, and her two TED talks, on sanitation and seafaring, have had 3 million views. Her latest book in Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Mysterious, Miraculous World of Blood. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/30/201832 minutes, 35 seconds
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Little Atoms 544 - Sarah Moss's Ghost Wall

Sarah Moss is the author of six novels and a memoir of her year living in Iceland, Names for the Sea, shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize. Her novels are Cold Earth, Night Waking (Fiction Uncovered Award), Bodies of Light (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize), Signs for Lost Children (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize) and The Tidal Zone (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize). Her latest novel is Ghost Wall. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/22/201826 minutes, 50 seconds
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Little Atoms 543 - Jonathan Ames' The Extra Man

Jonathan Ames is the author of nine books including The Extra Man, Wake Up, Sir!, and You Were Never Really Here, all published by Pushkin Press. He also created the hit HBO comedy Bored to Death, starring Ted Danson, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Schwartzman, and Blunt Talk, starring Patrick Stewart. He has fought in two amateur boxing matches as "The Herring Wonder". He lives in Los Angeles. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/18/201837 minutes, 47 seconds
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Little Atoms 542 - Ivy Pochoda's Wonder Valley

Ivy Pochoda is a novelist and writer, previously a world ranked squash player. Her novel Visitation Street was chosen as an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. She has written for a number of outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books and The Huffington Post. She teaches creative writing at the Lamp Arts Studio in Skid Row, and her latest novel is Wonder Valley. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/15/201828 minutes, 32 seconds
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Little Atoms 541 - Patrick deWitt's French Exit

Patrick deWitt is the author of The Sisters Brothers, which won the Governor General's Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Walter Scott Prize. He also is the author of Ablutions, which was a New York Times Editor's Choice, and Undermajordomo Minor. The Sisters Brothers is being adapted for film by Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet), to star Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed and John C. Reilly, for release in 2018. His latest novel is French Exit. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/201823 minutes, 53 seconds
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Little Atoms 540 - Michael Redhill's Bellevue Square

Michael Redhill is the author of nine novels including Consolation, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Martin Sloane, a finalist for the Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious book award which he won with Bellevue Square. He's written a novel for young adults, four collections of poetry and two plays, including the internationally celebrated Goodness. He also writes a series of crime novels under the name Inger Ash Wolfe, one of which, The Calling, was made in to a feature film starring Susan Sarandon. Michael lives in Toronto. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/8/201831 minutes, 21 seconds
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Little Atoms 539 - Adam Rutherford's The Book of Humans

Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He has written and presented many award-winning series and programmes for the BBC, including the flagship weekly Radio 4 programme INSIDE SCIENCE and THE CURIOUS CASES OF RUTHERFORD & FRY with Dr Hannah Fry. He is the author CREATION, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Prize, A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED, and most recently, THE BOOK OF HUMANS. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/1/201833 minutes, 25 seconds
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Little Atoms 538 - Jean Hannah Edelstein's This Really Isn't About You

Jean Hannah Edelstein is a writer who lives in Brooklyn. She writes regularly for numerous outlets including The Guardian and The Pool, and a weekly TinyLetter, which Vogue said ‘pops up in your inbox like lucid dreaming.’ She also writes all of the marketing emails for Spotify, so you’ve probably deleted her work. Jean is the author of the memoir This Really Isn’t About You. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/24/201829 minutes, 36 seconds
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Little Atoms 537 - Sophie Mackintosh's The Water Cure

Sophie Mackintosh won the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize and the 2016 Virago/Stylist Short Story competition, and has been published in Granta magazine and TANK magazine among others. her debut novel The Water Cure was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/20/201823 minutes, 34 seconds
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Little Atoms 536 - Nell Stevens' Mrs Gaskell and Me

Nell Stevens has a First in English and Creative Writing from Warwick, after which she went on to study Arabic and Comparative Literature at Harvard, to receive a Marcia Trimble Fellowship and the Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award for her MFA in Fiction at Boston University, and to complete a Ph.D. in Victorian literature at King’s College London. Previously the author of the memoir Bleaker House, her latest book is Mrs Gaskell and Me. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/17/201827 minutes, 14 seconds
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Little Atoms 535 - Amy Sackville's Painter to the King

Amy Sackville was born in 1981. She studied English and Theatre Studies at Leeds, and went on to do an MPhil in English at Exeter College, Oxford, and an MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths. Her first novel was The Still Point, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize and won the 2010 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and her second was Orkney, which won a 2014 Somerset Maugham Award. Her latest novel is Painter to the King. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/13/201829 minutes, 38 seconds
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Little Atoms 534 - Tim Parks' Out of My Head

Born in Manchester, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. In 1981 he moved to Italy where he has lived ever since. He is the author of novels, non-fiction and essays, including Europa, Cleaver, A Season with Verona and Teach Us to Sit Still. He has won the Somerset Maugham, Betty Trask and Llewellyn Rhys awards, and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lectures on literary translation in Milan, and writes for publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. His latest book is Out of My Head: On the Trail of Consciousness. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/10/201828 minutes, 24 seconds
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Little Atoms 533 - Miriam Toews' Women Talking

Miriam Toews was born in 1964 in the small Mennonite town of Steinbach, Manitoba. She has published four novels and a memoir of her father, and is the recipient of numerous literary awards including the Governor General's Award, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award (twice), and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Her latest novel is Women Talking. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/6/201832 minutes, 3 seconds
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Little Atoms 532 - Lauren Groff's Florida

Lauren Groff is the author of three New York Times bestselling novels – Fates and Furies (named by Barack Obama as his favourite book of 2015), The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia – as well as the story collection Delicate Edible Birds. She graduated from Amherst College and has an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Groff’s fiction has won the Pushcart Prize and the PEN/O. Henry Award, among others, and has been shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2017, she was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. Her stories have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, the Atlantic, One Story and Ploughshares, and in several of the annual The Best New American Stories anthologies. Her latest story collection is Florida. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/3/201833 minutes, 20 seconds
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Little Atoms 531 - Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World. Her stories have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and Granta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction; My Year of Rest and Relaxation, her second novel, was a New York Times bestseller. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/30/201829 minutes, 4 seconds
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Little Atoms 530 - Michael Donkor's Hold

Michael Donkor was born in London, to Ghanaian parents. He studied English at Wadham College, Oxford, undertook a Masters in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and now teaches English Literature to secondary school students. His debut novel is Hold. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/27/201829 minutes, 58 seconds
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Little Atoms 529 - Melissa Harrison's All Among The Barley

Melissa Harrison is the author of the novels Clay and At Hawthorn Time, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize, and one work of non-fiction, Rain, which was longlisted for the Wainwright Prize. She is a nature writer, critic and columnist for The Times, the Financial Times and the Guardian, among others. Her latest novel is All Among the Barley. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/20/201826 minutes, 42 seconds
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Little Atoms 528 - William Atkins' The Immeasurable World

William Atkins’s first book, The Moor, was shortlisted for the Thwaites Wainwright Prize. He works as an editor and his journalism has appeared in the Guardian and Granta. In 2016 he was a recipient of the British Library Eccles Prize. His latest book is The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/13/201826 minutes, 20 seconds
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Little Atoms 527 - Madeline Miller's Circe

Madeline Miller has a BA and MA from Brown University in Latin and Ancient Greek, and has been teaching both for over a decade. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specialising in adapting classical tales to a modern audience. Her first novel The Song of Achilles was the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. Her latest novel is Circe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/6/201833 minutes, 23 seconds
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Little Atoms 526 - Gavin Francis' Shapeshifters

Gavin Francis is a GP, and the author of True North, Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins, which won the Scottish Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and Costa Prize, and Adventures in Human Being. He also writes for the Guardian, the Times, London Review of Books and Granta. Gavin's latest book is Shapeshifters: On Medicine & Human Change. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/30/201827 minutes, 43 seconds
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Little Atoms 525 - Laura Lippman’s Sunburn

Laura Lippman has been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. Since the publication of What the Dead Know, each of her hardcovers has hit the New York Times bestseller list. A recent recipient of the first-ever Mayor’s Prize, she lives in Baltimore, New Orleans and New York City with her family. Laura’s latest novel is Sunburn. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/23/201828 minutes, 27 seconds
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Little Atoms 524 - Miranda Doyle's A Book of Untruths

Miranda Doyle's family come from the tiny island of Coney in Sligo Bay. She grew up in Edinburgh alongside three brothers and a suspicious number of ill-fated pets. With an MA from Goldsmiths in Creative and Life Writing she has lectured on Autobiography for the Philosophy and European Literature degree at Anglia Ruskin University and continues to teach creative writing. Her debut book, a memoir titled A Book of Untruths, written with the support of an award from Arts Council England, explores the lies we tell ourselves. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/16/201828 minutes, 26 seconds
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Little Atoms 523 - Dorthe Nors' Mirror, Shoulder, Signal

Dorthe Nors was born in 1970 and studied literature at the University of Aarhus. She is one of the most original voices in contemporary Danish literature. Her short stories have appeared in numerous international periodicals including including The Boston Review and Harpers, and she is the first Danish writer ever to have a story published in the New Yorker. Nors has published four novels so far, in addition to a collection of stories Karate Chop, and a novella Minna needs rehearsal space, also published by Pushkin Press. Karate Chop won the prestigious P. O. Enquist Literary Prize in 2014. She lives in rural Jutland, Denmark. Her latest novel is Mirror, Shoulder, Signal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/12/201822 minutes, 7 seconds
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Little Atoms 522 - Fred Pearce's Fallout

Fred Pearce is an award-winning journalist and author, reporting from 87 countries. He is the environment consultant of New Scientist magazine, a regular broadcaster and contributor to the Guardian, Washington Post and others. He has written fourteen books on environmental and development issues, translated into 24 languages. Fred's latest book is Fallout. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/9/201838 minutes, 18 seconds
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Little Atoms 521 - Sarah Churchwell's Behold, America

Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is the author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby and The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe. Her literary journalism has appeared widely in newspapers including the Guardian, New Statesman, Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement and New York Times Book Review, and she comments regularly on arts, culture, and politics for television and radio, where appearances include Question Time, Newsnight and The Review Show. She has judged many literary prizes, including the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction, the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and she was a co-winner of the 2015 Eccles British Library Writer's Award. Her latest book is Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/5/201852 minutes, 34 seconds
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Little Atoms 520 - Tim Winton's The Shepherd's Hut

Tim Winton has published over twenty books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into many different languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian/Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). Active in the environmental movement, he is the Patron of the Australian Marine Conservation Society. He lives in Western Australia, and his latest novel is The Shepherd's Hut. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/2/201832 minutes, 40 seconds
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Little Atoms 519 - Sharlene Teo's Ponti

Sharlene Teo was born in Singapore in 1987. She has an LLB in Law from the University of Warwick and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship and the David TK Wong Creative Writing award. She holds fellowships from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the University of Iowa International Writing Program. In 2016, she won the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award for Ponti, her first novel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/28/201827 minutes, 29 seconds
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Little Atoms 518 - Fern Riddell's Death in Ten Minutes

Dr Fern Riddell is a historian specialising in sex, suffrage and culture in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. She appears regularly on TV and radio, and writes for the Guardian, Huffington Post, Telegraph and Times Higher Education among others, and is a columnist for BBC History Magazine. Fern is the author of The Victorian Guide to Sex, and most recently Death in Ten Minutes: Kitty Marion: Activist. Arsonist. Suffragette. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/25/201840 minutes, 40 seconds
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Little Atoms 517 - Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt

Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer for TV and film, including Mitchell & Webb and Very British Problems. He previously worked as a junior doctor, detailing his funny and sad experiences in his first book This Is Going To Hurt. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/21/201837 minutes, 33 seconds
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Little Atoms 516 - Inara Verzemnieks & Among the Living and the Dead

Inara Verzemnieks teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Iowa. She has won a Pushcart Prize and a Rona Jaffe Writer's Award, and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa. She is the author of Among The Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/18/201835 minutes, 9 seconds
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Little Atoms 515 - Daniel Trilling's Lights in the Distance

Daniel Trilling is the editor of New Humanist magazine and has reported extensively on refugees in Europe. His work has been published in the London Review of Books, Guardian, New York Times and others, and won a 2017 Migration Media Award. His first book, Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain’s Far Right, was longlisted for the 2013 Orwell Prize. Daniel’s latest book is Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge on the Borders of Europe.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/11/201838 minutes, 26 seconds
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Little Atoms 514 - Aida Edemariam's The Wife's Tale

Aida Edemariam, whose father is Ethiopian and mother Canadian, grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She studied English literature at Oxford University and the University of Toronto, and has worked as a journalist in New York, Toronto and London, where she is currently a senior feature writer and editor for the Guardian. Her first book is The Wife’s Tale. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/4/201829 minutes, 31 seconds
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Little Atoms 513 - Ziyad Marar's Judged

Ziyad Marar is the author of Intimacy (2014), Deception (The Art of Living) (2008) and The Happiness Paradox (2003) and is President of Global Publishing at Sage Publications. His latest book is Judged: The Value of Being Misunderstood. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/28/201828 minutes, 53 seconds
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Little Atoms 512 - Lucy Wood's The Sing of the Shore

Lucy Wood is the critically acclaimed author of Diving Belles, a collection of short stories based on Cornish folklore, and Weathering, a debut novel about mothers, daughters and ghosts. She has been longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize, and was runner-up in the BBC National Short Story Award. She has also received a Betty Trask Award, a Somerset Maugham Award and the Holyer an Gof Award. Weathering was named as one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2016. Lucy’s latest collection of short stories is The Sing of the Shore. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/21/201828 minutes, 54 seconds
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511 - Chris Power's Mothers

Chris Power lives and works in London. His 'Brief Survey of the Short Story' has appeared in the Guardian since 2007. His fiction has been published in The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review and The White Review. Mothers is his first book. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/15/201840 minutes, 54 seconds
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510 - Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward received her MFA from the University of Michigan and has received the MacArthur 'Genius' Grant, a Stegner Fellowship, a John and Renee Grisham Writers Residency and the Strauss Living Prize. She is the first female author to win two National Book Awards for Fiction, for Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017) and Salvage the Bones(2011). She is also the editor of the anthology The Fire This Time, the author of the memoir Men We Reaped and the author of the novel Where the Line Bleeds. She is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University and lives in Mississippi.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/7/201831 minutes, 46 seconds
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509 - Leo Benedictus’ Consent

Leo Benedictus is a freelance feature writer for the Guardian and other publications. His first novel, The Afterparty was published by Jonathan Cape in 2011. His latest novel is Consent. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.