London Review Podcasts

LRB-published writers read their own work, introduced by the editors of the London Review of Books. Recent podcasts have included Gillian Anderson reading Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Ingratitude’, Alan Bennett reading from his diary, Tariq Ali on his visit to North Korea and Jeremy Harding on migration. There’ll be something new every fortnight.


  • The State of...

    Mar 06 2019

    The London Review of Books has a new podcast, called ‘The State of...’. Hosted by LRB editors Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe, it aims to take the temperature of our contemporary culture. Find it now in Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast providers.

  • Plathologies

    Mar 05 2019

    Mark Ford, Seamus Perry and Joanna Biggs consider the balance of biography and mythology in Plath’s work, situating her as a transatlantic, expressionist poet of the Cold War.

  • Diary for 2018

    Jan 03 2019

    Alan Bennett puts on a new play and finds himself on someone’s arm, in his 2018 diary.

  • Uneven Stevens

    Dec 21 2018

    Seamus Perry and Mark Ford look at that great poet of winter and snow, Wallace Stevens, and the pieces about him in the LRB archive: his anecdote-proof life, the capitalist economy of his imagination, and his all-American poetry of precise abstraction.

  • Housmania

    Oct 02 2018

    Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the life and work of Worcestershire lad and old-type natural fouled-up guy, A.E. Housman, through a lens of the pieces written about him in the LRB archive.

  • The Idea of Stevie

    Aug 16 2018

    Seamus Perry and Mark Ford consider the life and work of Stevie Smith, ‘an eccentric poet with a tenacious reputation,’ through a lens of the pieces written about her in the LRB archive.

  • Hardy’s neutral tones

    Jun 26 2018

    Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the poetry of Thomas Hardy in the latest in their series of discussions on 20th century poets.

  • The Dress in Your Head

    Mar 27 2018

    Rosemary Hill explores frock consciousness in life and literature.

  • The Problem with Winning

    Mar 14 2018

    Linda Colley argues that the prospect of Brexit makes history more important than ever.

  • The Genesis of Blame

    Feb 28 2018

    Anne Enright delivers her Winter Lecture on the corruptions of the Adam and Eve story.

  • Coffin Liquor

    Feb 06 2018

    Toby Jones reads John Lanchester’s ghost story.

  • Diary

    Jan 04 2018

    Alan Bennett finds his métier at last in 2017.

  • The Defectors

    Dec 21 2017

    In the latest instalment of the LRB podcast, recorded in Seoul, Richard Lloyd Parry talks to the Korean-American novelist Krys Lee about Christianity, plastic surgery and mutual incomprehension in the Korean borderlands.

  • Story: ‘Cat-Brushing’

    Dec 06 2017

    Jane Campbell reads a story about dispossession in paradise.

  • Arch Bishop

    Nov 14 2017

    Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the life and work of Elizabeth Bishop, through the lens of the pieces written about her in the LRB archive.

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Nov 02 2017

    Lucy Prebble describes meeting Harvey Weinstein.

  • Absolute Revolt

    Oct 16 2017

    In the second part of their conversation, Olivier Roy and Adam Shatz discuss the deculturation of Islam, and why it has led to the radicalisation of so many second-generation immigrants and converts.

  • Living Orients

    Oct 10 2017

    In the first of two podcasts, Olivier Roy tells Adam Shatz about his experiences with the Gauche prolétarienne in the 1960s and his early travels in Afghanistan.

  • Don’t learn shorthand

    Sep 26 2017

    Carmen Callil, writer, editor and founder of Virago, tells Rosemary Hill how she made her way in 1960s London.

  • Staffing the Raj

    Sep 06 2017

    Ferdinand Mount on how India was governed strictly for the benefit of Britain.

  • Auden Anxieties

    Aug 29 2017

    Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the work of W. H. Auden with reference to pieces from the LRB.

  • Wallace Shawn and Adam Shatz

    Aug 16 2017

    Writer and actor Wallace Shawn talks to Adam Shatz about ‘the thin line between entertainment and cruelty’ in the age of Trump.

  • Post-Press Politics

    Aug 01 2017

    William Davies talks to Tom Crewe about politics in the new media age.

  • Podcast: Panthers in Algiers

    Jul 18 2017

    Elaine Mokhtefi talks to Jeremy Harding about her time working in Algeria in the 1960s when she met Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver.

  • Ida John

    Jun 28 2017

    ‘Bohemia was never a safe country for women. If they didn’t all die of consumption in a garret, many of them might as well have done’ – Rosemary Hill on the letters of Ida John.

  • Dacre’s Paper

    Jun 21 2017

    ‘It’s like the drunken lout at a party who can’t get anyone to like him.’ Andrew O’Hagan reads the Daily Mail.

  • The Corbyn Project

    Jun 05 2017

    Tom Crewe talks to Lorna Finlayson about Jeremy Corbyn and Labour’s prospects in the general election and beyond.

  • Snitching on Students

    May 17 2017

    ‘Once you start seeing everyday behaviour as having the potential to draw people into terrorism, you’re inside the problem’ – Karma Nabulsi on the British government’s Prevent programme.

  • Looking at Larkin

    May 10 2017

    Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the work of Philip Larkin, drawing on articles from our archive by contributors including Alan Bennett, Barbara Everett and John Bayley.

  • People Will Hate Us Again

    Apr 27 2017

    Julian Barnes on Georges Simenon and Brexit.

  • The Syrian War

    Apr 20 2017

    Adam Shatz talks to Joshua Landis about the war in Syria.

  • Talking Politics: John Lanchester

    Apr 12 2017

    David Runciman talks to John Lanchester about banks, Europe and technology in this latest collaboration with Talking Politics.

  • The Last London

    Mar 29 2017

    Iain Sinclair delivers his lecture on ‘The Last London’ at the British Museum, as part of the LRB’s Winter Lecture series.

  • From Medusa to Merkel

    Mar 16 2017

    Mary Beard delivers her lecture ‘Women in Power’ at the British Museum.

  • Talking Politics: Mary Beard

    Feb 28 2017

    In the first of our ongoing and occasional collaboration with the Talking Politics podcast, David Runciman talks to Mary Beard about women in power.

  • Burning Man

    Jan 12 2017

    Emily Witt goes to the Burning Man gathering in Nevada, from our 17 July 2014 issue.

  • Diary

    Jan 05 2017

    Alan Bennett reads his diary for 2016.

  • On John Berger

    Jan 04 2017

    To mark John Berger’s 90th birthday, the London Review Bookshop and Verso Books organised a discussion of his work with Mike Dibb, Yasmin Gunaratnam and Tom Overton, hosted by Gareth Evans.

  • In Late December

    Dec 15 2016

    Frederick Seidel reads his poem ‘In Late December’.

  • Robert Rauschenberg

    Dec 01 2016

    Hal Foster reviews the Robert Rauschenberg exhibition at Tate Modern.

  • ‘Race Studies’

    Oct 19 2016

    Susan Pedersen on the birth of ‘International Relations’.

  • Long-Form Essays in the Digital Age

    Aug 11 2016

    Mary-Kay Wilmers, Andrew O’Hagan and Ben Eastham talk to Sarah Howe about ‘Long-Form Essays in the Digital Age’.

  • Brexit Blues

    Jul 27 2016

    John Lanchester on the implications of the UK’s EU referendum.

  • In the Morgue

    Jul 13 2016

    Gavin Francis observes the autopsy of a man pulled from a river.

  • Trump for President!

    Jun 29 2016

    Frederick Seidel reads his poem ‘Trump for President!’.

  • The Satoshi Affair

    Jun 29 2016

    Andrew O'Hagan watches Craig Wright show Gavin Andresen, one of the most respected bitcoin core developers, that he holds the Satoshi key.

  • European Schools

    Jun 15 2016

    Peter Pomerantsev remembers his time in the 'English section' at the European School in Munich.

  • Let Them Drown

    Jun 01 2016

    Naomi Klein examines how Edward Said’s ideas of racial hierarchy, including Orientalism, have long been the silent partners to climate change.

  • Video: Bitcoin and the nature of money

    Apr 21 2016

    John Lanchester on bitcoin and the nature of money.

  • Giorgione

    Mar 30 2016

    Charles Hope on Giorgione, 'a sort of Venetian counterpart to Leonardo'.

  • After I am hanged my portrait will be interesting

    Mar 30 2016

    Colm Tóibín on the story of Easter 1916.

  • Delacroix

    Mar 17 2016

    Julian Bell discusses Delacroix and his heirs.

  • Where on Earth are you?

    Mar 03 2016

    Frances Stonor Saunders on the crossing of borders.

  • Robin Hood in a Time of Austerity

    Feb 18 2016

    James Meek asks how, in a time of austerity economics, we define the robber and the robbed.

  • What I Did in 2015

    Jan 07 2016

    Alan Bennett Works the Line

  • Thatcher in Her Bubble

    Dec 03 2015

    David Runciman on Margaret Thatcher

  • Beijing locks up its lawyers

    Nov 05 2015

    Chaohua Wang on justice in China.

  • At Tottenham Court Road

    Sep 23 2015

    Andrew O'Hagan crosses the road.

  • On Putting Things Off

    Sep 09 2015

    Robert Hanks on the pleasures and pains of putting things off.

  • Selfie with ‘Sunflowers’

    Jul 29 2015

    Julian Barnes on Van Gogh.

  • The Killing of Osama bin Laden

    May 20 2015

    Seymour Hersh talks to Christian Lorentzen about his pieces for the LRB, collected in a new book, The Killing of Osama bin Laden.

  • In Sanaa

    May 20 2015

    Ghaith Abdul-Ahad on the rise of the Houthis in Yemen.

  • ‘The School of English’: A Story

    May 06 2015

    Hilary Mantel reads her short story, ‘The School of English’.

  • The New World Disorder

    Apr 08 2015

    In his 2015 Winter Lecture, Tariq Ali argues that we are living in the twilight period of democracy.

  • Learning My Lesson

    Mar 19 2015

    In her 2015 Winter Lecture, Marina Warner shows how higher education in the UK has been betrayed.

  • Against Self-Criticism

    Mar 05 2015

    In his 2015 Winter Lecture, Adam Phillips reflects on the ways we hate ourselves.

  • Iammmmyookkraaanian

    Feb 19 2015

    Peter Pomerantsev on images and myths of Maidan.

  • Death in Belgravia

    Feb 05 2015

    Rosemary Hill on the life and disappearance of Lord Lucan.

  • Germany’s Sense of Itself and the World’s Sense of Germany

    Jan 23 2015

    Franziska Augstein, Norbert Röttgen, Neal Ascherson and Christopher Clark discuss how Germany sees itself and how the world sees it. Chaired by Nicholas Spice.

  • Go-Betweens in Northern Ireland

    Jan 22 2015

    Owen Bennett-Jones on the messengers that paved the way for the Northern Ireland peace process.

  • What I did in 2014

    Jan 08 2015

    Alan Bennett on what he did in 2014.

  • Shamed in Afghanistan

    Dec 18 2014

    James Meek on the British army’s eight years in Afghanistan.

  • Face to Face with Rembrandt

    Dec 04 2014

    T.J. Clark comes face to face with Rembrandt.

  • Short Cuts

    Sep 10 2014

    John Lanchester explains what’s next on the world of money’s Official Worry List.

  • Fair Play: A Sermon

    Jun 18 2014

    Alan Bennett read this sermon before the University, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, 1 June 2014.

  • The Public Voice of Women

    Mar 20 2014

    Mary Beard reflects on the way women are heard – and have been heard – in public, from Homer’s Odyssey through Margaret Thatcher to internet trolls.

  • Julian Assange

    Mar 06 2014

    Andrew O’Hagan spent six months with Julian Assange helping him write his autobiography, though in the event Assange didn’t want the book published. O’Hagan speaks about those six months for the first time.

  • On Not Going Home

    Feb 20 2014

    James Wood explores the estrangement of voluntary emigration: the puzzling sense of losing the country you leave and failing to find another. Homelessness, in a word.

  • What I did in 2013

    Jan 09 2014

    Alan Bennett reluctantly pays some overdue bills.

  • Penelope Fitzgerald

    Dec 19 2013

    Jenny Turner on Penelope Fitzgerald

  • A Death in Jenin

    Nov 21 2013

    Adam Shatz on the life and death of Juliano Mer-Khamis.

  • Mailer’s Last Punch

    Nov 07 2013

    Andrew O’Hagan remembers Norman Mailer.

  • Short Cuts

    Oct 23 2013

    Jacqueline Rose on what links Frank Kermode and Nigel Farage.

  • Australia’s Boat-People

    Sep 25 2013

    In August, as Australian politicians hung tough on asylum seekers, the Melbourne Writers Festival asked Jeremy Harding how far governments can patrol migration. With grateful acknowledgments to the Alan Missen Foundation and Liberty Victoria.

  • Jacqueline Rose: In Conversation

    Aug 31 2013

    Recognised for her writing on subjects including Sylvia Plath, feminism, Proust, psychoanalysis, Zionism, the Middle East conflict and Jewish identity, Rose discusses her work with Justin Clemens, co-editor (wtih Ben Naparstek) of the Jacqueline Rose Reader.

  • Women in Dark Times

    Aug 30 2013

    Jacqueline Rose draws parallels between revolutionary 19th-century socialist Rosa Luxemburg and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. She explains how each of these remarkable women straddled the divide between their political and inner lives. Chaired by Hilary Harper.

  • Colm Tóibín: In Conversation

    Aug 30 2013

    Author, essayist and poet Colm Tóibín is one of Ireland’s greatest living writers. He discusses his life and work, including his recent book The Testament of Mary, in which he re-imagines the life of Christ through the eyes of the holiest of saints. With Michael McGirr.

  • At the Movies

    Aug 07 2013

    Michael Wood reconsiders ‘Cleopatra’ – its expense, its quarrelling stars, its length, its success – on the release of a restored print for the film’s fiftieth anniversary.

  • ‘Bedsit Disco Queen’

    Jul 17 2013

    Lavinia Greenlaw tells the story of singer Tracey Thorn’s rise from bedroom rehearsals and an ad in the NME to indie label Cherry Red (who also signed Greenlaw’s band), the top ten and a platinum record.

  • Emily Davison, Modern Martyr

    Jul 03 2013

    Marina Warner explores Emily Davison’s legacy as the suffragettes’ first martyr in a talk given at the inaugural Wilding Festival at St George’s Bloomsbury, where Davison’s memorial service was held.

  • The Bling Ring

    Jun 19 2013

    Andrew O’Hagan tells the story of Alexis Neiers and the rest of the ‘Bling Ring’ who stole from Paris Hilton in order to be more like Paris Hilton.

  • The Syrian War Spills Over

    Jun 05 2013

    Patrick Cockburn explains why the Syrian war feels close to ending when it isn’t and how YouTube is changing war reporting.

  • Two Stories

    May 22 2013

    Diane Williams reads ‘Perform Small Tasks’ and ‘Removal Men’.

  • Nine Poems

    May 01 2013

    Robin Robertson reads his versions of Nonnus and a selection of other poems.

  • Seven Poems

    Apr 17 2013

    Mark Ford reads a selection of poems he’s published in the LRB.

  • Is Wagner bad for us?

    Apr 10 2013

    On the centenary of Wagner’s birth, Nicholas Spice asks in his Winter Lecture at the British Museum how his music works on us and what this tells us about music in general.

  • American Democracy

    Mar 21 2013

    David Runciman on the impossibility and persistence of the US political system.

  • On the Middle East

    Mar 18 2013

    In his 2013 Edward W. Said lecture Noam Chomsky reflects on 65 years of violence in the Middle East.

  • Tantrums

    Mar 07 2013

    Adam Phillips considers the sadomasochism of childhood and the pleasures and pains of tantrums.

  • Royal Bodies

    Feb 21 2013

    Introduced by Neil MacGregor, Hilary Mantel considers the royal body from Anne Boleyn’s ‘bosom not much raised’ to Kate Middleton’s equally modest endowment.

  • Shakespeare: Our Contemporary?

    Feb 01 2013

    Colin Burrow, Michael Dobson, James Shapiro, Emma Smith and Marina Warner discuss the ways we continue to make (and occasionally unmake) Shakespeare in our own image.

  • Two Poems

    Jan 24 2013

    August Kleinzahler reads and talks about some of the poems he’s published in the LRB.

  • 2012

    Jan 03 2013

    Alan Bennett rides in Mr Murdoch’s car and gets a review from T.S. Eliot.

  • Literary Names

    Nov 22 2012

    Colin Burrow on the reasons Jane Eyre is called Jane Eyre and Tom Jones is called Tom Jones.

  • A Fragment of Ibykos Translated Six Ways

    Nov 08 2012

    Anne Carson reads ‘A Fragment of Ibykos Translated Six Ways’.

  • ‘The Casual Vacancy’

    Oct 24 2012

    Adam Mars-Jones imagines J.K. Rowling bringing the manuscript ‘The Casual Vacancy’ to him for advice.

  • Philby in Beirut

    Oct 10 2012

    Tom Carver on the night Kim Philby disappeared from the rue Kantari.

  • Short Cuts

    Sep 26 2012

    Michael Friedman gets arrested and spends the night at Central Booking.

  • How We Happened to Sell Off Our Electricity

    Sep 12 2012

    James Meek wonders how Britain happened to sell off its electricity.

  • ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

    Jul 18 2012

    Andrew O’Hagan on the art of terrible writing about sex.

  • Damien Hirst

    Jul 04 2012

    Marina Warner watches Damien Hirst’s butterflies hatch.

  • Mina’s Banner

    Jun 14 2012

    In the 2012 Edward Said Lecture at the British Museum, Ahdaf Soueif explains ‘Mina’s Banner’

  • ‘The University Poem’

    Jun 06 2012

    Ralph Fiennes reads ‘The University Poem’, which Nabokov wrote in 1926, four years after he left Trinity College, Cambridge.

  • Meeting Gary Snyder

    May 23 2012

    Iain Sinclair meets the last of the Beats, the poet Gary Snyder.

  • Two Poems

    May 01 2012

    Daljit Nagra reads ‘This Be the Pukka Verse’ and ‘A Ballad for Bopoluchi’.

  • Marilyn Monroe

    Apr 25 2012

    Jacqueline Rose celebrates Marilyn Monroe.

  • Marx at 193

    Apr 04 2012

    John Lanchester writes about Marx at 193.

  • Memories of Amikejo

    Mar 22 2012

    Neal Ascherson writes about Europe, its pasts and its possible future

  • L’Ingratitude

    Mar 08 2012

    Gillian Anderson reads ‘Ingratitude’, a lost fable by Charlotte Brontë.

  • The Immigration Battle

    Feb 09 2012

    Jeremy Harding discusses the politics of migration and the battle at Europe's borders.

  • A Part Song

    Feb 09 2012

    Denise Riley reads ‘A Part Song’, her first poem in the LRB for many years.

  • In Pyongyang

    Jan 26 2012

    Tariq Ali visited North Korea twice in the 1960s and met the ‘Great and Beloved Leader’ himself.

  • Diary

    Jan 05 2012

    Alan Bennett considers the banana skin and is mistaken for ‘another Alan’ in his Diary for 2011.

  • The Wonderfulness of Us

    Aug 18 2011

    Andrew O’Hagan chaired this discussion between Linda Colley, R.W. Johnson and Tom Devine about national histories and the ways they should, and should not, be taught.

  • Libraries (part 2)

    Jun 14 2011

    In a 2011 Primrose Hill Lecture, Alan Bennett talks about what public libraries, now under threat, have meant to him.

  • Libraries (part 1)

    Jun 14 2011

    In a 2011 Primrose Hill Lecture, Alan Bennett talks about what public libraries, now under threat, have meant to him.

  • An Interview with Jacqueline Rose

    Jun 06 2011

    Jacqueline Rose speaks about her first readings of Freud and Jung and her encounters with feminism, Sylvia Plath and Israel/Palestine.

  • Who Owns Kafka?

    Mar 03 2011

    Judith Butler asks ‘Who Owns Kafka?’ in one of the LRB’s 2011 Winter Lectures.

  • Picasso’s Guernica Revisited

    Feb 14 2011

    In his 2011 Winter Lecture at the British Museum, T.J. Clark shows how the painting of Guernica in May and June 1937 changed the way Picasso imagined space.

  • Picasso’s Guernica Revisited

    Feb 14 2011

    In his 2011 Winter Lecture at the British Museum, T.J. Clark shows how the painting of Guernica in May and June 1937 changed the way Picasso imagined space.

  • Who Owns Kafka?

    Feb 07 2011

    Judith Butler asks Who Owns Kafka? in one of the LRB’s 2011 Winter Lectures.

  • The Author in the Age of the Internet (part 3)

    Apr 23 2010

    John Lanchester, Nicholas Spice, Colm Tóibín, Mary-Kay Wilmers and James Wood discuss the way technology is changing the stories we can tell.

  • The Author in the Age of the Internet (part 2)

    Apr 23 2010

    John Lanchester, Nicholas Spice, Colm Tóibín, Mary-Kay Wilmers and James Wood discuss the way technology is changing the stories we can tell.

  • The Author in the Age of the Internet (part 1)

    Apr 23 2010

    John Lanchester, Nicholas Spice, Colm Tóibín, Mary-Kay Wilmers and James Wood discuss the way technology is changing the stories we can tell.

  • J’accuse: Dreyfus in Our Time

    Apr 20 2010

    Jacqueline Rose considers the Dreyfus affair and the meaning of Jewish identity.

  • Obama’s War

    Apr 18 2010

    Tariq Ali explains why the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable.

  • The Purpose and Politics of the British Museum

    Feb 01 2010

    Neil MacGregor on the purpose and politics of the British Museum.