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Esther Perel

34 ratings

Summary

Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss her series Where Should We Begin? is esteemed psychotherapist Esther Perel.   Coined as one of the original voices of modern relationships, Perel has accumulated up to 20 million listeners for her coveted TED talks and has become the go-to therapist for couples seeking help with intimacy. Most noted for her work on erotic intelligence and her expertise on issues of infidelity, Esther Perel covers all in her frank and refreshing Audible Audio Shows series, which began in 2017 and listens in on couples talking through their problems in Esther’s therapy room.   Esther Perel talks to us about the making of her podcast series with Audible, what she hopes listeners can gain from the intimate discussions and what she learns from her clients.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Esther Perel
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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International Women's Day

27 ratings

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In this International Women’s Day Audible Sessions Special, seven influential women discuss literature and gender equality and the importance of diversity in storytelling and reveal the women who inspire them.  Featuring June Sarpong, Lily Cole, Meera Syal, Pearl Mackie, Prue Leith, Sam Baker and Eleanor Tomlinson.  As part of this Audible Sessions Special, Audible made a donation to the Malala Fund, a charity championing the education of girls across the globe.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

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Jonathan Van Ness

16 ratings

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Joining us at Audible Studios is Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, an American hairdresser, television personality and podcaster.  Van Ness was born in Quincy, Illinois, and has been openly gay throughout his life.    In 2013, Van Ness was dressing the hair of a friend, Erin Gibson, who asked him to recap his webcast, Gay of Thrones, on her show, Funny or Die. From this, his Gay of Thrones series garnered more attention, and in 2018, it was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series. Since 2015 Van Ness has hosted a weekly podcast, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, and he currently stars as the grooming expert on the Netflix revival of Queer Eye.   Jonathan Van Ness has released his memoir, Over The Top, which we spoke to him about in this interview, as well as self-care, cats, nonbinary identity, back-flipping in public, The Great British Bake Off and more!

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 26 mins
Available on Audible
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World Mental Health Day - And That's Okay

15 ratings

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In this World Mental Health Day Audible Sessions Special, nine celebrities discuss their experiences with mental health. We hear what their mental health problems feel like to them; their experiences of speaking to friends, family, professionals and the public; and the things that can help them feel better.    In these conversations, we cover topics from social media to suicidal thoughts, and we say that whether you sometimes find it difficult to leave the house; you have anxiety, depression, or OCD; or you need to airplane your phone every now and then to stop it becoming addictive - that’s okay.   Featuring Susan Calman, Clarke Carlisle, Marverine Cole, Bryony Gordon, Matt Haig, Matt Johnson, Katie Piper, Vicky Vox and Simon Webbe.   This episode was created in partnership with Mind, the mental health charity. If anything in this programme has affected you or you would like to speak to someone about your mental health, please call the Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393 or visit the Mind website, mind.org.uk.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

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Darkness Beyond

12 ratings

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A newly-founded human colony world burned from orbit. A warship squadron of the galaxy’s oldest race ambushed and destroyed. An ancient enemy reborn in the darkness beyond the known stars. The A!Tol Imperium and their new human subjects have had 15 years of relative peace. New colonies have been founded, new worlds explored, new ships built. Formal and informal alliances have been built with the ancient powers of the Core, leaving humanity and the Imperium seemingly on the brink of a new dawn. The devastation of one of the newly-founded human colonies sends ripples of shock through the Imperium, and a battle fleet under Fleet Lord Harriet Tanaka is dispatched to the edge of the Imperium to find the culprits and bring them to justice. Meanwhile, the destruction of a Mesharom Frontier Fleet squadron calls the Duchy of Terra’s newest warship, Bellerophon, into action and combat with a strange new power that bears all the signs of the Imperium’s age-old enemy, the Kanzi. Aboard Bellerophon is Annette Bond’s stepdaughter, Morgan Casimir. The recently promoted junior officer will be thrust into the crucible of war and challenged to rise to her mother’s example in the face of this both new and ancient enemy …

©2018 Glynn Stewart (P)2018 Podium Publishing

Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
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Julie Andrews

11 ratings

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Joining us at a riverside London hotel is Dame Julie Andrews, DBE, an English actress, singer and author. She has now released her second memoir, Home Work.  Born in Surrey in 1935, Andrews' parents divorced and she originally lived with her father, then moved back to live with her mother and stepfather. Her stepfather was turbulent, but he sponsored her voice lessons, and from 1945 Andrews began performing with her mother and stepfather unbilled.  Andrews made her professional solo debut at the London Hippodrome singing the difficult aria 'Je suis Titania' from Mignon in 1947. She then became the youngest solo performer ever to be seen in a Royal Command Variety Performance before King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at the London Palladium aged 13. On 30th September 1954, on the eve of her 19th birthday, Andrews made her Broadway debut portraying Polly Browne in The Boy Friend.  Walt Disney, who had seen Andrews on Broadway, asked her to play Mary Poppins. She won multiple awards for her performance. Andrews also played Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (1965), for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She earned her third Oscar nomination for Victor/Victoria (1982).  Andrews was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild awards in 2007. She published Home: A Memoir of My Early Years in 2008 and has since been writing children's fiction with her daughter, Emma, as well as collaborating on Andrews' newest memoir Home Work.   We spoke to Julie Andrews about working with Walt Disney, what revisiting her diaries for Home Work revealed to her and what she hopes people will remember her for. 

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Julie Andrews
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Roger Daltrey

8 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about his autobiography, Roger Daltrey: Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite, is British singer, actor and legendary front man of The Who, Roger Daltrey.   Coming to prominence in the mid-'60s as the founder and lead singer of rock band The Who, Roger Daltrey has had an iconic career spanning more than 50 years. Famed for his stage presence and powerful voice, Roger has also carved a solo career as well as an acting one. His memoir, Roger Daltrey: Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite, was published in October 2018.   Roger Daltrey talks to us about the time he was chucked out of The Who, making his own Fender guitar and discovering he had three more children after his 50th birthday.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Roger Daltrey
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Megan Phelps-Roper

7 ratings

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Joining us at Audible Studios is former member of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church Megan Phelps-Roper, who has written a book titled Unfollow.   Phelps-Roper, born in 1986 in Topeka, Kansas, was raised within in the Westboro Baptist Church. Her grandfather was the church's founder, Fred Phelps. Phelps-Roper left the church, along with her sister Grace, in November 2012. Leaving the church meant that she had to cut all ties with her family, as the members of the church refuse to communicate with those who have left.    Phelps-Roper married Chad Fjelland in 2016, and together they have a daughter. Phelps-Roper is no longer a practicing Christian. Since leaving the Westboro Baptist Church, Phelps-Roper has lobbied to overcome divisions and hatred between religious and political divides. In 2017 she presented a TED talk discussing her experiences of being raised within the church and about her journey towards leaving.   This year, Megan Phelps-Roper has written a book, Unfollow, sharing her inside look at the church and the families within it. We'll chat about it in this interview as well as her views on faith since leaving the Westboro Baptist Church and what it was like to leave her family behind. 

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Megan Jayne Crabbe

6 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss her debut title, Body Positive Power, is blogger and Instagram star Megan Jayne Crabbe. Having launched her celebrated Instagram account, bodyposipanda, in 2015 and garnered almost one million followers, Megan has since been a force to be reckoned with, using her platform to ignite body confidence in women the world over. Megan talks to us about her own journey struggling with body image, what the body positive movement is and where it came from and what we can do every day to feel a bit more body positive. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Hannah Fry

5 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about her latest book, Hello World, is mathematician, UCL lecturer, public speaker and presenter Hannah Fry.   Alongside her academic position at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL, where her research into the patterns of human behaviour can apply to a huge range of social problems, Fry’s expertise has also led to the development of several BBC documentaries including City in the Sky and her long-running BBC Radio 4 show, The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry. Her latest book, Hello World, was published in August 2018.   Hannah Fry talks to us about handing autonomy to machines, where art and algorithms intersect and the time her husband had to deal with the trolley problem in real life. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Hannah Fry
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Catherine Steadman

5 ratings

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Actress and author Catherine Steadman talks to Audible about her debut novel Something in the Water and reveals the strange things she uncovered on YouTube whilst researching. Having trained at the Oxford School of Drama, Steadman made her screen debut as Julia Bertram in the ITV adaptation of Mansfield Park and has gone on to star in Breathless and Downton Abbey.  She’s had much success onstage, too, and was nominated for the 2016 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her part in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Oppenheimer. Now taking her first steps into the world of being an author, Steadman has been greeted with much praise in the form of the film rights for Something in the Water being snapped up by Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine and Witherspoon subsequently choosing the book for her June 2018 Hello Sunshine book club pick. And all this before the book’s publication!  Joining Audible for a chat, in this interview Steadman delves into her protagonist Erin (including any thoughts on who might play Erin in a film), tells us which books she loves to read and gives us a sneak peak into what we can expect to see her in next.

©2018 Audible, Ltd (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 12 mins
Available on Audible
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George Monbiot

4 ratings

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George Monbiot is renowned for his passionate and impactful writing on political, social and environmental issues. A fearless investigative journalist, he’s travelled the world in search of stories and has written about subjects as varied as mahogany extraction from Indian reserves in Brazil to the effect of the loneliness epidemic on the health of the British population.  He was at Audible’s studios recording his audiobook and joined us to talk about this latest book - Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis. We spoke about his apparent fearlessness, his views on community and belonging and what direction politics should be going in next. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: George Monbiot
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Roddy Doyle

4 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss his latest novel, Smile, is award-winning novelist, dramatist and screenwriter Roddy Doyle, who talks to us about his own childhood growing up in Dublin and the backstory behind his 11th novel. One of the most celebrated Irish authors of the late 20th century, Roddy Doyle tells us why his latest novel is different from the others.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Roddy Doyle
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 21 mins
Available on Audible
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James Acaster

4 ratings

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Joining us at Audible Studios is James Acaster, one of the UK's finest stand-up comedians, who has his own Netflix special, a podcast with Ed Gamble and a TV show with Josh Widdicombe. Acaster has written and recently released his second book, Perfect Sound Whatever.  In some ways, the book begins in January 2017. James Acaster wakes hung-over and alone in New York, his girlfriend having just left him. Thinking this is his rock bottom, little does James know that by the end of the year he will have befouled himself in a Los Angeles steakhouse and disrespected a pensioner on television. Luckily, there is one thing he can rely on for comfort - music.  In true Acaster fashion, this turns into a mission: to discover as much music as he can released in 2016, the year before everything went wrong (for James, at least). We spoke to James about his iPod guy, whether or not therapy was useful to him and the sheer joy he gets from recommending music. 

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: James Acaster
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Adrian Tchaikovsky

4 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss his Echoes of the Fall trilogy is award-winning fantasy and sci-fi writer Adrian Tchaikovsky. He visited us on the release of the third and final book in the series, The Hyena and the Hawk.  Winner of the 2017 British Fantasy Award, Tchaikovsky is the author behind the critically acclaimed Shadows of the Apt series. A prolific writer with a career that has seen him publish over 16 novels, Tchaikovsky sets the bar high with his sheer imagination.  In this interview, Adrian Tchaikovsky introduces us to the different tribes in this latest series, talks about how he goes about creating a world and explains how writing sci-fi and fantasy feels very different.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Ollie Ollerton

3 ratings

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Joining us at Audible Studios is ex-Special Forces soldier and member of the director staff for SAS: Who Dares Wins, Ollie Ollerton. He has penned a novel, Break Point, to share his life story and secrets for achievement.   Break Point travels through Ollerton's life to depict his most challenging moments, from a freak childhood accident, through his time in Iraq and Baghdad, including high-speed shoot-outs, counter-terrorism and humanitarian heroics.   In this interview, we spoke about Ollerton's belief in fate and visualisation, his views on women in the Special Forces, and how his life has led him to his business break-point.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Ollie Ollerton
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Lily Bailey

3 ratings

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Lily Bailey, mental health advocate, model and journalist, talks to us about the release of her debut audiobook, Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought. A beautifully written and poignant memoir, it tracks Lily’s battle with a debilitating disorder in an astonishingly honest and intimate manner.  In this interview, Lily refers back to a childhood plagued with fear and anxiety and what it was like to recall her experiences for the book. She is now a highly successful author and model, and we also take a look at her career goals and upcoming projects as well as examine the way OCD is portrayed in comparison to what the condition really is.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Lily Bailey
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Emma Dabiri

3 ratings

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Joining us at Audible Studios is television presenter, author and teaching fellow Emma Dabiri, who has published her first book, Don't Touch My Hair. This book is all about why black hair matters and how it can be seen as a map of decolonisation. Dabiri takes us through the significant times, from pre-colonial Africa through the Harlem Renaissnace and Black Power and on to today's Natural Hair Movement. From Madam C. J. Walker to the rise of Shea moisture, from women's solidarity to 'black people time', Dabiri treads in the paths of forgotten African scholars and the provenance of Kim Kardashian's braids. We spoke about Dabiri's experience growing up in Ireland and how the experience shaped her adult life, the book writing and researching process and how her hair has changed over the years.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Emma Dabiri
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Dr Julia Shaw - February 2019

3 ratings

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Audible Studios welcomes back Dr Julia Shaw to discuss her latest non-fiction book on psychology and the mind - Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side.  Julia talks about why humans are fascinated with evil, what research she’s done on the topic, how this links with her study of memory, and her personal feelings on the term evil.  In Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side, Dr Julia Shaw uses psychology, science and philosophy to look at why humans do the evil things they do. 

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Dr Julia Shaw
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Bob Mortimer & Paul Whitehouse

3 ratings

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Joining us at Audible Studios are Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse, lifelong friends, fans of fishing, and well-known comedians.   When life got in the way of Mortimer and Whitehouse's friendship, they found their connection dwindled to occasional catch ups and one-off phone calls. Then, conveniently, they were both diagnosed with heart disease! And they realised life is short, and they should spend it together, doing what they love: fishing.   Following the success of their BBC series, Gone Fishing, Mortimer and Whitehouse have created an audiobook of the same name, which is their love letter to the joys of angling and the simple wonder of just having a laugh with your mates.   We spoke to Mortimer and Whitehouse about going off script to record the audiobook, how chatting about their health has got others talking, the importance of silence, wildlife loving Bob, Paul bumping into otters, the wisdom of Paul Daniels, Bob’s expertise on white goods...and the list goes on.  

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Adrian Edmondson

3 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about his children’s books Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked and Tilly and the Time Machine is British comedian, actor and writer Adrian Edmondson.  Best known for his comedic roles in television series such as The Young Ones and Bottom, which he wrote together with his best friend and collaborative partner, Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson has seen huge success since the early '80s, having been an integral part of The Comic Strip Presents.  After publishing his first children’s book, Tilly and the Time Machine, in 2017, he brings this and new book Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked to audio. Adrian Edmondson talks to us about his new direction into children’s fiction, his school-aged editor next door and the highlights of his illustrious career.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Dallas Campbell

3 ratings

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Dallas Campbell joins us in the Audible Studios to chat about his new book, Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet. Having travelled the earth widely presenting shows such as Bang Goes the Theory and The Gadget Show, Dallas chats to us about an even bigger adventure - space. He tells us a few of the fascinating stories in his book, chats about why he'd be no good as an astronaut and explains why early space flight was like caravanning.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Dallas Campbell
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Chris Ryan

3 ratings

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Chris Ryan talks to Audible about the release of his latest audiobook, Safe: How to Stay Safe in a Dangerous World. A best-selling novelist and former SAS operative, Chris provides unique insight on how to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the ever-present and ever-changing threats of our society. From the rising acid attacks and cyber attacks to the recent terrorist incidents which have rocked our nation, Chris discusses the potentially lifesaving advice which he has included in his highly anticipated audiobook.

©2017 Audible Ltd (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Chris Ryan
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Rory Sutherland

2 ratings

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Joining us at Audible Studios is British advertising executive Rory Sutherland, whose TED talks have been viewed nearly seven million times. He has recently released his book Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don't Make Sense. In many areas of our lives, reason plays an infinitesimal part. We are driven by unconscious desires. We are drawn to the beautiful, the extravagant and the absurd, such as tiny bottles of fragrance. If you want to influence people's choices, you have to bypass reason. The best ideas make you feel more than they make you think, and the best ideas are irrational. We spoke to Rory about the difference between perception and reality, why you shouldn’t design things objectively and why King’s Cross has a really long champagne bar.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Rory Sutherland
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Rachel Clarke

2 ratings

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Doctor, journalist and author Rachel Clarke joins Audible Studios to discuss her semiautobiographical audiobook, Your Life in My Hands.  A poignant and honest depiction of the daily challenges faced by junior doctors on the NHS front line, the audiobook has been praised and applauded by the likes of Jon Snow, Alastair Campbell and Professor Neena Modi.  In this interview, Rachel addresses the difficult working conditions she’s had to endure as an NHS doctor, the overcrowding and underfunding of the institution she dedicates her life to and her hopes for a future in which the National Health Service stands strong once again. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Rachel Clarke
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Matthew Syed

2 ratings

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Joining us in the studio to talk about his latest book, Rebel Ideas, is British table tennis Olympian, author, journalist and broadcaster Matthew Syed.  Known for being the ping-pong guy from popular sports podcast Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy, Matthew Syed started his career as a table tennis player, competing in two Olympic games, and was ranked as a top player in England for 10 years. Since then, Matthew moved on to a career in journalism, writing a column in The Times and broadcasting on the BBC and Eurosport.  Rebel Ideas follows Syed’s previous books, Bounce, Black Box Thinking and You Are Awesome.  In this interview, Matthew Syed talks to us about his book Rebel Ideas, working with Flintoff and Savage, and how his varied career path has led him to where he is today. 

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Matthew Syed
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Mandy Smith & Milly Richardson

2 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss her book Cabin Fever is author and former Virgin Atlantic air stewardess Mandy Smith. We’re joined too by narrator and former cabin crew Milly Richardson. The two have been friends for years - making the ideal author and narrator duo.  Having spent 12 years working as part of Virgin Atlantic’s infamous cabin crew, Mandy Smith reveals all in her behind-the-scenes memoir of life in the sky. Her risqué account has attracted readers and now listeners worldwide.  Mandy and Milly talk to us about the reception the book received from other cabin crew, the best and worst of their experiences in the sky, and how the book came together. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Jane Asher

2 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about playing the role of Mrs Hubbard in Murder on the Orient Express is lauded British actress Jane Asher. A key figure of the 1960s, Asher has worked extensively across TV, film and stage throughout her career, starting from childhood. Her most notable roles include Annie in Alfie, Angel Samson in the 2001 revival of Crossroads and Celia Ryder in the 1981 television version of Brideshead Revisited. Aside from acting, Asher is an accomplished entrepreneur, having published dozens of cake books and set up the Jane Asher Party Cakes shop in Chelsea.  Here Asher talks to us about her lifelong acting career, how she prepares for her roles and what we can expect from her take on Mrs Hubbard. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Jane Asher
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Dr Michael Mosley

2 ratings

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Joining us at Audible Studios is Dr Michael Mosley, trained GP, presenter, author and creator of the 5:2 diet.   In his new book, The Fast 800, he gives recipes and meal plans to help you take your future health into your own hands. He gives scientific evidence for using intermittent fasting, tells of the power of time-restricted eating and confirms that 800 calories is the magic number for weight loss. If you can stick to 800 calories a few days a week, you will trigger desirable metabolic changes while still having enough calories to keep you sustained.   We spoke about enduring diet myths that need busting, how fasting can help the brain and always trying things out on himself.  

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

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Author: Holly Newson
Length: 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Dolly Alderton

2 ratings

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Celebrated for being the ‘Nora Ephron’ of the millennial generation, Dolly Alderton joined us for a chat about female friendships, recording her audiobook, and revealed who she’d like to play her in a film.  Dolly Alderton is an award-winning journalist, writer and director, known for her podcast The High Low, as well as her honest and relatable writing. She brings us her debut audiobook, Everything I Know about Love, a spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heartbreaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Dolly Alderton
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Deborah Frances-White

2 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about her book The Guilty Feminist is writer and comedian Deborah Frances-White.   Creator of the hit BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice and host of the podcasts The Guilty Feminist and Global Pillage, Deborah packs a busy schedule along with her seminar work talking about charisma, diversity and inclusion. Her latest book is The Guilty Feminist, a frank and funny look at modern feminism.    Deborah Frances-White talks to us about the formation of her well-loved Guilty Feminist podcast, we speak about getting to know refugees and she shares what she hopes listeners will take away from the book.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Adam Rutherford

2 ratings

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about his latest title, The Book of Humans, is geneticist, author and broadcaster Adam Rutherford.   An editor of the journal Nature for a decade, genetics expert Adam Rutherford has also produced several science documentaries, is a frequent contributor to The Guardian and hosts the BBC Radio 4 programme Inside Science. His latest title is The Book of Humans, published in September 2018.   Adam Rutherford talks to us about whether or not humans are still evolving, what it was like to work on blockbuster Ex Machina and why sea otters are not as cute and cuddly as you might think.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Adam Rutherford
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Tracey Thorn

1 rating

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss her latest memoir, Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia, is singer Tracey Thorn.    One half of duo Everything but the Girl as well as a solo artist, Tracey Thorn is a singer, a writer, a mother, a wife, a feminist, and so much more. In Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia, we are given an insight into life before music...and when the music begins to arrive.  In this interview, Tracey spoke to us about the intrigue of her 'hilariously dull' teenage diary entries, buying her first guitar, and tells us the lyrics of an early song she wrote - an ode to music journalist Julie Burchill.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Tracey Thorn
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Sue Nelson

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about her book Wally Funk’s Race for Space is science writer and broadcaster Sue Nelson.  Wally Funk was one of the 13 members of the 1961 Women in Space Programme. The female aviation pioneer also became the first female air safety investigator for the NTSB and the first civilian flight instructor at Fort Sill, with over 19,000 flight hours. Sue Nelson, former BBC science correspondent and Radio 4 presenter, documents Wally’s extraordinary life in her new book, Wally Funk’s Race for Space, published in 2018.  Sue Nelson talks to us about the astronaut tests of the '60s, where her own interest in space began and the incredible life of aviation pioneer Wally Funk. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Sue Nelson
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Steve Parrish

1 rating

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Joining us in the Audible Studios is British champion bike and truck racer, team manager and TV commentator Steve Parrish to discuss his latest book, Parrish Times: My Life as a Racer.  With a multichampionship-winning career in motorcycle racing, team management and truck racing, Steve Parrish, who is also renowned for his practical jokes, published his autobiography, Parrish Times: My Life as a Racer in May 2018. Steve Parrish talks to us about writing his autobiography and his motorcycle career, driving a truck without a license and what he gets up to with his collection of emergency service vehicles.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Steve Parrish
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Stephen Mangan

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about his narration of Tony Lee’s audio drama Dodge and Twist is British actor Stephen Mangan.  Known for his roles as Guy Secretan in Green Wing, Sean Lincoln in Episodes and Dan Moody in I’m Alan Partridge, Stephen Mangan has had a respected career across both stage and screen. The Tony-nominated actor now plays the part of Charles Dickens in the audio drama Dodge and Twist.   In this interview, Stephen Mangan talks to us about what it’s like to voice a Victorian, why he didn’t get to sing in Postman Pat: The Movie and what got him into acting.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Mangan
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Stephen K Amos

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In this interview we speak to comedian Stephen K Amos about his Edinburgh show The Stephen K Amos Talk Show, available for the first time on Audible.   Stephen has been performing at the Edinburgh Festival for over 15 years on top of touring, appearing on multiple panel shows and presenting various documentaries. Not to mention performing at the Royal Variety in 2007. Having more than earnt his comedy stripes, his Talk Show features guests from all stages of their comedy careers, chatting about the industry, performing and many personal, funny anecdotes.    When Stephen joined us in studio, he spoke about diversity in comedy, how he came to feel okay with things going wrong on stage and what keeps comedians returning to Edinburgh year after year.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

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Author: Holly Newson
Length: 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Robin Ince

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Joining us at Audible Studios is award-winning comedian and presenter, Robin Ince. His book - now also an audiobook - I’m a Joke and So Are You tackles some of life's biggest questions....  Why do we feel anxiety? How can we get past imposter syndrome? How can we be successfully creative? How do we effectively deal with grief?   In this interview he touches on some of these questions, looks back at how childhood experiences still affect him and enthuses about the latest books he’s read. He also explains why most of us have imagined dropping a baby and why writing the book put him in therapy.  

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Robin Ince
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Rob Moore

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about his latest book, Start Now. Get Perfect Later., is entrepreneur, writer and podcaster Rob Moore.   As a property entrepreneur, Rob has earnt millions, and he’s gone on to set up a company to teach what he’s learnt and help others get there. Rob’s books Money and Life Leverage have received rave reviews, and his latest, Start Now. Get Perfect Later., is all about saying good-bye to procrastination and looking at the most effective ways of getting things done.   Rob talks to us about how to let go of being perfect, what he wants the world to know about money and what it’s like to record his podcast, The Disruptive Entrepreneur.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Rob Moore
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Richard Lumsden

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Richard Lumsden visited Audible to discuss his debut novel, The Six Loves of Billy Binns.  Lumsden has 30 plus years of acting experience as well as a talent for playing musical instruments, composing and scriptwriting. He now turns his experience as a scriptwriter to novels.   In The Six Loves of Billy Binns, listeners will follow 117-year-old Billy Binns as he relives his past loves, with the audiobook narrated by Richard Lumsden himself.   In this interview Richard talks about giving up music to write, needing to be a bit older to find Billy’s view of love and how he adds emotion to the story. 

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Richard Lumsden
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Reni Eddo-Lodge

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about her acclaimed debut title, Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race, is award-winning author and journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge.   A freelance journalist and author, Reni Eddo-Lodge is one of the country’s critical young thinkers, focusing her work on feminism and exposing structural racism. Her debut Jhalak Prize-winning title, Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race, was published in June 2017.   Reni Eddo-Lodge talks to us about narrating her audiobook, her thoughts on positive discrimination and what makes her hopeful about Britain today.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Reni Eddo-Lodge
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Nichi Hodgson

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about her latest book, The Curious History of Dating: From Jane Austen to Tinder, is British journalist, broadcaster and author Nichi Hodgson.    A regular contributor to The Guardian, Vice and The Telegraph on issues of civil liberties, gender politics and sex, and the law, Nichi Hodgson was one of the first British journalists to court-report via Twitter. Her latest book, The Curious History of Dating: From Jane Austen to Tinder, looks at the history of dating in all its various forms.  Nichi Hodgson talks to us about women’s rights, sexuality in the Victorian period and a parliamentary debate about lesbianism.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Nichi Hodgson
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Mike Lewis

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss his first book, When to Jump, is former equity investor turned entrepreneur and CEO of the When to Jump platform, Mike Lewis. At the age of 26, Mike Lewis left his prestigious job as an investor to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a professional squash player. Realising the importance and impact of making a 'jump' from something comfortable in order to pursue a passion, Mike created the When to Jump community, a platform that has attracted millions of impressions and experiences of those who wish to share their own stories of success. Mike Lewis talks to us about his global community, why he wrote the book and some of the stories in it.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Mike Lewis
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Marcus Chown

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about his latest book, Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand, is science writer and journalist Marcus Chown.   Author of tens of popular science books loved by adults and children alike, Chown has been explaining gravity, the universe and quantum theory to the masses for years. Following his science education at prestigious universities, Chown has made it his aim for people to be as engaged and fascinated by science as he is, whether through reading books, watching television shows or even listening to radio comedy.   Marcus Chown talks to us about his latest book, why quantum theory is stranger than science fiction and the only book for which he’s ever left an Amazon review. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Marcus Chown
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Marc Randolph

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Joining us at Audible Studios is founder and CEO of Netflix Marc Randolph, who has founded over eight companies and is a serial entrepreneur. Randolph's Netflix journey began alongside his friend Reed Hastings in 1997, when they decided to give mail-order DVDs a try. Randolph, having picked up marketing and other tricks of the trade through previous roles, designed the original user interface and spent the first year of Netflix testing different designs to create the perfect business model for customer satisfaction. After a few years, Randolph moved on to other businesses, being enthralled by the start-up phase of business and wanting to concentrate on that. Of course, he hasn't cut ties with Netflix and is amazed at what a success it is today.  Randolph has been a mentor and board member of projects such as MiddCORE and Looker Data Sciences since 2002 and is also the Entrepreneur in Residence for High Point University and its Belk Entrepreneurship Centre, hoping to inspire a new generation of serial entrepreneurs.  Randolph is currently a keynote speaker who focuses on entrepreneurship but also on leadership and innovation. He travels the world speaking about his Netflix experience and sharing the lessons he has learned from start-up investments.  We spoke to Marc Randolph about the part he played in one of most influential and disruptive streaming services of today, his love on entrepreneurship and innovation, his journey of sharing the trials and tribulations that go alongside most start-ups and his first book that shares his story: That Will Never Work. 

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Marc Randolph
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Kevin Powers

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss his latest novel, A Shout in the Ruins, is writer, poet and US Army veteran Kevin Powers.   An Iraq war veteran, serving between 2004 and 2005, Kevin Powers is the author behind The Yellow Birds, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Guardian First Book Award and was a National Book Award finalist. Following on from his debut poetry collection in 2014, Power’s latest published book is A Shout in the Ruins.   Kevin Powers talks to us about his latest book, his book being made into a film and how he finds expression through poetry.  

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Kevin Powers
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Kate Williams

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about her latest novel, The House of Shadows, is acclaimed British author, popular TV historian and broadcaster Kate Williams.  Author of the novel The Pleasures of Men and four historical biographies which have received critical acclaim, Kate Williams is a lauded author, social historian and broadcaster as well as CNN’s go-to historian and royal expert amongst other channels and TV shows.  Kate Williams talks to us about her protagonist Celia, female entrepreneurs of the 1930s and what we can expect from her next.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Kate Williams
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Jo Brand

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk to us about her latest book, Born Lippy, is British comedian, writer and actress Jo Brand.   After beginning a career in psychiatric nursing, Jo Brand moved to the alternative comedy stand-up scene with early performances on Saturday Live and later appearing in the likes of The Brain Drain and Jo Brand Through the Cakehole. Brand is the author of four novels and is currently the presenter of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, and her latest book, Born Lippy, was published in October 2018.   In this interview, Jo Brand talks to us about topics from the Spice Girls to the Kardashians - covering hitchhiking, media portrayals and the taboo of death along the way. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Jo Brand
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Helen Thomson

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Award-winning journalist and science writer Helen Thomson joins us to discuss the release of her debut audiobook, Unthinkable: a fascinating exploration into the inner workings of human behaviour. Helen talks to us about some of the strangest brains she’s ever come across and the baffling symptoms they’ve exhibited. Imparting a wealth of knowledge gathered from having spent over 10 years as a health and neuroscience journalist, Helen also addresses the impact that technological advancement might have on brain research and what inspired her to write the book. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Helen Thomson
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Hanif Kureishi

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In this Audible Sessions we go to our author’s house to discuss a wide selection of his novels, available in audio for the first time: The Nothing, The Black Album, Intimacy, The Last Word and My Ear at His Heart, by acclaimed British playwright, screenwriter and novelist Hanif Kureishi.   This critically acclaimed British writer of Pakistani descent is the author of some of the most recognised postcolonial literature in the world, including The Buddha of Suburbia, which won the Whitbread Award for best first novel, and to screenplay for My Beautiful Laundrette.    Hanif Kureishi talks to us about his feelings on writing and teaching it, his love of long-form TV series and what it was like to start writing at a time in which art had to be shocking. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Hanif Kureishi
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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George Anderson

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Well-being coach, writer and presenter George Anderson talks to us about his upcoming audiobook, Beginner’s Luck Guide for Non-runners. Imparting award-winning training advice on how to slowly build up fitness levels, stay motivated and even start to enjoy exercise, George explains the reasoning behind his running programme in this exclusive interview. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: George Anderson
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Dr Giles Yeo

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In this interview, geneticist Dr Giles Yeo discusses how genes influence our eating habits and tells us about his key areas of research. He visited Audible Studios to talk about his audiobook, Gene Eating: The Science of Obesity, and the truth about diets, and we talked about what role scientists should play in our ‘post-truth’ world, how much we know about the gut microbiome and why we should avoid extreme diets.   According to Dr Giles Yeo’s research, 'the UK has the biggest waistlines in Western Europe and an enormous problem of other diet-related illnesses. Our modern lifestyle, coupled with the food environment, has made weight loss the biggest public health quest of today.' Gene Eating: The Science of Obesity looks to help us understand the causes for this as well as assessing the many diets out there.  

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Dr Giles Yeo
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Dermot O'Leary - September 2019

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Joining us at Audible Studios is British-Irish television and radio presenter Dermot O'Leary. Well known for his stints hosting the National Television Awards, ITV's The X Factor and Channel 4's Big Brother's Little Brother, O'Leary has become a familiar and household name.   He is well recognised for his charitable acts, including a 24 hour dance, going commando for testicular cancer, hosting Soccer Aid and Children in Need, Comic Relief and Sport Relief. He has graced our screens for well over 10 years as well as radio programmes, including Dermot's Saturday Club and Breakfast for BBC Radio 2.  More recently, O'Leary has published the third in his children's books series Toto the Ninja Cat and the Superstar Catastrophe as well as beginning a podcast for Audible Originals, called People Just People, in which he interviews guests he admires to find out how they got to where they are in life.   We spoke to Dermot O'Leary about narrating his audiobooks (including the character he voiced as Winston Churchill!), how podcast People Just People got its name and how he felt at the end of those in depth interviews.  

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Dermot O'Leary
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 19 mins
Available on Audible
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David Wallace-Wells

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Joining us at Audible Studios is David Wallace-Wells, deputy editor of New York magazine and now climate change writer with his book The Uninhabitable Earth.  The book is based on a much viewed article David wrote of the same name which goes through the possible worst-case scenarios on our earth due to global warming, such as economic collapse, famine and overheating. In this interview, we talk about the discussion that ensued after the release of his initial article, whether he thinks fear is a good motivator and why he believes that the solutions to climate change have to be political. He also tells us what he hopes the book will achieve.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 21 mins
Available on Audible
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David Coulthard

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to discuss his latest book, The Winning Formula, is British former Formula 1 driver turned presenter and entrepreneur David Coulthard.  Winning 13 grand prix races during his career as a F1 driver, Coulthard spent many years as a leader in the world of motorsports. As well as running his production company, Whisper Films, and making his mark in the property business, Coulthard now commentates and copresents on Channel 4’s F1 coverage and has written his book, The Winning Formula, about the business of sport.  Here, David Coulthard talks to us about his Formula 1 career, his coming-of-age driving moment and how the power of a team has shaped his life post-racing.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: David Coulthard
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Claudia Hammond - November 2019

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Joining us at Audible Studios is radio presenter, psychologist and journalist Claudia Hammond. She was born in Bedfordshire and began radio presenting at the age of 14 with a request programme on Hospital Radio Bedford. Hammond attended Sussex University and studied applied psychology, and then Surrey University to study for an Msc in health psychology. After university, Hammond began lecturing in psychology and reporting for BBC Radio 5 Live.   Hammond is the author of three books: Mind over Money (2016), Time Warped (2012) and Emotional Rollercoaster (2005). Her newest title, The Art of Rest, is to be published in 2019 and looks at different techniques of rest from around the world, informing listeners of the importance of rest as self-care.  Hammond presents several radio programmes, including All in the Mind on BBC Radio 4 and Health Check on the BBC World Service Radio, and has also appeared on shows such as The One Show and BBC Breakfast. We spoke to Claudia Hammond about her new book, The Art of Rest, how we can rest, why rest is so important and whether she’s any good at it.  

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Claudia Hammond
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Chris Ryan - November 2019

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Joining us at Audible Studios is former SAS sergeant Chris Ryan. Ryan enrolled in the British Army at the age of 16, where he then passed selection to join the 22 SAS Regiment under ‘B’ squadron. Ryan spent the next seven years of his life serving around the world on covert and overt operations.    Ryan was a key member of the infamous Bravo Two Zero SAS patrol in Iraq during the Gulf War. The patrol was compromised and was forced to head towards Syria on foot. Ryan was the only one of the eight-man team to not be captured or killed. He made the longest escape ever made by an SAS or other soldier, trekking 190 miles by foot.  Though successfully evading capture, Ryan lost a potentially fatal amount of weight and suffered severe muscle atrophy and long-term side effects from drinking water contaminated by nuclear waste.    Ryan was honorably discharged from the SAS in 1994, after being awarded the Military Medal in 1991. Since leaving the army, he has contributed to many television programmes, sharing his wealth of experience on how to survive events such as natural disasters, violent assaults and nuclear terrorist attacks.    He has also had an incredible career as an author, with titles such as The One That Got Away, Strike Back, the Danny Black series, and the Alpha Force series. His book The History of the SAS tells the story of the SAS 22 Regiment from its humble beginnings, sharing details from missions in Oman, Borneo, Northern Ireland, the Falklands and more.    We spoke to Chris Ryan about his book The History of the SAS, how being in the SAS affects him today and talking to an SAS soldier now in his 90s as part of his research.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Chris Ryan
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Bob Roth

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Bob Roth, meditation teacher and CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, joins us to discuss his latest audiobook, Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation.  Roth’s audiobook examines what we might do to combat the growing stress epidemic which has gripped the world and why he believes that transcendental meditation is a key tool.  In this interview we discuss what transcendental meditation is, how he first came across the technique and how the view of meditation has changed over the years. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Bob Roth
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Benjamin Zephaniah

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In this interview we are joined by writer, poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah to discuss his long anticipated autobiography, The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah.   Zephaniah transformed performance poetry when he came onto the scene in the 1980s and has gone on to convey political and societal messages through his work. He’s also written numerous novels, children’s books and plays as well as releasing multiple albums. A multitalented man with an uneasy childhood and mixed up teen years, he has plenty to say in his autobiography.   When he came to the studio, he spoke about overcoming his shyness, writing about his mum and what the West can learn from the rest of the world about peace. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Ben Smith

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Multiaward-winning runner and CEO of The 401 Foundation Ben Smith talks to us about his debut audiobook, 401: The Extraordinary Story of the Man Who Ran 401 Marathons in 401 Days and Changed His Life Forever.  Detailing the many challenges he faced and overcame, in this interview, Ben discusses how bullying impacted him, why he decided to create the 401 Challenge and how he’s carrying on its legacy. 

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Ben Smith
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Ben Miller

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Joining us at Audible Studios is Ben Miller, English actor, comedian and author. Miller's latest book is titled The Boy Who Made the World Disappear.   Miller went to St Catherine's College, Cambridge, to read natural sciences, and as an undergraduate he participated in theatre alongside Rachel Weisz, whom he dated. Miller stayed at Cambridge to read for a PhD in solid state physics but abandoned it three years in to pursue his career in comedy.   He joined the well-renowned Cambridge Footlights in 1989, with fellow comedians Sue Perkins and Andy Parsons, and gained a solid footing in the acting world. Miller was introduced to Alexander Armstrong in 1992, and they performed their first full-length show together at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1994. The duo were then commissioned for a television show, Armstrong and Miller.   Miller played the lead role in Death in Paradise before leaving to spend more time with his family. Beyond television, Miller has acted in films such as Johnny English (2003) and its sequel, Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism (2014), and on stage in The Ladykillers (2011) and The Duck House. His directorial debut was the film Huge.   We'll be chatting to Ben Miller about his book The Boy Who Made the World Disappear, his partnership with Alexander Armstrong and what he would put into a black hole.  

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Ben Miller
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Ash Ranpura & Gelong Thubten

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Neurologist Ash Ranpura and Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten have recently collaborated with Ruby Wax - comedian, mental health advocate and best-selling author of Frazzled - to produce a new book called How to Be Human: The Manual. In this interview they reveal what they learnt from each other, where they found common ground and where, perhaps, they might disagree. We hear about mindfulness and what science can really tell us about who we are. How to Be Human: The Manual explores, well, how to be human through answering questions on subjects like evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions and relationships.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Anthony Daniels

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Joining us at Audible Studios is the actor of one of the most familiar droids known to man and aliens alike: Anthony Daniels, best known for his role as C-3PO in Star Wars.  Daniels dropped out of law school to pursue amateur dramatics and spent time working at BBC Radio and the National Theatre. His agent recommended he go visit George Lucas, who was casting for Star Wars.  Daniels wasn't interested in the role but was persuaded to go along. It was a meeting that changed the course of his life. Daniels has played C-3PO in every feature film and has also reprised the role for many additional roles such as hosting The Making of Star Wars, The Muppet Show and Sesame Street. He has also voiced C-3PO in the Star Wars video games and in radio dramatisations. Daniels has released I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story, a book revealing the extraordinary story of the man inside the costume.   We spoke to Anthony Daniels about his new book, his time as C-3PO and what he foresees for the future.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Anthony Daniels
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Alastair Humphreys

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Joining us at Audible Studios is English adventurer, author, and motivational speaker, Alastair Humphreys. He has three audiobooks available on Audible: My Midsummer Morning, Microadventures and Around the World by Bike. The latter is an audiobook bundle of his books Moods of Future Joys and Thunder and Sunshine, which detail his cycling adventure around the world.  In this interview we spoke to Alastair about all three of his audiobooks and how things have changed for him over the years. Along the way we covered would he rather be too hot or too cold, adventure with a friend or alone, and even if it works to be married to someone with a different perspective on his travels.

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Author: Holly Newson
Length: 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Adam Rutherford - February 2020

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Joining us at Audible Studios is scientist and broadcaster Adam Rutherford. Rutherford is the presenter of BBC Radio 4's Inside Science, as well as author of a number of books, including How to Argue with a Racist. Rutherford attended University College London as a medical student, but after the first year transferred to study genetics as his interest in the area grew. He was granted his PhD from the university in 2002. Since then, he has presented many documentaries, looking at topics such as the link between MMR and autism, human evolution and the inheritance of intelligence.  Rutherford has acted as a scientific advisor on blockbuster films such as Ex-Machina and World War Z and has written many critically acclaimed books, such as A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes, which was long-listed for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian, writing mainly about scientific topics, and co-presents The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry with mathematician Hannah Fry. Adam Rutherford spoke to us about his latest publication, How to Argue with a Racist, and we discussed the history of genetics, race being a social construct, his thoughts on ancestry testing kits and more.

©2020 Audible, Ltd (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Adam Rutherford
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Libby Page

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Joining us at Audible Studios is author and outdoor swimming enthusiast Libby Page, whose first novel, The Lido, was an international success. She has now published her second, The 24-Hour Café. Page has always had a passion for writing and began at an early age. She studied fashion journalism and began work at The Guardian. As her career focused on writing, Page found little time to pursue her own writing, and so made a career switch to marketing in order to make space for her own books. The result of this change was The Lido (2019), which remained on the Sunday Times best seller list for five consecutive weeks. Page's second novel, The 24-Hour Cafe, has just published, and we chatted to her about the human tales she tells, her determination to write and why she loves having a pen pal.

©2020 Audible, Ltd (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Libby Page
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Jeanine Cummins

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Joining us at Audible Studios is best-selling author Jeanine Cummins, who is releasing her new book, American Dirt.   Cummins was born in Spain and has lived around the world, in California, Maryland, Belfast, and New York, where she currently resides with her Irish husband and two children. She worked in the publishing industry for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer.   Her first book, A Rip in Heaven, is a memoir about her two cousins being murdered and the attempted murder of her brother. Cummins used the book to deal with her grief and portrays the lives of the victims and their families. She went on to release two fictions novels, The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch.   Her newest release is American Dirt, a novel which looks at the plight of migrants, as a mother and son desperately attempt to escape a cartel in Mexico by fleeing to the United States of America.   We spoke to Jeanine Cummins about her new novel, the violence in Mexico and Central American, migrant experiences and her worries over whether or not she was the right person to tell this story.  

©2020 Audible Ltd (P)2020 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Jeanine Cummins
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Catherine Gray

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Joining us at Audible Studios is award-winning writer and editor Catherine Gray. Gray's newest book, The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary, published in December 2019.  Gray has written for many major publications, such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Grazia, BBC Earth and Marie Claire. During her 20s, Gray worked for Glamour and Cosmopolitan. As you might have read in her debut book, The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, Gray battled addiction to alcohol during her 20s and early 30s but managed to keep holding down her job. She went freelance in 2011 and continued to fight alcoholism until she realised she had hit rock bottom. Things had to change.   Gray moved back in with her mother, quit drinking and began keeping a diary in which she recorded her thoughts on the process of becoming sober, and so began the writing process of her first book. Since then, Gray has travelled the world, started saving for a house and began to enjoy life again. She published another two books: The Unexpected Joy of Being Single and The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober Journal. Her newest book, The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary, takes a look at the psychology behind myths such as money makes you happy and big weddings make for happy marriages.   We spoke to Catherine Gray about what counts as ‘fun gratitude’, what the significance is of the Hedonic Treadmill and why ordinary things are so great.  

©2019 Audible Ltd (P)2019 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Catherine Gray
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 23 mins
Available on Audible