From the Archives: Daniel Smith and the Love Letters of Kings and Queens

Season 1, Ep. 14

Love letters reveal so much - especially when the writers are the people who dictate the fate of nations, but who somehow come off as a bit... thirsty? Find out why Napoleon detested being left on read, why Prince Albert used to give Queen Victoria certificates for being ‘most improved,’ and why there are two sides to every story.This archive cut includes the extended version of the show, which contains ‘Shit I Wish I’d Known’ from Dan’s perspective as an author of dozens of books, and as an experienced editor. What do editors wish writers knew? And what drives someone to write so damned much?! Find out on the extended cut. 

Daniel Smith has written over 30 non-fiction books including the hugely successful How to Think Like… series. His book The Peer and the Gangster was described by the Observer as “revelatory and hilarious” while The Ardlamont Mystery is an “enthralling real- life murder mystery,” according to the Daily Mail. His next book, the Love Letters of Kings and Queens came out in February. 

You can find Daniel at and on Twitter You can order his extensive back catalogue from the fine people at

Works Mentioned

Joan Aiken, Arabel and Mortimer Stories

Joanna Spyri, Heidi

Rosie Wilby, The Breakup Monologues (NonFicPod episode coming soon!)

Dr Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey Into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred (NonFicPod episode coming soon!)

Nadia Owusu, Aftershocks (NonFicPod series 1 episode 8!)

Episode transcript available here (Google doc)

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