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  • 1. Episode One: Neil Gaiman

    17:51
    A very warm welcome back to season 2 of The Queen's Reading Room Podcast! In this episode, we meet Neil Gaiman: author of fiction and non-fiction, comic books, films, television, poetry and songs. Over the course of his career his stories, full of bewitching characters and endlessly riveting twists and turns, have reached audiences of all ages, turning many young readers into lifelong book lovers.Neil recently invited The Queen's Reading Room into his very own reading room, to tell us all about the books which inspire him to write and the ones which he turns to over and over again.... The Queen's Reading Room Podcast is a place for book lovers - and those who wish they loved literature a little more - to be inspired by the bookish confessions of global literary heroes. Authors from all over the world have shared their own literary treasures with us; revealing their favourite writers, most treasured books and earliest reading memories. Discover the joy of reading with The Queens Reading Room podcast, available weekly on all podcast platforms.

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  • Episode nine: Susie Dent (bonus episode)

    21:31
    The Queen's Reading Room podcast is a place for book lovers - and those who wish they loved literature a little more - to be inspired by the bookish confessions of global literary heroes. Authors from all over the world have shared their own literary treasures with us; revealing their favourite writers, most treasured books and earliest reading memories. Coming up in this very special bonus episode:- Susie Dent is a lexicographer, etymologist and media personality who delights us daily with her appearances on the much-loved Countdown. To say that there is nothing this woman doesn’t know about language would be selling her short. Susie has kindly let The Queen’s Reading Room into her own home, sharing with us her literary loves and bookish secrets. Discover the joy of reading with The Queens Reading Room podcast, available on all podcast platforms.
  • 8. Episode eight: Frank Cottrell-Boyce

    23:18
    The Queen's Reading Room podcast is a place for book lovers - and those who wish they loved literature a little more - to be inspired by the bookish confessions of global literary heroes. Authors from all over the world have shared their own literary treasures with us; revealing their favourite writers, most treasured books and earliest reading memories. In this episode, we meet screenwriter, novelist and actor Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who is perhaps best known for his children’s fiction. Frank generously opened his door to The Queen’s Reading Room to discuss how books have shaped his life and to admit how he occasionally steals story ideas from the creative minds of his seven children…Discover the joy of reading with The Queens Reading Room podcast, available weekly on all podcast platforms.
  • 7. Episode seven: Bonnie Garmus

    24:06
    Welcome to the episode seven of The Queen's Reading Room podcast. The Queen's Reading Room podcast is a place for book lovers - and those who wish they loved literature a little more - to be inspired by the bookish confessions of global literary heroes. Authors from all over the world have shared their own literary treasures with us; revealing their favourite writers, most treasured books and earliest reading memories. In this episode, Bonnie Garmus talks to The Queen’s Reading Room about her books, her reading habits and the creation of the infamous Elizabeth Zott, whose journey into the world of literature, and consequently our hearts, was anything but straight forward. Bonnie discloses the true story behind Lessons in Chemistry and explains to us what Elizabeth Zott means to her.Discover the joy of reading with The Queens Reading Room podcast, available weekly on all podcast platforms.
  • 6. Episode six: Ann Patchett

    23:57
    Welcome to the episode six of The Queen's Reading Room podcast. The Queen's Reading Room podcast is a place for book lovers - and those who wish they loved literature a little more - to be inspired by the bookish confessions of global literary heroes. Authors from all over the world have shared their own literary treasures with us; revealing their favourite writers, most treasured books and earliest reading memories. Ann Patchett was the winner of the Pen/Faulkner award 2022 and the Orange Prize for Fiction in the same year, and is one of the world’s most loved novelists to boot. She speaks to The Queen’s Reading Room from her home in America, and gives us unique insight into her writing, her life and her home that overflows with books.Discover the joy of reading with The Queens Reading Room podcast, available weekly on all podcast platforms.
  • 5. Episode five: David Baddiel

    17:43
    Welcome to the episode five of The Queen's Reading Room podcast. The Queen's Reading Room podcast is a place for book lovers - and those who wish they loved literature a little more - to be inspired by the bookish confessions of global literary heroes. Authors from all over the world have shared their own literary treasures with us; revealing their favourite writers, most treasured books and earliest reading memories. David Baddiel is a comedian, presenter, screenwriter and author who agreed to talk to The Queen’s Reading Room about his own thoughts on writing and literature. David reveals the books he loved as a child, the authors he admires today and why he feels that writing for children is so worthwhile.Discover the joy of reading with The Queens Reading Room podcast, available weekly on all podcast platforms
  • 4. Episode four: Elif Shafak

    31:57
    Welcome to the episode four of The Queen's Reading Room podcast. The Queen's Reading Room podcast is a place for book lovers - and those who wish they loved literature a little more - to be inspired by the bookish confessions of global literary heroes. Authors from all over the world have shared their own literary treasures with us; revealing their favourite writers, most treasured books and earliest reading memories. Elif Shafak has long been a friend of The Queen’s Reading Room and so when she agreed to record a podcast episode with us, we knew she wouldn’t disappoint. This remarkable novelist speaks to the unique literary experience of immigrants, as well as the extensive reading that she undertakes in order to create her own masterpieces.Discover the joy of reading with The Queens Reading Room podcast, available weekly on all podcast platforms.