Coming Up on Book Talk

If you want to get ahead, this is the place to find out what we're reading for forthcoming Book Talk podcasts.

Please add your comments and thoughts on particular discussion topics around any of our upcoming books to the bottom of this page.


April 2014: Tenth of December by George Saunders

Tenth of December by George SaundersApril’s Book Talk will feature the recently announced winner of The Folio Prize, the first major English language book prize open to writers from around the world. American writer Saunders has been called "the best short story writer in English" by Time magazine, and the Folio Prize judges claimed that the stories in this collection "take us to the edge of some of the most difficult questions of our time and force us to consider what lies behind and beyond them". We look forward to seeing what the Book Talk panel makes of this, the first short story collection we have featured.

Available now! Listen to our discussion of Tenth of December with Kirsty Logan and Gavin Inglis.


May 2014: The Humans by Matt Haig

The Humans coverIn a galaxy far, far away is a utopian society governed by mathematics, which finds itself threatened when Cambridge University professor Andrew Martin cracks the Reimann Hypothesis, opening the doorway to the alien planet’s technology and summoning the story’s otherworldly narrator to earth to erase Martin’s solution—and Martin himself.

At first disgusted by Earth’s violence, disease and strife, the alien slowly begins to appreciate humans’ flaws, as he tries to navigate his way through Martin’s life, leading him to question his whole mission.