About once a month, in the pre-Covid-19 world, we were lucky enough to host some of our favourite writers, in a small space upstairs at the shop, and began to make these talks available as podcasts in 2019. We still cannot invite authors to speak in the shop in the current circumstances, but we have continued making recordings and podcasts.

In the last few months our speakers and interviews have included Hisham Matar, Caroline Moorehead, David Mitchell, Loyd Grossman, William Dalrymple, Judith Herrin, Martin Latham, William Boyd, Tom Stoppard and Hermione Lee: we are hugely grateful to them all.  We have many more such podcasts planned for the coming months.

Listen to the most recent episode below, or find us on Spotify and Apple Podcasts to hear them all.


HORATIO CLARE: Heavy Light: A Journey through Madness, Mania and Healing

Horatio joins Arabella von Friesen to talk about what he refers to as “one of the stranger journeys of a travelling life”.



SIMON HEFFER in conversation with TIM BOUVERIE: Henry ‘Chips’ Channon: The Diaries 1918-38

Gossip, wit and malice: the first volume of the unexpurgated diaries, with the second due in the autumn. (A selection was published in 1967 but there was a 60-year embargo on the full text.)