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THE BIBLIO FILE is one of the world's leading podcasts about "the book" and an inquiry into the wider world of book culture. Hosted by NIGEL BEALE it features wide ranging conversations with authors, poets, book publishers, booksellers, book editors, book collectors, book makers, book scholars, book critics, book designers, book publicists, literary agents and other best practitioners on Robert Darnton's "communications circuit."

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Dec 25, 2020

Last year at about this time David Gilmour and I sat down together to talk about "Mojave" one of Truman Capote's greatest short stories. We enjoyed ourselves so much we decided to do it again, this time with "Shut a Final Door." 

Capote wrote this story when he was only 23 years old. David contends that it strongly...


Dec 21, 2020

Virago is a London-based British publishing company committed to publishing women's writing and books on "feminist" topics.  Established by women in the 1970s in tandem with the Women's Liberation Movement (WLM), Virago has done much to address inequitable gender dynamics in the publishing world, and, unlike...


Dec 13, 2020

Martin Amis was born in Oxford in 1949 and is a British novelist, essayist, and memoirist - all of whom show up to contribute to his latest novel, Inside Story. 
 
As it happens I read  Lolita in tandem with Inside Story, so the front-end of our conversation is laden with nasty Nabokovian-related questions. Since...


David Mason on his memoir The Pope's Bookbinder, Part ll

Dec 5, 2020

Sly, sparkling, and endearingly gruff, David Mason is an engrossing conversationalist; a giant in the book trade whose infectious enthusiasm, human insight, commercial shrewdness, and deadpan humour are all on display here in part ll of our discussion about his memoir The Pope's Bookbinder.  

Listen to Part l