Monocle 24: Meet the Writers-logo

Monocle 24: Meet the Writers


Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to discover the methods of – and inspiration behind – some of the world’s most exciting writers. Every Saturday, Georgina Godwin hosts an in-depth discussion with the person behind the prose.

Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to discover the methods of – and inspiration behind – some of the world’s most exciting writers. Every Saturday, Georgina Godwin hosts an in-depth discussion with the person behind the prose.


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Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to discover the methods of – and inspiration behind – some of the world’s most exciting writers. Every Saturday, Georgina Godwin hosts an in-depth discussion with the person behind the prose.






Vincent Brown

Vincent Brown is a professor of African and African-American studies and director of the History Design Studio at Harvard. His fascinating new book, ‘Tacky’s Revolt’, looks at slavery in a completely different light, placing the Jamaican revolts of 1760 firmly within the broader history of the time.


Monocle Reads: Laura Mucha

Georgina Godwin speaks to award-winning poet and writer Laura Mucha about her latest book, ‘We Need to Talk About Love’. With personal stories from hundreds of people across different ages and nationalities, it analyses how we think, feel and behave about love.


Capricia Penavic Marshall

Capricia Marshall was Chief of Protocol of the US under Barack Obama. In her new book, ‘Protocol: Why Diplomacy Matters and How to Make It Work for You’, she gives us an insight into the backstage workings of the White House, a snapshot of her friendships with the Clintons and the Obamas and a very useful guide to soft power on a political and a personal level.


Monocle Reads: Anneka Harry

Georgina Godwin speaks to writer, performer and self-proclaimed “comedy hustler” Anneka Harry. Her new book, ‘Gender Rebels: 50 Influential Cross Dressers, Impersonators, Name-Changers and Game-Changers’, celebrates some unsung heroes of history.


Paul Mendez

Paul Mendez’s debut novel, ‘Rainbow Milk’, is a coming-of-age tale like no other, mapping the journey of a young black man with a Jehovah’s Witness upbringing who makes a fresh start in London. Semi-autobiographical and covering a range of important contemporary themes, he discussed the book and more with Georgina Godwin while on a dog walk in Hampstead Heath.


Monocle Reads: John Sutherland

Georgina Godwin speaks to former police officer John Sutherland. He is the author of bestseller ‘Blue: A Memoir – Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces’, which details his struggles with mental health during his 25 years in the Met police. His latest book ‘Crossing the Line: Lessons From a Life on Duty’ invites us to step behind the cordon tape for an eye-opening look at the world of policing.


Witold Szabłowski

What do dictators have in common? Apparently, however bloody their regime, in the end they just want to eat food that reminds them of their mothers. Award-winning Polish journalist Witold Szablowski went to meet the chefs who cooked for some of the world’s worst tyrants. He tells Georgina Godwin all about his book ‘How To Feed A Dictator: Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Enver Hoxha, Fidel Castro, and Pol Pot Through the Eyes of Their Cooks’.


Monocle Reads: Charles Dickens: My Life

This week we meet Charles Dickens. 150 years after his death he wasn’t able to make it to the studio, so Georgina Godwin speaks with Derwin Hope about his new book ‘Charles Dickens: My Life’, which tells the story of one of the world’s greatest authors in unbelievable detail.


Robert Reich

Robert Reich is a US economist, professor and political commentator who has served in three national administrations, including as US Secretary of Labour. He has written 17 books, and he discusses his latest, ‘The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It’.


Monocle Reads: Julia Hobsbawm

Julia Hobsbawm is a writer, speaker, social entrepreneur and strategist whose work focuses on finding solutions for humans in an ever-changing world. She speaks to Georgina Godwin about her latest book, ‘The Simplicity Principle: Six Steps Towards Clarity in a Complex World’.


Stephanie Scott

Stephanie Scott’s award-winning debut thriller, ‘What’s Left of Me Is Yours’, retells the true story of a Japanese man paid to seduce a married woman. Scott’s novel was the culmination of years of hard work in Japan spent researching the story, the legal system and the way of life.


Monocle Reads: ‘Afraid of the Light’

The coronavirus crisis has prompted a number of charitable publishing initiatives. One of those is ‘Afraid of the Light’, an anthology of short fiction featuring 14 crime writers. Georgina Godwin speaks to one of the writers behind the project, Jo Furniss. Jo is also the author of ‘All the Little Children’, an Amazon bestseller, and the forthcoming suspense novel, ‘The Last to Know’.


Curtis Sittenfeld

Author Curtis Sittenfield cemented her place in the literary scene with her third novel ‘American Wife’, a story loosely based on first lady, Laura Bush. 12 years on, her eagerly anticipated new book ‘Rodham’ explores a similarly ambitious theme, reimagining the life of Hillary Clinton had she not married Bill. She spoke to Georgina Godwin about it and her own interest in politics.


Monocle Reads: Mojie Crigler

Mojie Crigler tells Georgina Godwin about her new book, ‘Under the Big Tree’, which tells the story of the people who suffer from Neglected Tropical Diseases, as well as the global movement of extraordinary people working together to defeat them.


Amish Tripathi

Amish Tripathi rocketed to fame with the Shiva trilogy, which became the fastest-selling series of books in Indian history. Tripathi’s path to success was not a simple one, however, as he was initially rejected by publishers more than 20 times. As well as continuing to write, he is now a diplomat, serving as the head of the Nehru Centre in London.


Monocle Reads: ‘Warriors, Witches, Women’

Kate Hodges speaks to Georgina Godwin about her new book, ‘Warriors, Witches, Women: Celebrating Mythology’s Fiercest Females’. From feminist fairies to bloodsucking temptresses, half-human harpies and protective voodoo goddesses, the book does away with stereotypes and explores these historical and spiritual figures from a feminist perspective.


Michael Frayn

British author, playwright and translator Michael Frayn is best known for his farcical comedy ‘Noises Off’ and ‘Copenhagen’, which details a 1941 meeting between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. He is also a translator of Russian and has written several English translations of Chekhov. He spoke to us about his prolific career and his latest book, ‘Magic Mobile’.


Monocle Reads: Dan Gretton

Writer and activist Dan Gretton’s disturbing debut work, ‘I You We Them’, is a culmination of Gretton’s career-spanning interest in “desk killers” – perpetrators of crimesagainst humanity, who murder through the cold mechanisms of bureaucracy. ‘I You We Them’ merges history, reportage and memoir to meditate on questions of responsibility and injustice today.


Humphrey Hawksley

Humphrey Hawksley is an author, commentator and broadcaster. His work as a BBC foreign correspondent took him all over the world, giving him a global perspective that informs his writing. His new book, ‘Man on Edge’, puts the reader at the centre of a geopolitical crisis in Moscow.


Monocle Reads: Emily Thomas

Dr Emily Thomas talks to Georgina Godwin about her new book, ‘The Meaning of Travel’. What compels people to travel and what impact does it have on society? ‘The Meaning of Travel’ traverses the places where philosophy and travel intersect, from the 16th century to the present day. Emily discusses the gendering of travel and philosophy and the ethics of travelling in an era of climate crisis and a pandemic.