Great podcasts for book-lovers

(Post updated September 2019)

We've seen the rise and rise of podcasts over recent years. I have definitely come to this party late, but am now a total convert to podcasts. These podcasts share the love of books in very different styles. Whatever your literary taste, you'll find a podcast for you.

Red Hot Chilli Writers

New Podcast Six British Asian writers talk books, writing, the creative arts, pop culture, risqué humour and Big Fat Asian weddings. Insightful, funny, packed with big name interviews, advice, on-air-therapy and lashings of cultural anarchy they dare to explore the parts other podcasts cannot reach.

Dog-Eared Pages Podcast

New Podcast A literary podcast by English authors Lauren James and Lucy Powrie full of book recommendations and writing advice.

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The Waterstones Podcast

New Podcast Authors go beyond the book to talk about the themes and ideas that obsess us all. Drawing on the regular appearances of authors nationwide in our events and the more intimate conversations recorded in the studio, each episode will take a different theme and see where it takes us.

The Bookseller's Podcast

New Podcast Hosted by acclaimed author Cathy Rentzenbrink. Interviews with award winning authors to the latest reviews and book recommendations.. Each month, a variety of bookish delights for you to consume – wherever the mood takes you. 


Join Alex Reads and Raifa Rafiq in their journey to keep up with the millennial experience, while exploring the intersection between literature, wellness and pop-culture. Tune in weekly as they discuss everything that is ‘lit’ in a fun and insightful way! #ShowDemBooks

The Backlisted Podcast from Unbound

Breathing new life into old books. The literary podcast presented by John Mitchinson and Andy Miller. 

Sentimental Garbage with author and journalist Caroline O’Donoghue

Caroline discovers the chick-lit classics her guests were raised on, from schmaltzy romances to family comedies to bodice-ripping dramas. She talks to authors, fans and cultural critics about what makes chick-lit tick, and investigate why it’s so often overlooked.

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You’re Booked with Daisy Buchanan

The podcast for literary nosy parkers who would like the chance to snoop around their favourite authors’ bookshelves.

What Page Are You On?

Prolific readers Alice Slater and Bethany Rutter take a literary theme, from ghost stories to crime to fat women, and chat about it for the next 40 minutes.

Damian Barr's Literary Salon tempts the world's best writers to read exclusively from their latest greatest works and share their own personal stories. Star guests have included Bret Easton Ellis, Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Helen Fielding, Diana Athill and Louis de Bernières - all in front of a live audience at leading glamourous locations.

Two Crime Writers and a Microphone

Authors, Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste discuss publishing news, hear reviews from bloggers, and speak to the biggest names in the book world.

Oh Book Off!

A literary Podcast with a difference... #books #authors #writers #booklovers #writing #literature

Not Another Book Podcast

The podcast that says what you're thinking but too afraid to say. Every fortnight we share popular and unpopular opinions about the books you love.

Penguin Podcast

Conversations with some our of leading authors and creative thinkers, as we seek to understand how they write and where their ideas come from. Guests bring to the interview a handful of objects that have inspired their work. #PenguinPodcast

Sherds Podcast is a journey through the outskirts of literary history. Each episode, we take an in-depth look at a lesser-known literary text and attempt to give it the critical attention it deserves: books that are criminally overlooked, have struggled to reach an anglophone audience, or are just downright odd. Hosted by Sam Pulham and Rob Prouse.

The London Review of Bookshop

Listen to authors reading their pieces from recent (and not so recent) issues on the LRB Readings podcast, interspersed with occasional ‘close reading’ episodes, which consider poets through the lens of the pieces written about them in the London Review of Books archive.

Books and Authors

This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.

The Guardian Books podcast is a weekly look at the world of books, poetry and great writing presented by  Claire Armitstead,  Richard Lea, & Sian Cain. With in-depth interviews with leading authors and investigations into the thematic trends in contemporary writing, this is the perfect book worm’s companion

Vintage Podcast from Penguin Books

Intimate conversations with authors and guests about literature.

Simon Mayo’s Books of the Year

Simon Mayo and Matt Williams invite the world's finest authors in for a chat. Plus the best unpublished work and your reviews.

Iain Dale’s Book Club

If you’re a reader, this is the podcast for you. Iain Dale speaks to some of the world’s biggest authors about what inspired them to write their books.

If you like other bookish podcasts, then let me know in the comments