Ingrid Fetell Lee on Designing For Joy

Designer Ingrid Fetell Lee spent a decade researching the aesthetics of joy - that is - what makes us feel uplifted and why we’re energised and more hopeful in certain specific surroundings. In this week’s pod she shares all she knows about how to bring more joy into your life.

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Angela Ledgerwood
Meg Mason On Motherhood & Creativity

Meg Mason’s most recent book You Be Mother is all about wishing to jump into different family and leave all the complications of your own behind. Of course, families, of all things, are never exactly what they seem and Mason’s lovable protagonist Abi finds this out the hard way.

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Angela Ledgerwood
Neil Gaiman On What We Believe & Why

Master story-teller Neil Gaiman has been captivated by the Norse Myths since he was a child - their tricky and tragic plots have informed his own work over and over again. On the pod we talk about why he felt it was time to retell these tales in his most recent book Norse Mythology.

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Angela Ledgerwood
KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD ON SHAME, PLEASURE & MEMORY

You most likely know Karl Ove from his six-volume sensation, My Struggle. His new book, Autumn, is an autobiographical quartet based on the four seasons. Addressed to his unborn daughter, Autumn is like an encyclopedia of everyday things, which Knausgaard suggests are rather extraordinary on closer inspection.

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talley carlston
ANNA KENDRICK ON SPEAKING UP & EMBRACING HER WEIRD

Actress and writer Anna Kendrick talked to me all about her memoir Scrappy Little Nobody, at Barnes & Noble in NYC to celebrate her paperback release. We talk about Anna’s childhood, dealing with anxiety, and how she decided that sticking up for herself was more important than being “nice.”

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MOHSIN HAMID ON IMMIGRATION, LIFE IN PAKISTAN & DONALD TRUMP

Sure to win a swath of awards this year, Mohsin Hamid‘s timely and important novel Exit Westis about young lovers Nadia and Saeed, whose relationship is pressurized and contorted by war. In this unnamed city, suspended somewhere between the past, the present, and the future, text messages and one hour of daily internet connection link Nadia and Saeed with the world beyond a home that is disintegrating day by day.

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talley carlston