Professor Kate Williams

Season 4, Episode 15

The Costa Book of the Year is announced this week, so we’re joined by the chair of the judging panel, writer and historian Kate Williams. She chats with Robin and Josie about judging the prize, great sci-fi books, history’s great diaries and the perils of historical accuracy in fiction. 





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Reading List

Kate recommends:

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Dallas Buyer’s Club by Walker Daniels

England’s Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton by Kate Williams

The Hitler Diaries forged by Konrad Kujau

The Storms of War by Kate Williams

The Edge of the Fall by Kate Williams

Robin recommends:

Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs

The work of JG Ballard

The work of Kingsley Amis

The work of Margaret Atwood

Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick

The Kenneth Williams Diaries by Kenneth Williams and edited by Russell Davies

The Orton Diaries by Joe Orton

Hitler’s Table Talk edited by Hugh Redwald Trevor-Roper

Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club: One Man’s Quest to Uncover the Books That Taste Forgot by Robin Ince

Wild Oats by Philip Larkin

Josie recommends:

The work of Thomas Chatterton

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