Apr 07, 2020
When writing his book The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread - and Why They Stop, mathematician Adam Kucharski had no idea that it would come out during a pandemic. He speaks to Claire about the concept of “contagion” and the ways ideas, viruses, violence and misinformation spread in a population.
And Claire and Richard share some of your emails with tips for books to read in lockdown, and look over the International Booker prize shortlist. Continue reading...
Mar 23, 2020
Glenn Patterson is a Northern Irish writer who made his debut in 1988 with Burning Your Own, an award-winning coming-of-age tale set at the start of the Troubles, in 1969. His most recent novel, Where Are We Now? tells the story of a bewildered divorcee who is trying to make a new life in a rapidly renewing Belfast.
And as the coronavirus dominates headlines and more people self-isolate, Sam Jordison, the person behind the Guardian’s Reading group and Tips, links and suggestions blog, talks to Claire and Sian about reading while stressed and whether this is the time to go for dystopias or comforting reads. Continue reading...