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Penguin Shorts Podcast featuring Colm Toibin

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In this month’s podcast we’re celebrating the release of the Penguin Shorts, our new straight-to-digital series featuring some of our best writers.

The podcast features an interview with Venetia Butterfield, Publishing Director at Viking, in which she explains the thinking behind the Penguin Shorts. There’s also an extract from the audiobook edition of Colm Tóibín’s contribution, A Guest at the Feast, a captivating memoir of a writer coming of age and his connections between home, work and love. And finally we have an interview with Colm himself, in which he discusses a writer's approach to the short form and how it works for memoir.

Click here for more information on the Penguin Shorts.

These ebooks are available to buy from the Amazon Kindle Store, the iTunes Bookstore, the Kobo website and the Penguin website.

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The full list includes: 

 

At the Hairdresser's

Anita Brookner

Solitude is a familiar burden for Elizabeth Warner. She lives in a basement flat near Victoria and leaves the house only to go shopping and to have her hair done…

 

 

How To Be A Rogue Trader

John Gapper

Nick Leeson at Barings, Jerome Kerviel at Societe Generale, John Rusnak at Allied Irish Bank. And now the 31 year-old Kweku Adoboli, who allegedly…

 

 

The Battle of Isandlwana

Saul David

On 22 January 1879, at Isandlwana in Zululand, South-East Africa, the British Army suffered one of the worst defeats in its history. A camp of 1,700 men…

 

 

A Guest at the Feast

Colm Tóibín

"A Guest at the Feast" moves from the small town of Enniscorthy to Dublin, from memories of a mother who always had a book on the go to the author's… 

 

 

Perfect Christmas Day

Felicity Cloake

Christmas dinner is perhaps the one meal of the year where even the most relaxed cook feels the pressure of perfection - and, although few menus can be… 

 

 

How To Set Up a Free School

Toby Young

In September 2011, one of the most radical and controversial education reforms in the UK became a reality when twenty-four Free Schools - funded by…

 

 

The Happiness of Blond People

Elif Shafak

As Elif Shafak stands in line at the airport, she overhears a Turkish father expressing to a friend his bewilderment at the cultural differences he's experienced… 

 

 

The Battle of Alamein

Colin Smith & John Bierman

A turning point in the Second World War, the battle of El Alamein was the culmination of a military campaign like no other. Fought across desolate arid…

 

  

Protection

Helen Dunmore

Florence lives in the country, lapped by miles and miles of darkness. She feels safe there - until a noise wakes her in the middle of the night.…

 

 

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