Richard Askwith


Author Richard Askwith discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Richard Askwith is author of six books, including the award-winning Feet in the Clouds (about fell-running); Today We Die A Little (an acclaimed biography of the Czechoslovak runner Emil Zátopek); and, most recently, Unbreakable: The Countess, the Nazis and the World’s Most Dangerous Horse Race, which won Biography of the Year at the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards. A former executive editor of The Independent, he has been a journalist for forty years and continues to earn much of his living from freelance feature-writing.

  1. Milada Horáková
  2. La Commune
  3. The rich recreational potential of mud
  4. Sortition
  5. Frances Horovitz
  6. Lata Brandisová

Bubbling under: Charles Webb

Louise Gray

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Journalist and author Louise Gray discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Louise Gray is the author of The Ethical Carnivore which discusses the ethics of meat by only eating animals she had killed herself. She was previously environment correspondent of The Daily Telegraph.

  1. Squirrel Kebabs
  2. Climate change acronyms and
  3. Corbetts
  4. Blue Bananas
  5. The Gastronomical Me by MFK Fisher
  6. Canntaireachd

Bubbling under: The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery

Stuart Ritchie

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Psychologist Stuart Ritchie discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Stuart Ritchie is a Lecturer in the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London. His new book, Science Fictions: Exposing Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype in Science, is available now. More details are at

  1. Bach’s cantatas
  2. Katakana
  3. Limmy
  4. Data Sleuths–a-profile-of-elisabeth-bik-65839
  5. Sci-Hub
  6. Irn-Bru

Bubbling under: Replication crisis

Anand Menon

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Anand Menon discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London and director of The UK in a Changing Europe initiative. His many books include Brexit and British Politics, which he co-wrote with Geoffrey Evans.

  1. 13 Minutes to the Moon
  2. The Middle
  3. Maths
  4. Elbow
  5. Kerala
  6. Politics

David Vincent


Historian David Vincent discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

David Vincent is Professor of Social History at the Open University, where he was previously Pro Vice Chancellor.  He is an Honorary Professor of History at Keele University, a recent visiting research fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at Cambridge, and a Research Associate of the Wellcome Trust funded Pathologies of Solitude project.  He is the author of a range of studies of British and European social history since the late eighteenth century. His new book is A History of Solitude (Polity, Cambridge, April 2020).

  1. Montaigne’s Tower
  2. The poetry of John Clare
  3. Melverley Church
  4. Madame Caroline Testout climbing rose
  5. The Stiperstones
  6. Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor (1861)

Rose George


Author Rose George discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known. You can find out more about her at Her books include Nine Pints, Ninety Percent of Everything and The Big Necessity.

1. Janet Vaughan

2. The bidet

3. Dr. George Merryweather

4. Lucio Battisti

5. Fell running

6. Fred Vargas

Emily Temple

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Novelist Emily Temple discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Emily Temple is the Managing Editor at Literary Hub, where she recommends more books than anyone could read. Her first novel, The Lightness, was published in June 2020 by the Borough Press (UK) and William Morrow (US). You can read more about Emily and see her Lit Hub work.


  1. Jonathan Richman
  2. Lagaan
  3. Cute aggression
  4. The legend of Peter I and Inês de Castro
  5. Elena Ferrante’s The Days of Abandonment
  6. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick’s-Cocoa-Butter-Formula-Swivel-Stick-14g/p/758016

Cal Flyn


Writer Cal Flyn discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Cal’s first book Thicker Than Water was published in 2016. It deals with the colonisation of Australia and questions of inherited guilt. Her second book, Islands of Abandoment, is due out in 2021.

  1. A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
  2. Moth appreciation
  3. Sandstone Press
  4. The research of John C Lilley and
  5. Gladstone’s Library
  6. Ceilidh dancing

David Spiegelhalter


David Spiegelhalter discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter is Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in the University of Cambridge, which aims to improve the way that statistical evidence is used by health professionals, patients, lawyers and judges, media and policy-makers. He advises organisations and government agencies on risk communication and is a regular media commentator on statistical issues, with a particular focus on communicating uncertainty.

His background is in medical statistics, and he has over 200 refereed publications and is co-author of 6 textbooks, as well as The Norm Chronicles (with Michael Blastland), and Sex by Numbers. He works extensively with the media, and presented the BBC4 documentaries Tails you Win: the Science of Chance, the award-winning Climate Change by Numbers, and in 2011 came seventh in an episode of BBC1’s Winter Wipeout.

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005, and knighted in 2014 for services to medical statistics. He was President of the Royal Statistical Society for 2017-2018.  His bestselling book, The Art of Statistics, was published in March 2019.

  1. Alan Bennett reading Winnie the Pooh
  2. Ilfracombe
  3. Whelks
  4. Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
  5. The Singing Detective
  6. Poisson distribution

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Brooke Allen


Brooke Allen discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Brooke Allen has a PhD in English from Columbia University. She writes frequently for newspapers and magazines and has published two volumes of literary essays as well as works of history, travel, and biography. She spent eight years on the Literature faculty at Bennington College in Vermont, and currently teaches History of Thought in the Bennington Prison Education Initiative. She lives in the Hudson Valley, New York.

Her books are Benazir Bhutto: Favored Daughter, Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers, The Other Side of the Mirror: An American Travels Through Syria, Twentieth-Century Attitudes: Literary Powers in Uncertain Times and Artistic License: Three Centuries of Good Writing and Bad Behavior.

  1. E Nesbit
  2. The Blue Ridge Mountains
  3. Rohinton Mistry
  4. The correspondence of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
  5. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
  6. The movies of Esther Williams