Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis is a British journalist who works as a Staff Writer at the Atlantic magazine, based in London. She hosts the longform interview series The Spark on BBC Radio 4, and her history of feminism, Difficult Women, was published in February 2020. Read more about Helen at https://helenlewiswrites.com/.

  1. The Modesty Blaise novels https://www.theguardian.com/books/2004/sep/19/crimebooks.features
  2. Barbara Castle https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v02/n19/edmund-dell/keeping-left
  3. Toxoplasma of rage https://slatestarcodex.com/2014/12/17/the-toxoplasma-of-rage/
  4. Gombe chimp war https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gombe_Chimpanzee_War
  5. Tolstoy’s midlife crisis https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/facing-death-with-tolstoy
  6. Diana Mitford https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v21/n19/christopher-hitchens/what-a-lot-of-parties

Tim Tate

Tim Tate discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Tim Tate is a multi-award winning documentary film-maker, investigative journalist and best-selling author. Over a career spanning almost 40 years he has written for most national newspapers and made more than 80 documentaries for British and international broadcasters. His films have been honoured by Amnesty International, the Royal Television Society, UNESCO, the International Documentary Association, the Association for International Broadcasting, the US National Academy of Cable Broadcasting and the New York Festivals.

He is the author of 17 published non-fiction books. His 2018 work, Hitler’s British Traitors (Icon Books, 2018) analysed hundreds of de-classified MI5 and UK Government files to reveal the untold story of espionage, sabotage and treachery by pro-Nazi British fascists during World War Two. It received extensive press and media coverage and was selected as Book of The Week by The Times. His book, Hitler’s Forgotten Children (Elliott & Thompson, 2015) which told the story of the Nazi Lebensborn program through the life story of one of its victims, Ingrid von Oelhafen, has been translated into nine languages and published in 16 countries.

In June Transworld/Penguin will publish his latest book – an investigative biography of Michal Goleniewski: the most important, yet least understood spies of the Cold War.

Full details of Tim’s books are at http://www.timtate.co.uk, where many of his documentary films are also available to view.

  1. The significance of the Nuremburg Trials https://eachother.org.uk/nuremberg-trials-still-matter/
  2. The Songs of Pete Atkin & Clive James https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06nnnlc
  3. The Motion Picture, Sound and Video Holdings at the US National Archives https://www.archives.gov/research/motion-pictures
  4. North Korea https://theconversation.com/five-assumptions-we-make-about-north-korea-and-why-theyre-wrong-84771
  5. William Horwood https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/book-review-the-velvet-underground-with-paws-for-thought-duncton-stone-william-horwood-harpercollins-15-99-pounds-1489024.html
  6. The secrecy of MI5 https://timtate.co.uk/blog/secrets-and-spies/

Simon Winchester

Author Simon Winchester discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States, The Map That Changed the World, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He resides in western Massachusetts.

  1. The Antikythera Mechanism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpLcnAIpVRA
  2. The Needham Question https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2008/08/14/the-passions-of-joseph-needham/
  3. The Five Civilized Tribes https://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-fivecivilizedtribes/
  4. The Skaergaard Intrusion https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skaergaard_intrusion
  5. Francis Galton https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v25/n23/andrew-berry/whenever-you-can-count
  6. The Settlement of the Aaland Island Dispute https://projects.au.dk/inventingbureaucracy/blog/show/artikel/the-aaland-islands-question-a-league-success-story/

Barbara Scully

Barbara Scully discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Barbara Scully is a freelance writer, columnist and broadcaster – her fifth career to date. She is frequently published in the national press and is a familiar voice on the airwaves – both on TV and radio. Her writing appears most often in the Irish Independent, but she has been published in all the national newspapers and most Irish magazines.

Barbara has a weekly slot on the Moncrieff Show on Newstalk, an independent national radio station in Ireland and is a regular contributor across various stations both on TV and radio, including RTE. She presents a weekly webcast called How To Stay Sane In A Pandemic which is broadcast live every Wed at 4:15pm on Twitter (@barbarascully) and is posted afterwards on her website www.barbarascully.com

An experienced public speaker, Barbara is married to photographer Paul Sherwood, they have three daughters, two grandchildren, four cats and a family of foxes at the bottom of their suburban garden.

  1. Sheep’s Head http://thesheepsheadway.ie/
  2. The Last Waltz https://youtu.be/5rKlkR0B5aw
  3. Puerto de la Cruz https://www.tenerife-information-centre.com/puerto-de-la-cruz.html
  4. John O Donohue https://www.johnodonohue.com/
  5. Donegal Airport https://www.donegalairport.ie/
  6. Wild Ireland https://www.wildireland.org/

Jim Al-Khalili

Jim Al-Khalili discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS is a theoretical physicist at the University of Surrey where he holds a Distinguished Chair in physics as well as a university chair in the public engagement in science. He received his PhD in nuclear reaction theory in 1989 and has published widely in the field. His current interest is in open quantum systems and the application of quantum mechanics in biology.

Jim is a prominent author and broadcaster. He has written 14 books on popular science and the history of science, between them translated into twenty-six languages. His latest book, The World According to Physicswas shortlisted for the Royal Society Book Prize. Other books include Sunfall and Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries, such as the Bafta nominated Chemistry: a volatile historyand he hosts the long-running weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific

Jim is a past president of the British Science Association and a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal, the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication. He received an OBE in 2007 for ‘services to science’.

1. The scientific method https://www.newscientist.com/term/the-scientific-method/

2. The contribution of the Medieval Arabic world to science and mathematics https://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/30/science/how-islam-won-and-lost-the-lead-in-science.html

3. The Bohr-Einstein debate on the nature of reality http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/2503/1/EinsteinBohr.pdf

4. Information literacy https://www.tes.com/news/information-literacy-academic-conventions-international-benefits

5. Gertrude Bell https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2007/10/25/the-queen-of-the-quagmire/

6. The British Countryside https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2015/apr/14/your-favourite-secret-corners-of-the-british-countryside-mapped

Alex Christofi

Alex Christofi discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Alex Christofi is Editorial Director at Transworld Publishers and the author of the novels Let Us Be True and Glass, winner of the Betty Trask Prize for fiction. He has written for numerous publications including the Guardian, the London Magazine and The White Review. Dostoevsky in Love is his first work of non-fiction.

  1. Redding Hunter https://traffique.bandcamp.com/album/lightness
  2. Hyde Park pet cemetery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrWitagNj8k
  3. Kabaddi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av1mr3UpdZk
  4. Roko’s Basilisk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LessWrong#Roko’s_basilisk
  5. The Broomway https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/the-broomway-and-foulness-island/
  6. House of the Dead https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2015/09/15/notes-from-a-dead-house/

Anjula Mutanda

Anjuna Mutanda discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Anjula is a highly respected relationship and clinical therapist, mental health expert, psychologist, presenter, author, social scientist, and media consultant.

Most recently, Anjula presented Sextape, a major four-part relationship series on Channel 4. Anjula was the behavioural expert on season 2 of Make or Break (My5 April 2019). She was the resident psychologist on 50 Ways to Kill your Lover. She makes regular guest appearances on programmes such as Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, BBC Breakfast, and The Alan Titchmarsh Show. She was the resident psychologist on ITV’s This Morning for five years.

Her first self-help book Celebrity Life Laundry was published by John Blake Publishing in 2007 and her second self-help book How to do Relationships was published by Vermillion in 2013 which she wrote for RELATE, the number 1 relationship charity.

She is Vice President for RELATE, and has worked alongside Ruby Wax and Prof Tanya Byron to represent the brand. She is also the Media and Diversity ambassador for The National Counselling Society.

She is a senior practitioner and holds the status of MBACP. She is registered with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the NCS where she is a Fellow.

  1. Shinrin-Yoku https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/08/forest-bathing-japanese-practice-in-west-wellbeing
  2. Drs Mamie Phipps Clark and Kenneth Clark https://www.naacpldf.org/ldf-celebrates-60th-anniversary-brown-v-board-education/significance-doll-test/
  3. The fawn response https://thedawnrehab.com/blog/trauma-and-the-fawning-response/
  4. National Civil rights museum in Memphis https://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/
  5. A fantastic fear of everything https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Fantastic_Fear_of_Everything
  6. Queen of Katwe https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/movies/queen-of-katwe-review.html

Alice Clark-Platts

Novelist Alice Clark-Platts discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Alice Clark-Platts is the author of the best-selling The Flower Girls, published by Bloomsbury Raven in 2019.

Her crime novels Bitter Fruits and The Taken are published by Penguin Random House. The Taken was also shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards for Best Police Procedural.

Alice’s short fiction has been published in numerous works. She is the founder of the Singapore Writers’ Group. Alice conducts regular writing workshops and teaches creative and non-fiction writing at La Salle College of the Arts. She teaches a regular online novel writing course Telling Yourself the Story.

Her new novel, Fire Mountain, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2022.

1. Dorothy Whipple https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/forgotten-authors-no-31-dorothy-whipple-1666062.html

2. Chilli Crab https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilli_crab

3. Durham Cathedral online masses https://www.youtube.com/user/durhamcathedral1093

4. Eastern & Oriental hotel in Penang https://www.eohotels.com/

5. Island of Bawah https://www.i-escape.com/bawah-reserve

6. Mary Westmacott https://www.agathachristie.com/about-christie/family-memories/the-mary-westmacotts

Richard Bradford

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Geraint Lewis / Rex Features (1326971gx) Richard Bradford Oxford Literary Festival, Christchurch College, Oxford, Britain – Apr 2011

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

Richard Bradford is Professor of English and Senior Distinguished Research Fellow at Ulster University. He is the author of six highly acclaimed literary biographies Lucky Him: The Life of Kingsley Amis (2001), The Life of a Long-Distance Writer: A Biography of Alan Sillitoe (2008), First Boredom, Then Fear: The Life of Philip Larkin (2009), Martin Amis: The Biography (2011), The Man Who Wasn’t there: A Life of Ernest Hemingway (2019) and Orwell: A Man of Our Times (2020). His Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires: The Life of Patricia Highsmith is out in 2021.

1. George Orwell Predicted Brexit https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0120/1109640-how-george-orwell-predicted-the-future/

2. Hemingway the Compulsive Liar https://popularculturereview.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/rollyson/

3. What is High Quality Literature? https://www.timeshighereducation.com/opinion/is-shakespeare-any-good

4. Why Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin Fell Out https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v34/n24/christopher-tayler/keep-yr-gob-shut

5. Nasty Writers https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/literary-rivals-feuds-and-antagonisms-world-books-richard-bradford-book-review-author-exposes-importance-literary-success-9773234.html

6. How Patricia Highsmith was a very peculiar individual https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2009/07/02/this-woman-is-dangerous/

Guy Leschziner

Guy Leschziner discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Guy Leschziner is a consultant neurologist and sleep physician, broadcaster and author. He heads the Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy’s Hospital, one of Europe’s largest and busiest clinical sleep services. He is presenter of Mysteries of Sleep and The Compass: The Senses on BBC World Service and Radio 4, and is author of The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience and the Secret World of Sleep (Simon and Schuster, 2019). The Compass: The Senses is available on BBC Sounds and will be broadcast in December on BBC Radio 4.

  1. Storytelling in medicine https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/articles/medicine-and-the-art-of-storytelling
  2. The Thames http://www.jesselogister.com/5-unknown-london-attractions-along-the-thames/
  3. Sleep and the brain https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1hs2pJsYBxCHNJF5VkDh4QV/10-ways-to-improve-the-quality-of-your-sleep
  4. Sherry http://www.wineanorak.com/sherry.htm
  5. Joy of creation with hands https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/11568000/A-new-generation-is-discovering-the-joy-of-making-things-by-hand.html
  6. Scientific literacy https://researcherblogski.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/scientific-literacy-why-is-it-important-and-how-do-we-increase-it/