Monisha Rajesh


This week, Monisha Rajesh discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

1. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

2. How easy it is to donate to local charities

3. The British Empire should be taught in schools

4. Emergency SOS dial on iPhones

5. How important it is to travel to places of contention

6. Chocolate Guinness cake at Brett and Bailey at Crystal Palace market

Lara Feigel


This week, Lara Feigel discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known. Lara’s books include Free Woman and The Bitter Taste of Victory.

1. A Foreign Affair

2. Martha Gellhorn’s Point of No Return

3. Kensal Green cemetery

4. The Ivan Juritz Prize

5. Doris Lessing’s The Four Gated City

6. Suffolk estuary near Boyton

Jane Dismore


This week, Jane Dismore discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Jane Dismore is a biographer and a freelance writer of history and heritage. Her latest book is Princess: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II (2018), pub. USA (Lyons Press) and UK (Thistle). Her website is:

1. The beauty of Northumberland

2. Lady Dorothy Mills, novelist, explorer and early woman Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society: my feature for Eastern Daily Press:

3. Ruth Cavendish Bentinck, suffragist: my feature for Dorset Life: The Cavendish Bentinck Library at the LSE is named for her.

4. The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley

5. Public archives

6. Original 78 rpm records

Tom Tivnan

Tom Tivnan

This week, Tom Tivnan of The Bookseller discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

1. Patrick O’Brian

2. Great Molasses Flood of 1919

3. Dark

4. Chester Himes

5. The People’s Almanac

6. Scottish Borders

Henry Hemming


This week, Henry Hemming discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Henry’s books include Misadventure in the Middle East and M.

  1. Every day life in Iran
  2. Eric Maschwitz
  3. The dishwasher
  4. The reality of Britain standing alone against Nazi Germany, pre-Pearl Harbor
  5. Grand Designs
  6. Hands off parenting

Rishi Dastidar


This week, Rishi Dastidar discusses six things with Ivan which should be better known.

1. The Bathers’ album Kelvingrove Baby:

2. Estorick Collection

3. Hotellings Effect

4. Philly cheesesteak

5. Robert Elms’ In Search of The Crack

6. Sarah Manguso

Clare Mulley


This week, Clare Mulley talks to Ivan about six things that should be better known.

1. Eglantyne Jebb–A-Biography-of-Eglantyn/23450779

2. Melitta Schiller von Stauffenberg–The-True-Story-of-Hitlers-Valkyries/21401991

3. Ecosia

4. Diversity within British history

5. The range of services of local councils

6. The achievements (and diversity) of female special agents–the-secrets-and-lives-of-one-of-Britai/14277647

Clare Mulley is the award-winning author of three books. The Woman Who Saved the Children won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize, and The Spy Who Loved, now optioned by Universal Studios, led to Clare being decorated with Poland’s national honour, the Bene Merito. Clare’s third book, The Women Who Flew for Hitler, is a dual biography of two extraordinary women at the heart of the Third Reich, but who ended their lives on opposite sides of history. A regular contributor to TV and radio, Clare recently gave a TEDx talk at Stormont, wrote last year’s BBC Reith Lecture quiz, and lectures in London and Paris on wartime female special agents. She also reviews non-fiction for the Telegraph, Spectator and History Today. Clare was chair of the judges for the Historical Writers Association 2017 Non-Fiction Prize, and has recently become an honorary patron of the Wimpole History Festival.