Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made a Hat by Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim’s biographer David Benedict and writer and musician Jason Hazeley join us for a special episode devoted to Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made a Hat, the late and very great songwriter’s two volumes of lyrics, memoir, criticism and much more, first published in 2010 and 2011 respectively; Sondheim’s work defies easy categorisation and these glorious books are no exception. NB. This show contains expert recommendations for further listening and, as you’ll hear, putting it together was a real thrill. Somehow we also find time to discuss the novel O Caledonia, a modern classic of Scottish fiction by Elspeth Barker, and Finna, the second collection by American poet Nate Marshall. For more information visit Please support us and unlock bonus material at

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