The Biblio File hosted by Nigel Beale

Hosted ByNigel Beale

THE BIBLIO FILE is one of the world's leading podcasts about "the book" and an inquiry into the wider world of book culture. Hosted by Nigel Beale it features wide ranging conversations with authors, poets, book publishers, booksellers, book editors, book collectors, book makers, book scholars, book critics, book designers, book publicists, literary agents and other certified bibliophiles.


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John Sargent on beating Amazon & Google, and saving Books

John Sargent was too young to fight in WW ll but he spent years battling Amazon and Google in the trenches on behalf of publishers and authors, protecting copyright and defending book prices. John grew up on a cattle ranch in Wyoming. Over forty years…

Joshua Doležal on being a Book Coach

  , AND…he’s a “book coach”.  What’s a book coach? We met via Zoom to answer this question. Topics discussed include: the roles of a book coach and the qualifications you need to be one; writing tools that Josh recommends his…

Andrew Franklin “the best of the best in U.K. publishing”

James Daunt calls him “the best of the best in U.K. publishing, constantly challenging the industry to move on when it drags its feet.” Listen to my conversation with Andrew Franklin to learn why. Andrew is founder and, until recently, publisher of…

Michael Schmidt on 50+ years publishing poetry

Here’s how the  describes him: Michael Schmidt FRSL, poet, scholar, critic and translator, was born in Mexico in 1947; he studied at Harvard and at Wadham College, Oxford, before settling in England. Among his many publications…

Andrew Nash on the value of Publishers’ Archives

Andrew Nash is Reader in Book History at the Institute of English Studies, University of London (a leading book history scholar in other words) and Director of the London Rare Books School. We sat down in the stacks at the Mark Longman “Books about…

Sir Tim Waterstone on Building a Bookselling Empire

Novelist David Mitchell on What he Does and How he Does it

I was in Ireland recently to interview two of the best novelists on the face of the planet. , and David Mitchell, in Cork. As a cost-cutting measure I decided to ask them both the same questions: What do you do? How do you do it? Why do you do…

John Banville on how and why he writes novels

Tim Parks on how to be a better reader

No such thing she informed me. So we talked about the “non-role.” Combatative she is. Just like Tim Parks. He talks with me here about the other end of the spectrum, the reader. How to be a better one. I want him to be prescriptive, he won’t be. But…

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