" Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact". - Thomas Huxley

Natalie Haynes

Natalie Haynes is a writer, broadcaster, reviewer and classicist. She was once a stand-up comic, but retired when she realised she preferred tragedy to comedy. Always keen to be paid for what she would be reading anyway, she judged the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2010, The Women's Prize for Fiction in 2012, the Man Booker Prize in 2013, and is currently judging the Independent's Foreign Fiction Prize. Natalie is the author of a non-fiction book The Ancient Guide to Modern Life, and The Amber Fury isn't her first novel.

Natalie Haynes has been our guest on numerous occasions.

Interview one about The Great Escape first broadcast on 9th November 2007.

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Interview two about The Ancient Guide to Moodern Life first broadcast on 28th January 2011.

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Interview three about The Amber Fury first broadcast on 8th March 2014.

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This interview also features journalist Justin Quirk talking about his love for Iron Maiden.


For more interviews with Natalie see also Nine Lessons 2008 and the Atheist Guide to Christmas.

And see here for a short interview with Natalie about Eleanor Catton's novel The Luminaries.