People’s Choice: The Most Popular Stories Behind the Story Podcasts

People’s Choice: The Most Popular Stories Behind the Story Podcasts

To celebrate one million downloads of Better Reading’s Stories Behind the Story podcast, we’ve put together a list of our most-listened-to episodes by you, our listeners – it’s the people’s choice list! Here are eight of our most listened-to podcasts. Each of these episodes is popular for good reason – they are all wonderfully insightful conversations between Cheryl and some very special guests. So get listening!

Nigella Lawson on Why Cook, Eat, Repeat is the Story of Her Life

We’ve been lucky enough to have the domestic goddess herself, Nigella Lawson, on the podcast twice. In this episode, Nigella talks to Cheryl about how the mundane tasks involved in cooking free up her creative side, and her latest bestseller Cook, Eat, Repeat. She also reviews Cheryl’s Crème Brûlée (yes she’s tried it!).

Listen to this episode on Apple podcasts and on Spotify.

Julia Baird on Things that Sustain You When the World Goes Dark

Julia Baird talks to Cheryl about tough times and how to find the peace and stillness to not only survive it, but thrive in it. She also recorded another podcast with us a year later, reflecting upon her 2021 ABIA Book of the Year win for Phosphoresence.

Listen to this episode on Apple podcasts and on Spotify.

Miriam Margolyes on Her Extraordinary Life Story

BAFTA award-winning actor Miriam Margolyes, OBE, talks to Cheryl about her life, success, her love for Australia and of course her bestselling memoir, This Much Is True.

Listen to this episode on Apple podcasts and on Spotify.

Pip Williams on How Dyslexia Shaped Her Love of Storytelling

Pip Williams’ The Dictionary of Lost Words, a fictional retelling of the compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary, is a bestseller that keeps on gaining popularity, including its recent pick for Reese’s Book Club. Here, Pip talks to Cheryl about her love of words, stories and how her dyslexia shaped that.

Listen to this episode on Apple podcasts and on Spotify.

Kate Langbroek on What the Italian Way of Life Can Teach Us

Comedian, radio and television presenter Kate Langbroek talks to Cheryl about why she moved to Italy with her family, and what the Italian way of life can teach us all. Her memoir, Ciao Bella! explores her Italian adventure.

Listen to this episode on Apple podcasts and on Spotify.

Tricia Stringer on Exploring Female Friendship in Fiction

Bestselling author and Better Reading fan favourite Tricia Stringer talks to Cheryl about exploring female friendship in her novel Birds of a Feather, and how COVID has shown us the importance of human connection.

Listen to this episode on Apple podcasts and on Spotify.

Trent Dalton on the Private Conversations We Have With the Sky

Bestselling author Trent Dalton talks to Cheryl about the huge success of Boy Swallows Universe, and how his second novel All Our Shimmering Skies was inspired by the sky.

Listen to this episode on Apple podcasts and on Spotify.

Tom Keneally on Exploring Rural Australia Through Fiction

He’s a national treasure – award-winning author Tom Keneally talks to Cheryl about his extraordinary legacy, exploring rural Australia through fiction and his latest book, Corporal Hitler’s Pistol.

Listen to this episode on Apple podcasts and on Spotify.

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                      Kate Langbroek
                      About the author

                      Kate Langbroek

                      Kate Langbroek is one of Australia’s most beloved media personalities. Her ferocious wit, playfulness and irreverence have made her an audience favourite in a career that has spanned prime time television, top-rating breakfast and drivetime radio, acting, scriptwriting and journalism. Kate first came to our attention on Triple R in the mid-1990s and then as a regular on The Panel, one of Network Ten’s longest-running shows. She went on to guest on other popular shows like Thank God You're Here and Dancing with the Stars. In 2001 Kate helped catapult start-up radio station Nova 100 to instant ratings success. Along with co-host Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes, Kate continued her stellar radio career on SCA’s Hit! Network and is  now on the ARN Network. She broadcasts nationally every weekday on KIIS FM’s 3pm Pick-Up and is a regular guest on Channel 10’s The Project. While juggling a frenetic career, marriage and parenthood, Kate and her husband Peter decided to make life even more interesting by packing up their four kids and moving to Bologna in Italy. The result is Kate’s first book, Ciao Bella! Six Take Italy.

                      Books by Kate Langbroek

                      Miriam Margolyes
                      About the author

                      Miriam Margolyes

                      Born in Oxford, England in 1941 & educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, MIRIAM MARGOLYES is an award-winning veteran of the stage and screen, and an internationally acclaimed voice-artist. Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award for The Age of Innocence, she received an OBE in 2002 for Services to Drama.

                      Books by Miriam Margolyes

                      Trent Dalton
                      About the author

                      Trent Dalton

                      Trent Dalton is the author of Boy Swallows Universe (HarperCollins, 2018), a critically acclaimed national bestseller and winner of the 2019 Indie Book of the Year Award, the MUD Literary Prize, and the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and the People's Choice Award at the 2019 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. At the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards, the book won a record four awards, including the prestigious Book of the Year Award. Boy Swallows Universe has been published across thirty-four English language and translation territories. His second novel, All Our Shimmering Skies, was published by HarperCollins in October 2020 and has also become a national bestseller. He's also a two-time winner of a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, a four-time winner of a Kennedy Award for Excellence in NSW Journalism and a four-time winner of the national News Awards Features Journalist of the Year.

                      Photo credit: David Kelly

                      Books by Trent Dalton

                      Pip Williams
                      About the author

                      Pip Williams

                      Pip was born in London, grew up in Sydney and now calls the Adelaide Hills home. She is co-author of the book Time Bomb: Work Rest and Play in Australia Today (New South Press, 2012) and in 2017 she wrote One Italian Summer, a memoir of her family’s travels in search of the good life, which was published with Affirm Press to wide acclaim. In The Dictionary of Lost Words she combines her talent for historical research with beautiful storytelling. She has delved into the archives of the Oxford English Dictionary and found a tale of missing words and the lives of women lived between the lines.

                      Books by Pip Williams

                      Julia Baird
                      About the author

                      Julia Baird

                      Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author based in Sydney, Australia. She is hosts The Drum on ABC TV and writes columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and the International New York Times. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian, the Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun-Herald, The Monthly and Harper’s Bazaar.

                      Books by Julia Baird

                      Nigella Lawson
                      About the author

                      Nigella Lawson

                      Nigella Lawson is the author of bestselling books, including How to Eat ('may just be the best cookery book ever' Daily Telegraph), How to Be a Domestic Goddess (British Book Awards 2001), and Nigella Express (a no. 1 bestseller), which, together with her successful TV series and her Quick Collection apps, have made hers a household name around the world.

                      Books by Nigella Lawson

                      Thomas Keneally
                      About the author

                      Thomas Keneally

                      Thomas Keneally was born in 1935 in country New South Wales to Irish Catholic parents. As a child he dreamed of becoming a famous sportsman. In 1958 he entered the seminary but left in 1960 before being ordained. He had a number of different jobs and became for a time a schoolteacher.Keneally published his first book The Place at Whitton in 1964. He won the Miles Franklin Award in consecutive years for his novels Bring Larks and Heroes (1967) and Three Cheers for the Paraclete(1968). He was shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times before being the first Australian ever to win it, in 1982, for Schindler’s Ark. This book formed the basis of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar Award-winning film Schindler’s List. His novel The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith was made into a film by Fred Schepisi. The author played a cameo role.Thomas Keneally has written over thirty books, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as plays and essays. He is an ardent Republican and was the founding chairman of the Australian Republican Movement. In 1983, Keneally became a member of The Order of Australia and in 1997 was named as an Australian Living Treasure.

                      Books by Thomas Keneally

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