Podcasts: a couple of favourites

It took me a while to get into podcasts but now and I can honestly say this, though it's a little/a lot fan girly - The High Low Show helped drag me in and has kept me there. As well as the back catalogue of Desert Island Discs

So if you're stuck as to what to delight your ears with then here's a round up of some of my favourites... 


...As mentioned above The High Low is a must. I've talked about it briefly in another post as Dolly Alderton's (one of the hosts) has a book coming out in Feb. It's great for book recommendations as Pandora (the other lovely lady behind it) and Dolly talk in length about what they've been reading and it's a wonderfully broad catalogue of books. They also share articles that have caught their eye, which for me, is especially brilliant as I always seem two steps behind when it comes to great journalism. They also digest the week's happenings from around the world and make sense of it or at least try to with some of the more bizarre things that pop up on our news feeds. I won't bore you with how much I adore this show, just listen to it and you'll soon know for yourself. 

Desert Islands Discs if you haven't heard of it, is a BBC radio show that asks people of note (film stars, musicians, authors etc) to choose their favourite songs to take with them to a desert island and it's been going since 1942! It's truly brilliant and insightful - people often divulge more on this show than any other interview. I'll warn you now, you will cry. I've had to pause many a time when out and about, on the train for example because I haven't been able to stop crying! Jo Malone's in particular makes me tear up just thinking about it... here are some to get you started:

  • Mary Berry - the queen of cakes 
  • Judi Dench - because we all want to be her or at least hang out with her
  • Jo Malone - as mentioned above, have the tissues ready
  • Anya Hindmarch - the loveliest voice ever, could listen to her all day and I love her handbags 
  • Emma Bridgewater - dream job  
  • Tom Hanks - he quite simply is the nicest man on the planet
  • Jilly Cooper - jolly hockey sticks all the way and one of my favourite authors 
  • Sheryl Sandberg - talks amazingly about grief (a whole box of tissues required)
  • Stella McCartney - incredible stories about her childhood 
  • Sir David Attenborough - he is also the nicest man on the planet and saving it at the same time 

Another great one for books as well as being incredibly inspirational is Emma Gannon's Ctrl Alt Delete. There's a book of the same name for you to gobble up as well. Emma interviews some seriously interesting people from authors to entrepreneurs and you walk away feeling motivated. Really, really motivated. Some of my favourites episodes have been; Matt Haig, Otegha Uwagba and Daisy Buchanan. Especially listen to this if you feel you're in a rut career wise.  

One podcast that you can dip in and out of depending on your interests is Stuff You Should Know. There's everything from How Psychopaths Work to Nude Beaches to The Secret Service and you find yourself a couple hours later looking at the world in a very different way. It's ideal for long journeys when there's nothing else going on.