E. Lockhart is a New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, including We Were Liars , which was a New York Times bestseller and Zoella Book Club pick, and the novel Genuine Fraud , soon to be a film produced by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner of HBO series Girls . In this episode we talk about writing, writing writing! The art of writing novels, how to keep your momentum when writing, how to study the books you love and how to manage your ego and ignore reviews, good and bad. Favourite quote from the episode: "The me who can write a novel is not the same me who goes to the grocery stores and swimming pool and does things with my family. That person doesn't know how to write a novel."
#159 Scott Harrison & Joshua Coombes: On How To Do Good
This episode is with Scott Harrison, founder of Charity:Water and Joshua Coombes, founder of Do Something For Nothing. I had the best time getting to know two amazing entrepreneurs last week when I hosted a master class called "Passion to Purpose" at the WeWork Creator Awards in London. Scott has the most interesting story and has helped millions get access to clean water. Joshua is probably best known for the haircuts he offers to homeless people all over the world and whose stories he shares shares their stories to encourage people to connect with others. These two guys essentially created their own opportunities in social entrepreneurialism using cultural norms like water and grooming to serve marginalised communities. I learned a lot and I hope you find this episode as inspiring as I did. Thank you to WeWork for having me host this. If you're an entrepreneur, you're going to want to know more about the Creator Awards pitch competition - check out the .
#158 Estée Lalonde: Catching Up On Life
Estée Lalonde is a returning guest! Estée is a U.K.-based lifestyle vlogger, author and fellow podcaster, who shares her beauty and fashion expertise with more than 1.2 million subscribers on her YouTube channel every week. She has served as a brand ambassador for the likes of Lancôme, Garnier, and Adidas, and last year, she launched a podcast called , in which she explores subjects that close to her heart — including feminism, travel, and tattoos — alongside guests. This year she launched a new podcast called On The Line, and she has also brought out a jewellery collection with DAISY London. We catch up on life, work, dates, crystals and everything in between.
#157: Jodi Picoult: A Spark Of Light
Jodi Picoult is the bestselling author of 25 novels. Her books have sold over 15 million copies worldwide, and have been translated into almost 50 languages. In this episode -- (recorded live at Foyles Charing Cross as part of Jodi's UK tour) -- we discuss her newest book A Spark Of Light, which centres around women, choice and abortion rights in America. It unravels backwards, with characters held hostage in an abortion centre in Mississippi. As the novel goes on, you start to realise what brought all the different characters there. Jodi has always centred her novels around important topics. In her novel Nineteen Minutes , she wrote about the aftermath of a school shooting in a small town, and it was her first book to debut at number 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. Her book Change of Heart , published on March 4, 2008, was her second novel to debut at number 1 on that list. One of the books she might be also best known for is My Sister's Keeper , which was made into a film starring Cameron Diaz. In her book, Small Great Things, she tackled racism and white supremacy. In 2016, Jodi joined the advisory board of Vida: Women in Literary Arts, which is a "non-profit feminist organization committed to creating transparency around the lack of gender parity in the literary landscape and to amplifying historically-marginalized voices, including people of color; writers with disabilities; and queer, trans and gender nonconforming individuals." Quotes from the episode: "When women don't tell their stories, narratives are written for us. And they are narratives of blame and shame." "Women's rights are universal rights." "We have to reach across the aisle. We have to speak to people who think differently to us. Instead of judging and talking, you have to sit back and listen, and hope they will give you the grace to do the same thing."
#156 BONUS Episode: Should We Be Able To Vote Online?
This episode is with Areeq Chowdhury, founder and chief executive of the voluntary, youth-led, think tank (2016).