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Close Readings Subscription

Close Readings is a multi-series podcast subscription from the London Review of Books exploring different periods of literature through a selection of key works. Enjoy an introductory grounding like no other from Europe's leading literary journal: fluent, rigorous, irreverent and never boring.

Running in 2024:

ON SATIRE with Colin Burrow and Clare Bucknell

HUMAN CONDITIONS with Adam Shatz, Judith Butler, Pankaj Mishra and Brent Hayes Edwards

AMONG THE ANCIENTS II with Emily Wilson and Thomas Jones

New episodes will appear on the 4th, 10th and 24th of each month.


PLUS ad-free listening to two bonus series running in 2024:

MEDIEVAL LOLs with Irina Dumitrescu and Mary Wellesley (released on the 18th of each month)

POLITICAL POEMS with Mark Ford and Seamus Perry (released on the 28th of each month)


Also included in the Close Readings subscription, our full past series:

AMONG THE ANCIENTS I with Emily Wilson and Thomas Jones

MEDIEVAL BEGINNINGS with Irina Dumitrescu and Mary Wellesley

THE LONG AND SHORT with Mark Ford and Seamus Perry

MODERN-ISH POETS: SERIES 1 with Mark Ford and Seamus Perry


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Listen to samples from each series, and other full-length episodesin Apple PodcastSpotify or search 'Close Readings' in your podcast app.

Listen in these apps:

  • Apple Podcasts
  • Spotify
  • Overcast
  • Pocket Casts
  • iTunes
  • Podcast Addict

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Available Shows

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    Close Readings

  • Among the Ancients podcast tile

    Among the Ancients

  • Medieval Beginnings podcast tile

    Medieval Beginnings

  • Human Conditions podcast tile

    Human Conditions

  • On Satire podcast tile

    On Satire

  • Modern-ish Poets: Series 1 podcast tile

    Modern-ish Poets: Series 1

  • The Long and Short podcast tile

    The Long and Short

  • Among the Ancients II podcast tile

    Among the Ancients II

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FAQ

How will I listen to my exclusive podcast or audiobook?

You can listen in your preferred podcast app.

Can I use my current podcast app?

We support Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Podcast Addict, Castbox, BeyondPod, Downcast, PlayerFM, Breaker, and RadioPublic.

Sorry, but we do not support Stitcher, Podbean, or NPR One.

You’ll also be able to listen to your audiobook or podcast purchase online.

What types of payment do you accept?

You can pay with any major credit cards, as well as Apple Pay on iOS and Google Pay on Android.

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How can I listen to a Close Readings series?

You can listen in your preferred podcast app. The Close Readings subscription will give you access to all the series in one feed.

How does that work?

Once you make a payment, you'll be given a private link which will open in your preferred podcast app.

Can I use my current podcast app?

We support Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocketcasts, Podcast Addict, Castbox, BeyondPod, Downcast, PlayerFM, Breaker, and RadioPublic.

Sorry, but we do not support Stitcher, Podbean, or NPR One.

You’ll also be able to listen to your audiobook or podcast purchase online.

What types of payment do you accept?

You can pay with any major credit cards, as well as Apple Pay on iOS and Google Pay on Android.

How do gifts work?🎁

You can gift someone a 6-month or 12-month subscription to Close Readings, with a personal message and scheduled delivery date, here. They do not auto-renew; you’ll only be charged once.