Talking Books is an extremely popular program that airs on the BBC television network. The program is hosted by Razia Iqbal, a television personality, news correspondent, and literary maven who interviews a variety of modern authors about their works and literary philosophies. Guests on the program have included Salman Rushdie, Colm Tolbin, Andrea Levy, Robert Harris, Jonathan Franzen, and David Grossman. Most of the authors featured on Talking Books are British, and all have received many prestigious awards for their contributions to literature. Iqbal takes advantage her extensive background in literature and international politics as she guides each guest through an intimate interview covering the author's life, personal history, political views, and religious practice. Iqbal's collegial, conversational interview style and sense of humor create a welcoming atmosphere and has attracted many of the most highly respected authors in the United Kingdom to her program. Talking Books is also popular with viewers, who have praised it consistently from its first episode.