In this week’s podcast, in honour of the chaos caused by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, we’re talking about the apocalypse in literature.

We speak to Simon Winchester, author of Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, about volcanoes past, present and – most worryingly – future, and SF blogger Damien Walter and Guardian writer Xan Brooks join Sarah Crown in the studio to discuss the genesis and status of the disaster novel.

Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester
Kraken by China Miéville
The Stand by Stephen King
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
“There Will Come Soft Rains” (story from the collection The Martian Chronicles) by Ray Bradbury