Books + - 2014-08-1708/17/14
In today's Book+ we meet Graham Swift, Jeanette Winterson and D B C Pierre. Swift's new book England And Other Stories presents a chronicle of everyday lives, while Jeanette Winterson has turned to demonology and its discontents for her horror novel...
Books + - 2014-08-10
Today's Books+ begins with Franz Kafka's most famous novella The Metamorphosis, while Naomi Woods takes us into Ernest Hemingway’s world,not just of literature but also sex, alcohol and the 1920s, with her Mrs Hemingway; while Dutch writer Herman...
Books + - 2014-08-03
In today's book pile on Books+ you'll find an exploration of wonder with Paddy O'Reilly; a fraught family with Roopa Farooki; and two old stories revisited: a novel about Beatrice and Benedick as they might have been before Much Ado About Nothing, and...
Books + - 2014-07-27
Today on Books+ we have a bookshelf full of memories - the good and the not so good. Mandy Sayer tells us about her life as a tap-dancing busker in New York, and her difficult marriage to African-American poet Yusef Komunyakaa. But we also have a cat...
Books + - 2014-07-20
Today on Books+, stories from Nigeria, Cuba, Amsterdam, Britain and the imagined Island of Chaldea. Teju Cole writes about return and what it means to live between Lagos and Brooklyn; while Carlos Acosta is an international ballet dancer who trained...
Books + - 2014-07-13
Do you have a literary hero: Jane Ayre or Atticus Finch, Aureliano Buendia or Rochester, Winnie the Pooh or Hermoine Grainger? There’s a collection of them, coming up on Books+ today, beginning with a discussion of what makes a literary heroine –...
Books + - 2014-07-06
Join Books+ to meet the woman who answered the phone at work one day, to find J D Salinger on the line - the author of The Catcher in the Rye. Also Zeruya Shalev, who survived a suicide bomber to keep on writing; raconteur Lynda La Plante and Irvine...
Books + - 2014-06-29
Today on Books+ we hear tales of war and memory. At the Sydney Writers' Festival recently, a comedian, a journalist and a historian talked about silences and even absences - all trying to make sense of the way World War I and World War II had shaped...
Books + - 2014-06-22
Books Plus today presents a session from the Sydney Writers Festival, with a pair of poets-turned-novelist, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Ali Alizadeh. Also, All Quiet on the Western Front, the 1928 anti-war novel translated into English by an Australian...
Books + - 2014-06-08
Ancient gods, interwar America and a psychopathic cat. It's a mixed library bag on today's program! Joanne Harris is famous for her French settings in Chocolat, Five Quarters of an Orange, Blackberry Wine - but in her latest novel The Gospel of Loki...
Books + - 2014-06-01
Today on Books+ we again hear from authors at the Sydney Writers' Festival. First we meet Irish crime writer Adrian McKinty for an in-depth conversation about crime, reviewing, class and a smoking detective. And then we catch up with writer,...
Vince Gilligan on 'Breaking Bad'
The iconic TV series, Breaking Bad,is based on an audacious premise: An underachieving, over qualified, high school chemistry teacher turns to become a methamphetamine cook.
Books + - 2014-05-18
Join Books+ today for a world in which no-one can sleep - and Kenneth Calhoun's Black Moon is as nightmarish as it sounds. In Kamila Shamsie's latest novel, A God in Every Stone, an Indian soldier in World War 1 loses his eye - and his naiveté at the...
Books + - 2014-05-11
On our bookshelf today, there are stories of the river, full of boys and abandoned cars; and there's a murder in a telephone exchange in the 1940s. And do you remember the Moomins? Finnish children's stories, of sweetness and poignancy. Less sweet is...
Books + - 2014-05-04
Today on Books+ we bring you a 900-page novel from the seventeenth century; visit the back streets and canals of Venice with Donna Leon; and we meet an Irish charmer, who is in fact a sniper for the IRA and out for revenge.
Books + - 2014-04-27
Today three intertwined books tell a story about war and peace. One is a story about women doctors and nurses in the first World War, who set up their own hospital in France; the next tells about women pilots and spies in World War II; and the third...
Alexander McCall Smith and his severe case of 'Serious Novelism'
Alexander McCall Smith, creator of the Number One Ladies' Detective Agency, Forty Four Scotland Street and many others, reflects on time, clarinets, poetry and his own sever case of 'serial novelism'.
Books + - 2014-04-20
Today on Books+, we meet a shining but unusual child, from the imagination of Margaret Drabble; we visit an orchard full of memories, apricots and talking trees; and are guided through one of the world's most famous novels viewed from the scullery and...
Books + - 2014-04-13
Today on Books+ we have a nineteenth-century story of a woman frustrated by her life and its restrictions - that's Flaubert's Madame Bovary; as well as a twenty-first-century story of a woman frustrated by her creative life and its restrictions - Siri...
Books + - 2014-04-06
Today Books+ starts with two very different biographies - the story of Johnny Cash, from New Deal farm through Folsom Prison and on to his gravelly old age; and the life of English writer Penelope Fitzgerald, from acclaimed literary biographer...
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