Debbie Heath chose Daphne du Maurier's famous novel 'Rebecca' as a topic for this series of conversations because it has become a favourite, not least owing to its intricate language and structure. Rob Pearman was glad to have been reminded about this writer's great skill, especially when he realised that he had never actually read [...]
Local author of children’s fiction, Camilla Chester, discusses with Rob Pearman “At Risk” the first spy/crime thriller written by Stella Rimington, former Head of MI5. In this novel, Liz Carlyle, MI5 intelligence officer, faces a terrorist threat as well as the patronising sexist attitude of her MI6 partner. This discussion includes extracts from the audiobook [...]
Rob Pearman talks with Val Page about this strangely titled - and very amusing - first novel by Swedish journalist and writer, Jonas Jonassan. Telling the story of the incredible adventures in the life of a centenarian who escapes from a home, it has been translated into some 35 languages, selling over a million copies in [...]
Deborah Heath discusses one of Agatha Christie's 'murder mysteries' and sets it in the context of the author's many other works of fiction, and tries to persuade Rob Pearman to overcome his previous lack of interest in such a famous writer.
Regular Local Life reviewer Terry Prince discusses Dickens' novel about the French Revolution, exploring with Rob Pearman both the strong and dynamic narrative and the range of characters. He also recalls a production of the play based on this novel which was produced at the Abbey Theatre a few years ago.
Deborah Heath talks with Rob Pearman about the first volume of Roald Dahl's biography and traces some of his later fictional characters in strange people he encountered in his childhood. (Recorded in 2016.)
Sitting in the 6.27 train each day, Guylain Vignolles recites aloud from pages he has saved from the jaws of the monstrous pulping machine. When he discovers the diary of a lonely young woman, Julie - who feels as lost in the world as he does - his journey truly begins. Terry Prince explains all [...]
Local author Camilla Chester returns to the studio to discuss Jane Harper's highly successful first novel with Rob Pearman. Set in the arid landscape of drought-afflicted Australia, this is a 'murder mystery' with a difference. The discussion includes audio extracts courtesy of Calibre Audio.
Deborah Heath – in conversation with Rob Pearman – finds ways to describe the indescribable: the magical, mysterious, astonishing first novel by American writer Erin Morgenstern, narrated in the audio version by Jim Dale.
Regular reviewer Terry Prince tells Rob Pearman why he chose the latest spy/thriller by Robert Harris, author of a series of novels based on actual events or periods in history. 'Munich' adds layers of fiction to the critical negotiations in 1938 between UK Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and Nazi Fuhrer Adolf Hitler. Did Hitler want [...]