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Lincoln in the Bardo

8/1/2019
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Rob Pearman tells regular reviewer Debbie Heath why he chose George Saunders' Man Booker prize winning novel 'Lincoln in the Bardo' for this edition in the series 'Talking about Books and Audiobooks'

Duration:00:18:43

The Lewis Man by Peter May

5/5/2019
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Val Page introduces Rob Pearman to the work of prolific Scottish writer Peter May. The Lewis Man begins with the discovery of a body buried in the peat....

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

4/25/2019
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Local author of fiction for children, Camilla Chester, discusses the first of Hilary Mantel's planned trilogy about Thomas Cromwell with Local Life host Rob Pearman.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

3/21/2019
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Regular reviewer, Debbie Heath, tells Rob Pearman why she recommends Gail Honeyman's first novel 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' (with excerpts from the audiobook).

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

1/15/2019
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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 [...]

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

12/4/2018
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Jill Burridge discusses Kate Atkinson’s novel “Life after Life” with Talking Newspaper listener Dr Marie Freeman. Extracts by courtesy of Calibre Audio.

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

9/22/2018
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Graham Greene’s powerful novel – one of many by this Berkhampstead-bred writer – is set in anti-clerical, socialist Mexico in the 1920s. Val Page tells Rob Pearman why she chose this title.

At Risk by Stella Rimington

9/22/2018
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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 [...]

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonassan.

9/22/2018
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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 [...]

Halloween Party by Agatha Christie

9/22/2018
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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.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

9/11/2018
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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.

Boy by Roald Dahl

9/8/2018
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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.)

The Reader on the 6.17 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

8/27/2018
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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 [...]

The Dry by Jane Harper

8/27/2018
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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.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

8/27/2018
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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.

Munich by Robert Harris

8/22/2018
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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 [...]