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James Naughtie and a group of readers talk to leading authors about their best known novels.

James Naughtie and a group of readers talk to leading authors about their best known novels.
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James Naughtie and a group of readers talk to leading authors about their best known novels.

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English


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Historian Antonia Fraser discuss her book The Gunpowder Plot.

11/5/2018
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The Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser

Duration:00:28:46

Andrew Michael Hurley - The Loney

11/4/2018
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Andrew Michael Hurley discusses his book The Loney which won the Costa First Novel Award in 2015. Recorded with an audience at the Liverpool Literary Festival and presented by James Naughtie. First published in a print run of just 300 copies by a small press, The Loney went on to win The Costa First Novel Award and Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards 2015. This gothic novel is set on a bleak stretch of the Lancashire coast near Morecambe Bay called The Loney, which is...

Duration:00:27:32

Anne Enright - The Gathering

10/23/2018
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A treat from the Bookclub archive celebrating our 20th anniversary

Duration:00:28:26

Karl Ove Knausgaard - A Death in the Family

10/7/2018
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Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard discusses A Death in the Family, which is the first part of My Struggle, his series of memoirs which have a devoted following. Already a successful novelist in his native Norway, almost ten years ago Knausgaard embarked on a huge project: a first person narrative about his life. In A Death in the Family he writes with painful honesty about his childhood and teenage years, his infatuation with rock music, his relationship with his loving yet almost...

Duration:00:31:32

David Baddiel talks about Elizabeth Taylor's Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

9/25/2018
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A treat from the Bookclub archive celebrating our 20th anniversary

Duration:00:29:23

Madeline Miller - The Song of Achilles

9/2/2018
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James Naughtie and Madeline Miller discuss her debut novel The Song of Achilles which won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. In The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller presents a love story against the backdrop of the Trojan war - between Achilles, leading the Greek army, and his best friend Patroclus. Her imagined relationship between the two men explains the emotional support that Achilles gets from Patroclus, the strength of the bond between them and the depth of Achilles' grief at his...

Duration:00:27:29

John Irving - A Prayer for Owen Meany.

8/23/2018
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A treat from the Bookclub archive celebrating our 20th anniversary

Duration:00:28:13

Neel Mukherjee - The Lives of Others

8/5/2018
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Neel Mukherjee talks about his Man Booker Prize nominated book The Lives of Others, which explores the way an Indian family's history is disrupted when one member becomes involved in extremist political activism. The programme was recorded in the library at Styal Prison, Cheshire, with a reading group of women prisoners, and with the support of the National Literacy Trust and the Books Unlocked reading scheme. The Lives of Others is set in Calcutta and the ricefields on the edge of the...

Duration:00:26:49

Doris Lessing - The Grass is Singing

7/20/2018
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A treat from the Bookclub archive celebrating our 20th anniversary.

Duration:00:28:27

Colm Tóibín - Brooklyn

7/1/2018
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Colm Tóibín discusses his best-selling novel Brooklyn with James Naughtie and a group of invited readers. Brooklyn follows the fortunes of a young Irish woman Eilis Lacey as she leaves home to make a new life in 1950s New York. Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed and left behind. Just as her homesickness abates and she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her...

Duration:00:36:02

Jan Morris discusses her classic travel book Venice

6/14/2018
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A treat from the Bookclub archive celebrating our 20th anniversary

Duration:00:28:26

Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale

6/3/2018
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Margaret Atwood discusses her dystopian masterpiece The Handmaid's Tale with James Naughtie and a group of readers. This edition celebrates Bookclub's 20th anniversary and includes contributions from former alumni of Bookclub such as Ali Smith, Eimear McBride and Evie Wyld; as well as the reading group made up of Radio 4 listeners. Thirty three years ago, Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid's Tale, a novel about a futuristic America, which following a major ecological disaster, is ruled...

Duration:00:59:23

William Trevor discusses his short story collection After Rain

5/17/2018
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A treat from the Bookclub archive celebrating our 20th anniversary

Duration:00:26:55

Jo Nesbo talks about his book, The Snowman

5/6/2018
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Jo Nesbo talks to James Naughtie about his book, The Snowman.

Duration:00:27:41

Thomas Keneally discusses his Booker Prize-winning novel Schindler's Ark

4/17/2018
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A treat from the Bookclub archive to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

Duration:00:28:07

Sarah Perry discusses her novel, The Essex Serpent

4/1/2018
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Sarah Perry speaks to James Naughtie about her novel, The Essex Serpent.

Duration:00:27:47

Muriel Spark discusses the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

3/15/2018
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A treat from the Bookclub archive to celebrate our 20th anniversary

Duration:00:27:44

Patrick Gale - A Place Called Winter

3/4/2018
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Patrick Gale discusses his novel, A Place Called Winter, set at the beginning of the 20th century. The life of Patrick's own great-grandfather Harry Cane provides the backdrop for a fictional story about the character Harry Cane, who leaves behind his wife and daughter in order to keep a scandalous love affair with another man quiet, and emigrates to the harsh wilderness of Canada. Harry signs up for an emigration programme to the newly colonised Canadian prairies. Remote and unforgiving,...

Duration:00:29:11

Douglas Adams discusses The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

2/14/2018
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A treat from the Bookclub archive to celebrate our 20th anniversary

Duration:00:59:02

Eimear McBride talks about her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

2/4/2018
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Eimear McBride discusses her book, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

Duration:00:27:54