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Leigh Chambers and Alex Ruczaj present a fortnightly show featuring Cambridge-based writers.

Leigh Chambers and Alex Ruczaj present a fortnightly show featuring Cambridge-based writers.
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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Leigh Chambers and Alex Ruczaj present a fortnightly show featuring Cambridge-based writers.

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@alexruczaj

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English


Episodes

Bookmark: Tamsin Grey

7/20/2018
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Leigh Chambers’ guest is Tamsin Grey, who discusses her debut novel She’s Not There, and chooses some of her favourite pieces of music. We also hear from bestselling author Paige Toon, talking about her 12th novel Five Years From Now. And a chance to hear more winners from the Rock Road Library Creative Writing Competition. […]

Duration:00:50:08

Bookmark: Helen Scales

6/24/2018
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Leigh Chambers’ guest is marine biologist and author, Helen Scales. She talks about her new book Eye of the Shoal and why we can learn a lot from fish and ocean life. Annmarie Young and Anthony Robinson discuss Young Palestinians Speak – Living Under Occupation, their study of how growing up in the occupied territories […]

Duration:00:49:08

Bookmark: Sara-Marshall-Ball

6/10/2018
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Sara Marshall-Ball talks to Leigh Chambers about her debut novel, Hush, which examines the consequences of ignoring family secrets. We also hear from Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of Humanists UK, who’s written a book about secularism. And there are three more winning entries from the Rock Road Library Creative Writing Competition.

Duration:00:49:13

Bookmark: Peter Adamson

5/29/2018
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Peter Adamson is studio guest on this weeks Bookmark. He talks to Leigh Chambers about his novel The Kennedy Moment which tells the story of a pact made at a university reunion which has lifelong consequences. We also hear from broadcaster Simon Mayo on his first novel for adults Mad Blood Rising. And there’s a […]

Duration:00:46:00

Bookmark: Derek Niemann

5/13/2018
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Leigh Chambers’ guest is Derek Niemann who talks about his book A Nazi In The Family in which he discovered the real role his grandfather played during world war two. Clare Mulley updates us on what’s happened since publishing her critically acclaimed The Women Who Flew For Hitler. And Philip Walker discusses his book Behind […]

Duration:00:51:11

Bookmark: Ruth Figgest

4/29/2018
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This week’s studio guest on Bookmark is debut novelist, Ruth Figgest. Ruth talks to Leigh Chambers about how she came to write Magnetism, a witty and moving story, told in reverse, of a mother-daughter relationship spanning 50 years. We also hear from Cambridge poets JS Watts and Afrodita Nikolova. JS explains why she felt compelled […]

Duration:00:50:15

Bookmark: Rory Clements

4/14/2018
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There’s a psychological/crime thriller feel to this week’s Bookmark. Leigh Chambers’ guest is Rory Clements who talks about Nucleus, his latest novel set in Cambridge. We also chat to local author, Alison Bruce about her new novel, I Did It For Us. And Ruth Wade talks with Betsy Reavley about the advantages of working with […]

Duration:00:49:57

Bookmark: Rory McGrath

3/25/2018
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Writer and comedian, Rory McGrath about his memoirs The Bearded Tit, and The Father, the Son and the Ghostly Hole and why he decided to reveal all about his relationships with women, Catholicism, sin, and birds, among many things! We also hear from Cambridge academic, Stefan Collini on his new collection of essays about literary […]

Duration:00:49:42

Bookmark: Inbali Iserles

3/11/2018
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There’s a childrens’ literature theme to this edition of Bookmark. Inbali Iserles, award-winning writer of the Foxcraft trilogy, talks about the challenges of plotting over three books and writing from a fox’s point of view. YA author, Julian Sedgwick, discusses how it feels to have finally completed his Ghosts of Shanghai trilogy. And Rosemary Hayes, […]

Duration:00:49:52

Bookmark: Miranda Doyle

2/24/2018
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Miranda Doyle talks to presenter Leigh Chambers about her astonishing memoir A Book of Untruths, which recounts her upbringing and family life through the lies her parents told their children and each other. We also hear from railway enthusiast Rob Shorland-Ball on writing the definitive book about Cambridge train station. And Margaret Creek from the […]

Duration:00:48:40

Bookmark: Lucy Durneen

2/10/2018
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Short story writer and poet, Lucy Durneen joins Leigh Chambers on this week’s Bookmark. She talks about why she likes the form of the short story and what makes her prize-winning debut collection, Wild Gestures, so personal. We also hear from Wendy Cope OBE at the launch of the University of Cambridge Centre for Creative […]

Duration:00:47:42

Bookmark: Tony Peake

1/28/2018
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Leigh Chambers’ guest is author Tony Peake, talking about his novel North Facing, a coming of age story set in 1960s South Africa. We also chat to former Radio Luxembourg DJ turned novelist, Mark Wesley, about his second novel Frack! And Colin Brown reveals how his book Operation Big: The Operation To Stop Hitler’s A-Bomb, […]

Duration:00:50:10

Bookmark: Laura Purcell

1/13/2018
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There’s a distinctly Gothic feel to today’s programme as Leigh Chambers welcomes Laura Purcell who talks about her spooky novel, The Silent Companions, and chooses some of her favourite music. We also hear from Samantha Ellis, author of a new biography of Anne Bronte. And crime writer, Nicola Upson, discusses Nine Lessons, the latest book […]

Duration:00:48:30

Bookmark: Preti Taneja

12/10/2017
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Preti Taneja talks about her epic debut novel, We That Are Young, which is set in India and inspired by King Lear. We also hear from Elena Mannion of Pikku Publishing about the joys of running a small press. And University Challenge superstars Bobby Seagull and Eric Monkman discuss their new quiz book. Presented by […]

Duration:00:49:38

Bookmark: Clare Mulley

11/25/2017
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Leigh Chambers welcomes award-winning historical biographer, Clare Mulley. Clare talks about her latest book The Women Who Flew For Hitler which examines the contrasting but strangely parallel lives of two female pilots awarded medals for their services to the Third Reich. We also hear from Writer-In-Residence for the A14, Daisy Johnson, on finding poetry in […]

Duration:00:52:21

Bookmark: Justin Miles

11/12/2017
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Leigh Chambers welcomes explorer and author Justin Miles whose uses his expeditions around the world to support global education projects. He explains why he decided to become an explorer after suffering brain damage in an accident, and how he uses his books to encourage young adventurers. We also hear from performance poet, Neil Hilborn, whose […]

Duration:00:49:12

Bookmark: Judith Lennox

10/28/2017
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Leigh Chambers welcomes Judith Lennox to the show. Judith has sold over three and a half million books worldwide. She tells Leigh what motivates her and how living with scoliosis has influenced her writing. We also hear from children’s author, Victor Watson, on why he likes to set his stories during world war two. And […]

Duration:00:50:17

Bookmark: Hina Belitz

10/21/2017
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Bookmark welcomes Hina Belitz whose debut novel, Set Me Free, deals with issues of immigration, domestic violence and arranged marriages. She’ll also reveal how her own arranged marriage caught the attention of Morgan Freeman. We also hear from Joanne Limburg discussing her memoir Small Pieces about coming to terms with her brother’s suicide. And children’s […]

Duration:00:50:06

Bookmark: Sarah Shaw

9/24/2017
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Leigh Chambers’ featured guest is Sarah Shaw. Her memoir, Portland Place, chronicles her time as a BBC secretary in the early 1970s and the development of a very unlikely romantic relationship. We also hear from Emma Bennett, Editor of the Cambridge Art Book, on commissioning images of the city from a range of local artists. […]

Duration:00:50:53

105 Drive with Julian Clover: Ruby Muse

9/21/2017
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Julian speaks to singer-songwriters Jools Heyes and Malcolm Heyes, collectively known as Ruby Muse.

Duration:00:10:22