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Episodes

Zoffany's Daughter - w/Stephen Foster

11/17/2017
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Adam talks to Stephen Foster, author of the new book 'Zoffany's Daughter: Love and Treachery on a Small Island'. The book details a forgotten episode in Guernsey's history, an 1825 incident that became one of Britain's first ever child custody battles, finally ending in a dramatic showdown in a packed Royal Court. Stephen explains how he came across the story, why he finds it so fascinating, and what this seemingly minor incident can tell us about history and the writing of history.

Duration: 00:28:48


Plunging the Depths - w/Anthony McGowan

10/14/2017
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With books including Henry Tumour and The Knife That Killed Me, Anthony McGowan is one of the UK's leading authors of Young Adult fiction. Speaking at the Guernsey Literary Festival, he explains how writing for teenagers differs from writing for adults, why so many people underestimate what teenagers can handle in the books they read, and the surprising link between writing and cricket.

Duration: 00:19:59


Story People - w/Alec Williams

10/7/2017
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Storyteller Alec Williams has a mission - to get more children reading. Here he discusses the power of stories and the magic of reading, and gives advice to parents on how to bring stories to life.

Duration: 00:34:59


Les Miserables: The Novel of the Century - w/David Bellos

7/27/2017
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Adam talks to David Bellos, Professor of French Literature at Princeton, about his new book 'The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables'. Speaking at the Guernsey Literary Festival, David explains how Victor Hugo came to write his most famous work, what kind of reception it got at the time, and why he wouldn't want to live in Hugo's house in Guernsey.

Duration: 00:24:26


Breaking the Enigma - w/Simon Singh

7/1/2017
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Adam talks to writer, broadcaster and all-round science guy Simon Singh. Speaking at the Guernsey Literary Festival, Simon discusses his book 'The Code Book', and in particular the history of the Enigma machine, which the Germans used to encrypt their communications during World War II, and which was famously broken by Alan Turing and co at Bletchley Park. How did Enigma work? How was it broken? And why did the story remain secret for decades?

Duration: 00:19:39


Explorers' Sketchbooks - w/Huw Lewis-Jones

6/3/2017
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Adam talks to historian, polar guide, and proud Guernseyman Huw Lewis-Jones. Speaking at the Guernsey Literary Festival, Huw discusses growing up in Guernsey, his life as a 'part-time explorer', and his latest work 'Explorers' Sketchbooks', bringing to life the experiences of explorers like Edmund Hillary, Charles Darwin, and Apollo astronaut Alan Bean.

Duration: 00:21:11


Police Officer to Crime Writer - w/Clare Mackintosh

5/30/2017
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Adam talks to novelist Clare Mackintosh, author of monster hits 'I Let You Go' and 'I See You'. Speaking at the Guernsey Literary Festival, Clare discusses her previous career in the police force and how it affects her writing, how the success of 'I Let You Go' changed her life, and the lengths she had to go to in order to avoid the dreaded 'second book syndrome'.

Duration: 00:20:21


Children's Laureate - Chris Riddell

5/23/2017
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Adam talks to illustrator Chris Riddell, the UK's Children's Laureate. Speaking at the Guernsey Literary Festival, he discusses the power of libraries, the joy of drawing, and the fun he has on social media.

Duration: 00:16:51


Medieval Queen - w/Elizabeth Chadwick

5/11/2017
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Elizabeth Chadwick is the bestselling author of more than twenty historical novels, including a recent trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine, 12th-century queen of France and England. Speaking at the Alderney Literary Festival, Elizabeth told us about Eleanor's extraordinary story, how she brings the past to life through re-enactments, and why she's so drawn to the medieval period in her writing.

Duration: 00:34:00


Guernsey Literary Festival Preview - w/Claire Allen

4/26/2017
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Adam talks to Festival Director Claire Allen about the upcoming Guernsey Literary Festival. What's in store this year? And what's it like organising a big literary event on a small Channel Island?

Duration: 00:10:54


The Unseeing - w/Anna Mazzola

4/19/2017
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Anna Mazzola's acclaimed debut novel, 'The Unseeing', focuses on a real murder case in London in 1837. Sarah Gale, sentenced to death for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown, protests her innocence - so why does she refuse to say what really happened? Speaking at the Alderney Literary Festival, Anna tells us why she became fascinated with the case, why writing about real historical figures is tricky, and why she thinks we make entertainment out of murder in the first place.

Duration: 00:16:57


That Woman - w/Anne Sebba

4/5/2017
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Speaking at the Alderney Literary Festival, historian Anne Sebba discusses her new book, 'Les Parisiennes', about the experience of Parisian women during the Nazi Occupation, and explains why the Occupation of the Channel Islands provides an interesting contrast to that story. She then discusses her book 'That Woman' on Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. Eighty years after the Abdication Crisis, Wallis remains a deeply controversial figure - is it time to re-examine her legacy?

Duration: 00:31:08


Screen Reads - w/Wynter Tyson

2/28/2017
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Adam talks to Wynter Tyson, film critic for BBC Radio Guernsey, about film adaptations of books. From Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings, One Day to The Girl on the Train - what are the challenges moving from the page to the screen?

Duration: 00:37:30


Victorian Heroines - w/Fay Shaefer

12/2/2016
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Adam talks to literature teacher Fay Shaefer about the portrayal of women in Victorian novels. Writers like Anne Bronte broke new ground - but what kind of reaction did they receive? And do their books still have resonance today?

Duration: 00:28:43


Danger is Everywhere - w/David O'Doherty

10/14/2016
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Adam talks to David O'Doherty, stand-up comedian and children's author. What's the secret to making kids laugh? And is there an overlap between comedy and children's writing?

Duration: 00:31:25


Mainlander - w/Will Smith

9/30/2016
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Screenwriter on The Thick Of It and Veep, Will Smith's first novel, Mainlander, is set in Jersey, where he grew up. On this podcast he tells us about the learning curve transitioning from writing for TV to writing fiction, why he's so nostalgic for his Jersey childhood, and why big television dramas like The Wire and The Sopranos are the new inspiration point for novelists.

Duration: 00:28:42


Glint of Light on Broken Glass - w/Jason Monaghan

7/11/2016
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Author Jason Monaghan's new book, Glint of Light on Broken Glass, is a historical novel set on Guernsey during the First World War. On this podcast Jason talks to us about the book, and explores the many ways the conflict impacted upon the island. He also discusses his five previous novels, how his writing career got started, and how his background in archaeology influences what he writes about.

Duration: 00:23:38


Occupation Memories - w/Duncan Barrett

6/28/2016
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Historian Duncan Barrett is in Guernsey this summer researching a new book on the Occupation of the Channel Islands. In this podcast he shares some of the memories he's heard from the islanders he's spoken to, and explains why the Occupation is such an important story in the bigger picture of the war.

Duration: 00:27:09


The Death of an Owl - w/Piers Torday

5/20/2016
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When Paul Torday (author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) died in 2013, he left behind a half-finished manuscript called The Death of an Owl. His son Piers, already a prize-winning children's author, took on the task of completing it. In this conversation he talks about the challenges that entailed, and gives some insight into his late father's career, and the way his life changed after Salmon Fishing stormed the world.

Duration: 00:33:16


Potato Peel Pie Podcast - w/Annie Barrows

4/29/2016
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The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society has been an extraordinary success all over the world, topping bestseller lists and in some sense putting Guernsey 'on the map'. On this podcast Annie Barrows, the book's co-author, talks about how her aunt, Mary Ann Shaffer, became interested in the German Occupation, her deep sadness that Mary Ann didn't live to see publication and success, and how she feels about the response to the book, both around the world and in Guernsey.

Duration: 00:30:21

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