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Tobias Hill, Readers' Guide to Stefan Zweig, literary prizes

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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The film maker Wes Anderson has said that his latest movie The Grand Budapest Hotel was inspired by the life and works of the Viennese writer Stefan Zweig. Biographer George Prochnik and writer Tibor Fischer explore this once hugely popular early 20th century author, who was the most widely translated writer of his time.

Tobias Hill talks to Mariella Frostrup about his latest novel What was Promised, which begins in a bombed out East End in the grip of rationing in 1948. It's a visceral account of the lives of a community of locals and recent immigrants in a Columbia Road tenement as they emerge from the bomb dust and abandoned wastelands to try and pursue a better future.

This year sees the inauguration of two new major literary prizes - The Folio Prize and The Etisalat Prize for Literature. This is also the first year for the renamed Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, and we've also seen the revamping of The Wellcome Book Prize, Fiction Uncovered and the Man Booker. Writer and critic Olivia Laing discusses the prizes and the impact they could have for readers

There has been much talk this month about the plight and pleasure of independent bookshops, as they fall below the one thousand mark in the UK. Thankfully one place they continue to thrive is in the pages of books themselves, the latest being 'The Collected Works of AJ Fikry', which is set in a ramshackle independent bookshop on an island. It's Radio 4's Book at Bedtime so Open Book have a clip to whet your appetite.

Producer: Andrea Kidd. Show less


Interviewed Guest:
Tobias Hill
Interviewed Guest:
George Prochnik
Interviewed Guest:
Tibor Fischer
Interviewed Guest:
Olivia Laing
Andrea Kidd

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