Mariella and her guests look back at the literary year and suggest some last minute Christmas presents.
How does good writing really work? Dr Sarah Dillon dissects a passage by the Nigerian prize winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, from her novel Americanah, to unpick its brilliance.
And the writer Shirley Jackson, who was born one hundred years ago, has been described as 'a genius of literary suspense and psychological horror'. Mariella Frostrup discusses her life and work with her biographer, Ruth Franklin, and literary fan Andrew Michael Hurley. Show less