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Anthony Cartwright, Award-winning Andrew Michael Hurley, The joy of Teffi, Literary news from Nigeria

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Mariella Frostrup talks to author Anthony Cartwright about his book Iron Towns.

Mariella Frostrup talks to author Anthony Cartwright about his book Iron Towns, which charts the decline of industrial England and a footballer's career.

How landscape from declining industrial towns to remote countryside inspires novelists and shapes characters. Plus the joys of Russian writer Teffi and book news from Lagos.

Mariella Frostrup talks to author Anthony Cartwright about Iron Towns, the story of an ageing footballer and his friends in a community scarred by the demise of its industrial past.

Andrew Michael Hurley's novel The Loney has been named book of the year by the British Book Industry awards. Andrew shares with us one of his inspirations for the Loney, the great English ghost story writer MR James.

In the early 20th century the writer Teffi, a celebrated satirist and writer, had to flee Russia at the start of the revolution. We discover the qualities of her writing with novelist Charlotte Hobson.

And we receive a postcard from the heart of lively, literary Lagos.

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Mariella Frostrup
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Anthony Cartwright
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Andrew Hurley
Interviewed Guest
Charlotte Hobson

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St Vincent, Andrew Michael Hurley, The Tin Drum, Daljit Nagra

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St Vincent on her new album Masseduction, and novelist Andrew Michael Hurley.

St Vincent discusses her new album Masseduction; poet Daljit Nagra on poetry in TV and radio adverts; novelist Andrew Michael Hurley; and Gunter Grass's The Tin Drum on stage.

The American singer St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, discusses her new album Masseduction.

Andrew Michael Hurley's debut novel The Loney was a runaway success, winning the 2015 Costa Book Award in the First Novel category. The author discusses his follow-up, Devil's Day, which like The Loney is a gothic horror story set in Lancashire.

The Tin Drum by Nobel Laureate Günter Grass centres on Oskar, who refuses to grow from the age of 3 and has a voice that can shatter glass. The Cornwall-based theatre company Kneehigh have adapted the story for the stage and is currently touring the UK. Writer and broadcaster Paul Allen reviews.

Poet Daljit Nagra considers the current fashion for TV and radio adverts to feature poetry.

Presenter Stig Abell

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Stig Abell
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undefined St Vincent
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Andrew Hurley
Interviewed Guest
Paul Allen
Interviewed Guest
Daljit Nagra
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Jerome Weatherald

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A look back at the year and the work of Shirley Jackson

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Mariella Frostrup and guests look at the life and work of Shirley Jackson.

Mariella Frostrup looks at the life and work of Shirley Jackson with her biographer, Ruth Franklin, and literary fan Andrew Michael Hurley.

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.

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Mariella Frostrup
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Ruth Franklin
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Andrew Hurley
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Sarah Dillon

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British Gothic

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Mariella Frostrup discusses the best British gothic writing.

Mariella Frostrup talks to novelist Andrew Michael Hurley, whose gothic novel The Loney has been one of the publishing stories of the year.

Mariella Frostrup talks to novelist Andrew Michael Hurley whose Gothic novel The Loney has been one of the publishing stories of the year. 300 copies were first published by an small press, it grabbed the attention of a larger publisher, received glowing reviews from Stephen King amongst others and now the film rights have been snapped up. Andrew talks to Mariella about his success and the tradition of British Gothic Writing.

Also in the programme, novelist Matt Haig introduces a new literary star as he talks about the winner of the BBC Young Writers Award, Philip Jones from the Bookseller on whether the ebook reader is becoming outdated and academic Vybarr Cregan-Reid asks why novelists are not inspired by running.

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Mariella Frostrup
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Andrew Hurley
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Matt Haig
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Philip Jones
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Vybarr Cregan-Reid

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Emma Donoghue on Room, Grey Gardens, Andrew Michael Hurley, Occupied

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Emma Donoghue talks to Kirsty Lang about adapting her best-selling novel Room into a film.

Emma Donoghue talks to Kirsty Lang about adapting her novel Room into a Bafta-nominated film. Plus Costa winner Andrew Michael Hurley discusses his first novel The Loney.

Emma Donoghue talks to Kirsty Lang about adapting her best-selling novel Room into a BAFTA nominated film, starring Brie Larson as a woman trapped in a shed with her child.

Matt Wolf reviews the European premiere of Grey Gardens, a musical based on the influential 1975 documentary of the same name, a riveting fly-on-the-wall account of an ageing mother and daughter living and together in squalor in a Long Island mansion.

Andrew Michael Hurley, winner of the Costa First Novel award for The Loney, discusses his unsettling tale set in 1976 on a wild section of the North West coast.

Diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall reviews Occupied, a new Norwegian drama series that imagines Russia has invaded Norway.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang

Producer: Timothy Prosser.

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Kirsty Lang
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Emma Donoghue
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Matt Wolf
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Andrew Hurley
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Bridget Kendall
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Timothy Prosser

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