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Rupert Everett, Abir Mukherjee, Sex and the City 20 years on
Rupert Everett on writing, directing and playing Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince.
Rupert Everett disusses playing Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince; novelist Abir Mukherjee on his latest, Smoke and Ashes; Sex and the City, 20 years on; and the late Mary Wilson.
Rupert Everett discusses his life-long passion for Oscar Wilde as he directs, writes and stars in his film The Happy Prince. Framed around Wilde's short story of the same name, the bio-pic focuses on Wilde at the end of his life, from his release from prison to his death in poverty in Paris three years later.
Abir Mukherjee's creation of detective Sam Wyndham, a British officer who finds himself in Calcutta in the 1920s, and his sidekick 'Surrender-Not' Bannerjee, won him a £10,000 publishing deal. He discusses the third book in the series, Smoke and Ashes, set against the backdrop of non-violent protest and increasing demands for Indian independence.
Twenty years ago this week Sex and the City launched in America on the HBO channel. To mark the anniversary, TV critic Emma Bullimore pours herself a Cosmopolitan and looks back at her favourite show...
Mary Wilson, who died yesterday at the age of 102, was in the public eye as the wife of the former Prime Minister Harold Wilson. She was lampooned in Mrs Wilson's Diary in Private Eye as a suburban down-to-earth middle class housewife. She was, though, something much rarer - a very popular poet. From the archive we hear her talking about her writing, the public response, and one of her poems.
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Jerome Weatherald.
Uzodinma Iweala on his new novel Speak No Evil.
Uzodinma Iweala won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for his debut Beasts of No Nation in 2006, which was later turned into a film. Mariella Frostrup talks to him about his long awaited new novel, Speak No Evil
And Abir Mukherjee takes fellow crime writers Val McDermid and Graeme Macrae Burnet on a tour of Kolkata.
Crime Writing: Val McDermid, Abir Mukherjee and Lucy Ribchester
A special edition of Open Book from Edinburgh, devoted to crime writing.
A special edition of Open Book from Edinburgh. Mariella Frostrup is joined by Val McDermid, Abir Mukherjee and Lucy Ribchester to discuss crime writing.
Mariella Frostrup investigates crime writing from the heart of the Edinburgh Festival. Crime today ranges from psychological thrillers to so-called Cosy Crime whodunnits. With more choice than ever before, why are writers still drawn to expanding and re-inventing the genre and what's its appeal for readers?
Mariella is joined by doyenne of the genre, Val McDermid, who publishes her thirtieth novel Out of Bounds this month. Her cold case investigator DCI Karen Pirie returns with gusto to discover the truth behind complex questions of family and identity. Also on stage are two relative newcomers in the field. Lucy Ribchester whose novel The Amber Shadows is a thrilling, mystery adventure set in the secret world of Bletchley Park and Abir Mukherjee's A Rising Man takes us to steamy Calcutta at the time of the British Raj.
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