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Bryan Washington, Natalie Haynes, Trauma in fiction with Rebecca Watson and Peter Ho Davies

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Chris Power talks to Bryan Washington about his highly anticipated debut novel, Memorial. Plus Rebecca Watson and Peter Ho Davies discuss writing about trauma in different forms. Show more

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Joyce Carol Oates, The Wind in the Willows, Orphans in fiction

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Joyce Carol Oates discusses her latest novel, Hazards of Time Travel, and Mariella Frostrup and guests discuss the life of Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows. Show more

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Francesca Kay on The Long Room

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Alex Clark talks to Francesca Kay about her novel The Long Room, and Francesca Haig and Ann Morgan discuss twins in literature. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Francesca Kay
Interviewed Guest:
Francesca Haig
Interviewed Guest:
Ann Morgan

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Benjamin Markovits, PG Wodehouse, Family rows in novels and child prodigies

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Benjamin Markovits talks about his latest novel Christmas in Austin, an intimate and multi-layered story of one family's conflicts, love and enduring loyalty. Show more

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Evie Wyld, Louise Doughty on Ghostly Narrators, Polly Samson and Leonard Cohen's Hydra

Duration: 28 minutes

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Mariella Frostrup talks to Evie Wyld about The Bass Rock, her latest novel about a Scottish island and three different generations of women constrained by insular attitudes Show more

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American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, Ann Petry's The Street, gay love in 1980s Poland

Duration: 28 minutes

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Jeanine Cummins on her powerful new novel American Dirt, Tayari Jones and Luan Goldie discuss Ann Petry's forgotten classic The Street, and Editors' Pick Swimming the Dark Show more

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Climate Change in Fiction; Carys Bray; Diana McCauay, Lucy Treloar

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Johny Pitts asks writers Carys Bray and Diana McCaulay how stories offer hope and motivate action to address environmental crisis. Plus Lucy Treloar on Australian eco-fiction now. Show more

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Claire Fuller & Karla Neblett; Elizabeth Bowen; Katherine Heiny

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Johny Pitts discusses working-class rural life with Claire Fuller whose novel, Unsettled Ground, is longlisted for the Women's Prize, and Karla Neblett, author of King of Rabbits. Show more

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Ben Smith and Julia Blackburn on Doggerland; Ghana's literary scene; Rosie Price

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Writers Ben Smith and Julia Blackburn discuss their books about Doggerland and consider why the now submerged area can tell us about our own climate's destiny. Show more

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Colum McCann, George Orwell, new fiction set in Windrush-era London

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Colum McCann tells Mariella about Apeirogon, his suitably multi-sided book about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, inspired by two fathers who have both lost their daughters. Show more

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Christos Tsiolkas, Mothers and Daughters in fiction, Nairobi books

Duration: 28 minutes

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Mariella Frostrup talks to Christos Tsiolkas about his latest novel, Damascus. Plus Frances Leviston and Janet Todd discuss mother-daughter relationships in fiction. Show more

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Oyinkan Braithwaite, Books as clutter, Kafka's legacy, True crime in fiction

Duration: 28 minutes

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Oyinkan Braithwaite discusses her Lagos-set debut novel, My Sister the Serial Killer, and writer Benjamin Balint explains the complicated legal tussle over Kafka's legacy. Show more

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Barbara Kingsolver, Northern Irish writing, India’s gay fiction

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Best-selling novelist Barbara Kingsolver talks to Mariella Frostrup about her new novel Unsheltered, which uses a historical perspective to address contemporary US politics. Show more

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Donald S Murray, Lyrics and poetry, Publishing in Iceland and Greenland

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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Scottish writer Donald S Murray discusses his new novel As the Women Lay Dreaming, which explores the ramifications of the Iolaire disaster, in which 200 WW1 servicemen died. Show more