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A Good Read

Alex Polizzi and Peter Robinson

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

In the first of a new series, TV presenter Alex Polizzi and Peter Robinson, author of the DCI Banks crime novels, talk to Harriett Gilbert about the books they love. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Alex Polizzi
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Robinson
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

A Good Read

Arlene Phillips and Jocelyn Jee Esien

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arlene Phillips and Jocelyn Jee Esien talk to Harriett Gilbert about books they love, including the new Deborah Moggach novel and an insider's story of the gangs of north London. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Arlene Phillips
Interviewed Guest:
Jocelyn Jee Esien
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

A Good Read

Brendan O'Neill and Gabriel Gbadamosi

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Harriett Gilbert talks to journalist Brendan O'Neill and writer Gabriel Gbadamosi about favourite books, one of which offers a startling twist on the story of Sherlock Holmes. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Brendan O'Neill
Interviewed Guest:
Gabriel Gbadamosi
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

A Good Read

Eve Pollard and Julie Bindel

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Harriett Gilbert talks to guests about their favourite books. Eve Pollard chooses Canada, by Richard Ford, and Julie Bindel selects Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Eve Pollard
Interviewed Guest:
Julie Bindel

A Good Read

John Inverdale and Rachel Cooke

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

From Everest's peak to a 1930s London bedsit, and a painfully funny portrait of a literary marriage in decline. Harriett Gilbert talks books with John Inverdale and Rachel Cooke. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
John Inverdale
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Cooke

A Good Read

Roger Michell and Aminatta Forna

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Notting Hill film director Roger Michell and writer Aminatta Forna talk about books they love with Harriett Gilbert, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Roger Michell
Interviewed Guest:
Aminatta Forna
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

A Good Read

Fay Weldon and Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Author Fay Weldon and Serpentine Galleries curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist talk about books they love with Harriett Gilbert. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Fay Weldon
Interviewed Guest:
Hans Ulrich Obrist

A Good Read

India Knight and Alvin Hall

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Journalist and author India Knight and financial adviser Alvin Hall talk about books they love with Harriett Gilbert. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
India Knight
Interviewed Guest:
Alvin Hall

A Good Read

Edwina Currie and Nicholas Le Prevost

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Author and former MP Edwina Currie and actor Nicholas Le Provost talk about books they love with Harriett Gilbert. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Edwina Currie
Interviewed Guest:
Nicholas Le Prevost

A Good Read

Al Murray and Tarek Osman

Duration: 25 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Comedian Al Murray, aka the Pub Landlord, and Egyptian economist Tarek Osman discuss their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert, including Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Al Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Tarek Osman
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

A Good Read

Kate Silverton and Johnnie Walker

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Harriett Gilbert and guests radio presenter Johnnie Walker and newsreader Kate Silverton discuss their favourite books, including Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Kate Silverton
Interviewed Guest:
Johnnie Walker
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

A Good Read

Michael Dobbs and Katie Puckrik

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Michael Dobbs, author of House of Cards, and broadcaster Katie Puckrik talk to Harriett Gilbert about the books that have had a powerful effect on them. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Michael Dobbs
Interviewed Guest:
Katie Puckrik
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

A Good Read

Mark Ravenhill and DJ Nihal

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Harriett Gilbert talks to playwright Mark Ravenhill and DJ Nihal Arthanayake about the books they love: a hugely varied selection of James Ellroy, Nadine Gordimer and Goethe. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Mark Ravenhill
Interviewed Guest:
Nihal Arthanayake
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

A Good Read

Fern Britton and Katherine Grainger

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

TV presenter Fern Britton and Olympic gold medalist rower Katherine Grainger talk to Harriett Gilbert about the books they love, by Alan Bennett, Susan Hill and Harper Lee. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Fern Britton
Interviewed Guest:
Katherine Grainger
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

A Good Read

Lord Mervyn King and Arabella Weir

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England, and Arabella Weir, actor and writer, discuss their favourite books to Harriett Gilbert, including The Prince by Machiavelli. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Mervyn King
Interviewed Guest:
Arabella Weir
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

A Good Read

Daniel Finkelstein and Jill Paton Walsh

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Journalist Daniel Finkelstein and writer Jill Paton Walsh reveal their favourite books to Harriett Gilbert, including Influence: the Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini. Show more

A Good Read

Tracy-Ann Oberman and Richard Herring

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Comedian Richard Herring and actor Tracy-Ann Oberman discuss their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert, including Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut and Rupert Everett's memoir. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Richard Herring
Interviewed Guest:
Tracy-Ann Oberman
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

A Good Read

Andrew Maxwell and Kamila Shamsie

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Irish stand-up comedian Andrew Maxwell and Pakistani writer Kamila Shamsie talk about books with Harriett Gilbert, including Doris Lessing's first impressions of the English. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Maxwell
Interviewed Guest:
Kamila Shamsie
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

A Good Read

Penelope Lively and Will Smith

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Novelist Dame Penelope Lively and comedy writer Will Smith talk to Harriett Gilbert about the books they love, which include A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Penelope Lively
Interviewed Guest:
Will Smith
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

A Good Read

Lorraine Kelly and Romesh Gunesekera

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and writer Romesh Gunesekera tell Harriett Gilbert about the books they love, including On The Road by Jack Kerouac and Greenvoe by George Mackay Brown. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Lorraine Kelly
Interviewed Guest:
Romesh Gunesekera
Producer:
Beth O'Dea