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Talking Books

12/06/2015

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC NewsLatest broadcast: on BBC News Channel HD

Talking Books goes to Hay Festival to produce four interviews with some of the greatest thinkers of our time: Germaine Greer, Anne Enright, Yuval Noah Harari and Kazuo Ishiguro. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Germaine Greer
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Enright
Interviewed Guest:
Yuval Noah Harari
Interviewed Guest:
Kazuo Ishiguro

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Anjelica Huston tells the story of the life and work of Irish writer James Joyce - from his impoverished childhood to literary fame and his flight from the Nazis. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anjelica Huston
Production Company:
Blueprint Pictures Limited
Director of photography:
Joe Edwards
Participant:
Frank McGuinness
Participant:
John Banville
Participant:
Colm Toibin
Participant:
Anne Enright
Participant:
Dominic West
Participant:
Edna O'Brien
Participant:
Ruth Gilligan
Participant:
David Simon
Participant:
Jeffrey Eugenides
Participant:
Fintan O'Toole
Participant:
Eimear McBride

Open Book

Anne Enright on The Green Road

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

News and features from the world of books. Anne Enright talks about her novel The Green Road and her new role as the Irish fiction laureate. Presented by Mariella Frostrup. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Anne Enright
Interviewed Guest:
Sara Baume
Interviewed Guest:
Sinead Gleeson
Producer:
Kirsten Locke

Free Thinking

Anne Enright, The Economics of Psychological Therapy, Christopher Hampton

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne Enright, Ireland's first laureate for fiction, discusses her new novel The Green Road with Anne McElvoy. Plus Christopher Hampton on translating the plays of Florian Zeller. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Enright
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Layard
Interviewed Guest:
David Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Hampton

Book at Bedtime

The Green Road

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

County Clare, Ireland, 1980. Rosaleen Madigan, on hearing that golden boy Dan is to join the priesthood, takes to her bed in a fit of pique. Show more

Book at Bedtime

The Green Road

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

It is 1991, and New York City's gay community is living in the shadow of the Aids virus. Dan, having deserted the priesthood in Ireland, is leading a double life. Show more

Book at Bedtime

The Green Road

Episode 4

Duration: 13 minutes

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

Mali, 2002. Rosaleen's son Emmet is living and working in Segou with girlfriend Alice. But Alice courts controversy among the locals when she adopts a local stray dog. Show more

Book at Bedtime

The Green Road

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

County Clare, 2005. Rosaleen writes cards to her four children asking them to come home for one final Christmas all together. She has an important announcement to make. Show more

Book at Bedtime

The Green Road

Episode 6

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Dan heads home from his new life in Toronto. He also has some news for the family. Meanwhile, back in Ireland, Hanna is in a real mess. Show more

Book at Bedtime

The Green Road

Episode 7

Duration: 15 minutes

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

It's Christmas Eve in the Madigan household, and everyone has arrived for the big day. But tensions are already rising, and Hanna needs to get out. She and Emmet make their escape. Show more

Book at Bedtime

The Green Road

Episode 9

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Christmas Day descends into a huge argument, and Rosaleen takes herself off for her usual post-lunch walk. But it is late, it is getting dark, and the family are worried. Show more

Book at Bedtime

The Green Road

Episode 10

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Family members, neighbours and the local police are out in search of Rosaleen and her car. Back at the house, Emmet takes the call they have all been waiting for. Show more

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Winter 2014

Episode 7: Colm Toibin: His Mother's Son

Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Alan Yentob talks to acclaimed and curiously divided Irish writer Colm Toibin. Loud and affable in person, Toibin writes sombre stories of grief and quiet heartbreak. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alan Yentob
Interviewed Guest:
Colm Toibin
Interviewed Guest:
Fiona Shaw
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Enright
Interviewed Guest:
Nick Hornby
Series Editor:
Alan Yentob