Books and Authors

Books and Authors

United Kingdom

This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.


Tessa Hadley, Female Friendships and the Russian Revolution  

Tessa Hadley on her new book and Esther Freud and Kitty Aldridge on literary friendships

James Lasdun, Crime Fiction for 2017 and book bestsellers  

James Lasdun discusses his new book The Fall Guy and crime fiction for 2017

Literary Postcards  

Literary postcards from around the world.

Nadeem Aslam, book translating and unhappy books which make us happy  

Nadeem Aslam discusses his new book The Golden Legend

Shirley Jackson and a literary round-up for 2016  

The dark world of Shirley Jackson and a look at this year's best reads

Henrietta Rose-Innes and Terry Waite  

Literary heroes and the book I'd never lend.

Jay McInerney  

Jay McInerney talks about his novel Bright Lights, Big City.

A Good Read 29 November 2016: John Bird & John Timpson  

Businessman John Timpson & Big Issue founder John Bird talk favourite books.

Writers Helen Garner and Charlotte Wood and the history of audio books  

An original Jane Eyre manuscript published in a new edition and a story from Chris Cleave

A Good Read 22 November 2016: Charles Moore & Nadifa Mohamed  

Charles Moore and Nadifa Mohamed discuss their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert.

David Grossman and Steve McCurry  

David Grossman on his new novel and photographer Steve McCurry's portraits of readers.

A Good Read 15 November 2016: Michael Grade & Gia Milinovich  

Michael Grade and Gia Milinovich talk to Harriett Gilbert about their favourite books.

Margaret Drabble Louis de Bernieres and a passion for islands  

Margaret Drabble on her new book The Dark Flood Rises and the books on her bedside table.

A Good Read 8 November 2016: Sally Phillips & Julia Donaldson  

Sally Phillips and Julia Donaldson talk about books they love with Harriett Gilbert.

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson  

In Classic Book Club, author Louise Walsh discusses Kidnapped with James Naughtie

A Good Read 1 November: Terry Christian & Dr Kevin Fong  

Harriett Gilbert invites Terry Christian and Dr Kevin Fong to talk favourite books.

Quentin Blake, Emma Chichester Clark and Brit Bennett  

Quentin Blake, Emma Chichester Clark and Brit Bennett

A Good Read 25 October 2016: Cariad Lloyd & Mike Bullen  

Harriett Gilbert talks to Cariad Lloyd and Mike Bullen about books they love, and why.

Sebastian Barry, Naomi Alderman and Margaret Atwood  

Sebastian Barry, Naomi Alderman and Margaret Atwood

A Good Read 18 October 2016: Sebastian Faulks & Sarfraz Manzoor  

Sebastian Faulks, Sarfraz Manzoor and Harriett Gilbert talk about their favourite books.

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