Modern Writers | Interviews with remarkable authors
Great writers have always fascinated their readers. We want to know how they create the characters we love or hate, the evocative settings, and the plots that have us reading late into the night, desperate to know what happens next.
Throughout its history, the BBC has aimed to help audiences delve into the imagination of writers. This collection of interviews with some of the 20th Century's most read authors reveals something of those imaginations and the personalities which lie behind some of the greatest modern novels.
Virginia Woolf describes the mysterious demands and duplicity of words.
Malcolm Muggeridge quizzes Somerset Maugham on his top ten novels.
The writer ponders the success of 'Lucky Jim' and his latest novels.
John Lehmann explores the 'brave new world' of Aldous Huxley.
EM Forster, in Cambridge, reflects on his life and work.
Arthurian legend and English traditions explored.
'I'm a person who rather thrives on being a foreigner.'
John Wyndham discusses the nature of evil in his novels.
Strong opinions from the author of 'The Alexandria Quartet'.
The author of 'I, Claudius' converses with Malcolm Muggeridge.
A portrait of the artist as a young woman.
The views of the author and Oxford's students on Tolkien's Middle-earth epics.
Braine's passionate defence of the ordinary and the suburban.
Muriel Spark talks to W Gordon Smith at her elegant home in Rome.
The novelist, journalist, literary critic and feminist talks about her life and loves.
Melvyn Bragg talks to John Fowles at his home in Lyme Regis.
Doris Lessing describes a life spent in unwilling judgement of civilisation's flaws.
Paul Allen speaks to the creator of 'Billy Liar'.
The emotional forces driving the work of Anthony Burgess.
Refusing to write about the bourgeoisie and their cleaning ladies.
Jeanette Winterson talks openly to Jeremy Isaacs.
'The novelist of her generation who will last.'
The Booker Prize-winning novelist discusses her work.
Philip Pullman explains 'His Dark Materials'.
James Naughtie speaks to Salman Rushdie about 'Midnight's Children'.
The author of 'The Regeneration Trilogy' talks about her books.
A wide-ranging interview with the Nobel Prize-winning author of 'Beloved'.
The 'chick-lit' writer talks frankly about her life and career.
Zina Saro-Wiwa interviews writer David Mitchell.
The author of 'Notes on a Scandal' discusses what fiction is all about.
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