70 posts about Books on this blog
Thursday 3 April 2014, 13:44
Celebrated Irish writer John Banville discusses his novel The Sea woth James Naughtie.
Wednesday 5 March 2014, 13:28
Robert McCrum previews the new series of Publishing Lives - focusing on the role of women in books. Highlighting some of the most influential women of the 20th century, who have presided over the golden age of reading.
Friday 28 February 2014, 17:11
Bookclub: Naomi Alderman responds to readers' questions about her first novel Disobedience.
Thursday 20 February 2014, 08:20
Playwritght and award-winning dramatist Robert Forrest on adapting The Exorcist for Radio 4.
Monday 3 February 2014, 12:21
Radio 4 will be broadcasting a brand new version of the cult classic The Exorcist later this month.
Thursday 30 January 2014, 16:07
At its heart The Kite Runner is a story about love and loyalty, and that’s why it’s a book that will last.
Monday 20 January 2014, 15:23
American novelist Jonathan Lethem discusses 4 songs which have inspired his past books, and one which forecasts the next. His latest novel Dissident Gardens features on Radio 4's Book At Bedtime from 20 January at 22.45pm
Friday 3 January 2014, 14:33
James Naughtie talks about meeting Donna Tartt and how she explains her cult debut novel The Secret History, first published in 1992.
Wednesday 30 October 2013, 12:12
Jim Naughtie on Matthew Hollis's Now All Roads Lead to France.
Friday 11 October 2013, 10:04
Blog by Sophie Lewis about her personal experience of art and protest in Brazil, June 2013. Brazil, literature, Brazilian literature, writing, Litro, Paloma Vidal, Sophie Lewis
Thursday 3 October 2013, 14:27
Hilary Mantel discusses her Man Booker Prize-winning novel Bring Up the Bodies with James Naughtie and a group of readers.
Friday 27 September 2013, 16:22
Writer and editor Robert McCrum examines how the publishing business is changing 'beyond recognition' in new Radio 4 series, Publishing Lives.
Friday 30 August 2013, 11:34
Our conversation was sometimes serious, but never gloomy.
Thursday 22 August 2013, 10:59
Writer, broadcaster and Jazz historian Alyn Shipton discusses why he was compelled to write new biography Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter.
Monday 5 August 2013, 15:55
Jim Naughtie talks to novelist Deborah Moggach, whose book Tulip Fever takes us back to a brief time in 17th century Dutch society when a single tulip could be worth as much as a house.
Wednesday 31 July 2013, 12:34
Fifty years since the first publication of Betty Friedan's seminal feminist work The Feminine Mystique, Radio 4 has commissioned three leading writers to celebrate her influence in new short stories exploring the contemporary feminist landscape. Marina Warner explains the inspiration behind her story...
Monday 15 July 2013, 14:43
The inspiration for Red Joan came from the story of Melita Norwood, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving Cold War spy, at the age of 87.
Friday 5 July 2013, 13:59
To explain, this is in many ways an old-fashioned love story. Henry is a time-traveller and his wife, Clare, isn’t.
Thursday 27 June 2013, 12:47
Melvyn Bragg on this week's In Our Time on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, widely regarded as one of the greatest works of Chinese literature.
Friday 21 June 2013, 11:39
David Mitchell, award-winning author of Cloud Atlas, translates and introduces the extraordinary book 'The Reason I Jump' by a Japanese teenager with severe autism.
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