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13 posts about Books on this blog

  1. The Review Show: Interviewing Ian McEwan

    Friday 24 August 2012, 13:00

    Kirsty Wark Kirsty Wark Presenter and Journalist

    Ian McEwan is famous, but it is the mark of someone who treats fame as a by-product of his immense talent and who is comfortable in his skin that when we met for The Review Show interview there was no palaver, no entourage, no demands.

    We set up our cameras in the wonderfully shabby, once elegant...

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  2. Women In Love: Adapting DH Lawrence's famous novels

    Thursday 24 March 2011, 12:03

    William Ivory William Ivory Writer

    This is what I call squeaky bum time. A few days to go before transmission of the first instalment of my two-part version of DH Lawrence's Women In Love.

    Some press coverage has started to emerge and plenty more will be lined up behind it. Not to mention the opinions of numerous academics and Lawrence...

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  3. I'm one of The Culture Show's best new British novelists

    Monday 7 March 2011, 11:50

    Evie Wyld Evie Wyld Author

    The last week has been strange. People have been coming up to me in the small bookshop I work in, looking me in the eye, and saying, "Are you Evie Wyld?"

    My first impulse is to lie, say something like, "No, she left ages ago, she was no good." Or, gangster-style, "Who wants to know?"

    But, after a...

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  4. Judging Britain's 12 best new novelists for The Culture Show

    Friday 4 March 2011, 10:04

    Alex Clark Alex Clark Judge

    The wizards at The Culture Show are a kindly bunch; they know that reading novels en masse is a task made all the more pleasurable if it can be done in warm weather and preferably in a deckchair.

    So last August, when I took delivery of my first batch of books to judge for the New Novelists: 12 Of The...

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  5. South Riding and one of the greatest literary heroines

    Friday 18 February 2011, 10:07

    Kate Harwood Kate Harwood Controller, BBC drama

    When, as a voracious teenage reader, I first read South Riding I took many of its themes for granted and thought it was a great story folded around a great love story.

    But re-reading it when I was wondering whether to develop it as a drama, I found the resonances go so much deeper.

    I am the controller...

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  6. Faulks On Fiction: Exploring classic characters in literature

    Monday 14 February 2011, 11:22

    Mary Sackville-West Mary Sackville-West Series Producer

    Historically television has tended to focus on the relationship between the author and their work. This has always worked well - think of Bookmark, Arena, and Omnibus - and is a very accessible way into literature.

    From the outset, we wanted to do something different and came up with an unusual and...

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  7. Aurelio Zen: Michael Dibdin's Italian detective on TV

    Friday 7 January 2011, 09:47

    Andy Harries Andy Harries Executive Producer

    Years ago my Dad gave me a Michael Dibdin book and told me to read it. What I most enjoyed about it was the loving detail and description of life in Italy - it's almost as if Italy is a huge character in the novels. I tucked it away in my memory.

    The success of the first series of Wallander, made by...

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  8. Toast: The magic and humour in memoirs of my childhood suppers

    Thursday 30 December 2010, 09:00

    Nigel Slater Nigel Slater Author

    When I started writing Toast it never crossed my mind it might one day become a film, let alone one starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore.

    The book had started life as a short story about the food of the 1960s and 1970s for my weekly Observer column, but I soon realised that the food I...

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  9. Nordic Noir: The Story Of Scandinavian Crime Fiction

    Monday 20 December 2010, 09:00

    Robert Murphy Robert Murphy Producer

    The Stieg Larsson phenomenon was building to a crescendo when we decided the time was ripe to take stock of Scandinavian crime fiction in the documentary that became Nordic Noir.

    Why had a region best known for Volvos, Abba and Ikea begun producing dark and violent thrillers filled with brooding detectives...

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  10. Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently: How slavishly should a screen adaptation follow the book?

    Thursday 16 December 2010, 10:33

    Stephen Mangan Stephen Mangan Actor

    It's been made very clear to me, mainly through conversations on Twitter, that a lot of people hold the Dirk Gently books in great affection and that they are going to be very upset if we don't get it right.

    Dirk is described as "a pudgy man who normally wears a heavy old light brown suit, red checked...

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  11. The Song Of Lunch: Making a poem into a drama

    Thursday 7 October 2010, 11:15

    Greg Wise Greg Wise Actor

    One of my oldest friends, Martin Goodman, now the professor of creative writing at Hull University, thrust a little book into my hands about six months ago saying he thought the poem contained within, The Song of Lunch, would make a great film.

    Martin had just taken over the professorship from Christopher...

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  12. Sherlock: For Holmes and Watson, the game is afoot

    Friday 23 July 2010, 11:50

    Mark Gatiss Mark Gatiss

    I still have the first Sherlock Holmes book I ever owned. It had a purple spine (the purple of one of Holmes' dressing gown, I liked to imagine), a Sidney Paget illustration on the front and a wonderful introduction which ended with the magical words, "I wish I were reading these stories for the first...

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  13. Disappearing Dad: is fiction better off without fathers?

    Tuesday 29 June 2010, 17:08

    Andrew Martin Andrew Martin Presenter

    When I had the chance to write and present the documentary Disappearing Dad, about fathers in fiction, I immediately knew which way I wanted to go.

    I had just been trying to invent a plot for a novel, and I'd been thinking it would be useful if the villain of the piece had been psychologically damaged...

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