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Bookclub

James Naughtie and readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best known novels. Authors include: Douglas Adams, Alan Bennett, Alice Sebold and Maya Angelou.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Patrick O'Brian - Master and Commander

    Sun, 7 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With James Naughtie. In a special 200th edition of the programme we celebrate the centenary of author Patrick O'Brian and Allan Mallinson is our guide to the first in his hugely popular series of Napoleonic naval stories, Master and Commander. Known as the Aubrey/Maturin novels, the twenty books are regarded by many as the most engaging historical novels ever written. Master and Commander establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his ship's surgeon and an intelligence agent.

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  • Blake Morrison

    Sun, 2 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With James Naughtie. Poet Blake Morrison talks about his groundbreaking memoir And When Did You Last See Your Father? Recorded at the Ilkely Literature Festival, Yorkshire.

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  • Tim Winton - Dirt Music

    Sun, 5 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Celebrated Australian writer Tim Winton discusses his novel Dirt Music, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2002. James Naughtie presents and a group of readers join in.

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  • Allan Massie - A Question of Loyalties

    Sun, 7 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Allan Massie discusses his novel about the divisions in France during the second world war: A Question of Loyalties. James Naughtie presents from the BBC at Edinburgh Festivals.

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  • Sadie Jones - The Outcast

    Sun, 3 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sadie Jones talks about her novel The Outcast which won the Costa First Novel award 2008.

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  • Lorrie Moore - Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?

    Sun, 6 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Acclaimed US writer Lorrie Moore discusses her novel Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? James Naughtie presents and a group of invited readers ask the questions.

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  • Emma Donoghue - Room

    Sun, 1 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Emma Donoghue responds to readers' questions about her first novel Room, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. With James Naughtie.

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  • Christos Tsiolkas - The Slap

    Tue, 6 May 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    James Naughtie and a group of readers talk to Australian novelist Christos Tsiolkas, about his controversial and award-winning debut The Slap.

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  • John Banville - The Sea

    Sun, 6 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Leading Irish writer John Banville discusses his novel The Sea which won the Man Booker prize in 2005. James Naughtie presents and a group of readers join in the conversation.

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  • Naomi Alderman - Disobedience

    Sun, 2 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Naomi Alderman, listed as one of Granta's Best Young Novelists 2013, responds to readers' questions about her debut novel Disobedience. With James Naughtie.

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