Bookclub

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)

  • Wilbur Smith - When The Lion Feeds

    Sun, 1 Mar 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Wilbur Smith, who’s sold over 120 million books worldwide, talks to James Naughtie and a group of readers about his first novel When the Lion Feeds, published in 1964.

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  • Judith Kerr

    Sun, 1 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Judith Kerr discusses her novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. First published in 1971, she wrote it for her son in order to explain the story of her own family's flight from Nazi Germany. The book is now used as a set text in German schools.

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  • Marina Lewycka

    Sun, 4 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    James Naughtie's first guest on Bookclub for 2015 is Marina Lewycka. Her first novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, has sold more than a million copies in the UK alone and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, longlisted for the Man Booker and won the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction 2005.

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  • 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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