World Book Club

World Book Club

From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel. This monthly programme, presented by Harriett Gilbert, includes questions from BBC World Service listeners.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Herman Koch - The Dinner

    Sat, 1 Nov 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Bestselling Dutch writer Hermann Koch discusses his award-winning novel The Dinner with Harriett Gilbert and a studio audience.

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  • Kathy Reichs - Deja Dead

    Sat, 4 Oct 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

    Bestselling US writer Kathy Reichs discusses her gripping thriller Deja Dead with Harriett Gilbert and listeners around the world.

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  • Pat Barker: Repeat

    Sat, 6 Sep 14

    Duration:
    54 mins

    Another chance to hear bestselling British writer Pat Barker discussing her award-winning novel about the First World War, Regeneration, with Harriett Gilbert, a studio audience and listeners around the world.

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  • Janice Galloway

    Sat, 2 Aug 14

    Duration:
    54 mins

    Bestselling Scottish writer Janice Galloway discusses her contemporary classic The Trick is to Keep Breathing with presenter Harriett Gilbert and an audience in a special edition recorded on location at BBC Pacific Quay at The 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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  • Jostein Gaarder

    Sat, 5 Jul 14

    Duration:
    54 mins

    Feted Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder talks to presenter Harriett Gilbert and an audience of readers at the LiteraturHuset in Oslo about his phenomenally bestselling novel Sophie's World.

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  • Per Petterson

    Sat, 7 Jun 14

    Duration:
    54 mins

    Norwegian writer Per Petterson talks to Harriett Gilbert and a room full of readers in his Oslo publishing house about his masterpiece Out Stealing Horses.

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  • Maya Angelou - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    Sat, 31 May 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Maya Angelou reflects on some of her earliest and most difficult memories and talks about her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in this special commemorative edition of World Book Club from our archive.

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  • Harlan Coben

    Sat, 3 May 14

    Duration:
    54 mins

    Bestselling US thriller writer Harlan Coben discusses his novel Six Years with Harriett Gilbert,a studio audience and readers from around the world on BBC World Book Club

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  • Malorie Blackman

    Sat, 5 Apr 14

    Duration:
    54 mins

    British writer Malorie Blackman discusses her bestselling novel Noughts and Crosses with Harriett Gilbert and a studio audience.

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  • Elif Shafak

    Sat, 1 Mar 14

    Duration:
    54 mins

    Bestselling Turkish writer Elif Shafak discusses her novel The Forty Rules of Love with Harriett Gilbert and a studio audience.

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