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Nick Harkaway/Alex Horne

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 13 February 2009

Ian McMillan's guests include novelist Nick Harkaway, author of The Gone-Away World, with a new commission written specially for the programme, and The Verb's Language Spy Alex Horne, who's been listening in to the language of football chants.

  • Nick Harkaway

    Nick Harkaway, author of exuberant best-seller The Gone-Away World, brings a brand new tale of the good old days, the bad old days, the all or nothing days featuring gangsters, city lights, and dark deeds before the dawn.

    The All and Nothing Days by Nick Harkaway is read by Sean Baker.

    The Gone-Away World is out now from Windmill Books.

  • The Verb's Language Spy

    The Verb’s Language Spy, Alex Horne, subjects the grand claims and high passions of the football phone-in to some incisive rhetorical analysis on Ciceronian lines – tune in to find out the correct technical term for phrases like “don’t get me wrong” and “he’s changed football forever”.

  • Eslam Jawaad

    Eslam Jawaad is an Anglo-Lebanese rapper with a voice as big as his stories. He talks to Ian about his life and music, and about the joys of rapping in arabic.

    Eslam Jawaad's album The Mammoth Tusk is out now.

    Eslam's myspace page
  • Peterloo Press

    Peterloo Press is a poetry publishers that was started by the indefatigable enthusiast Harry Chambers in Cornwall in the mid nineteen seventies. For many years it’s published writers who are probably proud to be unfashionable: UA Fanthorpe, John Latham, the great and almost forgotten Stanley Cook and many many more. Harry has finally decided to call it a day. Ian talks to Harry Chambers, critic Sean O'Brien and Peterloo Poet Val Laws about the legacy of Peterloo Press.


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