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Adam Thorpe, Machiavelli's The Prince, and the comic talents of Jerome K Jerome

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 28 June 2009

Mariella Frostrup talks to the novelist Adam Thorpe, who uses Robin Hood as the central character of his new novel, Hodd. He explains why his version of Robin Hood is far from the romantic hero of popular legend.

Martin Bell, the journalist and former MP, joins the historian Quentin Skinner to consider a new translation of Machiavelli's The Prince, the manual for would-be rulers everywhere. They discuss what Machiavelli's advice can offer the contemporary politician, and what the Italian writer would have made of recent political scandals.

Kathryn Hughes offers an appreciation of the comic talents of Jerome K Jerome, the author of Three Men in a Boat, 150 years after his birth.

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  • ADAM THORPE

    Mariella Frostrup talks to the novelist Adam Thorpe who uses Robin Hood as the central character of his new novel, Hodd.

  • Booklist

    Adam Thorpe: Hodd
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd

    Adam Thorpe: Ulverton
    Publisher: Vintage

    Adam Thorpe: The Standing Pool
    Publisher: Vintage

    Adam Thorpe: Between Each Breath
    Publisher: Vintage

    Adam Thorpe: The Rules of Perspective
    Publisher: Vintage

    Niccolo Macchiavelli, trans. Tim Parks: The Prince
    Publisher: Penguin Classics

    Jerome K. Jerome: Three Men in a Boat
    Publisher: various

    Jerome K. Jerome: On The Art of Making Up One's Mind
    Publisher: Hesperus (August 2009)

    Idle Thoughts on Jerome K. Jerome (ed. Jeremy Nicholas)
    Jerome K. Jerome Society

    Jerome K Jerome Society website

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