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Chris Patten, Adam Thirlwell, and Holiday Paperbacks

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First broadcast:
Sunday 26 July 2009

Chris Patten joins Mariella Frostrup to choose his Five of the Best. The former Cabinet minister, last Governor of Hong Kong and now Chancellor of Oxford and Newcastle Universities talks about his diverse reading tastes. He explains how his predilection for foreign fiction reflects a career which has often involved huge amounts of travel. He chooses the five books which mean the most to him.

Mariella also talks to Adam Thirlwell, who was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists at the age of 24 before his debut, Politics, had even been published. He discusses his long-awaited second novel, The Escape.

Suzi Feay picks some recent paperbacks, both fiction and non-fiction, ideal for taking on holiday this summer.


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    Mariella Frostrup talks to Chris Patten, former governor of Hong Kong.

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    Chris Patten's Five of the Best

    C.S. Forester: The Hornblower series (11 novels)
    Publisher: Penguin Books

    Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary
    Publisher: Penguin Classics

    Mario Vargas Llosa: The Feast of the Goat
    Trans: Edith Grossman
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    Vikram Chandra: Sacred Games
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    Jonathan Spence: The Search for Modern China
    Publisher: W.W Norton & Co

    Adam Thirlwell: The Escape
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    Adam Thirlwell: Miss Herbert
    Publisher: Vintage

    Adam Thirlwell: Politics
    Publisher: Vintage

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    Suzi Feay's summer paperback recommendations

    Mark Gatiss: Black Butterfly
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    Jill Dawson: The Great Lover
    Publisher: Sceptre

    Lorrie Moore: Collected Stories
    Publisher: Faber

    Amitav Ghosh: Sea of Poppies
    Publisher: John Murray

    Philip Hoare: Leviathan
    Publisher: Fourth Estate


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