Nick Hornby talks to Alex Clark about his new novel, Juliet, Naked, and explains his fascination with obsessive music fans.
Nick Hornby's latest novel pits a forgotten singer-songwriter against one of his most dedicated admirers. He discusses the regrets of middle age and his continuing love affair with music - and explains why the internet age made him return to subject matter he thought he'd left behind.
The writer and translator Muriel Zagha joins Alex to offer advice to a listener looking for an easy way in to classic French literature.
Ahead of the worldwide launch of Dan Brown's long-awaited new thriller The Lost Symbol, Liz Thomson discusses the likely impact on bookshops and readers.
And Fay Weldon and Henry Porter explain why they have both set their new novels in the year 2013.
Nick Hornby: Juliet, Naked
Nick Hornby: Slam
Nick Hornby: High Fidelity
Nick Hornby: The Complete Polysyllabic Spree
Nick Hornby: A Long Way Down
Nick Hornby: About a Boy
Nick Hornby: Fever Pitch
Muriel Zagha's Reading Clinic recommendations:
Emile Zola: Nana
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
Madame de Lafayette: The Princess of Cleves
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Marcel Proust: Swann in Love
Various translations and editions available
Michel Houellebecq: Atomised
Anna Gavalda: I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere
Gaston Leroux: The Mystery of the Yellow Room
Publisher: Dedalus Ltd
Fay Weldon: Chalcott Crescent
Henry Porter: The Dying Light
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