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Nick Hornby, Fay Weldon and Henry Porter

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First broadcast:
Sunday 30 August 2009

Nick Hornby talks to Alex Clark about his new novel, Juliet, Naked, and explains his fascination with obsessive music fans.

Fay Weldon and Henry Porter discuss the attractions and difficulties of setting a novel in the near future.


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    Nick Hornby talks to Alex Clark about his new novel, Juliet, Naked, and explains his fascination with obsessive music fans.

  • Open Book

    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.

  • Booklist

    Nick Hornby: Juliet, Naked
    Publisher: Penguin

    Nick Hornby: Slam
    Publisher: Penguin

    Nick Hornby: High Fidelity
    Publisher: Penguin

    Nick Hornby: The Complete Polysyllabic Spree
    Publisher: Penguin

    Nick Hornby: A Long Way Down
    Publisher: Penguin

    Nick Hornby: About a Boy
    Publisher: Penguin

    Nick Hornby: Fever Pitch
    Publisher: Penguin

  • ...

    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
    Publisher: Vintage

    Anna Gavalda: I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere
    Publisher: Vintage

    Gaston Leroux: The Mystery of the Yellow Room
    Publisher: Dedalus Ltd

  • ...

    Fay Weldon: Chalcott Crescent
    Publisher: Corvus

    Henry Porter: The Dying Light
    Publisher: Orion


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