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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 05 June 2010

Clive Anderson and guests with an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy.
Clive is joined by the bestselling author Wilbur Smith. After the success of his first novel in 1964, Wilbur has written thirty-one books, all meticulously researched on his numerous worldwide expeditions. His latest book 'Assegai' is a tale of conspiracy in British East Africa prior to the outbreak of the First World War.

Author and presenter Giles Coren will be letting off steam about his new book 'Anger Management For Beginners'. He'll be venting about some of the things that rile him; from skiing to cycle helmets, wheelie luggage to barcodes. Let's hope Clive can calm him down!

Soprano Hanan Alattar talks about singing the role of Leila in Bizet's 19th-century French opera 'The Pearl Fishers'.

Arthur Smith talks to comic writer and ex-rocker Sam Lipsyte about his acclaimed novel 'The Ask' - a newly unemployed man is given a mysterious opportunity by his former boss....

And there's comedy from Doc Brown who recalls the remarkable events that, for him, should have spelt infamy. But only spelt unfamy.

Plus there's music from BBC Sound 2010 nominee Rox who performs an acoustic version of her new single 'I Don't Believe' and 'My Baby Left Me' from her debut album 'Memoirs'.

Producer: Cathie Mahoney.

  • Wilbur Smith

    Wilbur Smith

    'Assegai' is published by Pan.

    Wilbur Smith
  • Giles Coren

    Giles Coren

    ‘Anger Management For Beginners' is published by Hodder & Stoughton.

  • Hanan Alattar

    Hanan Alattar

    Hanan Alattar performs 'Comme Autre Fois' from 'The Pearl Fishers' at the ENO until Thursday 8th July.

    Hanan Alattar
  • Doc Brown

    Doc Brown

    Doc and his show 'Unfamous' is at various venues from 10th to 28th June before he heads off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. More details here:

    Doc Brown
  • Sam Lipsyte

    Sam Lipsyte

    'The Ask' is published by Old Street Publishing and is available from 8th June.

  • Rox


    Rox performs ‘I Don't Believe’ from her debut album ‘Memoirs’, released on Monday 7 June. She will be at London's Scala on 17 June.



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