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Sunday 29 August 2010

Kwame Kwei-Armah talks to thriller writer Mark Billingham about his new novel, From The Dead. The book is the latest in his series featuring DI Tom Thorne, a jaded detective working in the Metropolitan Police. Mark Billingham discusses Thorne's growing presence on the British literary map, and why he feels writing crime fiction is remarkably similar to his previous career - as a stand-up comedian.

Also on the programe, children's author Philip Ardagh discusses the Just So Stories, as a new set of stories is published paying homage to Rudyard Kipling's originals.

Kwame also talks to publisher Scott Pack, the man behind the new literary event Book Swap, where authors and audience meet but no questions are asked about the authors' works.

Plus - Susannah Clapp, Bruce Chatwin's former editor, looks over the acclaimed travel writer's newly published letters.

Producer: Aasiya Lodhi.


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    Kwame Kwei-Armah talks to thriller writer Mark Billingham about his new novel, From The Dead.

  • Book List

    Mark Billingham

    From The Dead
    Publisher: Little, Brown

    Publisher: Sphere

    Scaredy Cat
    Publisher: Sphere

    Publisher: Sphere

    In The Dark
    Publisher: Sphere

    Rudyard Kipling

    Just So Stories
    Publisher: Wordsworth Children's Classics

    Tamara Gray (editor)
    Just When Stories
    Publisher: Beautiful Books

    Bruce Chatwin

    Nicholas Shakespeare and Elizabeth Chatwin (editors)
    Under The Sun: The Letters of Bruce Chatwin
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    Susannah Clapp
    With Chatwin: Portrait of a Writer
    Publisher: Vintage

    In Patagonia
    Publisher: Penguin

    The Songlines
    Publisher: Vintage

    Publisher: Vintage


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