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Sunday 12 September 2010

Mariella Frostrup talks to DBC Pierre about his new novel Lights Out in Wonderland, the third in what the author describes as a loose trilogy which began with his Man Booker prize winning book "Vernon God Little".

Novelist and critic DJ Taylor joions adventure travel writer Tim Butcher to discuss "Chasing The Devil", Tim's account of recreating the novelist Graham Greene's journey across Sierre Leone and Liberia in 1935. What does the recreation of the author's epic trek on foot across some of the most dangerous terrain in West Africa at the beginning of the 21st century tell us about Graham Greene, one of the 20th century's greatest novelists? And what exactly was the impact that Africa had upon his writing, a continent he famously described as "not a particular place, but a shape, that of the human heart."

In the Reading Clinic, Professor of 19th Century Literature John Bowen discusses some of the many books based on classic novels, in response to a query from a listener who enjoyed Michael Cunningham's "The Hours" and wants to read more contemporary novels inspired by the classics.

Producer: Hilary Dunn.


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    Mariella Frostrup talks to DBC Pierre about his new novel Lights Out in Wonderland


    Lights Out in Wonderland by DBC Pierre
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    Chasing The Devil: The Search for Africa’s Fighting Spirit by Tim Butcher
    Publisher: Chatto & Windus

    Journey without Maps by Graham Greene
    Publisher: Vintage Classics

    The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
    Publisher: Penguin Classics

    Joseph Andrews and Shamela by Henry Fielding
    Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

    Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
    Publisher: John Murray

    Jack Maggs by Peter Carey
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes
    Publisher: Vintage Classics


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