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Sunday 20 February 2011

Mariella Frostrup talks to first time novelist Sarah Winman and investigates the rise of debut fiction this year.

Authors Muriel Zagha and John Baxter discuss how the the art of writing about sensuality is poles apart in French and English literature.

And we look back at the radical series of Penguin modern classics, now classics themselves at fifty.

Producer: Sally Spurring.

  • When God was a Rabbit

    Read Chapter 1 of When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

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    When God was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman
    Publisher – Headline


    A Valentine’s Kiss – Lucie Hart
    Publisher – Ebury Press

    The Most Beautiful Walk in the World – John Baxter
    Publisher – Harper Collins

    Monsieur Montspan – Jean Teule
    Publisher – Gallic Books


    City of Bohane – Kevin Barry
    Publisher – Jonathan Cape

    Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman
    Publisher – Bloomsbury Publishing


    To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Penguin's Modern Classics, they are publishing a series of Mini Modern Classics including Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis
    and The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald


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