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Sunday 10 April 2011

Mariella Frostrup talks to Orange prize nominated novelist Jennifer Egan about her book, A Visit From The Goon Squad. The book takes its inspiration from the writings of Marcel Proust as well as the hit American television series The Sopranos.

Mariella is also joined by writers Hisham Matar and Mirza Waheed to examine how the experience of living in a region with ongoing political conflict translates into fiction.

Plus, children's author Anthony Horowitz and his son Cassian are in the studio to offer literary advice to arguably the most challenging reading group of all - teenage boys.




    A Visit from the Goon Squad
    Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

    The Keep
    Publisher: Abacus

    The Invisible Circus
    Publisher: Anchor Books


    Hisham Matar: In the Country of Men
    Publisher: Penguin

    Hisham Matar: Anatomy of A Disappearance
    Publisher: Viking

    Hisham's suggested reads:

    Ivan Turgenev: Father and Sons
    Publisher: Penguin Classics

    Christa Wolf: The Quest for Christa T
    Publisher: Virago Modern Classics

    Christa Wolf: No Place On Earth
    Publisher: Virago Modern Classics

    Al-Tayyib Salih: Season of Migration to the North
    Publisher: Heinemann

    Al-Tayyib Salih: Wedding of Zein
    Publisher: New York Review of Books

    Waguih Ghali: Beer in the Snooker Club
    Publisher: Serpent's Tail

    The poetry of Al Jahiz

    Mirza Waheed: The Collaborator
    Publisher: Viking

    Mirza's suggested reads:

    Siddhartha Gigoo: Garden of Solitude
    Publisher: Rupa and Co

    Basharaf Peer: Curfewed Night
    Publisher: Harper Collins


    Anthony Horowitz: Scorpia Rising: An Alex Rider Mission
    Publisher: Walker

    Anthony Horowitz: The Mission Files
    Publisher: Walker

    Anthony Horowitz:The Crocodile Tears
    Publisher: Walker

    Anthony's suggested reads:

    The novels of Willard Price

    Roger Lancelyn Green: Four Great Greek Myths
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    C S Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Suggested reads by Cassian Horowitz:

    Louis Sacher: Holes
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Robert Cormier: I am the Cheese
    Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers


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