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Sunday 08 May 2011

Mariella Frostrup talks to Booker winning author Anne Enright about her new novel, The Forgotten Waltz, a story of love and memory set in Dublin in the days prior to the financial crash.

Plus - the profound literary friendship between Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, examined by Dickens fan Roy Hattersley and academic John Bowen. Dickens and Collins wrote, walked and shared their literary passions together, most notably in The Tale of Two Idle Apprentices, a comic travelogue in which they send themselves up.

Mariella also speaks to young adult author Patrick Ness about picking up the literary baton, after he completed a novel by fellow writer Siobhan Dowd following her death from cancer.


  • Read the opening chapter of Anne Enright's The Forgotten Waltz

    Chapter 1: The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
  • Get ahead with Mariella’s next book Plugged by Eoin Colfer

    Find Chapter 1 of Plugged By Eoin Colfer
  • Get ahead with Mariella’s next book The Absolutist by John Boyne

    Find Chapter 1 of The Absolutist by John Boyne


    The Forgotten Waltz – Anne Enright
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    The Gathering – Anne Enright
    Publisher: Vintage

    Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood – Anne Enright
    Publisher: Vintage


    Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins – The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices
    Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd


    A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
    Publisher: Walker

    The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking) – Patrick Ness
    Publisher: Walker


    Bog Child – Siobhan Dowd
    Publisher: David Fickling Books


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