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Mariella Frostrup talks to novelists Eoin Colfer and John Boyne about their new books as they cross the divide between writing for children and adults. Boyne, best known for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, has returned to fiction for adults with his latest novel The Absolutist; whilst children's author Eoin Colfer has penned his first adult crime novel Plugged.

Jim Crace, author of Booker nominated novel Quarantine, talks about writing his last book in a career which has lasted 25 years during which time he has written twelve novels as well as numerous short stories and plays.

And hot new Irish writer Kevin Barry and critic Suzi Feay discuss the way in which long running television drama series have influenced the contemporary novel. Are writers claiming to be inspired by such hugely popular series such as The Sopranos and The Wire as a marketing ploy, or are multiple story lines and a huge cast of characters - beloved of television drama - rejuvenating the way novelists tell their stories?

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Thu 19 May 2011 16:00

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