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Frederick Forsyth, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Literary Salons in Afghanistan

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 22 May 2011

Mariella Frostrup talks to Frederick Forsyth, forty years after he wrote his ground-breaking novel, The Day of the Jackal. The book was one of the first modern international conspiracy thrillers and has spawned an entire genre of writing.

Authors Louise Welsh and Francis Spufford pay homage to one of the giants of English literature, Robert Louis Stevenson, who until very recently, was viewed by the critical establishment as a second-rate writer.

Plus, how amateur writers across Afghanistan are getting together to critique each other's work in home-grown literary salons.

PRODUCER: Aasiya Lodhi and Ella-mai Robey.

  • Read the opening chapter of The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

    Chapter 1: The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth


    The Day Of The Jackal - Frederick Forsyth
    Publisher: Arrow (40th anniversary edition)

    The Odessa File - Frederick Forsyth
    Publisher: Arrow

    The Fourth Protocol - Frederick Forsyth
    Publisher: Arrow

    The Dogs Of War - Frederick Forsyth
    Publisher: Arrow


    Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
    Publisher: Penguin Classics

    Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales - Robert Louis Stevenson
    Publisher: OUP Oxford

    Fables and Fairytales by Robert Louis Stevenson is due to be published in 2013


    Red Plenty - Francis Spufford
    Publisher: Faber and Faber


    Naming the Bones - Louise Welsh
    Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd


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