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Duration: 50 minutes

In the first ever Book Review Show, Kirsty Wark is joined by guests including Germaine Greer, Daisy Goodwin, Denise Mina and John Mullan to discuss the state of women's literature. Topics include the shortlist for the Orange Prize and posthumous publications from Daphne Du Maurier and Beryl Bainbridge. There is also an interview with Lionel Shriver, the adaptation of whose 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' has just premiered at Cannes, and four of the UK's leading female writers - Fay Weldon, Joanne Harris, Lesley Pearse and Ruth Rendell - discuss whether sexism exists in the publishing industry, and whether the Orange Prize is still necessary in today's world.

  • The Orange Prize

    The Orange Prize

    A necessary prize to redress the uneven gender balance in Literature, or sexist fixture on the literary landscape, the Orange Prize for Fiction, a female only competition has selected six of the best books for its annual shortlist. From hostages to hermaphrodites, Orange judge and this year’s chair, Bettany Hughes, talks us through the selection.

    The Orange Prize Shortlist
  • The Book Club

    The Book Club

    Is there sexism in the British publishing industry? Are men prejudiced towards books written by women? And is the Orange Prize still necessary in today's world?
    The Review Show brought together four of the UK's leading female authors - Ruth Rendell, Fay Weldon, Joanne Harris and Lesley Pearse - to discuss the issues facing women writers today.

  • Kirsty Wark Interviews Lionel Shriver

    Kirsty Wark Interviews Lionel Shriver

    Prolific journalist and winner of the Orange Prize for her much lauded novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver chats to Kirsty Wark about film adaptations, changing her name and disappointments on the red carpet.

  • The Posthumous Publication of Beryl Bainbridge and Daphne du Maurier

    The Posthumous Publication of Beryl Bainbridge and Daphne du Maurier

    Written at opposite ends of their careers, The Doll by Daphne du Maurier and The Girl in the Polkadot Dress by Beryl Bainbridge were both published after the authors' respective deaths. Written at opposite ends of their careers, do the posthumous publications cast these writers in a new light?


Kirsty Wark
Germaine Greer
John Mullan
Lionel Shriver


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