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Mariella Frostrup talks to authors Meg Rosoff and Christopher Hope

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 11 September 2011

Meg Rosoff's discusses her latest book, There is no Dog, which imagines what the world would be like if God was a petulant teenage boy called Bob, who spends the majority of his time sleeping or having sexual fantasies about the human women he has created and causing floods, geological disasters and much suffering in his wake.

The landscape of South Africa, both political and geographical, has been an inspiration for many of the country's writers over its long and troubled history. Authors have drawn on its wide open farmland, its fierce beauty and even its urban no go areas to create a framework from which to explore the issues generated by years under apartheid and the often surprising developments since free elections in 1994.
South African novelist Christopher Hope and Dr Andrew van der Vlies, senior lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London discuss why South Africa remains such a potent source of inspiration.

Apps, short for applications, have been around to download to smart phones since 2008 and already there have been around 20 billion downloaded. Literary agent Carole Blake explains how the book world has responded to this latest technology boom and what types of literary apps are available

Producer: Andrea Kidd.


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    Meg Rosoff talks to Mariella Frostrup about her book 'There is no Dog', which imagines what the world would be like if God was a petulant teenage boy called Bob.

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    Chapter 1: There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
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    There Is No Dog - Meg Rosoff
    Publisher: Penguin Books

    How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff
    Publisher: Puffin


    Shooting Angels - Christopher Hope
    Publisher: Atlantic Books


    Cry, the Beloved Country: A Story of Comfort in Desolation - Alan Paton
    Publisher: Vintage Classics

    Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee
    Publisher: Vintage

    Dry White Season - Andre Brink
    Publisher: Vintage

    Welcome to Our Hillbrow: A Novel of Postapartheid South Africa - Phaswane Mpe
    Publisher: Ohio University Press

    The Heart of Redness - Zakes Mda
    Publisher: Picador USA

    Triomf - Marlene van Niekerk
    Publisher: Abacus

    Please let us know your thoughts and tips for literary apps. Which ones are your must haves and why; what content would you like to see becoming available; which books would you like to have an app for; and are literary apps value for money?

    Apps mentioned on the programme:
    Cat in the Hat, The Elements, The Solar System, Gems and Jewels, Alice in Wonderland, The Wasteland, Birds of Europe, Angry Birds.


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