Rum Diary; Nile Rodgers interview

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With John Wilson.

Johnny Depp's latest cinematic tribute to Hunter S Thompson, The Rum Diary, is based on the late journalist's novel of the same name. The semi-autobiographical story follows the boozy and increasingly unhinged exploits of a young American reporter in Puerto Rico in the late 1950s. Iain Sinclair reviews.

Musician, songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers first found fame with his band Chic, before working with Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna and many more. He reflects on his unconventional childhood and the unexpected starting points for some of his most popular songs.

Viking gods, murderous giants, monsters and magical transformations provide the raw material for the new novels by Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon and by Joanne Harris, the writer of the bestselling Chocolat. They discuss why Norse mythology still inspires 21st century writers.

Presenter JOHN WILSON.

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Wed 9 Nov 2011 19:15

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