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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 21 November 2011

DBC Pierre discusses the difficulty of following his 2003 Man Booker Prize-winning novel, Vernon God Little.

Newly-shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Louisa Young joins us to talk about My Dear I Wanted to Tell You, her World War One-set tale of class, love and plastic surgery.

As part of BBC Scotland's Explorer Season we'll be discussing what it means to explore now that almost every inch of our planet has been discovered and whether it's different from travelling. Writer Ian Jack and travel journalist Robin Gauldie join Clare to talk about the potential for exploring in our everyday lives, and trace how travel writing has changed since the days of greats such as T. E. Lawrence.

Writer and critic Stuart Evers delivers his verdict on the previously unpublished Jack Kerouac novel, The Sea is My Brother.

And we'll continue our quest for the best Winter Reads.

Producer: Serena Field

Books mentioned on today's programme:

My Dear I Wanted to Tell You- Louisa Young
Vernon God Little- DBC Pierre
The Sea is My Brother- Jack Kerouac.

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