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Chris Lintott, Neil McCormick

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 13 March 2012

Astronomer and Sky at Night presenter Chris Lintott and the Telegraph's Chief music critic Neil McCormick discuss their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert.

Neil's choice is A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler, the story of anti-hero Barnaby Gaitlin which he says perfectly captures "an end to a lost extended youth."

Harriett picks White by Marie Darrieussecq which is an unusual romantic story set on a European base in Antarctica narrated by "an amorphous gaggle of ghosts."

Chris suspects that Harriett and Neil will hate Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon, which describes the history of humanity from the present onwards across two billion years.

Producer: Toby Field.

  • Books featured in the programme

    Chris Lintott's choice: 'Last and First Men' by Olaf Stapledon
    Publ. Gollancz

    Neil McCormick's choice: 'A Patchwork Planet' by Anne Tyler
    Publ. Vintage

    Harriett Gilbert's choice: 'White' by Marie Darrieussecq
    Publ. Faber and Faber

  • Chris Lintott

    Chris Lintott



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