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The best gardening books for spring. Broadcaster and garden designer Frieda Morrison and Sinclair Williamson, Gardens Advisor with the National Trust for Scotland, discuss their favourites.

Jude Morgan is an intriguing figure: he writes under a pen name, keeps under the book world's radar, and writes mesmerising fiction about some of our best-known historical figures. Unafraid of a challenge, in his new novel he gives us his version of the life of William Shakespeare. His celebrity fans include Hilary Mantel. How could we resist the opportunity to talk to him?

One of our finest authors, Kathleen Jamie, on the trick of getting down on paper her experiences of the natural world in Sightlines, her new book of nature writing.

And as the Inner Hebridean island of Colonsay gears up for its very first Book Festival we'll find out how the 120-strong community are preparing for an invasion of book-lovers and big-name authors, including Alexander McCall Smith and Liz Lochhead.

Producer: Serena Field.

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45 minutes

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Sun 22 Apr 2012 15:02
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