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AN Wilson on his novel, The Potter's Hand

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First broadcast:
Sunday 23 September 2012

A.N Wilson talks about his latest novel based on the life of Josiah Wedgwood - The Potter's Hand - and discusses the importance of the Wedgwood family, the company and the Potteries to him personally

When it comes to international literature, English readers are the worst-served in the Western world. So what literary classics we are missing out on? Mariella discusses the best of European literature with Ruediger Wischenbart, a specialist in book markets across Europe, Jane Aitken, founder and MD of Gallic Books, and Christopher Maclehose whose eponymously named imprint specializes in translated literature - and who, when he was at Quercus, famously picked up Stig Larsson after he had been turned down by 15 publishers.

Jamie Andrews, lead curator of the British Library's Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands, discusses Waterlands - how our rivers and seascapes have been the source of inspiration for many of the great literary classics.

Producer: Andrea Kidd.

  • Read the opening chapter of The Potter's Hand by A.N. Wilson

    Chapter 1: The Potter's Hand by A.N. Wilson

    A.N Wilson - The Potter's Hand
    Publisher: Atlantic Books

    International Literature

    The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
    The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    Where I Left My Soul – Jerome Ferrari
    The Leopard - Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
    Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
    The Rotters Club – Jonathan Coe
    Wallander – Henning Mankell
    The Millennium Trilogy – Stieg Larsson
    La liste de mes envies – Grégoire Delacourt
    The novels of Sofi Oksanen

    Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands discusses Waterlands

    To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
    Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
    Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
    Waterland - Graham Swift
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
    Wise Children – Angela Carter
    Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

  • Writing Britain - Wastelands to Wonderlands at the British Library

    Writing Britain continues at the British Library until 25 September 2012. They also want your help with building up a literary map of the country. You can find more details on the website below.

    Writing Britain - Wastelands to Wonderlands


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