Neil Pearson and Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones

Actor Neil Pearson and Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, the self-described "Black Farmer", talk about the books they love.

Neil Pearson's choice is Coming Up For Air, a little-known novel by George Orwell about an ordinary man who yearns to recapture his childhood. But can we ever go back?

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones introduces the others to The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, the autobiography of a man who was born into slavery. Does it matter if important first-person testimony is true in every detail?

And presenter Harriett Gilbert's choice is Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, a European classic about an American man living in Paris who's struggling with his sexuality.

Producer: Beth O'Dea.

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Fri 9 Nov 2012 23:00

Books Featured In The Programme

Coming up for Air by George Orwell

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

All published by Penguin Classics

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