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Ali Smith, Dave Brubeck, crime fiction

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 06 December 2012

With Mark Lawson.

The 1992 film The Bodyguard, starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, was a huge box office hit. Now a stage musical version of the film has opened, with Heather Headley in the leading role. Music critic Rosie Swash gives her verdict.

Writer Ali Smith combines fiction and essays in her new book Artful. She discusses the challenges involved in working in different forms.

The pioneering jazz pianist Dave Brubeck has died at the age of 91. Front Row pays tribute to the musician whose 1959 release, Time Out, was the first jazz album to sell a million copies.There is another chance to hear an interview Brubeck recorded with Mark in which he revealed one of the secrets of his long career.

Jeff Park returns to Front Row with one of his regular round-ups of the best new crime fiction.

Producer Olivia Skinner.

  • Best new crime fiction

    Dominion – C. J. Sansom – Mantle (Pan Macmillan)

    All Yours – Claudia Pineiro – (Bitter Lemon Press)

    Bed of Nails – Antonin Varenne – (MacLehose)

    The Collini Case – Ferdinand von Schirach – Michael Joseph (Penguin)

    The Lewis Man – Peter May – (Quercus)

    The Eye Collector – Sebastian Fitzek – Corvus (Atlantic)

    Also recommended:

    Bryant & May and The Invisible Code – Christopher Fowler – (Doubleday)

    The Mattress House – Paulus Hochgetterer – (MacLehose)

    The Summer of Dead Toys – Antonio Hill – (Doubleday)

    The Spies – Luis Fernando Verissimo – (MacLehose)

    The Devotion of Suspect X – Keigo Higashino – (Minotaur)

    Hand for a Hand – T. Frank Muir – (Soho Crime)

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