The Book Review Show

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Duration: 50 minutes

Martha Kearney and guests discuss the literary highlights of the end of the year, including the fiftieth anniversary of Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange.

  • The Fall & Rise of Gordon Coppinger - David Nobbs

    The Fall & Rise of Gordon Coppinger - David Nobbs

    The Fall & Rise of Gordon Coppinger is the 19th novel by comedy writer David Nobbs, best known as the creator of The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin. It’s the story of a wealthy financier who wakes up one day and briefly has no memory of who he is. The incident prompts a process of enlightenment during which Coppinger’s vast business empire, luxury yacht and several mistresses begin to lose their allure. As with much of Nobbs’ work, the book serves as a satirical window on contemporary British life in the wake of recent events such as the financial crisis and the Leveson Inquiry.

    The Fall & Rise of Gordon Coppinger
  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange turned 50 this year and in a very modern twist his ultraviolent tale has been turned into an iPad app. Narrated by actor Tom Hollander, the app features a restored edition of the original text and adds video footage and an interview with Burgess himself.

    A Clockwork Orange App
  • Behind The Scenes at the BBFC

    Behind The Scenes at the BBFC

    The Woman in Black’s 12A rating attracted the greatest number of complaints of any film in 2012, highlighting the fact that the British Board of Film Classification is under constant scrutiny as it tries to balance freedom of expression and the need to protect the public. To celebrate its centenary, a new book traces the history of classification and censorship in Britain. Highlighting case studies such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 9 Songs and Harry Potter, the book provides behind the scenes insights into tough decisions and scenes that never made it to general release, and charts an ever changing landscape of public attitudes.

    Behind The Scenes at the BBFC
  • Both Flesh And Not - David Foster Wallace

    Both Flesh And Not - David Foster Wallace

    This new collection of 15 essays by the American writer David Foster Wallace reflects his unique imagination and constant curiosity, ranging from a witty critique of James Cameron’s movie Terminator 2 to an appraisal of David Markson’s experimental novel Wittgenstein’s Mistress and an analysis of the sporting genius that is Roger Federer. Wallace, the writer of the highly acclaimed novel Infinite Jest, took his own life in 2008. He has been credited with sparking a new wave in contemporary American literature, but will this posthumous publication serve to enhance his reputation?

    Both Flesh and Not
  • Hallucinations - Oliver Sacks

    Hallucinations - Oliver Sacks

    For four decades neurologist Oliver Sacks has spent his career lifting the lid on the human brain. Best known for his ground breaking books The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and Awakenings - which was made into a feature film, starring Robin Williams as Sacks himself - his eloquent and often entertaining accounts of his own patients have earned him a reputation as the accessible voice of neuroscience. His latest book Hallucinations is an anthology which explores how hallucinations have influenced folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in all of us.

    Oliver Sacks
  • Paintings by Beryl Bainbridge

    Paintings by Beryl Bainbridge

    We end our literary themed programme this week with a selection of paintings by the late author Beryl Bainbridge (Master Georgie, An Awfully Big Adventure) which are being exhibited together for the first time in a new exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool. The paintings feature friends and family as well as subjects which fascinated Bainbridge, including the Titanic, Napoleon and Captain Scott. The exhibition runs from 7th December 2012 – 28th April 2013 at the Museum of Liverpool.
    Image: Boarding the Titanic © The Estate of Beryl Bainbridge, 2012. Kindly reproduced by Thames and Hudson Ltd

    Museum of Liverpool

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Martha Kearney
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Andrew Lockyer

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