Olympus Has Fallen; Granta Best of Young British Novelists

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With Mark Lawson.

Front Row reveals the Best of Young British Novelists, as selected by Granta magazine, and featuring 20 writers under 40. The prestigious list, which was first published in 1983, is released once a decade: the class of 1983 included Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and Rose Tremain. The editor of Granta John Freeman and writer A L Kennedy, who was selected in both 1993 and 2003, unveil the new list and reflect on their judging process.

The White House is the setting for the action film Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. After the US president is taken hostage by terrorists, a disgraced former guard (Butler) finds himself playing a vital role. Elaine Showalter reviews.

Mark reports from Derry-Londonderry, as it celebrates its 100th Day as City of Culture 2013. Throughout the year hundreds of events will take place, involving both international artists and local people. Mark speaks to the organisers of a photography project which aims to show the personal history of the city, not the news headlines from the Troubles. A record shop owner and local band Strength discuss their participation, and author Brian McGilloway talks about the City of Culture legacy.

The conductor Sir Colin Davis died yesterday at the age of 85. Nicholas Kenyon, director of the Barbican Centre, London, reflects on the career of a musician who won international acclaim, most notably for his performances of works by Berlioz and Sibelius.

Producer Nicki Paxman.

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Mon 15 Apr 2013 19:15

Granta: Best of Young British Novelists

  • Naomi Alderman
  • Tahmima Anam
  • Ned Beauman
  • Jenni  Fagan
  • Adam Foulds
  • Xiaolu  Guo
  • Sarah  Hall
  • Steven Hall
  • Joanna  Kavenna
  • Benjamin Markovits
  • Nadifa Mohamed
  • Helen Oyeyemi
  • Ross  Raisin
  • Sunjeev Sahota
  • Taiye Selasi
  • Kamila Shamsie
  • Zadie Smith
  • David Szalay
  • Adam Thirlwell
  • Evie Wyld

Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 4 is out this month.

Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen is out on Friday certificate 15.

Derry~Londonderry City of Culture


Role Contributor
PresenterMark Lawson
ProducerOlivia Skinner
ProducerNicki Paxman
Interviewed GuestAL Kennedy

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