Terry Deary & Shappi Khorsandi

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In the first of a new series, Terry Deary, author of Horrible Histories, and Iranian-born British comedian Shappi Khorsandi talk to Harriett Gilbert about their favourite books.

Terry chooses a little-known but fascinating 1904 novel by G.K. Chesterton: The Napoleon of Notting Hill. It's set in an imaginary future London in 1984, and it's said to have inspired George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. For Terry, it's the book that made him become a writer.

Shappi's favourite is Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction, by Sue Townsend, in which Adrian hits middle age.

And presenter Harriett Gilbert talks about John McGahern's masterpiece, Amongst Women, which stirs up strong feelings about family in both her and her guests.

Producer Beth O'Dea.

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Fri 7 Jun 2013 23:00



The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton

Published by Hendrickson Publishers


Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend

Published by Penguin


Amongst Women by John McGahern

Published by Faber and Faber



Role Contributor
PresenterHarriett Gilbert
Interviewed GuestTerry Deary
Interviewed GuestShappi Khorsandi
ProducerBeth O'Dea