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Terry Deary & Shappi Khorsandi

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 04 June 2013

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.



    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



Harriett Gilbert
Interviewed Guest
Terry Deary
Interviewed Guest
Shappi Khorsandi
Beth O'Dea



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