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Evie Wyld on her latest novel All the Birds, Singing

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 30 June 2013

Evie Wyld, just named on the 2013 Granta list of the best of young British novelists, discusses her latest novel All the Birds, Singing with Mariella Frostrup. Set between Australia and an isolated British sheep farm, where a menacing killer is working its way through her flock, the story of its female protagonist Jake slowly unfurls.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. Writer and broadcaster Michael Carlson, himself a young boy living in the States during these events, explores how this defining event of the 20th Century has continued to capture the imagination of writers down the decades.

The period in life between adolescence and full adulthood can be a very difficult time - when many are studying for important exams, leaving home for the first time, having that first job, and all the while those disruptive hormones are coursing through their bodies. It's no surprise therefore that a new genre of books has sprung up called New Adult. But who is actually reading these books - are they a bridge between Young and Adult fiction or actually erotica more suited for an older readership? Mariella discusses the issue with Emily Thomas who's a publisher with Hot Key Press, Caroline Sanderson, a contributor to Books for Keeps, the Children's online magazine, and also Chair of the London Book Fair seminar "New Adults, Steamies, Crossed Genres - Reinventing Teen Fiction," and New Adult writer Liz Bankes, whose novel Irresistible came out in April.

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    Chapter 1: All the Birds Singing by Evie Wyld

    All the Birds Singing by Evie Wyld

    All the Birds Singing by Evie Wyld
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Mariella Frostrup
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Evie Wyld
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Emily Thomas
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Caroline Sanderson
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Liz Bankes
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