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Mercury Music Prize, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Dennis Kelly

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 11 September 2013

With Mark Lawson, including news of the shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for album of the year, announced today.

Travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, who died in 2011, walked from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople in the early 1930s. This resulted in two best-selling books, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. Colin Thubron and biographer Artemis Cooper discuss how they pieced together Leigh Fermor's unfinished manuscript and diaries to produce the final part of the trilogy, The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos.

And Dennis Kelly, who wrote the book for the hit musical Matilda and created the cult Channel 4 series Utopia, on his debut play for the Royal Court Theatre in London. The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas is about a man who tries to make his fortune by telling lies.

Producer Tim Prosser.

  • Barclaycard Mercury Prize: 2013 Albums of the Year

    Mercury Prize

    AM by Arctic Monkeys

    Overgrown by James Blake

    The Next Day by David Bowie

    Jake Bugg by Jake Bugg

    Settle by Disclosure

    Holy Fire by Foals

    Immunity by Jon Hopkins

    Once I Was an Eagle by Laura Marling

    Sing to the Moon by Laura Mvula

    Home by Rudimental

    Silence Yourself by Savages

    {Awayland} by Villagers 

     

    The winner will be announced on 30th October.

    Mercury Prize

     

  • Patrick Leigh Fermor

    Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure

    The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos by Patrick Leigh Fermor is available on hardback and e-book now. 


    Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure by Artemis Cooper will be available in hardback, paperback and e-book from 11th October.


  • The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas

    The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas at the Royal Court Theatre

    The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas by Dennis Kelly is at the Royal Court Theatre in London until 19th October.

     

    Image: Pippa Haywood as A and Tom Brooke as Gorge. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Credits

Presenter
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest
Artemis Cooper
Interviewed Guest
Colin Thubron
Interviewed Guest
Dennis Kelly
Producer
Timothy Prosser

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