John Inverdale and Rachel Cooke
From Everest's peak to a 1930s London bedsit, and a painfully funny portrait of a literary marriage in decline. Harriett Gilbert talks books with John Inverdale and Rachel Cooke.
John Inverdale picks Coronation Everest, by Jan Morris, which depicts the heroic conquest of the mountain and the mammoth task of getting the news of its ascent back to Britain in time for the Queen's coronation.
Rachel Cooke's choice, The Wife, pokes fun at male pomposity and arrogance as a celebrated author is lined up for a literary prize.
And Harriett has to defend her pick - George Orwell's Keep the Aspidistra Flying - as it comes under attack for being ranting and insensitive.
Producer: Melvin Rickarby.
BOOKS FEATURED IN THIS BROADCAST
The Wife by Meg Wolitzer
Published by Vintage
Coronation Everest by Jan Morris
Published by Faber and Faber
Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell
Published by Penguin Classics
|Interviewed Guest||John Inverdale|
|Interviewed Guest||Rachel Cooke|