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John Inverdale and Rachel Cooke

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 05 November 2013

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.



    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


Harriett Gilbert
Interviewed Guest
John Inverdale
Interviewed Guest
Rachel Cooke
Melvin Rickarby



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