John Inverdale and Rachel Cooke

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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.

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30 minutes

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Fri 8 Nov 2013 23:00

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

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterHarriett Gilbert
Interviewed GuestJohn Inverdale
Interviewed GuestRachel Cooke
ProducerMelvin Rickarby
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