Zadie Smith; Actors and audio books; nut; Lady Gaga

With Mark Lawson.

Zadie Smith discusses her new story The Embassy of Cambodia which is 69 pages long, and focuses on Fatou, a young African immigrant in Willesden, north-west London, who flees hardship in her own country only to face a different set of challenges in her new life.

Lady Gaga's third album Artpop is released in the UK next week. Gaga's recent performance on The X Factor to promote the album attracted hundreds of complaints about its explicit nature. Meanwhile Lorde, a 16-year-old from New Zealand, has topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic singing about the glamorous world of pop that at once attracts and alienates teens. Kitty Empire discusses both singers' albums.

nut is the new play by Olivier award-winning playwright debbie tucker green, whose previous plays include born bad and random. It follows a character called Elayne and those closest to her over one day in contemporary London. Shahidha Bari reviews.

And with news that the actor David Morrissey will voice the audiobook of the singer Morrissey's Autobiography, Front Row reports on an expanding market and wonders why certain actors are cast for certain books, and what part consumer preference plays.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Zadie Smith

Main image of Zadie Smith by Dominique Nabokov, 2012.

The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith is out on Friday 7 November 2013 as a hardback, ebook and audiobook, published by Hamish Hamilton.

Listen to Zadie Smith on Desert Island Discs, recorded in September of this year.


nut, by debbie tucker green, is at the National Theatre in London until Thursday 5 December 2013. 

Lady Gaga and Lorde

Pure Heroine is the debut studio album by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde which was released in September this year by Universal Music Group. 

Lady Gaga's third studio album Artpop is released today, 6 November 2013, by Streamline and Interscope Records.


Role Contributor
PresenterMark Lawson
ProducerJerome Weatherald
Interviewed GuestZadie Smith
Interviewed GuestKitty Empire
Interviewed GuestShahidha Bari

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