Donna Tartt; Forest Whitaker

With Mark Lawson

Author Donna Tartt discusses her long-awaited third novel, The Goldfinch. Like her previous books, The Secret History and The Little Friend, The Goldfinch has taken Tartt a decade to write. The plot centres around the theft of a priceless painting, the goldfinch of the title, which is stolen from a museum after a horrific bombing in the opening chapters. Donna Tartt talks about the long gestation period for her novels, and how studying Greek tragedy informed the book's structure.

Actor Forest Whitaker discusses his starring role in The Butler, a film inspired by the real-life story of a White House butler who served during seven presidential administrations. Through the eyes of the butler and his family, the film follows the changing tides in American politics and race relations - from the assassinations of John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King, to the Black Panthers, and Watergate.

The Pet Shop Boys' latest single is called Thursday. David Quantick considers which days of the week are the least-loved, by songwriters.

Producer Rebecca Nicholson.

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Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is out now published by Little, Brown.  

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker
Image: Forest Whitaker with presenter Mark Lawson

The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and directed by Lee Daniels, is in cinemas from tomorrow (Friday 15 November 2013), certificate 12A.


Role Contributor
PresenterMark Lawson
PresenterDavid Quantick
Interviewed GuestDonna Tartt
Interviewed GuestForest Whitaker
ProducerRebecca Nicholson

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