Daniel Finkelstein and Jill Paton Walsh

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Journalist Daniel Finkelstein, Baron Finkelstein of Pinner, and writer Jill Paton Walsh, reveal their favourite books to presenter Harriett Gilbert.

Daniel Finkelstein, Associate Editor, columnist and leader writer for The Times, was also an adviser to John Major and William Hague. He recommends Influence: the Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B Cialdini. It's a book that he says has changed the way he looks at people and situations.

Novelist Jill Paton Walsh has written many books for children and adults, including the Booker Prize-shortlisted Knowledge of Angels and detective fictions that continue Dorothy L. Sayers's Peter Wimsey series. Her choice is another factual book: What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael J. Sandel.

And Harriett Gilbert's pick is The Van by Roddy Doyle, which provokes a heart-felt argument about the merits of fiction as opposed to non-fiction. Which tells a greater truth?

Producer Beth O'Dea.

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What Money Can't Buy by Michael Sandel

Publisher Penguin


Influence - The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

Published by CollinsBusiness


The Van by Roddy Doyle

Published by Vintage





Role Contributor
PresenterHarriett Gilbert
Interviewed GuestDaniel Finkelstein
InterviewerJill Paton Walsh
ProducerBeth O'Dea