Andrew Maxwell and Kamila Shamsie

Irish stand-up comedian Andrew Maxwell and Pakistani writer Kamila Shamsie disagree totally over the books each recommends as a must-read, but find common ground with Harriett Gilbert's choice - Doris Lessing's first impressions of the English. Andrew is a John Steinbeck fan, and chooses his first successful novel, Tortilla Flat. Kamila picks Clear Light Of Day by Anita Desai, which is set in Old Delhi post-partition. Harriett's choice is the little-known but compelling memoir In Pursuit of the English by Doris Lessing. Producer Beth O'Dea.

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Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai

Published by Vintage


Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

Published by Penguin


In Pursuit of the English by Doris Lessing

Published by Fourth Estate






Role Contributor
PresenterHarriett Gilbert
Interviewed GuestAndrew Maxwell
Interviewed GuestKamila Shamsie
ProducerBeth O'Dea