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The Radio 2 Book Club: With Karen Perry

1 hour, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 06 May 2014

Eric Idle joins us on the phone at 17:20 to deliver a Monty Python World Exclusive.

Simon discusses The Boy That Never Was with author Karen Perry, who are actually two Irish writers, in the Radio 2 Book Club. We'll also hear from our listener reviewers about what they thought.
There will be a brand new Confession, your oldie suggestions and we'll help you with your homework.
Matt Williams will have the latest sport and Rebecca Pike brings us the money news.

The Book: Five years ago, three-year-old Dillon disappeared. For his father Harry - who left him alone for ten crucial minutes - it was an unforgiveable lapse. Yet Dillon's mother Robin has never blamed her husband: her own secret guilt is burden enough. Now they're trying to move on, returning home to Dublin to make a fresh start.

But their lives are turned upside down the day Harry sees an eight-year-old boy in a crowd. A boy Harry is convinced is Dillon. But the boy vanishes before he can do anything about it. What Harry thought he saw quickly plunges their marriage into a spiral of crazed obsession and broken trust, uncovering deceits and shameful secrets. Everything Robin and Harry ever believed about each other is cast into doubt.

Music Played

14 items
  • Image for Donna Summer

    Donna Summer I Feel Love

    Donna Summer - On The Radio, Casablanca, 7

  • Image for Paul Carrack

    Paul Carrack I'm Losing You

    (CD Single), Carrack-UK, 001

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Start Me Up

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco, 7

  • Image for Monty Python

    Monty Python Lousy Song

    Monty Python Sings (Again), Virgin/UMC

  • Image for Blur

    Blur There's No Other Way

    Precious - Various Artists, Dino

  • Image for Kraftwerk

    Kraftwerk The Robots

    Nick Rhodes & John Taylor Present: Only After Dark, EMI

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Magic

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Womack & Womack

    Womack & Womack Teardrops

    And They Danced All Night, Debutante

  • Image for Depeche Mode

    Depeche Mode Master And Servant

    The Best Of, Mute, 3

  • Image for Chromeo

    Chromeo Jealous (I Ain't With It)

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for The Pointer Sisters

    The Pointer Sisters Automatic

    The Best Of The Pointer Sisters, RCA

  • Image for Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys It's On Again

    (CD Single), Sony Music, 002

  • Image for Joan Armatrading

    Joan Armatrading Show Some Emotion

    Track Record, A&M, 8

  • Image for Nat King Cole

    Nat King Cole Straighten Up And Fly Right

    The Nat King Cole Story (Disc 1), Capitol


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