Sandra Newman, Roopa Farooki, John Banville, Courttia Newland

US author Sandra Newman on her new novel, 'The Country of Ice Cream Star', set in a post-apocalyptic US, plus British author Courttia Newland and Sandra Newman in discussion about writing across racial lines.

Sandra Newman is the author of two novels, and several works of non-fiction. Kate Atkinson said of Newman's new novel: 'I can't remember when I last read something so original or sophisticated or emotionally engaging or so breathtakingly ambitious.'

Acclaimed author Roopa Farooki on her new novel, The Good Children, looking at the 1940s generation of children in Pakistan who were brought up to obey, and what happened when they chose no longer to be 'Good Children'. Roopa Farooki was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and brought up in London. She has written six novels to critical acclaim, and has been twice longlisted the Orange Prize.

Plus, award-winning Irish writer John Banville on the book he'd never lend.

And finally, in another in the occasional series of insider tip offs from the publishing world, Meike Ziervogel of Peirene Press recommends Sarah Pickstone's 'Park Notes'.

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The Country of Ice Cream Star by Susan Newman - Publisher: Chatto
The Gospel of Cain by Courttia Newland - Publisher: Telegram
Londonstani by Gautam Malkani
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney
Duino Elegies by Rilke
The Good Children by Roopa Farooki - Publisher: Tinder
Park Notes by Sarah Pickstone - Publisher: Daunt Books



Read the opening chapter of The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman

Read the opening chapter of The Good Children by Roopa Farooki

The Good Children: Chapter 1 by Roopa Farooki


Role Contributor
PresenterMariella Frostrup
Interviewed GuestSandra Newman
Interviewed GuestRoopa Farooki
Interviewed GuestJohn Banville
Interviewed GuestCourttia Newland
Interviewed GuestMeike Ziervogel
ProducerSarah Johnson

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