The award winning New Zealand author's newest novel is a tragic story about a woman who is tricked into giving away her son, and her journey to get him back. Tracking him down from Tunisia to germany various people she encounters tell the story from their point of view, but who can she trust, and how much can we believe any of them?
Out of the Ashes
Out of the Ashes is a documentary about the unexpected adventures of the Afghan cricket team. The film follows their dedicated coach and his players during training in Afghanistan and in their travels as they successfully get into international competitions. Co-directors Leslie Knott and Lucy Martens tell Mark Coles about the eventful making of the film.
As Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 comes to screens across the world, Brian Sibley discusses the film and the beginning of the end of an era.Harry Potter
Kacey Wong - The Human skyscraper
Hong Kong's high rise skyline has provided inspiration for many artists. Most recently for the contemporary visual artist and sculptor, Kacey Wong, who went so far as to turn himself into a skyscraper for his latest art project. He made himself a skyscraper suit which he wore over the course of ten years all round the world, taking photos of himself in front of well known sites in Japan, China, Singapore, Vietnam, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greece, Egypt and the UK. The exhibition of his work called Drift City: 10 Years is on now at the Hong Kong Art Centre. The Strand's Angharad Law went there to meet Kacey.
Tolstoy - 100 years after his death
The great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy has been influential around the world. 100 years after his death, The Strand talks to Rosamund Bartlett, author of a new Tolstoy biography and Natasha Perova, who specialises in publishing comtempory Russian writing in an English translation, to find out why he still inspires in the West but why his legacy isn't being felt in his native country.
Creole Choir of Cuba
This group of a dozen men and women from Cuba - descendents of Haitian slaves - have released one of the finest albums of 2010. It's a gorgeous heartfelt collection of acapella songs telling their history and the struggles they've faced and overcome. Mark hears about their work and how success has given them the chance to spread a message of hope.
Huang Yong Ping's Frolic installation (2008) Credit: Wellcome Library, LondonHigh Society
A new book and exhibition High Society looks at the role of mind-altering drugs in history and culture, from ancient Egyptian poppy tinctures to Native American peyote rites to the salons of the French Romantics. Curator and writer Mike Jay talks to Harriett about how the arts and drugs have connected by both experience and inspiration.
From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel.…