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First broadcast:
Wednesday 04 May 2011

The best of the world's arts, film, music, literature and music brought to you every day. Presented by Mark Coles.

On today's programme: The Beaver (pictured), George Makana Clark and Boris Akunin.


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  • The Beaver

    Owen Gleiberman reviews Jodie Foster’s new film, staring Mel Gibson.

  • George Makana Clark

    The author on his book, The Raw Man, based on his childhood in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

  • Boris Akunin

    The Russian crime novelist on his detective Erast Fandorin.

  • The Beaver

    Jodie Foster directs Mel Gibson in The Beaver, a quirky film which tells the story of a troubled husband and executive who adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating. Critic Owen Gleiberman reviews.

  • George Makana Clark

    George Makana Clark

    Novelist George Makana Clark grew up in Rhodesia, (modern day Zimbabwe), and has written a harrowing novel, The Raw Man, based on his childhood there. He talks to The Strand about coming of age during a brutal civil war, and the importance of story telling.

  • World Book Club

    World Book Club

    Photo: Basso Cannarsa

    We look ahead to this week's World Book Club, when Russian novelist Boris Akunin, whose Erast Fandorin Mysteries have sold more than 15 million copies globally, will be answering questions from listeners around the world.



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    World Book Club

    From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel.…

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