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Talking Books Episode guide

  1. Jung Chang

    The author on the imperial concubine, Cixi, who ruled China for half a century

    First broadcast: 27 Jun 2014

  2. Karl Ove Knausgaard

    Karl Ove Knausgaard and what motivated him to expose intimate details of his life

    First broadcast: 20 Jun 2014

  3. Toni Morrison

    "Our story... That wasn't anywhere" author Toni Morrison on African American literature

    First broadcast: 13 Jun 2014

  4. Kamila Shamsie

    The novelist talks about the themes of loyalty and belonging

    First broadcast: 04 Apr 2014

  5. Mohammed Hanif

    On writing about minorities, contradictions in society and making his readers laugh

    First broadcast: 28 Mar 2014

  6. Michael Frayn

    Playwright and novelist Michael Frayn on why he wants to make his readers laugh

    First broadcast: 27 May 2013

  7. Tracy Chevalier

    Historical novelist Tracy Chevalier on why she wants to bring the past to life

    First broadcast: 20 May 2013

  8. Aminatta Forna

    Why author Aminatta Forna is drawn to the topics of betrayal, love and loss

    First broadcast: 13 May 2013

  9. Mohsin Hamid

    Award-winning Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid on his passion for fiction

    First broadcast: 06 May 2013

  10. Paul Auster

    Razia Iqbal talks to US author Paul Auster about his work, and his book Winter Journal.

    First broadcast: 29 Oct 2012

  11. Joyce Carol Oates

    The prolific writer and academic Joyce Carol Oates on how she finds work rewarding

    First broadcast: 22 Oct 2012

  12. Richard Ford

    "I'm dyslexic... I see language as objects on a page" author Richard Ford on writing

    First broadcast: 15 Oct 2012

  13. Toni Morrison

    How much has changed for black Americans since Obama entered the White House?

    First broadcast: 08 Oct 2012

  14. Justin Cartwright

    Razia Iqbal's guest is the novelist Justin Cartwright

    First broadcast: 05 Dec 2011

  15. Nawal Al Saadawi

    Razia Iqbal talks to the feminist campaigner Nawal Al Saadawi.

    First broadcast: 28 Nov 2011

  16. Alaa Al Aswany

    Razia Iqbal talks to the Egyptian author of the bestselling Yacoubian Building.

    First broadcast: 21 Nov 2011

  17. Jeffrey Eugenides

    Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States.

    First broadcast: 14 Nov 2011

  18. Caryl Phillips

    Caryl Phillips on how travel and life as an immigrant has shaped his writing.

    First broadcast: 07 Nov 2011

  19. Susan Hill

    Razia Iqbal talks to her about The Woman in Black which is about to be released as a film.

    First broadcast: 31 Oct 2011

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