Howard Jacobson's new novel has put most reviewers into a spin.
Its been described as scintillating, turbocharged, powerful, moving and a work of genius.
Howard Jacobson will be talking to Matthew Sweet about the impulses that drove him to write the book in question - 'Kalooki Nights'.
Howard Jacobson's novel - 'Kalooki Nights' is published by Jonathan Cape this month.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Johnny Depp takes to the high seas once more as Captain Jack Sparrow in the latest cinematic adventures of the Pirates of the Caribbean.
Matthew will be investigating the everlasting appeal of treasure, eye patches and the cutlass.
'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' goes on release nationwide this week, certificate 12A.
John Matthews' book 'Pirates' is published by HarperCollins.
Art and Sport
There'll also be a new poem from Paul Farley about the point at which sport and art collide.
Paul Farley's last collection was 'The Ice Age' published by Picador.
Life of Gallileo
The cosmologist John Barrow will be joined by the theatre critic, Michael Billington and the scholar, Kirsten Shepherd Barr to discuss theatre's fascination with science.
Just a few days before Simon Russell Beale gives flesh to Brecht's great play about science in the modern world - 'Life of Gallileo'.
Kirsten Shpherd Barr's book 'Science on Stage' is published by Princeton University Press this month.