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Last updated: 23 september, 2010 - 14:49 GMT

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David Grossman

David Grossman, one of Israel's leading writers, talks about his new book To the End of the Land.

The novel is a moving plea for peace, told through the story of Ora, a mother who is agonising over her son's decision to re-enlist in the Israeli army; an experience sadly familiar to the author, who lost his own son Uri, to Israel's second war with Lebanon in 2006.

Author David Grossman

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Karl Marlantes

Inspiration for Karl Marlantes' novel Matterhorn came in the summer of 1970 when he was a recent Vietnam war veteran.

The reaction he got from anti-war protestors on his return to the US prompted his desire to explain the war from a soldier's viewpoint. Thirty five years, and a string of publisher rejections later, the novel Matterhorn has finally been published and is recieving rave reviews.

Mark spoke to Karl about how the book evolved in the time he waited for a publisher.

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Mark Twain

Mark Twain is best known for Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, stories of childhood that have enthralled readers around the world.

But now, 100 years after his death, comes a chance to know Twain better. In November 2010, the full text of his autobiography is to be published for the first time, and an excerpt from it has just appeared in the British magazine Granta.

Harriett spoke to the editor of Granta, John Freeman, and Bob Hirst, who looks after Mark Twain's papers at the University of California Berkeley.

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