Arts & Culture
If you had to recommend three books or poems that would deepen a visitor's understanding of your country and culture, what would they be?
We asked this question on The Strand and compiled a list of listeners' responses. click
The programme has spoken to some of the world's finest writers to uncover their personal literary guides to the countries they call home.
Best-selling novelist Elif Shafak is the author of The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love.
Halide Edip Adivar was both a novelist and an activist and was especially interested in women's rights. This novel was first published in English in 1935 and is set in the world of the theatre.
A look at the daily lives of ordinary people living under Ottoman rule.
Focusing on all aspects of modern Turkey, from the lives of trans-sexuals in Istanbul to politcal cartoons and Turkish humour.
Anne Holt is a Norwegian crime writer and a former lawyer, Minister of Justice, journalist and television news presenter. She currently lives in Oslo.
Ibsen's epic drama about the life of fantasist Peer Gynt which Anne Holt sees as an accurate depiction of the Norwegian character.
Norwegian life in the 1960s seen through the eyes of a teenage girl.
The story of four families in Oslo in the 1980s which opens at the 1982 ski-ing world championships when, famously, Norwegian ski-er Oddvar Bra 's pole broke in the closing stages of the relay race - a moment which has become part of Norway's national memory.
For more information, visit Anne Holt's click .
Anjali Joseph is an Indian author and journalist. Saraswati Park is her first novel.
Her three choices are:
The Booker prize-winning author of Schindler's Ark, Thomas Keneally, chooses books about the character and culture of Australia.
His three choices are:
Colm Toibin is a multi-award-winning Irish novelist, short story writer and critic. His new collection of short stories, The Empty Family, is published by Penguin.
His three choices are:
Kei Miller is a Jamaican poet and novelist and also teaches creative writing at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.
Interview with Kei Miller coming soon.
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