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Alastair Campbell, Elif Shafak, Girl on a Train

Presented by Philip Dodd. With Alastair Campbell on the first volume of his diaries, Turkish writer Elif Shafak on her novel The Forty Rules of Love and the film Girl on the Train.

Philip Dodd is joined by Alastair Campbell, the man often referred to as Tony Blair's true deputy Prime Minister. He discusses the first volume of his diaries, which shows how - from its earliest days - the tensions between Gordon Brown and Tony Blair deformed what they called The Project.

Bestselling Turkish writer Elif Shafak on her new novel The Forty Rules of Love, which explores the tensions between mysticism and scholarship in Islam, and the life changing friendship between the thirteenth century poet Rumi and the dervish Shams of Tabriz.

And film critic Muriel Zagha reviews the new film from Andre Techine, Girl on the Train. Based on true events the film tells the story of a young woman who claimed to be attacked by anti-Semites on a train in Paris.

Producer: Gavin Heard.

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