Amitav Ghosh and Alexander Baron rediscovered

Mariella Frostrup talks to the award-winning author Amitav Ghosh about River of Smoke, the second book in Ghosh's Ibis Trilogy, set in the waterways around Canton during the events leading up to the start of the First Opium War in 1839.

In this week's Reading Clinic, author Joanna Kavenna recommends fiction in which women rise like a phoenix from the ashes.

And we hear why Alexander Baron, the British novelist of the Second World War, should be rediscovered and re-read, from writer and poet Iain Sinclair.

Producer: Ella-mai Robey.

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