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Mariella Frostrup talks to authors Meg Rosoff and Christopher Hope

Meg Rosoff's latest book imagines what the world would be like if God was a petulant teenage boy and Christopher Hope on why South Africa remains such a literary inspiration.

Meg Rosoff's discusses her latest book, There is no Dog, which imagines what the world would be like if God was a petulant teenage boy called Bob, who spends the majority of his time sleeping or having sexual fantasies about the human women he has created and causing floods, geological disasters and much suffering in his wake.

The landscape of South Africa, both political and geographical, has been an inspiration for many of the country's writers over its long and troubled history. Authors have drawn on its wide open farmland, its fierce beauty and even its urban no go areas to create a framework from which to explore the issues generated by years under apartheid and the often surprising developments since free elections in 1994.
South African novelist Christopher Hope and Dr Andrew van der Vlies, senior lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London discuss why South Africa remains such a potent source of inspiration.

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Producer: Andrea Kidd.

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  • Meg Rosoff

    Meg Rosoff talks to Mariella Frostrup about her book 'There is no Dog', which imagines what the world would be like if God was a petulant teenage boy called Bob.

    Duration: 10:55

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