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Cultural Exchange

Mark Lawson presents highlights from the Cultural Exchange project so far, as leading creative minds select a favourite cultural work, including books, music, film and art.

Mark Lawson presents highlights from the Cultural Exchange project so far, in which leading creative minds select a favourite cultural work.

The choices, which include books, music and art, have at times had life-changing consequences: Tamara Rojo, Terence Stamp and Bernardo Bertolucci explain how childhood experiences shaped their future careers.

Will Self and Mohsin Hamid share unexpected influences - The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton and the sci-fi novel Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon.

Choosing outside their field, writers Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and A.S. Byatt are inspired by art. A reproduction of Tutu by Ben Enwonwu means home for Adichie, and A.S. Byatt explains why she always takes a pilgrimage to see The Red Studio, by artist Henri Matisse, when she is in New York.

Producer Claire Bartleet.

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