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Horatio Clare and Christopher Nicholson on winter; Jeffery Deaver; Anna Whitwham

Novelists Horatio Clare and Christopher Nicholson discuss the influence of the season of winter in literature, and Jeffery Deaver discusses the books he would never lend.

In the last in our series on how the seasons influence literature, authors Horatio Clare and Christopher Nicholson discuss the importance of Winter in the novel, from Scandinavian crime to writers such as Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens and Jack London.

For many young boys, the boxing clubs of the East End were a haven from the grim realities and hardships of poverty stricken London. One such young man was John Poppy, a featherweight boxer at the Crown and Manor Boys Club in Hoxton in the 1920s. His granddaughter, Anna Whitwham, inspired by clubs such as this one and her grandfather's early life as an amateur boxer, has written her debut novel Boxer Handsome. Bringing the action into a more contemporary setting, she delves into the sometimes raw and brutal world of both the amateur boxing ring and the surrounding community.

We return to our occasional series, The book you'd Never Lend and it's the turn of the internationally bestselling thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, who managed to get the thousands of books he owns down to not one, but two treasured tomes.

Producer: Andrea Kidd.

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Winter by Christopher Nicholson

Publisher: Fourth Estate


Down to the Sea in Ships by Horatio Clare

Publisher: Chatto and Windus


Books mentioned in the discussion on Winter


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

November by Gustave Flaubert

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Fatherland by Robert Harris

The books of Angela Carter

Hanover Square by Patrick Hamilton

Wild Lone: The Story of a Pytchley Fox by BB (Denis Watkins-Pitchford)

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

Jack London

Snow by Orhan Pamuk

The Road by Cormac Mccarthy

The Darkling Thrush (Poem) by Thomas Hardy

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The Foddering Boy (Poem) by John Clare

Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg

The books of Jo Nesbo

The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte

The Shining by Stephen King

Tess of the D'Urbevilles by Thomas Hardy

The Box of Delights by John Masefield

Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

The Sword in the Stone and The Once Future King by T S White


Boxer Handsome by Anna Whitwham

Publisher: Random House


Jeffrey Deaver would never lend his copies of:


The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer


The Collected Poems of Robert Frost














Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Horatio Clare
Interviewed Guest Christopher Nicholson
Producer Andrea Kidd


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