Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor on her novel Dust

Mariella is joined by author Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, who discusses her acclaimed debut novel Dust, about a splintered family in her native Kenya. Richard Beard, whose new book Acts of the Assassins, combines the story of the Crucifixion with a modern day detective novel, and Naomi Alderman, author of The Liars' Gospel, discuss the ways they, and others, have re-imagined Bible stories in their fiction. And Dr Sarah Dillon continues her series of Close Readings by examining a short extract from Katherine Mansfield's The Garden Party.

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Read the opening pages of 'Dust' by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

'Dust' opening pages by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

This Week's Close Reading: 'The Garden Party' by Katherine Mansfield

It's all the fault, she decided, as the tall fellow drew something on the back of an envelope, something that was to be looped up or left to hang, of these absurd class distinctions. Well, for her part, she didn't feel them. Not a bit, not an atom... And now there came the chock-chock of wooden hammers. Some one whistled, some one sang out, "Are you right there, matey?" "Matey!" The friendliness of it, the - the - Just to prove how happy she was, just to show the tall fellow how at home she felt, and how she despised stupid conventions, Laura took a big bite of her bread-and-butter as she stared at the little drawing. She felt just like a work-girl.

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Role Contributor
PresenterMariella Frostrup
Interviewed GuestYvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Interviewed GuestRichard Beard
Interviewed GuestNaomi Alderman
Interviewed GuestSarah Dillon

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