Rachel Johnson and Sean Michaels

Sean Michaels won Canada's prestigious Giller Prize for his novel Us Conductors. It's a fictional account of the relationship between the inventor of the theremin, Russian Lev Termen and the musician - and superb theremin player - Clara Rockmore. He talks to Mariella Frostrup about creating fiction from a historical figure.

Also blurring the lines between fact and fiction are the novelists Rachel Johnson and Michelle Miller who have written books about worlds they know intimately - Notting Hill for Rachel and Wall Street for Michelle. They talk to Mariella about gathering material close to home.

Literary critic Suzi Feay surveys a crop of novels which feature authors as characters - Dickens, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf and others have all been included in the pages of books recently. And we take a trip to Hastings to discover why budding authors are turning to art for inspiration.

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Read the opening chapter of Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

Us Conductors: Chapter 1 by Sean Michaels

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Role Contributor
PresenterMariella Frostrup
Interviewed GuestSean Michaels
Interviewed GuestRachel Johnson
Interviewed GuestMichelle Miller
Interviewed GuestSuzi Feay

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