Rachel Johnson and Sean Michaels
Award-winning Canadian novelist Sean Michaels talks to Mariella Frostrup about his book Us Conductors, the story of the inventor of the theremin.
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.
Suzi Feay - Authors as Characters
Michelle Miller and Rachel Johnson
Literature and Visual Art
Read the opening chapter of Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Role Contributor Presenter Mariella Frostrup Interviewed Guest Sean Michaels Interviewed Guest Rachel Johnson Interviewed Guest Michelle Miller Interviewed Guest Suzi Feay