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Bill Clegg on Did You Ever Have a Family

The best new fiction and non-fiction, talking to writers and unearthing lost classics. Mariella Frostrup talks to Bill Clegg about his book Did You Ever Have a Family.

Literary agent Bill Clegg is famous in the publishing world for his tough negotiations. Now he's turned novelist himself and he talks to Mariella Frostrup about his Man Booker longlisted Did You Ever Have A Family which imagines the impact of a devastating house fire on those left behind. It's written from a variety of perspectives and he talks about picking up on fictional gossip and the way his own struggle with addiction influenced this novel.

Also on the programme, writer Matt Haig on judging the new BBC Young Writers Award, Agnes Poirier offers a guide to French Nobel Laureate Patrick Modiano whose works are newly available in English and Israeli novelist Etgar Keret selects the Book He'd Never Lend.

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28 minutes


  • Bill Clegg

    Duration: 07:37

  • Etgar Keret

    Duration: 04:59

  • BBC Young Writers Award

    Duration: 05:11

  • Patrick Modiano

    Duration: 08:13

Read the first chapter of Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg


Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Bill Clegg
Interviewed Guest Matt Haig
Interviewed Guest Agnes Poirier
Interviewed Guest Etgar Keret


  • Sun 20 Sep 2015 16:00

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