Author John Irving discusses religion, politics and the difference between Mexico and the USA with Philip Dodd as he outlines the ideas depicted in his novel Avenue of Mysteries.
Philip Dodd interviews John Irving - author of novels including The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany. His new book is called Avenue of Mysteries and imagines the life of a crippled street-child from Mexico, Juan Diego, and his sister Lupe, who can read minds. The action cuts between Diego's present as a globe trotting, best selling writer visiting the Philippines, and his memories of his childhood in Mexico and working at a circus.
The Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving is out now.
Producer: Robyn Read
Main Image: Philip Dodd (lhs) and John Irving (rhs) in the Free Thinking studio.
Original broadcast Wed 3 Feb 2016.