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Joe Dunthorne and John O'Farrell

Authors Joe Dunthorne and John O'Farrell talk about great books with Harriett Gilbert, including works by Marilynne Robinson, Denis Johnson and Cathy Rentzenbrink.

Writers Joe Dunthorne and John O'Farrell recommend great books with Harriett Gilbert.

John O'Farrell has written for Have I Got News for You, as well as novels like The Best a Man Can Get. His choice of book is less comic, a powerful memoir about life with a brother in a coma: The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink.

Joe Dunthorne's novel Submarine was adapted for film by Richard Ayoade, and he recommends a slim collection of evocative short stories, Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson.

Harriett introduces them both to a modern classic: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, and asks why it is that men don't seem to read one of the greatest living novelists..

Producer Beth O'Dea.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Harriett Gilbert
Interviewed Guest Joe Dunthorne
Interviewed Guest John O'Farrell
Producer Beth O'Dea


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