Anthony Cartwright, Award-winning Andrew Michael Hurley, The joy of Teffi, Literary news from Nigeria

Mariella Frostrup talks to author Anthony Cartwright about his book Iron Towns, which charts the decline of industrial England and a footballer's career.

How landscape from declining industrial towns to remote countryside inspires novelists and shapes characters. Plus the joys of Russian writer Teffi and book news from Lagos.

Mariella Frostrup talks to author Anthony Cartwright about Iron Towns, the story of an ageing footballer and his friends in a community scarred by the demise of its industrial past.

Andrew Michael Hurley's novel The Loney has been named book of the year by the British Book Industry awards. Andrew shares with us one of his inspirations for the Loney, the great English ghost story writer MR James.

In the early 20th century the writer Teffi, a celebrated satirist and writer, had to flee Russia at the start of the revolution. We discover the qualities of her writing with novelist Charlotte Hobson.

And we receive a postcard from the heart of lively, literary Lagos.

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28 minutes


  • Anthony Cartwright

    Duration: 08:57

  • Andrew Michael Hurley

    Duration: 06:28

  • Charlotte Hobson

    Duration: 07:01

  • Leye Adenle

    Duration: 04:46


Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Anthony Cartwright
Interviewed Guest Andrew Hurley
Interviewed Guest Charlotte Hobson


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