Margaret Drabble, Louis de Bernieres, Literary prizes, Wyl Menmuir on fictional islands

Mariella Frostrup talks to Margaret Drabble about her new novel The Dark Flood Rises.

Mariella Frostrup talks to the novelist, biographer and critic Dame Margaret Drabble about her latest book The Dark Flood Rises, which questions our ideas about aging and dying. Mariella also discusses the inaugural Parliamentary Book Awards,which are voted on by the Parliamentarians themselves. Writer Wyl Menmuir takes us on a tour of some of his favourite fictional islands and Louis de Bernieres reveals the book he'd never lend - a poignant family heirloom.

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28 minutes

Chapters

  • Margaret Drabble

    Duration: 09:50

  • Louis de Bernieres - The Book I'd Never Lend

    Duration: 04:25

  • New Literary Prizes

    Duration: 08:20

  • Island Life

    Duration: 04:20

Read the opening chapter of The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble

The Dark Flood Rises - Chapter OneĀ 

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Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Margaret Drabble
Interviewed Guest Wyl Menmuir
Interviewed Guest Louis de Bernieres

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