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The Radio 2 Book Club: Elan Mastai

Screenwriter and author Elan Mastai joins Simon for the Radio 2 Book Club to discuss his new novel, All Our Wrong Todays. We'll also hear from our listener reviewers.

Screenwriter and author Elan Mastai joins Simon for the Radio 2 Book Club to discuss his new novel, All Our Wrong Todays. We'll also hear from Matt on what he thought of the book - and of course, our listener reviewers.

You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed - because it wasn't necessary.

Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and maybe, just maybe, his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom's search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future - our future - is supposed to be.

All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humour and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention.

We'll also play some of your oldies and unleash a brand new Confession.

1 hour, 55 minutes

Last on

Mon 6 Mar 2017 17:05

Music Played

  • Elton John

    I'm Still Standing

    • Diamonds.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • James Blunt

    Love Me Better

    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • U2

    Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of

    • (CD Single).
    • Island.
  • The Brothers Johnson

    Stomp

    • 10 Star Collection: Soul 2 (Various).
    • Stardust.
    • 5.
  • Al Stewart

    Time Passages

    • (Single).
    • Arista.
    • 6.
  • Stevie Wonder

    Faith (feat. Ariana Grande)

    • Sing O.S.T. (Various Artists).
    • Island.
  • The Coral

    Pass It On

    • (CD Single).
    • Deltasonic.
  • Jim Croce

    Time In A Bottle

    • Time For Love (Various Artists).
    • Truetrax.
  • The Cardigans

    Lovefool

    • The All Time Greatest Movie Songs.
    • Columbia/Sony Tv.
  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

    Something Just Like This

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
  • Carpenters

    Yesterday Once More

    • Singles 1969-1981.
    • A&M.
  • Bruno Mars

    That's What I Like

    • 24K Magic.
    • Atlantic.
  • Queen

    '39

    • A Night At The Opera.
    • Island.
    • 5.
  • Sylvester

    You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

    • Sylvester - The Original Hits.
    • Fantasy.
  • Katy Perry

    Chained To The Rhythm (feat. Skip Marley)

    • (CD Single).
    • Capitol Records.
  • Cream

    Born Under A Bad Sign (BBC Session, 24 Oct 1967)

    • Polydor.

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