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Jon McGregor

Mariella Frostrup talks to writer Jon McGregor about his new book, learns about WH Auden in Scotland and discusses the novel behind the film What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

Mariella Frostrup talks to Jon McGregor about his new novel Reservoir 13, a haunting exploration of the impact of a missing child on a Derbyshire community.

Polly Clark explains why she decided to fictionalize a less well known period in W H Auden's life when, as a young man, he worked as a school master in Scotland. Mariella is also joined by another devotee of Auden, writer Alexander McCall Smith, to discuss the poet's timeless appeal.

We discusses the novel behind the film 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape?' which is being re-released.

And Wendy Holden tells us about the Book She'd Never Lend.

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28 minutes


  • Jon McGregor

    Duration: 10:56

  • W H Auden in Helensborough

    Duration: 07:31

  • Wendy Holden on The Book I'd Never Lend

    Duration: 03:39

  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

    Duration: 05:01

Read Chapter one of Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor: Chapter One. 


Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Jon McGregor
Interviewed Guest Polly Clark
Interviewed Guest Alexander McCall Smith
Interviewed Guest Wendy Holden


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