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Ceridwen Dovey, Lebanese writers Nada Awar Jarrar and Hanan al-Shaykh

Mariella Frostrup talks to Hanan al-Shaykh, one of the Arab world's most acclaimed writers, about exploring female identity in her new novel The Occasional Virgin.

Acclaimed Lebanese writers Hanan al-Shaykh and Nada Awar Jarrar, talk to Mariella Frostrup about their latest novels, and discuss representing their home country in fiction and why they are both especially interested in the lives of Beiruti women.
Also on the programme a scheme to find a new way of paying authors with an annual salary instead of the traditional advance system; Ceridwen Dovey on her new book all told in an exchange of emails which gradually reveals dark secrets, and a tip for a July read.

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28 minutes


  • Lebanese writers, Nada Awar Jarrar and Hanan al-Shaykh

    Duration: 09:18

  • Changing the publishing model of how authors are paid

    Duration: 06:09

  • Author Ceridwen Dovey on her new book

    Duration: 07:31

  • Editors tip: Katie Brown on The Madonna of Bolton

    Duration: 04:04


Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Hanan al-Shaykh
Interviewed Guest Nada Awar Jarrar
Interviewed Guest Ceridwen Dovey


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