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Islands in Fiction

This summer, bookshops are awash with islands in every genre from crime, to YA and romance. Mariella Frostrup and guests consider what makes them such popular fictional locations.

This summer bookshops are awash with islands in every genre from crime, to YA and romance. Mariella Frostrup and guests consider what makes them such popular fictional locations.

Anna Mazzola explains why she thinks islands make such perfect settings for crime novels.

Lydia Syson and Malachy Tallack discuss the appeal of the insider outsider dynamic for novelists.

Bermuda's Angela Barry and St Lucia's Kendel Hippolyte consider whether living on an island influences the writing they produce.

And Victoria Hislop gives her recommendations for the best novels to read on Greek islands.

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28 minutes

Chapters

  • Anna Mazzola on the appeal of islands for crime fiction

    Duration: 06:27

  • Lydia Syson and Malachy Tallack on the vibrancy of island life

    Duration: 08:14

  • Angela Barry and Kendel Hippolit discuss the island anthology So Many Islands

    Duration: 06:07

  • Victoria Hislop gives her recommendations for great island reads

    Duration: 05:46

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Anna Mazzola
Interviewed Guest Lydia Syson
Interviewed Guest Malachy Tallack
Interviewed Guest Angela Barry
Interviewed Guest Kendel Hippolyte
Interviewed Guest Victoria Hislop

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