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Bernardine Evaristo, Victorian showmen in fiction, Graeme Simsion, Faber at 90

Bernardine Evaristo discusses her polyphonic new novel Girl, Woman, Other, and Jess Kidd and Kitty Aldridge discuss the literary appeal of 19th-century showmen

Bernardine Evaristo discusses her new novel Girl, Woman, Other, which comprises 12 stories to build a picture of what it is to be a Black woman in contemporary Britain.

Best-selling author of the Rosie Project trilogy of novels, Graeme Simsion, reveals the book that inspired him above all others.

Why does the Victorian milieu of dodgy anatomists and eye popping curiosities continue to fascinate us? Jess Kidd, author of Things in Jars and Kitty Aldridge, author of The Wisdom of Bones, consider the appeal of the period.

And as Faber, Granta and Persephone celebrate significant birthdays, Faber's Alex Bowler discusses what makes independent publishers unique.

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