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Pajtim Statovci, Gerald Murnane discussed, Roxane Gay's favourite book, Benjamin Dreyer

Pajtim Statovci discusses his novel Crossing and Mariella Frostrup and guests explore the work of Gerald Murnane, often tipped to be Australia's next Nobel winner

Gerald Murnane has been called 'the best English language writer you've never heard of'. Publisher and critic Geordie Williamson and writer Chris Power discuss the appeal of this reclusive Australian literary giant.

Roxane Gay explains why the short story collection Break Any Woman Down, by Dana Johnson, is the book she would never lend.

Finnish-Kosovan novelist Pajtim Statovci had international success with his debut My Cat Yugoslavia. He explains why in his second novel Crossing he wanted to deal with the shame that many migrants feel towards their homeland.

And Benjamin Dreyer, Chief Copy Editor at Random House US, discusses his new book Dreyer's English - An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style.

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