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The Radio 2 Book Club with Christy Lefteri

Christy Lefteri joins Jo for the latest edition of the Radio 2 Book Club, discussing her novel The Beekeeper of Aleppo. Plus there's another story of A Certain Romance.

Christy Lefteri joins Jo for the latest edition of the Radio 2 Book Club, discussing her novel The Beekeeper of Aleppo.

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all - and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face - they must journey to find each other again.

Christy was born in London to Greek Cypriot parents who moved to the UK during the Turkish invasion. She published her first book A Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible in 2010 and is a lecturer in creative writing at Brunel University. The Beekeeper of Aleppo was born out of her time working as a volunteer at a Unicef supported refugee centre in Athens.

Jo will also have another story of a special guest's Certain Romance - about a song that reminds them of falling in or out of love. Plus Jo handpicks her favourite new music from all genres of the musical spectrum and quality vintage songs too. And whether you’re picking up or dropping off, Jo provides the soundtrack for the Taxi Service.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Last on

Mon 24 Jun 2019 19:00

Music Played

  • Nelly

    Hot In Herre (feat. Dani Stevenson)

    • Now That's What I Call Music! 52 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • THE S.L.P.

    Nobody Else

  • Patti Smith Group

    Because the Night

    • Rock Of America (Various Artists).
    • Trax Label.
  • Jade Bird

    Lottery

    • Jade Bird.
  • Stormzy

    Crown

    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • Two Door Cinema Club

    Satellite

    • False Alarm.
    • Prolifica.
    • 9.
  • Kate Bush

    Babooshka

    • Kate Bush - The Whole Story.
    • EMI.
  • Joji

    Sanctuary

  • PJ Harvey

    This Is Love

    • (CD Single).
    • Island.
  • Friendly Fires

    Silhouettes

    • Silhouettes.
    • Polydor.
  • Althea & Donna

    Uptown Top Ranking

    • UPTOWN TOP RANKING.
    • Lightning.
  • Izo FitzRoy

    I Want Magic (Dimitri From Paris Radio Edit)

    • I Want Magic.
    • Jalapeno Records.
    • 2.
  • Fleet Foxes

    Mykonos

  • Gizmo Varillas

    Out Of The Darkness

    • Musica Records.
  • Roxy Music

    Avalon

    • Roxy Music - Avalon.
    • Eg.
  • The Avalanches

    Since I Left You

    • (CD Single).
    • XL.
  • Billie Eilish

    When The Party's Over

    • When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.
  • Wheatus

    Teenage Dirtbag

    • Now 49 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • Bright Eyes

    First Day Of My Life

    • SADDLE CREEK.
  • Foals

    Spanish Sahara

    • Total Life Forever.
  • Zero 7

    In The Waiting Line

    • Ultimate Dilemma.

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