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01Homage To Keith Moon20140303|James Wood analyses the lost genius of Moon and his ability to create magic out of mayhem.|Highlights from an entertaining and idiosyncratic series of essays from James Wood, the leading literary critic of his generation. It's a collection which ranges widely, from a loving analysis of Keith Moon's drum technique to the intentions, gifts and limitations of some of our most celebrated modern novelists, including Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan.|1.THE FUN STUFF: HOMAGE TO KEITH MOON|Wood analyses the lost genius of Moon and his ability to create magic out of mayhem, relating this to his own experience of learning to play drums as a boy.|Abridged by Eileen Horne|Reader: TBA|Produced by Clive Brill|A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
02Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go20140304|James Wood considers Ishiguro's cloning story, which melds sci-fi with literary fiction.|Highlights from an entertaining and idiosyncratic series of essays from James Wood, the leading literary critic of his generation. It's a collection which ranges widely, from a loving analysis of Keith Moon's drum technique to the intentions, gifts and limitations of some of our most celebrated modern novelists, including Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan.|2. KAZUO ISHIGURO: NEVER LET ME GO|Wood considers a masterwork that melds sci-fi with literary fiction - a cloning story that 'combines the fantastic and realistic till we can no longer separate them'.|Abridged by Eileen Horne|Reader: TBA|Produced by Clive Brill|A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
03Marilynne Robinson20140305|James Wood looks at the religious sensibility of the Pulitzer Prize-winning US author.|Highlights from an entertaining and idiosyncratic series of essays from James Wood, the leading literary critic of his generation. It's a collection which ranges widely, from a loving analysis of Keith Moon's drum technique to the intentions, gifts and limitations of some of our most celebrated modern novelists, including Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan.|3. MARILYNNE ROBINSON|Wood looks at the religious sensibility of the American author whose Pulitzer Prize winning Gilead was one of the most 'unconventional...popular novels of recent times.'|Abridged by Eileen Horne|Reader TBA|Produced by Clive Brill|A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
04Containment: Trauma And Manipulation In Ian Mcewan20140306|James Wood admires and critiques the author of Atonement and Enduring Love.|Highlights from an entertaining and idiosyncratic series of essays from James Wood, the leading literary critic of his generation. It's a collection which ranges widely, from a loving analysis of Keith Moon's drum technique to the intentions, gifts and limitations of some of our most celebrated modern novelists, including Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan.|4. CONTAINMENT: TRAUMA AND MANIPULATION IN IAN McEWAN|Wood admires and critiques the author of Atonement, Enduring Love and On Chesil Beach - 'the great contemporary stager of traumatic contingency as it strikes ordinary lives'.|Abridged by Eileen Horne|Reader TBA|Produced by Clive Brill|A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
05 LASTPacking My Father-in-law's Library20140307|Highlights from an entertaining and idiosyncratic series of essays from James Wood, the leading literary critic of his generation. It's a collection which ranges widely, from a loving analysis of Keith Moon's drum technique to the intentions, gifts and limitations of some of our most celebrated modern novelists, including Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan.|5. PACKING MY FATHER-IN-LAW'S LIBRARY|Wood describes disposing of his late father in law's library, and considers whether our personal collections of books hide us more than reveal us to our descendants.|Abridged by Eileen Horne|Reader: Peter Firth|Produced by Clive Brill|A Pacficus production for BBC Radio 4.||James Wood wonders if our book collections hide us more than reveal us to our descendants.|Highlights from an entertaining and idiosyncratic series of essays from James Wood, the leading literary critic of his generation. It's a collection which ranges widely, from a loving analysis of Keith Moon's drum technique to the intentions, gifts and limitations of some of our most celebrated modern novelists, including Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan.|5. PACKING MY FATHER-IN-LAW'S LIBRARY|Wood describes disposing of his late father in law's library, and considers whether our personal collections of books hide us more than reveal us to our descendants.|Abridged by Eileen Horne|Reader TBA|Produced by Clive Brill|A Pacficus production for BBC Radio 4.