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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.