My Life In Five Books

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01Dame Jacqueline Wilson20110103

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Celebrated children's author Dame Jacqueline Wilson has sold over 25 million books and is the most borrowed author of the decade.

In conversation with Stuart Cosgrove, Dame Jacqueline reveals the 5 most important books in her life.

As well as revealing her literary secrets, she tells Stuart about a childhood with imaginary friends, the impact of a recent health scare and why her mother refuses to call her a Dame!

Stuart Cosgrove speaks to Jacqueline Wilson about the most significant books in her life.

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Stuart Cosgrove speaks to Jacqueline Wilson about the most significant books in her life.

Celebrated children's author Dame Jacqueline Wilson has sold over 25 million books and is the most borrowed author of the decade.

In conversation with Stuart Cosgrove, Dame Jacqueline reveals the 5 most important books in her life.

As well as revealing her literary secrets, she tells Stuart about a childhood with imaginary friends, the impact of a recent health scare and why her mother refuses to call her a Dame!

04Anthony Horowitz2010092320100926

Anthony Horowitz is the creator of the best-selling Alex Rider novels and was identified by Labour's then Education Secretary Alan Johnson as the secret weapon to get boys reading.

In conversation with Stuart Cosgrove, Anthony reveals the five most significant books in his life.

From Tin Tin to War and Peace we hear what books have shaped the life of this acclaimed author.

Stuart Cosgrove speaks to Anthony Horowitz about the most significant books in his life.

is the creator of the best-selling Alex Rider novels and was identified by Labour's then Education Secretary Alan Johnson as the secret weapon to get boys reading.

04Bernard Maclaverty20121225

picks five books which remind him of Christmas.

1/1 Bernard MacLaverty is one of our most distinguished authors. He's published five collections of short stories, two books for children and four novels. He adapted two of his best known titles, Lamb and Cal for the big screen and they both became major films.

Talking to Stuart Cosgrove he recalls Christmas as a youngster growing up in Northern Ireland, his association with The Belfast Group of poets and reveals the five titles that remind him of the festive season.

06Sir Terry Pratchett20110424

Stuart Cosgrove speaks to Sir Terry Pratchett about the most significant books in his life

Acclaimed author Sir Terry Pratchett has sold over 65 million books worldwide.

In conversation with Stuart Cosgrove, Sir Terry reveals the five most important books in his life.

As well as revealing his literary secrets he tells Stuart about his life as a journalist, how he copes living with Alzheimer's and why he really wanted to be an astronomer.

0105A L Kennedy2010093020101003
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A L Kennedy is an award winning writer whose first published book 'Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains' hit the bookshops in 1991.

Now established as a novelist and short story writer Alison Louise Kennedy is also a stand-up comedian.

In conversation with Stuart Cosgrove she reveals her favourite book from childhood and the book she has bought but has never finished. Stuart also enquires about her favourite bedside book, the novel she wishes she had bought as a teenager and the book she has returned to most often.

AL Kennedy tells Stuart Cosgrove about five of her favourite books.

tells Stuart Cosgrove about five of her favourite books.

In conversation with Stuart Cosgrove she reveals her favourite book from childhood and the book she has bought but has never finished.

Stuart also enquires about her favourite bedside book, the novel she wishes she had bought as a teenager and the book she has returned to most often.

is an award winning writer whose first published book 'Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains' hit the bookshops in 1991.

0107Tony Parsons2010101420101017

In this series Stuart Cosgrove meets guests from the literary world and beyond to hear about the five very special books in their lives.

Tony Parsons is a bestselling author, a newspaper columnist and an outspoken commentator.

He published his first novel, The Kids in 1976 while working in a Gin factory.

Making a name for himself as a journalist on the New Musical Express he went on to publish several semi-autobiographical novels including Man and Boy in 1999.

His latest book, Tony Parsons on Life, Death and Breakfast has just been published.

Talking to Stuart Cosgrove, Tony picks five significant books from his book shelves including a memorable title from his childhood, a book he would describe as life changing and the tome he has bought but has never finished.

Stuart Cosgrove speaks to Tony Parsons about the five most significant books in his life.

0108 LASTQuintin Jardine2010102120101024

In this series Stuart Cosgrove meets guests from the literary world and beyond to hear about the five very special books in their lives.

Quintin Jardine has built up a huge following for his crime novels featuring the fictional Edinburgh policeman Bob Skinner.

From Skinner's Rules in 1993 the series now runs to 19 books.

Quintin himself has had a varied career including spells as a journalist and a political spin doctor.

Talking to Stuart he chooses five titles that he's found influential including the book that convinced him that he could do better and launched him on his own writing career.

Crime writer Quintin Jardine tells Stuart Cosgrove about five of his favourite books.

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James Robertson is a poet, editor, novelist and publisher and was the first Writer-in-Resident at Hugh MacDiarmid's cottage at Brownsbank near Bigger in Lanarkshire.

James explains to Stuart how he first discovered MacDiarmid and how his book of Collected Poems is his life changing book. They also discuss James's favourite reference book, the volume he has looked at most often and the title he'd most like to re-read.

These are the 5 books chosen by James.

1: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

2: Collected Poems by Hugh MacDiarmid.

3: Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable by the Reverend Dr. Ebenezer Cobham

4: At Swim-Two-Bird by Flann O'Brieny

5: Bleak House: Charles Dickens.

Author and publisher James Robertson talks to Stuart Cosgrove about his favourite books.

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Author and publisher James Robertson talks to Stuart Cosgrove about his favourite books.

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3/8 James Robertson is a poet, editor, novelist and publisher and was the first Writer-in-Resident at Hugh MacDiarmid's cottage at Brownsbank near Bigger in Lanarkshire.

James explains to Stuart how he first discovered MacDiarmid and how his book of Collected Poems is his life changing book.

They also discuss James's favourite reference book, the volume he has looked at most often and the title he'd most like to re-read.

These are the 5 books chosen by James.

1: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

2: Collected Poems by Hugh MacDiarmid.

3: Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable by the Reverend Dr.

Ebenezer Cobham

4: At Swim-Two-Bird by Flann O'Brieny

5: Bleak House: Charles Dickens.

Author and publisher James Robertson talks to Stuart Cosgrove about his favourite books.

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South African born Zoe Wicomb tells Stuart Cosgrove about her five favourite books.

7/8 Zoe Wicomb was born and raised in South Africa and has lived in Scotland since 1994. She's taught in the Department of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde and now concentrates on writing.

Her latest book, You Can't get Lost in Cape Town is a collection of short stories about growing up as a young coloured woman in South Africa.

Zoe talked to Stuart Cosgrove about these five books:

1. The Children's Bible

2. Toni Morrison - Beloved.

3. Flannery O'Connor -A Good Man is Hard to Find.

4. Chinua Achebe - Things Fall Apart.

5. Virginia Woolf - To the Lighthouse.

7/8 Zoe Wicomb was born and raised in South Africa and has lived in Scotland since 1994.

She's taught in the Department of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde and now concentrates on writing.

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The Children's Bible

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Toni Morrison - Beloved.

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Flannery O'Connor -A Good Man is Hard to Find.

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Chinua Achebe - Things Fall Apart.

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Virginia Woolf - To the Lighthouse.

0208 LASTVal Mcdermid2011081820120130
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is the author of 22 best selling novels.

Growing up in Kirkcaldy she was accepted to read English at St Hilda's College Oxford when she was only 17.

Realising that she wasn't suited to a nine to five job Val became a journalist and after training in Devon she worked on national newspapers in Glasgow and Manchester.

Following the success of her book Report for Murder published in 1987 Val was able to give up the day job and concentrate on writing. Her latest book, Trick of the Dark was published in paperback earlier this year.

Val picks the following 5 titles and tells Stuart Cosgrove why they are significant books in her life.

1: TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson

2: THE COLLECTED POEMS by Norman MacCaig

3: THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE by Agatha Christie

4: SEXUAL POLITICS by Kate Millett

5: INDEMNITY ONLY by Sara Paretsky.

Crime writer Val McDermid tells Stuart Cosgrove about five of her favourite books.

Following the success of her book Report for Murder published in 1987 Val was able to give up the day job and concentrate on writing.

Her latest book, Trick of the Dark was published in paperback earlier this year.

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Literary agent Jenny Brown tells Stuart Cosgrove about her five favourite books.

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Jenny Brown is passionate and books and has been Head of Literature at the Scottish Arts Council, has presented programmes about books on television and was founder Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Ten years ago she set up Jenny Brown Associates which has quickly become one of the leading literary agencies in the UK.

Jenny tells Stuart Cosgrove about her school days in Edinburgh, how she was given Easter books rather than Easter eggs as a youngster and how she fears for the future of the paperback in the Kindle age.

Jenny picks these five titles.

1: Favourite Childhood Book: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

2: Life Changing Book: Ghosting by Jennie Erdal.

3: Non-fiction Title: A Book of Mediterranean Food by Elizabeth David.

4: A Book You'd Lend to Someone Else. No Great Mischief by Alastair MacLeod

5: The Book You'd Give to Your Teenage Self. Memo for Spring by Liz Lochhead.

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Michael Rosen is one of the best known figures in the world of children's literature and was the fifth Children's Laureate. He's also a poet and radio presenter, a script writer and has been passionate about books and reading since childhood.

Michael tells Stuart Cosgrove that after reading James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist when he was a teenager he became determined to become a writer himself.

His latest book Fantastic Mr Dahl is a biography of Roald Dahl written for children.

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Novelist Mark Billingham tells Stuart Cosgrove about five favourite books.

4/7 People from the literary world and beyond explain the impact books have had on their lives

Crime fiction writer Mark Billingham's books are best- sellers. His series of novels about the detective Tom Thorne have built him a loyal following.

He's also been a stand-up comedian, an actor, has written for television and well as producing a series of thrillers for children.

Mark explains to Stuart Cosgrove why he thinks the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is his life changing book. He also picks these four books and explains why they are important in his life.

Favourite childhood book - JAWS by Peter Benchley.

Non-fiction title - YOU NEVER GIVE ME YOUR MONEY by Peter Doggett

Book I've read most often - THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett

The Book I'd lend to someone else - THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS by John Connolly

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Picking 5 books that are significant to them our guests give us a fascinating insight into their lives through the books on their bookshelves.

Janice Galloway grew up in Saltcoats in Ayrshire and worked for ten years as a teacher before her first novel, The Trick is to Keep Breathing, was published in 1990

In 2002 she published her novel Clara about the life of the pianist Clara Schumann which won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award that year.

Her memoir This is Not About Me came out in 2008 and was followed by a second book of memoir, All Made Up, three years later.

Janice talks to Stuart Cosgrove about her childhood in Ayrshire, her relationship with her mother and big sister and her love of music.

Janice picks and discusses with Stuart these five books:

Favourite childhood book - Edward Lear's Complete Nonsense Verse.

A Life changing book - The Greek Myths as represented in the Children's Encyclopaedia

Non-fiction book: John W. Schaum Piano Course: A - The Red Book

The book you'd lend to someone else - Marguerite Duras - The Lover

Current book on the bedside table - - Professor Roy Porter - Flesh in the Age of Reason.

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Picking 5 books that are significant to them our guests give us a fascinating insight into their lives through the books on their bookshelves.

Charlie Higson is an actor, comedian and author. He created some of the best loved characters in The Fast Show on television as well as being one of its main writers.

He's written screenplays, novels and produced the Young Bond series of James Bond novels aimed at younger readers.

He was also a full-time musician in the 1980's which is where Stuart Cosgrove begins his conversation with Charlie when he hears about his time with The Higsons.

Charlie also picks these five books that have been influential in his life.

1: Favourite childhood book - The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm by Norman Hunter.

2: A Life changing book - POP 1280 by Jim Thompson

3: Non-fiction: Thinking, Fast and Slow - by Daniel Kahneman

4: The book you'd give to your teenage self. - From Russia with Love By Ian Fleming

5: Current book on your bedside table: Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth.

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Author John Burnside shares the five key books in his life with Stuart Cosgrove.

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Picking 5 books that are significant to them our guests give us a fascinating insight into their lives through the volumes on their bookshelves.

Poet and novelist John Burnside was born in Dunfermline and now lives in Fife.

As a youngster his family moved several times eventually settling in Corby in Northamptonshire.

After studying at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology John worked in the computer industry before returning to Scotland. He now teaches at the University of St Andrews.

John's been awarded a number of awards and prizes for his work. He's produced several books of poetry, novels and a collection of short stories. His memoir A Lie About My Father was published in 2006, and a sequel, Waking Up in Toytown in 2010. His latest novel, A Summer of Drowning was published in 2011.

In conversation with Stuart Cosgrove, John explains the impact moving from Scotland to Corby in Northamptonshire had on him as a youngster and how he found refuge in books, sometimes taking as many as ten volumes from the library at a time.

John picks the following titles as being particularly important to him.

1: Favourite childhood book: Lewis Carroll - Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

2: Life changing book: Friedrich Engels - The Condition of the Working Class in England.

3: Non-fiction: David Gilbert - Love and Struggle.

4: Favourite short story: D.W. Wilson - Once You Break A Knuckle.

5: Current bedside books: Thomas Glavinic's - Camera Killer

and Daniel Kehlmann - Measuring the Land.