My Life In Five Books

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04Bernard MacLaverty20121225

04Bernard Maclaverty2012122520151228 (RS)

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.

0108Quintin Jardine20101021

0108Quintin Jardine2010102120161009 (RS)

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.

0208Val McDermid20110818

0208Val Mcdermid2011081820160821 (RS)

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

0208Val McDermid20110818

0208Val Mcdermid2011081820160817 (RS)

Treat yourself to a treat from the BBC Radio Scotland archives in this delightful programme where crime writer Val McDermid shares some of her all time favourite books with Stuart Cosgrove. Best selling author Val McDermid grew up in Kirkcaldy then 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, the rest, as they say, is history!

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.

0401Maggie O'Farrell20130812

0401Maggie O'Farrell2013081220130818 (RS)

1/5 Edinburgh based bestselling novelist Maggie O'Farrell discusses with Stuart Cosgrove these five special books that have been pivotal in her life.

1:Favourite childhood book: The Moomin books by Tove Jansson:

2: A Life changing book: The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter.

3: Non-fiction title: Penguin Dictionary of First Names by David Pickering.

4: Book you've read most often: Earthly Powers - Anthony Burgess.

5: Favourite short story: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

0401Maggie O'Farrell2013081220130818 (RS)

1/5 Edinburgh based bestselling novelist Maggie O'Farrell discusses with Stuart Cosgrove these five special books that have been pivotal in her life.

1:Favourite childhood book: The Moomin books by Tove Jansson:

2: A Life changing book: The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter.

3: Non-fiction title: Penguin Dictionary of First Names by David Pickering.

4: Book you've read most often: Earthly Powers - Anthony Burgess.

5: Favourite short story: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

0405William McIlvanney20130816

0405William McIlvanney20130816

5/5 William McIlvanney is one of our best known novelists who has also written short stories, poetry and has worked as a journalist and TV presenter. He's regarded as "the godfather of tartan noir" and now his publisher is bringing out new editions of his crime novels featuring the Glasgow detective Laidlaw.

William tells Stuart Cosgrove about five books that have made a real impact on him including his favourite book from childhood, a life changing book and the title he has returned to most often.

0405William McIlvanney20130816

5/5 William McIlvanney is one of our best known novelists who has also written short stories, poetry and has worked as a journalist and TV presenter. He's regarded as "the godfather of tartan noir" and now his publisher is bringing out new editions of his crime novels featuring the Glasgow detective Laidlaw.

William tells Stuart Cosgrove about five books that have made a real impact on him including his favourite book from childhood, a life changing book and the title he has returned to most often.

0405William McIlvanney20130816

0405William McIlvanney2013081620140712 (RS)

5/5 William McIlvanney is one of our best known novelists who has also written short stories, poetry and has worked as a journalist and TV presenter. He's regarded as "the godfather of tartan noir" and now his publisher is bringing out new editions of his crime novels featuring the Glasgow detective Laidlaw.

William tells Stuart Cosgrove about five books that have made a real impact on him including his favourite book from childhood, a life changing book and the title he has returned to most often.