Paperback Writers

Paperback Writers takes a closer look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful novelists, and how they weave those influences through their work.

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0101Ian Rankin20101128

Novelist Ian Rankin opens the Paperback Writers season with his pick of the best of 2010.

A Scottish theme runs throgh the show with tracks from Steve mason, Belle & Sebastian & Mogwai.

Plus an insight in to the music that accompanies Ian as he sits behind a keyboard creating modern noir fiction.

0102Simon Armitage20101205

Poet Simon Armitage CBE if you will!! Waxes lyrical about his musical heroes.

He assures us Bob Dylan is no poet and that The Fall have written a song about him!

Tunes featured include inspired lyrics from the likes of David Bowie, Cherry Ghost, Momus and Belle And Sebastian.

Join Simon then for a carefully crafted meander with his musical muses.

Poet Simon Armitage CBE, if you will! He waxes lyrical about his musical heroes.

0103 LASTJonathan Coe20101212

Author Jonathan Coe tells 6 Music about his musical influences.

0201David Nicholls20111106

Literary sensation, with 1.4 million readers for his third novel 'One Day' & BAFTA nominated script writer David Nicholls kicks off the new series of Paperback Writers.

For the next hour David has chosen the tunes that he would like you to hear and that have played a part in his life and or his literary world.

David not only has taken the publishing world by storm but has always had a foot in the acting world, once he was an actor, and then he found fame in the world of script writing, with the highly acclaimed TV series Cold Feet and now fortune in the world of novels.

The author of The Understudy, Starter For Ten, the University Challenge coming-of-age tale that was made into a film starring James Mcavoy, and his third novel One Day starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

The last two he wrote the screen adaptations for and music plays a big part in them.

If you haven't read One Day or know someone who has read the book have you been living under a rock?

David Nicholls, screenwriter and author of One Day, curates the show.

0202Mark Billingham20111113

Paperback Writers continues with best selling crime fiction writer Mark Billingham.

Mark's choices have an obvious dark and dangerous theme yet with a twist of cheese you can see why he and his protagonist Tom Thorne, from his crime novels, love their Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.

You'll hear how Mark agonised over the songs he chose for this hour and from his first choice to his last you'll get to understand why his writing has taken him down the mysterious path of crime fiction.

Mark not only is a novelist but has also written screen plays, is an actor and stand up comedian.

Crime writer Mark Billingham reveals his dark, dangerous and sometimes cheesy selection.

0203Oliver Jeffers20111120

Throughout November every Sunday from midday you can hear an hour of music curated by an author in Paperback Writers.

And this Sunday it's the turn of Oliver Jeffers, the award winning artist, illustrator, and author of children's picture books including, Lost and Found, The Incredible Book Eating Boy and Stuck..

Oliver has chosen the music that has marked significant milestones in his life, so you can sit back and travel with him as a young lad in Northern Ireland, around Australia and to New York, where he now lives and recorded the show for us.

Like many of us, Mark found his musical taste in various places, from his parents, friends and from digging deeper into the music of artists he loves.

Like the writers that preceded him, Oliver now shares his absolute passion for music with the 6 Music listeners.

Award-winning children's picturebook writer Oliver Jeffers chooses his milestone tracks.

0204 LASTIain Banks2011112720130614 (6M)

, aka Iain M Banks, tells stories of student days in Scotland, squatting in England, near death experiences, and finally his more serene life in the wilds of Scotland.

Iain Banks, aka Iain M Banks, tells stories of student days and near death experiences.

As a tribute to Iain Banks, who died on Sunday, there is another chance to hear his appearance on the 6 Music series Paperback Writers, in which he shares his favourite music and stories about his life. This programme was first broadcast in November 2011.

Iain Banks aka Iain M Banks (in his sci-fi guise) was the man behind transfixing novels Complicity and Wasp Factory. Iain's wit and music carries you through the hour where you'll journey with him back to his colourful student days in Scotland, to squats in England and finally a serene life in the wilds of Scotland.

0301Jake Arnott2012050620120513
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Novelist Jake Arnott shares his musical influences.

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: The Written Word,

The series begins this week with Jake Arnott, author of five novels including The Long Firm, which was the bestselling debut novel of 1999. Harry Stark, the charismatic anti-hero of The Long Firm, appeared in the next two of Jake's novels, He Kills Coppers and Truecrime. Johnny Come Home followed in 2006 and the highly acclaimed The Devil's Paintbrush in 2009.

The Long Firm was made into a BAFTA-nominated series for BBC Two in 2004, starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Strong. In 2008, his thriller He Kills Coppers was made into a critically acclaimed series for ITV1, starring Rafe Spall and Kelly Reilly.

Music has played a big part in shaping Jake's life. He once interview Morrissey for Time Out and In Johnny Come Home the protagonist is a 1970s glam rock star. Jake also made a cameo appearance in Telstar, the film biopic about cult 60s record producer Joe Meek. David Bowie is a big fan of Jake's work. The musician comments that: "whenever he's got a new book out, I drop everything, knowing that the next couple of hours are going to be pure gangland bliss."

His sixth novel, The House of Rumour, comes out in the summer and Jake will be giving us a special preview reading from it during the show, along with some great musical choices from the Clash, Nina Simone, Althea and Donna, Wire, Augustus Pablo, The Smiths, PM Dawn and, of course, David Bowie.

shares his musical influences.

Music has played a big part in shaping Jake's life. He once interviewed Morrissey for Time Out and In Johnny Come Home the protagonist is a 1970s glam rock star. Jake also made a cameo appearance in Telstar, the film biopic about cult 60s record producer Joe Meek. David Bowie is a big fan of Jake's work. The musician comments that: "whenever he's got a new book out, I drop everything, knowing that the next couple of hours are going to be pure gangland bliss."

0302Esther Freud2012051320120520
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Novelist Esther Freud shares her musical influences.

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: The Written Word,

The series continues with novelist Esther Freud daughter of the artist Lucian Freud. Her debut novel, Hideous Kinky was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was made into a film starring Kate Winslet. Esther's latest novel Lucky Break is a series of short stories set in the world of acting.

Esther will be sharing some of her favourite songs including Patsy Cline, The Faces, The Clash and The Arctic Monkeys.

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0303Alain De Botton2012052020120527

The series continues with Alain De Botton a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life.'

Alain has written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain's latest book is titled Religion for Atheists, a non-believer's guide to the uses of religion.

Alain will be sharing his musical influences which include REM, 10,000 Maniacs and Sinead O'Connor

0304 LASTCharlie Higson2012052720120603
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The series continues this week with writer Charlie Higson. Charlie is the author of the Young Bond series which has now sold over a million copies in the UK and has been translated into over 24 different languages.

Charlie is a huge fan of horror films and books, and even studied gothic literature at university. The first novel in his bestselling zombie-adventure series for teenagers, The Enemy, was published in September 2009.

After leaving university, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then turned to comedy and has starred in TV shows including The Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars, and the the Fast Show.

Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers.