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Yann Martel: The novelist discusses his work.

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Yann Martel: The novelist discusses his work.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to author Rose Tremain about her historical novel Restoration.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to author Rose Tremain about her historical novel Restoration.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to author Iain Banks about his novel The Wasp Factory.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to author Iain Banks about his novel The Wasp Factory.

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To mark the death of the American writer Kurt Vonnegut, a repeat of the programme in which he answered listeners' questions about his anti-war novel Slaughterhouse Five.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Mario Vargas Llosa.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Wole Soyinka about Ake: The Years of Childhood.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Richard Dawkins about his book The Selfish Gene.

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A look at Salman Rushdie's classic award-winning novel Midnight's Children.

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Irvine Welsh discusses his novel Trainspotting.

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Armistead Maupin discusses his collection of inter-connected stories, Tales of the City.

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Armistead Maupin discusses his collection of inter-connected stories, Tales of the City.

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Michael Ondaatje discusses his novel from 1992, The English Patient.

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Sara Paretsky talks about Indemnity Only.

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Sara Paretsky talks about Indemnity Only.

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Sara Paretsky talks about Indemnity Only.

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Sara Paretsky talks about Indemnity Only.

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Italian author and philosopher Umberto Eco talks about his novel The Name of the Rose.

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Italian author and philosopher Umberto Eco talks about his novel The Name of the Rose.

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Italian author and philosopher Umberto Eco talks about his novel The Name of the Rose.

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Italian author and philosopher Umberto Eco talks about his novel The Name of the Rose.

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Edna O'brien discusses her book Country Girls.

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Edna O'brien discusses her book Country Girls.

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Edna O'brien discusses her book Country Girls.

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Edna O'brien discusses her book Country Girls.

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Crime fiction writer Patricia Cornwall discusses her novel Postmortem.

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Crime fiction writer Patricia Cornwall discusses her novel Postmortem.

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Crime fiction writer Patricia Cornwall discusses her novel Postmortem.

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Crime fiction writer Patricia Cornwall discusses her novel Postmortem.

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Jane Smiley discusses her classic novel A Thousand Acres.

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Jane Smiley discusses her classic novel A Thousand Acres.

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Jane Smiley discusses her classic novel A Thousand Acres.

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Jane Smiley discusses her classic novel A Thousand Acres.

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Harriet Gilbert talks to Sebastian Faulkes about his classic novel Birdsong.

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Harriet Gilbert talks to Sebastian Faulkes about his classic novel Birdsong.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Khaled Hosseini about his book, The Kite Runner.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Khaled Hosseini about his book, The Kite Runner.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Khaled Hosseini about his book, The Kite Runner.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to John Irving about The World According to Garp.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to John Irving about The World According to Garp.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to David Lodge about his novel Nice Work.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to David Lodge about his novel Nice Work.

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David Lodge discusses his acclaimed novel Nice Work.

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David Lodge discusses his acclaimed novel Nice Work.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to author Annie Proulx.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to author Annie Proulx.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to author Annie Proulx.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to author Annie Proulx.

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Harriet Gilbert talks to author Alice Walker about her book The Color Purple.

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Harriet Gilbert talks to author Alice Walker about her book The Color Purple.

Neil Gaiman20130908

Neil Gaiman talks to Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience about his book "...

Neil Gaiman talks to Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience about his book "American Gods".

Ahdaf Soueif20130804

talks to Harriett Gilbert and answers questions from listeners around the...

At this crucial moment in Egypt’s story in this month’s World Book Club we’re lucky enough to be talking with one of that country’s great writers, Ahdaf Soueif, about her internationally acclaimed novel, The Map of Love.

In her Booker-shortlisted bestseller Soueif weaves together two poignant stories separated by a century of Egyptian history: a love story between aristocratic English Anna Winterbourne and romantic firebrand Sharif al-Baroudi is set amidst the brutality of British imperialism and the fierce political battles of the Egyptian Nationalists. This tale reaches across time to an account of their descendants negotiating passions and political unrest in late twentieth century Egypt. We hear how Soueif had originally set out to write a ‘tawdry romance’ but hadn’t managed to stop herself writing something much more meaningful and monumental!

Listen to this timely opportunity to hear this great Egyptian voice clearly and compellingly explain exactly what has gone wrong in Egypt, in her eyes, over the last decade.

Albert Camus - The Outsider2013110220131103 (WS)

One hundred years after his birth this month’s World Book Club, will be discussing Albert Camus' seminal novel The Outsider with his acclaimed biographer Oliver Todd, and Professor of French at Sheffield University, David Walker. And appropriately the programme comes from the heart of the Left Bank of Paris to hear from them – at the world famous bookshop Shakespeare and Company overlooking Notre Dame. Here an eager audience gathers in the upstairs attic room where aspiring novelists are regularly to be found sleeping off their exertions in quiet alcoves.

As well as questions from the audience in the bookshop and from our wider audience abroad World Book Club also hears from feted writers from around the world explaining why they think this most startling tale of sun, sea, sand and murder is still one of the great classic novels of our age.

To complement this edition of World Book Club you can listen to a BBC drama of The Outsider and also to The Insider, a new play imagining the story of the silent Algerian characters that appear in Camus’ novel.

Picture: Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images.

Camus's classic is discussed by his biographer Oliver Todd and Professor David Walker

Amit Chaudhuri20130707

Harriett Gilbert talks to Amit Chaudhuri about his book "The Immortals”.

Amitav Ghosh2012052620120527

talks about his novel 'The Shadow Lines' with Harriet Gilbert and the Worl.

Amitav Ghosh talks about his novel 'The Shadow Lines' with Harriet Gilbert and the World Book Club audience.

Amitav Ghosh - The Shadow Lines2012052620120527

In the last of the London Calling season of World Book Clubs - which have been going out each Saturday during May - this week the programme are guests of The Nehru Centre, the cultural wing of the High Commission of India in London and talking to acclaimed Bengali Indian author Amitav Ghosh about his haunting novel, The Shadow Lines.

A moving and thought-provoking meditation on the very real yet invisible lines, which divide nations, people, and families, The Shadow Lines focuses on a family in Calcutta and Dhaka and their connection with an English family in London.

From the tales of his colourful cousin the narrator conjures up a picture of London in his imagination that is so vivid that he recognizes it instantly when he visits years later and learns that real places can be invented inside your head.

Photo by Jerry Bauer.

Andrea Levy2012051220120513

discusses her prize-winning book 'Small Island' with Harriet Gilbert and th.

Andrea Levy discusses her prize-winning book 'Small Island' with Harriet Gilbert and the World Book Club audience.

Andrea Levy discusses her prize-winning book 'Small Island' with Harriet Gilbert and th.

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discusses her prize-winning book 'Small Island' with Harriet Gilbert and th.

Barbara Kingsolver20101002

is with Harriett Gilbert to take part in a discussion about her international bestseller The Poisonwood Bible

Barbara Kingsolver is with Harriett Gilbert to take part in a discussion about her inte.

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is with Harriett Gilbert to take part in a discussion about her inte.

Bernhard Schlink - The Reader
Bernhard Schlink - The Reader20110101

Harriett Gilbert talks to Bernhard Schlink about his novel The Reader.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Bernhard Schlink about his novel The Reader.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Georgian author Boris Akunin about The Winter Queen

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Georgian author Boris Akunin about The Winter Queen

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Author Brian Aldiss talks to Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience about hi...

Author Brian Aldiss talks to Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience about his classic sci-fi novel Greybeard.

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answers questions from World Service listeners about his book My Name Was Ju...

C.K. Stead answers questions from World Service listeners about his book My Name Was Judas.

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Christos Tsiolkas talks to Harriett Gilbert and the WBC audience about his controversia...

This month, in the BBC Radio Theatre, World Book Club are talking to that chronicler of 21st century urban Australia Christos Tsiolkas.

He’ll be talking to us about his controversial, award-winning novel The Slap which has polarised opinion in his native country and across the globe. In it he presents an apparently minor domestic incident, when a man smacks a badly behaved child, from eight very different perspectives and examines how its aftermath reverberates through the lives and communities of everyone who witnesses it happen.

Colm Toibin - Brooklyn20110806

Hariett Gilbert talks to Irish author Colm Toibin about his book Brooklyn

A haunting tale of love, loss and familial duty, and winner of the 2009 UK Costa Novel Award, Brooklyn follows the fortunes of a young Irish woman who leaves home to make a new life for herself in 1950s New York.

Hear how Colm's own painful memories of homesickness in America and Spain inform Eilis' experiences in Brooklyn and how her ambivalent relationship to the small town Ireland she's left behind also echoes Colm Toibin's own.

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Hariett Gilbert talks to Irish author Colm Toibin about his book Brooklyn

Damon Galgut - The Good Doctor
Damon Galgut - The Good Doctor20101204

Damon Galgut's internationally acclaimed novel is the story of an idealistic medical graduate who arrives at an isolated South African hospital to take up a year's community service.

Damon discusses his novel The Good Doctor, and answers questions from BBC World Service listeners around the world.

Damon Galgut discusses his novel The Good Doctor, and answers questions from listeners

Damon Galgut - The Good Doctor20101205

Damon Galgut discusses his novel The Good Doctor, and answers questions from listeners

David Mitchell2013020220130203 (WS)

talks to Harriett Gilbert about his book "Cloud Atlas".

Doris Lessing20131123

The British author Doris Lessing died on 17 November at the age of 94. As a tribute the BBC World Service revisits Doris Lessing’s discussion with Harriett Gilbert from a 2003 edition of World Book Club, when she talked about her debut novel The Grass is Singing, which was published in 1950.

In an introduction to the original interview, Harriett remembers her encounters with Doris Lessing with affection and reminds us of the fact that she became the oldest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007 when she won the award for her life’s work.

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A novel about love, mysticism and the life of the Sufi poet Rumi

This month we’re talking to one of Turkey’s foremost writers Elif Shafak.

She’s answering your questions about her bestselling novel The Forty Rules of Love, an investigation into love, mysticism and the life of the famed Sufi poet Rumi.

Crossing continents and centuries two parallel love stories unfold and lives are turned upside down: Ella, an unhappily married modern day American housewife falls for a mysterious email correspondent and Rumi, the 13th Century mystic encounters his spiritual mentor, the wandering dervish, Shams of Tabriz.

Photo: Mychele Daniau/AFP/Getty Images.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to bestselling thriller writer Harlan Coben in front of a live W...

This month chart-topping US writer and showman Harlan Coben will be talking to Harriett Gilbert and a studio full of his readers about his page-turner of a thriller, Six Years.

Jake Fisher, a lovelorn professor of political science searches out the girl of his dreams who suddenly dumped him for another man six years ago and begged him not to contact her. When he finds himself entangled with a bunch of ruthless killers and criminals from the underworld Jake knows he should back off but passion for his lost love draws him further into a terrifying web of intrigue and murder.

Hear what Harlan has to say about how he creates such tightly coiled plots and why the sound of an upstairs toilet flushing is the scariest noise you can hear….

Henning Mankell20110702

Crime writer Henning Mankell talks to World Book Club about his book, Faceless Killers

Crime writer Henning Mankell talks to Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience about his book, Faceless Killers.

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Crime writer Henning Mankell talks to World Book Club about his book, Faceless Killers

Herman Koch2014110220141105 (WS)

Herman Koch talks with Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience about his dark...

This month World Book Club talks to bestselling Dutch writer Herman Koch whose hugely controversial and entertaining novel The Dinner took the literary world by storm five years ago, since when it hasn’t left the bestseller lists in its native Holland.

The Dinner explores a contemporary moral dilemma when two couples meet in a fashionable restaurant to discuss their children’s involvement in a horrendous crime. How far will a parent go to protect their son? The answer that gradually emerges seems to be: very far, indeed.

Hear Herman Koch, Harriett Gilbert and readers in the studio in London and around the world discuss The Dinner - and confess what they might have done in similar circumstances!

Hisham Matar - In The Country Of Men20110903

Harriett Gilbert talks to Hisham Matar about his debut novel In The Country Of Men.

Harriett Gilbert talks to Hisham Matar about his stunning debut novel In The Country Of Men.

Set in the bewildering world of Tripoli, it is the emotional tale of a young boy growing up, where fears, secrets and betrayal threaten the ties of family and friendship.

The novel was shortlisted for the 2006 Booker Prize.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Hisham Matar about his debut novel In The Country Of Men.

Harriett Gilbert talks to Hisham Matar about his stunning debut novel In The Country of Men.

Set in the bewildering world of Tripoli, it is the emotional tale of a young boy growing up, where fears, secrets and betrayal threaten the ties of family and friendship.

The novel was shortlisted for the 2006 Booker Prize.

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discusses his Man Booker Prize winner 'The Finkler Question' with Harri.

Howard Jacobson discusses his Man Booker Prize winner 'The Finkler Question' with Harriet Gilbert and a World Book Club audience

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PD James, Moni Mohsin and Susannah Fullerton talk about Jane Austen’s novel Pride and P...

This month in a very special edition, we’re celebrating that most English of novelists Jane Austen.

It’s two hundred years this month since the publication of Pride and Prejudice and we’ve invited bestselling British novelist and Jane Austen aficionado PD James, along with Anglo-Pakistani writer Moni Mohsin, also a great Austen fan and from Australia Susannah Fullerton, President of the Australian Jane Austen Society, all here to share with us their passion for this much loved classic English novel.

We’ll also be hearing from other writers from around the world – AS Byatt, Colm Toibin, Nii Parkes, Kamila Shamsie, to name a few, why the razor-sharp wit of Elizabeth Bennet and the cool hauteur of the gorgeous Mr Darcy are still drawing in more readers than ever across the globe in the twenty-first century.

Susannah Fullerton is the author of Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

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Award-winning writer Janice Galloway on her novel The Trick Is to Keep Breathing

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Janice Galloway20140802

Harriett Gilbert talks to award-winning writer Janice Galloway about her novel The Trick Is to Keep Breathing. Recorded at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Harriett discusses her novel about a drama teacher, Joy Stone, who is losing her grip on reality as she struggles to cope with the loss of her married lover and her mother.

Through the wit and irony that helped gain her international acclaim, Galloway crafts a picture of modern life and depression. Yet even as she sees her family and friends metamorphose into suspicious characters, Galloway's protagonist and the reader find the trick in living rests with the simplest things.

Photo: Janice Galloway (left) and Harriett Gilbert

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Award-winning writer Janice Galloway on her novel The Trick Is to Keep Breathing

Harriett Gilbert talks to award-winning writer Janice Galloway about her novel The Trick Is to Keep Breathing. Recorded at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Harriett discusses her novel about a drama teacher, Joy Stone, who is losing her grip on reality as she struggles to cope with the loss of her married lover and her mother.

Through the wit and irony that helped gain her international acclaim, Galloway crafts a picture of modern life and depression. Yet even as she sees her family and friends metamorphose into suspicious characters, Galloway's protagonist and the reader find the trick in living rests with the simplest things.

Photo: Janice Galloway (left) and Harriett Gilbert

Javier Cercas - Soldiers Of Salamis

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Author Javier Cercas talks to Harriett Gilbert and her World Book Club audience about his book Soldiers Of Salamis.

Author Javier Cercas talks to Harriett Gilbert and her World Book Club audience about h.

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Author Javier Cercas talks to Harriett Gilbert and her World Book Club audience about h.

Jeanette Winterson - Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit20120602

In June's World Book Club, Harriett Gilbert will be talking to bestselling British writer Jeanette Winterson about her hugely acclaimed novel Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.

Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is Jeanette Winterson's searing yet ultimately uplifting coming-out, coming-of-age tale in which a young girl learns to rebel against her fanatical, cult-like upbringing.

Hear just how important this ground-breaking novel has been for readers around the globe since its first publication 27 years ago.

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The Indian-American author on her book of short stories Unaccustomed Earth

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This month a chance to hear Pulitzer Prize winning Indian American writer Jhumpa Lahiri, whose new novel The Lowland has just been shortlisted for the British Man Booker Prize.

With presenter Harriett Gilbert and a studio full of readers Lahiri talks about her acclaimed short story collection Unaccustomed Earth, whose eight tales consider the lives of Indian American characters and how they deal with their mixed cultural environment.

Beginning in America, and spilling back over memories and generations to India, the book explores how family life and relationships are affected by the uprootings and resettlings of the Bengali immigrant experience.

Picture: Jhumpa Lahiri. Credit: Marco Delogu.

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Jhumpa Lahiri talks about her book of short stories Unaccustomed Earth.

Jo Nesbo - The Redbreast20120805

Jo Nesbo talks to Harriett Gilbert about his haunting thriller The Redbreast.

Another chance to hear from the astonishingly-successful Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo.

In the second of our duo of Scandinavian crime focussed World Book Clubs, we talk to Jo Nesbo about his haunting thriller The Redbreast.

Voted the best Norwegian crime novel ever, The Rebreast delves into neo-Nazi activity in Norway and ends up re-examining a crime that had its roots in the battlefields of the Eastern Front in World War II.

Hear how Jo admits that there's more than a little of him in his memorably dysfunctional detective Harry Hole and how his own parents ended up on opposing sides during the war, father fighting for the Nazis and his mother in the Norwegian resistance.

Join Harriett Gilbert to hear what our readers in the studio and around the world made of Jo Nesbo's The Redbreast.

Photo: Hakon-Eikesdal.

Jodi Picoult - My Sister's Keeper2012090120120902 (WS)

Jodi Picoult talks to Harriett Gilbert in front of an audience about My Sister's Keeper.

Jodi Picoult - My Sister's Keeper20120901

In September's edition of World Book Club superstar US novelist Jodi Picoult talks about her heart-rending novel My Sister's Keeper.

A searing examination of what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person - My Sister's Keeper confronts the question of whether it is morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child’s life.

In the programme Jodi talks with disarming openness about the near tragedy in her own life that helped to drive her to write the novel and she explains why for her writing feels like a form of schizophrenia.

John Grisham - A Time To Kill20130407

Harriett Gilbert talks to author John Grisham about his book A Time to Kill.

This month World Book Club are guests of the American Embassy in London and Harriett Gilbert and a studio audience will be talking to US superstar thriller writer John Grisham. They will be discussing his gripping debut novel A Time to Kill, written almost 30 years ago while Grisham was still a jobbing attorney in Mississippi.

In the novel a black father takes the law into his own hands after worrying that the legal system will fail to adequately punish the two white men who brutally raped and beat his daughter. In a fascinating discussion about racism in the deep south of America hear how John Grisham has wrestled with his own feelings of prejudice, his changing views on the death penalty and how he's stumped for words when told he's beautiful!

(Image: John Grisham. Credit: Bob Krasner)

Jonathan S Foer - Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close20120303

In the novel, Foer used 9/11 as a backdrop for the story of nine year old Oskar Schell, who learns how to deal with the death of his father in the World Trade Center.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close used many nontraditional writing techniques known as visual writing.

It follows multiple but interconnected storylines, is peppered with photographs of doorknobs and other such oddities, and ends with a 14 page flipbook.

Foer's use of these techniques resulted in both glowing praise and excoriation from critics.

Despite diverse criticism, the novel sold briskly and was translated into several languages.

Harriett Gilbert talks to Jonathan S Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Jonathan S Foer - Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close20120304

Harriett Gilbert talks to Jonathan S Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Jostein Gaarder2014070520140706 (WS)

talks to Harriett Gilbert about his novel Sophie’s World, at The House...

In this edition of World Book Club on BBC World Service, Jostein Gaarder talks to Harriett Gilbert about his novel Sophie’s World at The House of Literature, Oslo.

A chart-topping global surprise bestseller Sophie’s World draws us into the world of the great philosophers through the intriguing character of 14-year-old Sophie and her mysterious teacher. As their relationship develops a story emerges which raises profound questions about the biggest questions of all: where we come from, the origin of the universe and the meaning of life.

The prolific and prize-winning Norwegian writer explains to a room full of his readers how amazed he was by the phenomenal success of the novel and how attached he got to his characters as he created his multi-layered tale.

Kamila Shamsie - Burnt Shadows
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Kamila Shamsie discusses her novel Burnt Shadows, and answers questions from BBC World Service listeners around the world.

Kamila Shamsie discusses her novel Burnt Shadows, and answers questions from BBC World.

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Kamila Shamsie discusses her novel Burnt Shadows, and answers questions from BBC World.

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Crime writer and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs about her debut novel Deja Dead

World Book Club talks to award-winning American writer and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, about the first in her Temperance Brennan detective series, Deja Dead.

A nerve-jangling thriller that took the literary scene by storm when it was published in 1997, Deja Dead was the most successful crime-fiction debut ever. In it Kathy Reichs launches her intrepid heroine, a fearless forensic anthropologist and wannabe detective, Temperance Brennan. When the remains of a dismembered body of a woman, bagged and discarded, are discovered near an ancient burial ground Brennan suspects the work of a serial killer.

The police disagree, but Brennan sticks to her guns despite, or perhaps because of, her dark forebodings.

Picture: Kathy Reichs, Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg

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Kiran Desai discusses her novel The Inheritance of Loss with Harriett Gilbert.

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Kiran Desai discusses her novel The Inheritance of Loss with Harriett Gilbert.

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Kiran Desai discusses her novel The Inheritance of Loss with Harriett Gilbert.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Indian writer Kiran Desai about her internationally bestselling work The Inheritance of Loss.

Winner of the Man Booker prize in 2006, Desai’s novel is a profoundly moving cross-continental saga that sweeps around the globe from the Himalayas to New York City to Cambridge in the UK.

Reflecting the author’s own Indian-American upbringing the novel interweaves the grand disruptions of politics with the domestic lives and loves of three memorable characters, the morose judge, his lovelorn granddaughter Sai and their devoted, long-suffering cook.

Lionel Shriver - We Need To Talk About Kevin20111001

Harriett Gilbert talks to Lionel Shriver about her novel We Need To Talk About Kevin.

With the international release of the much anticipated film of We Need To Talk about Kevin in October, here's another chance to catch the World Book Club in which Harriett Gilbert and a studio audience talk to acclaimed American writer Lionel Shriver about this searing novel.

Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005, We Need To Talk about Kevin is the profoundly disturbing story of a boy who, shortly before his 16th birthday, kills seven classmates in a high school massacre.

Grippingly but unreliably narrated through the letters of his mother Eva to his absent father Franklin, the novel raises questions about culpability, the limits of maternal love and the nature of evil itself.

Lionel Shriver - We Need To Talk About Kevin20111002

Harriett Gilbert talks to Lionel Shriver about her novel We Need To Talk About Kevin.

Live: Great Expectations20120201

February 2012 marks the bicentenary of Victorian author Charles Dickens.

In this special edition of World Book Club, biographer Claire Tomalin talks to Harriett Gilbert about Dickens novel Great Expectations live from the BBC Radio Theatre, with actor Simon Callow.

(Image: Charles Dickens. Credit: Getty Images)

Harriett Gilbert talks to Claire Tomalin about Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Claire Tomalin about Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Claire Tomalin about Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Malorie Blackman in front of a live audience about her novel,...

Harriett Gilbert talks to Malorie Blackman in front of a live audience about her novel, Noughts and Crosses.

Maya Angelou20140607

The world's great authors discuss their best-known novel.

Maya Angelou - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings2014053120140601 (WS)

Maya Angelou reflects on some of her earliest and most difficult memories

Maya Angelou reflects on some of her earliest and most difficult memories and talks about her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in this special commemorative edition of World Book Club from our archive.

Mohsin Hamid20130602

Harriett Gilbert talks to Mohsin Hamid about his book "The Reluctant Fundamentalist”.

With the current global release of the film of Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid’s much garlanded novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, another chance to hear the writer talking about his tense and provocative thriller.

Through the eyes of the young, worldly-wise Pakistani, Changez, in conversation with a mysterious American stranger in a café in Lahore, this brief, gripping novel tells of a love affair with America that goes dangerously wrong and tackles the ever more relevant and complex issues of Islamic fundamentalism and America’s ‘war on terror’ with sympathy and balance.

So, go see the film, or better still read the book – and then tune in to World Book Club with Mohsin Hamid and Harriett Gilbert, to see what readers around the world made of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Pat Barker about her classic novel Regeneration

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Another chance to hear author Pat Barker talk to Harriett Gilbert about her internation...

Another chance to hear author Pat Barker talk to Harriett Gilbert about her internationally renowned novel ‘Regeneration’.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to author Paul Auster about his New York Trilogy.

Penelope Lively - Moon Tiger20111203

Harriett Gilbert talks to acclaimed British writer Penelope Lively about her Booker Prize winning novel Moon Tiger.

A haunting tale of loss, loneliness and secret desires Moon Tiger is the kaleidoscopic story of maverick historian Claudia Hampton.

Telling nurses on her death bed that she will write a "history of the world and in the process my own," she charts her intensely-lived life from her childhood in England after World War I to the war-torn desert plains of Egypt, 30 years later – and beyond.

Egocentric and condescending as well as vulnerable and gutsy, Claudia is a complex heroine for our times who lingers in the mind long after you put the book down.

Penelope Lively talks to Harriett Gilbert about her book Moon Tiger.

Penelope Lively - Moon Tiger20111204

Penelope Lively talks to Harriett Gilbert about her book Moon Tiger.

Per Petterson20140607

Per Petterson2014060720140608 (WS)

This month World Book Club comes to a surprisingly sunny Oslo as part of our mini Norwegian season to talk to one of the country’s most feted novelists Per Petterson, about his phenomenally successful novel Out Stealing Horses.

Per will be answering questions from a rapt audience here in the elegant canteen of his publishers about his poignant, compelling multi-award-winning tale.

Through passages of often achingly beautiful prose Out Stealing Horses explores universal themes of isolation, loss of innocence, paternal love and sexual passion and the unexpected betrayals that can follow in their wake.

Photo: Per Petterson by Tom Martinsen)

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Peter Ackroyd about his book 'Hawksmoor'.

Pj O'rourke - Eat The Rich
Pj O'rourke - Eat The Rich20110205

Harriett Gilbert talks to the US satirist PJ O'Rourke about his book Eat The Rich

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Romesh Gunesekera20130302

Harriett Gilbert talks to Romesh Gunesekera about his book "Reef".

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This month on World Book Club Harriett Gilbert will be talking with one of Sri Lanka’s leading writers, Romesh Gunesekera, about his acclaimed novel Reef.

Reef is the moving, multi award-winning story of young Triton, a talented young chef who goes to work for Mister Salgado, a marine biologist obsessed by swamps, sea movements and the island's disappearing reef.

So committed is Triton to pleasing his master’s palate that he is oblivious to the political unrest threatening his Sri Lankan paradise, and yet subtle undercurrents of impending doom do ripple through Triton’s haunting story of memory and friendship.

Harriett Gilbert talks to Romesh Gunesekera about his book Reef.

The Redbreast By Jo Nesb�20110402

Harriett Gilbert talks to one of Norway's finest crime writers, Jo Nesbo about his Seco.

Harriett Gilbert talks to one of Norway's finest crime writers, Jo Nesbo about his Second World War ghost story, The Redbreast.

The Redbreast By Jo Nesbo20110403

Harriett Gilbert talks to one of Norway's finest crime writers, Jo Nesbo about his Seco.

Voted the best Norwegian crime novel ever The Redbreast delves into neo-Nazi activity in Norway and ends up re-examining a crime that had its roots in the battlefields of the Eastern Front in World War 2.

Hear how Jo admits that there’s more than a little of him in his memorably dysfunctional detective Harry Hole and how his own parents ended up on opposing sides during the war, father fighting for the Nazis and his mother in the Norwegian resistance.

Jo Nesbo photo: Hakon-Eikesdal

Toni Morrison20120407

Harriett Gilbert talks to author Toni Morrison about her book 'Beloved'.

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Val Mcdermid - A Place Of Execution20110604

British writer Val McDermid discusses her page-turning crime novel A Place of Execution

Acclaimed British writer Val McDermid discusses her page-turning crime novel A Place of Execution.

A taut psychological suspense thriller told through two overlapping and interlocking narratives, A Place of Execution takes place both in the present day as well as 1963 rural England with two different investigators exploring the disappearance of a 13 year old girl who vanished without a trace on a bitterly cold winter's afternoon.

This is not a cosy novel but one that confronts us with brutal realities and stirs up uncomfortable reactions, gripping the reader up to the very last page and its stunning conclusion.

Val Mcdermid - A Place Of Execution20110605

British writer Val McDermid discusses her page-turning crime novel A Place of Execution

Acclaimed British writer Val McDermid discusses her page-turning crime novel A Place of Execution.

A taut psychological suspense thriller told through two overlapping and interlocking narratives, A Place of Execution takes place both in the present day as well as 1963 rural England with two different investigators exploring the disappearance of a 13 year old girl who vanished without a trace on a bitterly cold winter's afternoon.

This is not a cosy novel but one that confronts us with brutal realities and stirs up uncomfortable reactions, gripping the reader up to the very last page and its stunning conclusion.

Witi Ihimaera - The Whale Rider20120107

Witi Ihimaera is a New Zealand author, and is often regarded as one of the most prominent Maori writers alive.

He has written a considerable number of stories, with the most notable being works such as Tangi, Pounamu, Pounamu, and The Whale Rider.

His stories generally portray Maori culture in modern New Zealand.

His work often focuses on problems within contemporary Maori society.

Witi Ihimaera, a prominent Maori writer on his book The Whale Rider.

Witi Ihimaera - The Whale Rider20120108

Witi Ihimaera, a prominent Maori writer on his book The Whale Rider.

World Book Club: Alaa Al Aswany20091107

Harriett Gilbert talks to acclaimed Egyptian writer Alaa Al-Aswany about his bestselling novel The Yacoubian Building.

It was the Arab world's number-one bestseller for five years running after it was published in 2002.

The Yacoubian Building interweaves the stories of a group of diverse characters who live and work in downtown Cairo.

A moving study of politics and power, sex and revenge - centred on the apartment building - the Yacoubian building, which still stands in Cairo today.

The novel offers a compelling yet daringly scathing portrayal of modern Egypt since the Revolution of 1952.

Alaa Al Aswany talks about his acclaimed novel The Yacoubian Building.

Alaa Al Aswany talks about his acclaimed novel The Yacoubian Building with Harriett Gilbert and an invited studio audience.

Alaa Al Aswany talks about his acclaimed novel The Yacoubian Building with Harriett Gil.

World Book Club: Alaa Al Aswany20091108

Alaa Al Aswany talks about his acclaimed novel The Yacoubian Building.

Alaa Al Aswany talks about his acclaimed novel The Yacoubian Building with Harriett Gil.

World Book Club: Andrea Levy20100206

Harriet Gilbert talks to Andrea Levy about Small Island, a heart-warming and tale of love and immigration during World War II.

Harriet Gilbert talks to Andrea Levy about Small Island, a heart-warming and tale of lo.

World Book Club: Andrea Levy20100207

Harriet Gilbert talks to Andrea Levy about Small Island, a heart-warming and tale of lo.

World Book Club: Carlos Ruiz Zafon20100703

Harriett Gilbert talks to Carlos Ruiz Zafon about his novel The Shadow of the Wind.

World Book Club: Carlos Ruiz Zafon20100704

Harriett Gilbert talks to Carlos Ruiz Zafon about his novel The Shadow of the Wind.

World Book Club: David Grossman20111105

Israeli author and activist David Grossman talks to Harriett Gilbert about his book, To the End of the Land.

Israeli author and activist David Grossman talks to Harriett Gilbert about his book, To.

World Book Club: David Grossman20111106

Israeli author and activist David Grossman talks to Harriett Gilbert about his book, To.

World Book Club: David Mitchell20100605

Harriett Gilbert talks to David Mitchell about his novel Cloud Atlas.

World Book Club: David Mitchell20100606

Harriett Gilbert talks to David Mitchell about his novel Cloud Atlas.

World Book Club: Gunter Grass20091003

Half a century on from its first publication, G�nter Grass will be talking about The Tin Drum from his home in Lubeck, Germany.

Half a century on from its first publication, G�nter Grass will be talking about The T.

World Book Club: Gunter Grass20091004

Half a century on from its first publication, G�nter Grass will be talking about The T.

World Book Club: Hisham Matar20110903

Hisham Matar talks about his debut novel In the Country of Men, which was shortlisted f.

Hisham Matar talks about his debut novel In the Country of Men, which was shortlisted for the 2006 Booker Prize.

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Hisham Matar talks about his debut novel In the Country of Men, which was shortlisted f.

World Book Club: J.m.g. Le Clezio20100403

French Nobel Laureate JMG Le Clezio talks to Harriett Gilbert in front of an invited studio audience about his recently-translated work Desert.

Contrasting the beauty of a lost culture in the North African desert with a depiction of Europe seen through the eyes of unwanted immigrants, the novel is a rich, poetic and provocative epic about colonization and its legacy, which is still painfully relevant after 30 years.

Nobel prize winner JMG Le Clezio discusses his acclaimed novel Desert.

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Nobel prize winner JMG Le Clezio discusses his acclaimed novel Desert.

World Book Club: James Ellroy20091205

James Ellroy discusses his novel American Tabloid with Harriett Gilbert and an invited audience.

James Ellroy discusses his novel American Tabloid with Harriett Gilbert and an invited.

World Book Club: James Ellroy20091206

James Ellroy discusses his novel American Tabloid with Harriett Gilbert and an invited.

World Book Club: John Boyne20100306

John Boyne discusses his acclaimed novel 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' with Harriett Gilbert and an invited studio audience.

John Boyne discusses his acclaimed novel 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' with Harriett.

World Book Club: John Boyne20100307

John Boyne discusses his acclaimed novel 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' with Harriett.

World Book Club: Kiran Desai20100102

Kiran Desai discusses the novel The Inheritance of Loss with Harriett Gilbert and an invited audience.

Kiran Desai discusses the novel The Inheritance of Loss with Harriett Gilbert and an in.

World Book Club: Kiran Desai20100103

Kiran Desai discusses the novel The Inheritance of Loss with Harriett Gilbert and an in.

World Book Club: Lionel Shriver2009070420090705

This month Harriett Gilbert talks to acclaimed American writer Lionel Shriver.

Her prizewinning novel, We Need to Talk about Kevin, is the profoundly disturbing story of a boy who, shortly before his 16th birthday, kills seven classmates in a high school massacre.

Grippingly but unreliably narrated through the letters from his mother to his absent father, the novel raises questions about culpability, the limits of maternal love and the nature of evil itself.

Lionel Shriver discusses her best selling novel We Need To Talk About Kevin.

Lionel Shriver discusses her best selling novel 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' with an invited studio audience.

Lionel Shriver discusses her best selling novel 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' with an i.

World Book Club: Richard Ford2010050120100502 (WS)

Richard Ford discusses his classic novel 'The Sportswriter' with Harriett Gilbert and a...

World Book Club: Richard Ford20100501

Richard Ford discusses his classic novel 'The Sportswriter' with Harriett Gilbert and an invited studio audience.

World Book Club: Richard Ford20100501

Richard Ford discusses his classic novel 'The Sportswriter' with Harriett Gilbert and an invited studio audience.

Richard Ford discusses his classic novel 'The Sportswriter' with Harriett Gilbert and a.

World Book Club: Richard Ford20100502

Richard Ford discusses his classic novel 'The Sportswriter' with Harriett Gilbert and a.

World Book Club: The Great Gatsby20130505

American Classic: Jay McInerney talks to Harriett Gilbert about F Scott Fitzgerald's novel

This month a very special edition of World Book Club coming from New York City in the USA.

We’re partnering up with the acclaimed weekly Lenny Lopate Bookshow on the New York radio station WNYC. In advance of the much anticipated film about to open worldwide we’ve come here to discuss that classic novel of The Roaring Twenties, The Great Gatsby. And who better to talk to about it than chronicler of today’s New York young urban sophisticates, novelist Jay McInerney. He is joined on stage by F Scott Fitzgerald scholar Anne Margaret Daniel and together we discuss the haunting tale of dazzling, doomed Jay Gatsby as told to through the eyes of young Midwesterner Nick Carraway.

Jay McInerney photo by David Howell.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Derek Walcott about his epic poem Omeros.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Derek Walcott about his epic poem Omeros.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to David Guterson about his novel Snow Falling on Cedars.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to David Guterson about his novel Snow Falling on Cedars.

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Harriett Gilbert puts your questions to a renowned author.

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Harriett Gilbert puts your questions to a renowned author.

01 LASTWorld Book Club: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie20090606

Harriett Gilbert talks to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the novel Half of a Yellow Sun.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the novel Half of a Yellow Sun.

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In this month's World Book Club Harriett Gilbert will be at London's South Bank Arts Centre talking to internationally acclaimed writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about her bestselling novel Half of a Yellow Sun.

Winner of the UK Orange Prize for fiction in 2007 Half of a Yellow Sun charts the stories of three intersecting lives turned upside down by the Nigerian-Biafran war in the late 1960s.

Village boy Ugwu comes to work for a charismatic professor.

The professor's glamorous girlfriend Olanna forgoes her life of luxury to live with him and Englishman Richard is in thrall to Olanna's enigmatic twin sister.

Meanwhile the shadow of this most horrific of civil wars, whose repercussions are still felt in Nigeria today, looms ever larger.

Book list:

Title: Half of a Yellow Sun

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Publisher: Fourth Estate

ISBN-13: 978-0007200276

Harriett Gilbert talks to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the novel Half of a Yellow Sun.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the novel Half of a Yellow Sun.

01 LASTWorld Book Club: Nawal El Saadawi20090502

Harriett Gilbert talks to internationally acclaimed Egyptian writer Nawal El Saadawi about her classic novel Woman at Point Zero.

Written over 30 years ago but still resonating clearly today Woman at Point Zero is a dark and powerful account of the life of a young woman awaiting execution in a Cairo prison for murdering her pimp.

Her crime, borne of anger at her lifelong mistreatment at the hands of men, is one she confesses to with no shame.

The urgency and passion of the writing in this book is more than matched by the author's response to the questions posed by you, our World Book Club listeners, around the world.

Harriett Gilbert talks to Nawal El Saadawi about her novel Women At Point Zero.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Nawal El Saadawi about her novel Women At Point Zero.