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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Neil Gaiman20130908

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".

A Heart So White By Javier Marias2012100620121007 (WS)

Javier Marias taks to Harriett Gilbert about his novel A Heart So White.

Javier Marias taks to Harriett Gilbert about his novel A Heart So White.

Agatha Christie20180107
Agatha Christie20180107

Sophie Hannah and James Prichard discuss Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

This month World Book Club comes from the Belgium capital Brussels for an Agatha Christie special.

The programme visits the Bibliotheca Wittockiana to discuss one of the bestselling crime novels of all time: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie in which that shrewdest of detectives Hercule Poirot hunts for a killer aboard one of the world’s most luxurious passenger trains.

To help untangle this fiendish puzzleknot and discuss the enduring popularity of the Queen of Crime are acclaimed crime novelist Sophie Hannah who has brought the renowned sleuth back to life again with her sequels, and James Prichard, great grandson of Agatha herself.

(Picture: Agatha Christie at an event in 1967. Photo credit: BBC.)

Ahdaf Soueif20130804

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.

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

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.

Alan Hollinghurst: The Line Of Beauty20171105

Alan Hollinghurst talks about his Man Booker Prize-winning novel, The Line of Beauty.

Best-selling British writer Alan Hollinghurst talks about his Booker prize-winning novel, The Line of Beauty.

In the summer of 1983 20-year-old graduate Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the glamorous Notting Hill home of ambitious Tory MP Gerald Fedden. Nick’s glittering party and politics filled life is contrasted with the realities of his sexuality and gay life in London of the mid 1980s. Against a backdrop of Thatcherite politics and the emerging Aids crisis of that decade The Line of Beauty explores themes of hypocrisy, homosexuality, madness and privilege.

(Photo: Alan Hollinghurst. Credit: Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)

Alan Hollinghurst talks with Harriet Gilbert and the WBC audience about his Man Booker Prize-winning novel, The Line of Beauty.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

Andrea Levy20120513

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

Andrey Kurkov - Death And The Penguin2015090520150909 (WS)
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Ukrainian author Andrey Kurkov discusses his novel Death and the Penguin

Ukrainian author Andrey Kurkov discusses his novel Death and the Penguin

Andrey Kurkov discusses his darkly comic novel Death and the Penguin with Harriett Gilbert, and responds to listeners' questions from around the world. The book is set in the grey and deeply surreal world of the former Soviet republic, in which aspiring writer Viktor, who lives with his pet penguin Misha, is asked to write obituaries for Ukrainian VIPs. But the VIPs are still alive - for now. His pride turns to terror as he realises that both he and Misha have been drawn into a trap, from which there seems to be no escape.

The programme is recorded live in his native Ukraine, at the historic Mikhail Bulgakov Museum in Kiev.*

*(Bulgagov was a Kiev-born Russian writer and playwright from the first half of the 20th Century)

(Photo: Andrey Kurkov sitting next to his literary hero, Mikhail Bulgakov, in Kiev. Credit: Daniel Simons)

Ukrainian author Andrey Kurkov discusses his novel Death and the Penguin

Andrey Kurkov discusses his darkly comic novel Death and the Penguin with Harriett Gilbert, and responds to listeners' questions from around the world. The book is set in the grey and deeply surreal world of the former Soviet republic, in which aspiring writer Viktor, who lives with his pet penguin Misha, is asked to write obituaries for Ukrainian VIPs. But the VIPs are still alive - for now. His pride turns to terror as he realises that both he and Misha have been drawn into a trap, from which there seems to be no escape.

The programme is recorded live in his native Ukraine, at the historic Mikhail Bulgakov Museum in Kiev.*

*(Bulgagov was a Kiev-born Russian writer and playwright from the first half of the 20th Century)

(Photo: Andrey Kurkov sitting next to his literary hero, Mikhail Bulgakov, in Kiev. Credit: Daniel Simons)

Anne Enright20161002

discusses her Man Booker Prize winning novel The Gathering with Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience.

discusses her Man Booker Prize winning novel The Gathering with Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience.

Anne Enright - The Gathering2016100220161005 (WS)
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This month World Book Club talks to the acclaimed Irish writer Anne Enright about her poignant Booker Prize-winning novel The Gathering.

In it Veronica, one of the nine surviving Hegarty siblings, is bringing her brother Liam home to Dublin to bury. He walked to his death in the sea in Brighton, his brain muddled by drink, his pockets filled with stones.

As the Hegarty clan gathers to mourn at Liam’s funeral Veronica retraces the troubled history and the murky family secrets that have festered over the years and brought tragedy in their wake. A novel about love, death and the darkness of thwarted desire The Gathering has won admirers the world over.

Anne Enright discusses her Man Booker Prize winning novel The Gathering.

Anne Enright discusses her Man Booker Prize winning novel The Gathering.

Anne Enright discusses her Man Booker Prize winning novel The Gathering.

This month World Book Club talks to the acclaimed Irish writer Anne Enright about her poignant Booker Prize-winning novel The Gathering.

In it Veronica, one of the nine surviving Hegarty siblings, is bringing her brother Liam home to Dublin to bury. He walked to his death in the sea in Brighton, his brain muddled by drink, his pockets filled with stones.

As the Hegarty clan gathers to mourn at Liam’s funeral Veronica retraces the troubled history and the murky family secrets that have festered over the years and brought tragedy in their wake. A novel about love, death and the darkness of thwarted desire The Gathering has won admirers the world over.

Barbara Kingsolver20101002

Barbara Kingsolver 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.

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.

Barbara Kingsolver20101003

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

Bernhard Schlink - The Reader20110101

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

Bernhard Schlink - The Reader20110101

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

Bernhard Schlink - The Reader20110102

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

Bernhard Schlink - The Reader20110102

Boris Akunin20110507

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

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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Boris Akunin20110508
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Author Brian Aldiss talks to Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience about his classic sci-fi novel Greybeard.

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 hi...

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

C.k. Stead2012120120121202 (WS)

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

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

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.

Cees Nooteboom - The Following Story2016020720160210 (WS)

This quixotic ‘novel of ideas’ blends philosophical reflection with the haunting tale of Herman Mussert, a retired, outmoded ancient language teacher preoccupied with Classical antiquity. After falling asleep one evening in Amsterdam, he mysteriously wakes the next morning in a hotel room in Lisbon where he slept with another man’s wife twenty years earlier. From here Mussert embarks on an enigmatic journey of the mind, contemplating passion, death, wisdom and disillusionment. Presented by Harriet Gilbert.

Multiple award-winning Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom on his novel The Following Story

Multiple award-winning Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom on his novel The Following Story

This quixotic ‘novel of ideas’ blends philosophical reflection with the haunting tale of Herman Mussert, a retired, outmoded ancient language teacher preoccupied with Classical antiquity. After falling asleep one evening in Amsterdam, he mysteriously wakes the next morning in a hotel room in Lisbon where he slept with another man’s wife twenty years earlier. From here Mussert embarks on an enigmatic journey of the mind, contemplating passion, death, wisdom and disillusionment. Presented by Harriet Gilbert.

Multiple award-winning Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom on his novel The Following Story

Charlotte Bront - Jane Eyre20160508

Writers Claire Harman and Tracy Chevalier discuss Charlotte Bronte's classic Jane Eyre.

To celebrate the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, World Book Club travels back to Victorian England to discuss her captivating and enduring tale, Jane Eyre with writer Tracy Chevalier and biographer Claire Harman in a packed BBC Radio Theatre.

The novel traces the fortunes of a young orphaned girl searching for a sense of belonging and identity in a hostile world, plagued by both gender and social inequality.

Weaving together the sweeping romance between Jane and Mr Rochester, a social commentary on nineteenth century England and set against the eerie Gothic backdrop of imposing mansions and wild moorland, Brontë has produced one of the world’s most loved and timeless tales.

(Photo: Charlotte Bronte. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Christos Tsiolkas2014020120140202 (WS)

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Colm Toibin - Brooklyn20110807
Colm Toibin - Brooklyn20110807

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

Crime And Punishment2016110620161109 (WS)

Russian writer Dostoyevsky’s haunting classic thriller, Crime and Punishment, is celebrating its 150th birthday this year.

Consumed by the idea of his own special destiny, Rashkolnikov is drawn to commit a terrible crime. In the aftermath, he is dogged by madness, guilt and a calculating detective, and a feverish cat-and-mouse game unfolds.

Speaking on behalf of the novel are acclaimed Russian writer Boris Akunin and Russian scholar Dr Sarah Young who will be discussing this timeless Russian classic with the audience in the room at Pushkin House and around the world.

The three extracts of the book were taken from Oliver Ready’s translation by Penguin Books.

A special edition of World Book Club this month at London’s elegant Pushkin House, the UK capital’s Russian cultural hub.

This month, as part of the BBC’s Love to Read Campaign, presenter Harriett Gilbert is picking her favourite novel to discuss.

(Photo credit: Alexander Aksakov, Getty Images)

Boris Akunin and Dr Sarah Young discuss Dostoyevsky’s classic novel Crime and Punishment.

Boris Akunin and Dr Sarah Young discuss Dostoyevsky’s classic novel Crime and Punishment.

A special edition of World Book Club this month at London’s elegant Pushkin House, the UK capital’s Russian cultural hub.

This month, as part of the BBC’s Love to Read Campaign, presenter Harriett Gilbert is picking her favourite novel to discuss. It is Russian writer Dostoyevsky’s haunting classic thriller, Crime and Punishment, which is also celebrating its 150th birthday this year.

Consumed by the idea of his own special destiny, Rashkolnikov is drawn to commit a terrible crime. In the aftermath, he is dogged by madness, guilt and a calculating detective, and a feverish cat-and-mouse game unfolds.

Speaking on behalf of the novel are acclaimed Russian writer Boris Akunin and Russian scholar Dr Sarah Young who will be discussing this timeless Russian classic with the audience in the room at Pushkin House and around the world.

The three extracts of the book were taken from Oliver Ready’s translation by Penguin Books.

(Picture: Harriett Gilbert, Dr Sarah Young, Boris Akunin and Carl Prekopp. Credit: BBC.)

Russian writer Dostoyevsky’s haunting classic thriller, Crime and Punishment, is celebrating its 150th birthday this year.

Consumed by the idea of his own special destiny, Rashkolnikov is drawn to commit a terrible crime. In the aftermath, he is dogged by madness, guilt and a calculating detective, and a feverish cat-and-mouse game unfolds.

Speaking on behalf of the novel are acclaimed Russian writer Boris Akunin and Russian scholar Dr Sarah Young who will be discussing this timeless Russian classic with the audience in the room at Pushkin House and around the world.

The three extracts of the book were taken from Oliver Ready’s translation by Penguin Books.

A special edition of World Book Club this month at London’s elegant Pushkin House, the UK capital’s Russian cultural hub.

This month, as part of the BBC’s Love to Read Campaign, presenter Harriett Gilbert is picking her favourite novel to discuss.

(Photo credit: Alexander Aksakov, Getty Images)

Boris Akunin and Dr Sarah Young discuss Dostoyevsky’s classic novel Crime and Punishment.

This month, as part of the BBC’s Love to Read Campaign, presenter Harriett Gilbert is picking her favourite novel to discuss. It is Russian writer Dostoyevsky’s haunting classic thriller, Crime and Punishment, which is also celebrating its 150th birthday this year.

(Picture: Harriett Gilbert, Dr Sarah Young, Boris Akunin and Carl Prekopp. Credit: BBC.)

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 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

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".

Dbc Pierre - Vernon God Little2016090420160908 (WS)
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Harriett Gilbert talks to the hugely acclaimed writer DBC Pierre about his best-selling first novel Vernon God Little. An absurdly humorous look at the misadventures of a Texas teen named Vernon Little whose best friend has just killed 16 of their classmates and himself. In the wake of the tragedy, the townspeople seek both answers and vengeance; because Vernon was the killer's closest friend, he becomes the focus of their fury.

Hailed by the critics and lauded by readers for its riotous and scathing portrayal of America in an age of trial by media, materialism, and violence, Vernon God Little was an international sensation when it was first published in 2003 and awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize.

(Photo: DBC Pierre outside BBC Old Broadcasting House)

DBC Pierre discusses his book Vernon God Little and answers questions from the audience

DBC Pierre discusses his book Vernon God Little and answers questions from the audience

DBC Pierre discusses his book Vernon God Little and answers questions from the audience

Harriett Gilbert talks to the hugely acclaimed writer DBC Pierre about his best-selling first novel Vernon God Little. An absurdly humorous look at the misadventures of a Texas teen named Vernon Little whose best friend has just killed 16 of their classmates and himself. In the wake of the tragedy, the townspeople seek both answers and vengeance; because Vernon was the killer's closest friend, he becomes the focus of their fury.

Hailed by the critics and lauded by readers for its riotous and scathing portrayal of America in an age of trial by media, materialism, and violence, Vernon God Little was an international sensation when it was first published in 2003 and awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize.

(Photo: DBC Pierre outside BBC Old Broadcasting House)

DBC Pierre discusses his book Vernon God Little and answers questions from the audience

Deborah Moggach - Tulip Fever2015100320151007 (WS)
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This month World Book Club talks about the acclaimed international bestseller Tulip Fever with its British author Deborah Moggach. It's 1630s Amsterdam, and tulip fever has seized its inhabitants. Everywhere men are seduced by the exotic flower. But for wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort it is his young and beautiful wife Sophie that he desires above all, hoping that she will bring him the joy that not even his considerable fortune can buy. An heir.

He commissions a talented and dashing young portraitist to immortalise them on canvas, but as the portrait unfolds, so does a passion that breeds a grand deception – and as the lies multiply, events move toward a thrilling and tragic climax.

(Photo: Deborah Moggach)

(Credit: BBC)

A richly imagined historic tale of art, beauty,lust and greed in.1630s Amsterdam.

A richly imagined historic tale of art, beauty,lust and greed in.1630s Amsterdam.

This month World Book Club talks about the acclaimed international bestseller Tulip Fever with its British author Deborah Moggach. It's 1630s Amsterdam, and tulip fever has seized its inhabitants. Everywhere men are seduced by the exotic flower. But for wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort it is his young and beautiful wife Sophie that he desires above all, hoping that she will bring him the joy that not even his considerable fortune can buy. An heir.

He commissions a talented and dashing young portraitist to immortalise them on canvas, but as the portrait unfolds, so does a passion that breeds a grand deception – and as the lies multiply, events move toward a thrilling and tragic climax.

(Photo: Deborah Moggach)

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A richly imagined historic tale of art, beauty,lust and greed in.1630s Amsterdam.

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French writer Delphine de Vigan discusses her prize-winning novel 'No and Me' with Harriett Gilbert and listeners.

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French writer Delphine de Vigan discusses her prize-winning novel No and Me.

With an IQ that’s off-the-scale and a hyper-active mind 13-year-old Lou feels out of place amongst the beautiful, confident teenagers in her class. She finds no comfort at home as her mother is in the throes of a profound depression. Her life changes when she meets No, an older homeless girl, whom she immediately feels an affinity with.

Along with a classmate, Lucas, Lou tries to help No to build a life away from the streets. However, No's emotional scars run deep and she pushes Lou's friendship and trust to the limits.

Both poignant and funny, this haunting novel explores homelessness, friendship, love and loss.

(Photo: Delphine de Vigan. Credit: Delphine Jouandeau)

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French writer Delphine de Vigan discusses her prize-winning novel No and Me.

With an IQ that’s off-the-scale and a hyper-active mind 13-year-old Lou feels out of place amongst the beautiful, confident teenagers in her class. She finds no comfort at home as her mother is in the throes of a profound depression. Her life changes when she meets No, an older homeless girl, whom she immediately feels an affinity with.

Along with a classmate, Lucas, Lou tries to help No to build a life away from the streets. However, No's emotional scars run deep and she pushes Lou's friendship and trust to the limits.

Both poignant and funny, this haunting novel explores homelessness, friendship, love and loss.

(Photo: Delphine de Vigan. Credit: Delphine Jouandeau)

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To mark the recent death of Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, another chance to hear him discuss his epic poem Omeros.

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Another chance to hear Nobel laureate Derek Walcott discuss his epic poem Omeros.

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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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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.

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

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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Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her phenomenally successful novel Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her phenomenally successful novel Eat, Pray, Love

American writer Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her phenomenally successful novel Eat, Pray, Love. On a self-confessed ‘search for everything', Eat, Pray, Love charts the year in which Elizabeth Gilbert, aged 34, left behind her unfulfilling marriage, a volatile fling and life as she knew it, to embark on a spiritual voyage of discovery.

The memoir brings together humour, eccentricity and honesty as the author documents the trials and triumphs of her travels through Italy, India and Indonesia in search of pleasure, peace and personal growth.

With meditations on the culinary delights of Rome, spiritual development in an Indian ashram and passionate lovers in Bali, the enduring appeal of this bestselling memoir has drawn readers from all around the world as the author struggles to break free from the pressures of modern life and to find a deeper meaning and happiness.

(Photo: Elizabeth Gilbert)

Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her phenomenally successful novel Eat, Pray, Love

American writer Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her phenomenally successful novel Eat, Pray, Love. On a self-confessed ‘search for everything', Eat, Pray, Love charts the year in which Elizabeth Gilbert, aged 34, left behind her unfulfilling marriage, a volatile fling and life as she knew it, to embark on a spiritual voyage of discovery.

The memoir brings together humour, eccentricity and honesty as the author documents the trials and triumphs of her travels through Italy, India and Indonesia in search of pleasure, peace and personal growth.

With meditations on the culinary delights of Rome, spiritual development in an Indian ashram and passionate lovers in Bali, the enduring appeal of this bestselling memoir has drawn readers from all around the world as the author struggles to break free from the pressures of modern life and to find a deeper meaning and happiness.

(Photo: Elizabeth Gilbert)

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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….

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

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….

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

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

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

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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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Henning Mankell20110703

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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

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

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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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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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This month World Book Club talks to Scottish poet Laureate Jackie Kay

This month World Book Club talks to Scottish poet Laureate Jackie Kay about her award winning novel, Trumpet.

When legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody dies an extraordinary secret is revealed, one that he shared in life only with his beloved wife, Millie. On learning the truth about his father, their adopted son Colman is devastated and becomes easy prey for a tabloid journalist. Besieged by the press and overwhelmed with grief, Millie withdraws to their remote seaside home where she seeks solace in treasured memories of her fiercely private marriage. The reminiscences of those who knew Joss Moody render a complex and moving portrait of two people whose shared life was founded on an intricate lie that preserved their family, and their rare, unconditional love.

(Photo credit: Denise Else.)

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This month World Book Club talks to Scottish poet Laureate Jackie Kay

This month World Book Club talks to Scottish poet Laureate Jackie Kay about her award winning novel, Trumpet.

When legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody dies an extraordinary secret is revealed, one that he shared in life only with his beloved wife, Millie. On learning the truth about his father, their adopted son Colman is devastated and becomes easy prey for a tabloid journalist. Besieged by the press and overwhelmed with grief, Millie withdraws to their remote seaside home where she seeks solace in treasured memories of her fiercely private marriage. The reminiscences of those who knew Joss Moody render a complex and moving portrait of two people whose shared life was founded on an intricate lie that preserved their family, and their rare, unconditional love.

(Photo credit: Denise Else.)

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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.

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

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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discusses her novel Old Filth with Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience at Broadcasting House in London

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Jane Gardam discusses her novel Old Filth with the World Book Club audience

On this month’s World Book Club British writer Jane Gardam discusses her award-winning novel Old Filth with the studio audience at Broadcasting House and listeners from around the world.

Edward Feathers is a child of the Raj. His earliest memories are of his beloved Amah, a teenage Malay girl whom he is soon torn away from when he is sent back to be educated in pre-war England, so-called Home, where he is boarded out with strangers.

A career as a successful lawyer in Southeast Asia later earns him the nickname Old Filth, FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. Yet through it all Feathers has carried the wounds of his emotionally hollow childhood, wounds he now sets out to confront as an elderly widow.

(Photo: Jane Gardam. Credit: Victoria Salman)

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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

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

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

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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 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.

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

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discusses her novel 'Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit' with Harriet Gi...

discusses her novel 'Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit' with Harriet Gilbert and the World Book Club audience.

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Jeanette Winterson discusses her novel Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit with Harriet Gilbert

Jeanette Winterson discusses her novel Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit with Harriet Gilbert

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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Jeffrey Archer discusses his novel Kane and Abel with presenter Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience.

Jeffrey Archer - Kane And Abel20170604

Jeffrey Archer discusses his novel Kane and Abel with presenter Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience.

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British author Jeffrey Archer discusses his novel Kane and Abel.

This month World Book Club is in the BBC Radio Theatre and is talking to one of the most popular and widely read British novelists, Jeffrey Archer, about his stunningly successful novel Kane and Abel.

William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant are two ambitious men born on the same day on opposite sides of the world.

Their paths are destined to cross in the ruthless struggle to build a fortune and an empire. Fuelled by their all-consuming hatred for one another, over 60 years and three generations, through war, marriage, fortune, and disaster, Kane and Abel battle for the success and triumph that only one man can have.

(Photo: Jeffrey Archer and Mary Archer attend the press night of Photograph 51, 2015, London. Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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British author Jeffrey Archer discusses his novel Kane and Abel.

This month World Book Club is in the BBC Radio Theatre and is talking to one of the most popular and widely read British novelists, Jeffrey Archer, about his stunningly successful novel Kane and Abel.

William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant are two ambitious men born on the same day on opposite sides of the world.

Their paths are destined to cross in the ruthless struggle to build a fortune and an empire. Fuelled by their all-consuming hatred for one another, over 60 years and three generations, through war, marriage, fortune, and disaster, Kane and Abel battle for the success and triumph that only one man can have.

(Photo: Jeffrey Archer and Mary Archer attend the press night of Photograph 51, 2015, London. Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

British author Jeffrey Archer discusses his novel Kane and Abel.

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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.

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

talks about her book of short stories Unaccustomed Earth.

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

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.

talks about her book of short stories Unaccustomed Earth.

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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.

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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.

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Swiss writer Joël Dicker talks about his novel The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.

Swiss writer Joël Dicker talks about his novel The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.

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This month World Book Club are once again part of The Hay Literary Festival in Cartagena, Colombia. Harriett Gilbert and a Festival audience talk to the acclaimed Swiss writer Joël Dicker about his gripping and chart-topping novel The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.

A famous American writer suddenly finds himself the main suspect in a 30 year-old cold case in his sleepy home town in New England. His former student, a novelist desperate for material, appears as his only saviour.

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair is a fast-paced, tightly plotted, literary thriller, and an ingenious book within a book by a dazzling young writer.

(Picture credit: Valery Wallace Studio.)

Swiss writer Joël Dicker talks about his novel The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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)

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

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US literary superstar Jonathan Franzen talks about his hugely acclaimed novel Freedom. An epic of contemporary love and marriage, Freedom charts the exploits of the Berglund family, capturing the temptations and burdens of liberty, the thrills of teenage lust, the frustrations of trying to change the world, and the sobering compromises of middle age.

In fixing his unflinching gaze on the memorable trio of characters, Patty, Walter, and reprobate rockstar Richard Katz and on how they struggle to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of 21st Century America.

(Photo: Jonathan Franzen. Credit: Getty Images)

Epic of contemporary love and marriage capturing the temptations and burdens of liberty

Epic of contemporary love and marriage capturing the temptations and burdens of liberty

US literary superstar Jonathan Franzen talks about his hugely acclaimed novel Freedom. An epic of contemporary love and marriage, Freedom charts the exploits of the Berglund family, capturing the temptations and burdens of liberty, the thrills of teenage lust, the frustrations of trying to change the world, and the sobering compromises of middle age.

In fixing his unflinching gaze on the memorable trio of characters, Patty, Walter, and reprobate rockstar Richard Katz and on how they struggle to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of 21st Century America.

(Photo: Jonathan Franzen. Credit: Getty Images)

Epic of contemporary love and marriage capturing the temptations and burdens of liberty

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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 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.

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.

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.

Juan Gabriel Vasquez - The Sound Of Things Falling2016070320160707 (WS)
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We talking to acclaimed Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vasquez about his dark and compelling novel The Sound of Things Falling. Vasquez explores the recent tortured history of his home country through a complex interweaving of personal stories and confronts the disastrous consequences of the war between the drugs cartels and government forces which played out so violently in Colombia’s streets and in the skies above.

After witnessing a friend’s murder, Antonio discovers the many ways in which his own and other lives have been deformed by his country’s recent brutal past. His journey leads him back to the 1960s and a world on the brink of change; a time before drug-trafficking trapped a whole generation in a living nightmare.

(Photo: Juan Gabriel Vasquez. Credit: Hermance Triay)

Juan Gabriel Vasquez discusses his novel The Sound of Things Falling.

Juan Gabriel Vasquez discusses his novel The Sound of Things Falling.

Juan Gabriel Vasquez discusses his novel The Sound of Things Falling.

We talking to acclaimed Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vasquez about his dark and compelling novel The Sound of Things Falling. Vasquez explores the recent tortured history of his home country through a complex interweaving of personal stories and confronts the disastrous consequences of the war between the drugs cartels and government forces which played out so violently in Colombia’s streets and in the skies above.

After witnessing a friend’s murder, Antonio discovers the many ways in which his own and other lives have been deformed by his country’s recent brutal past. His journey leads him back to the 1960s and a world on the brink of change; a time before drug-trafficking trapped a whole generation in a living nightmare.

(Photo: Juan Gabriel Vasquez. Credit: Hermance Triay)

Juan Gabriel Vasquez discusses his novel The Sound of Things Falling.

Judith Kerr - When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit2016030620160309 (WS)

This month we talk to the much-loved German-born, British author and illustrator Judith Kerr about her classic children’s novel, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Set during World War Two, this semi-autobiographical novel traces the story of a young Jewish girl and her family who flee Berlin just as the Nazis come to power. The journey of a family splintered by conflict, driven by fear and eventually rewarded with reunion is seen through the eyes of the nine-year-old Anna. Judith Kerr’s novel, by turns heart-lifting and heart-rending has stood the test of time. Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year it continues to be enjoyed by readers of all ages to this day.

(Picture: Judith Kerr. Credit: Eliz Huseyin)

Judith Kerr will be talking about her novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Judith Kerr will be talking about her novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

This month we talk to the much-loved German-born, British author and illustrator Judith Kerr about her classic children’s novel, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Set during World War Two, this semi-autobiographical novel traces the story of a young Jewish girl and her family who flee Berlin just as the Nazis come to power. The journey of a family splintered by conflict, driven by fear and eventually rewarded with reunion is seen through the eyes of the nine-year-old Anna. Judith Kerr’s novel, by turns heart-lifting and heart-rending has stood the test of time. Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year it continues to be enjoyed by readers of all ages to this day.

(Picture: Judith Kerr. Credit: Eliz Huseyin)

Judith Kerr will be talking about her novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Junot Diaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Award-winning Dominican American writer Junot Diaz talks to World Book Club on location in Boston, US, about his wildly popular novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Moving across generations and continents, from the dark and tragic past in the Dominican Republic to struggles and dreams in suburban America the novel chronicles Oscar and his family’s search for love and belonging.

(Photo: Junot Diaz attends the Norman Mailer Center's Fifth Annual Benefit Gala. Credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Junot Diaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Award-winning Dominican American writer Junot Diaz talks to World Book Club on location in Boston, US, about his wildly popular novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Moving across generations and continents, from the dark and tragic past in the Dominican Republic to struggles and dreams in suburban America the novel chronicles Oscar and his family’s search for love and belonging.

(Photo: Junot Diaz attends the Norman Mailer Center's Fifth Annual Benefit Gala. Credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images)

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Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz on his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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

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Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz on his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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

Award-winning Dominican American writer Junot Diaz talks to World Book Club on location in Boston, US, about his wildly popular novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Moving across generations and continents, from the dark and tragic past in the Dominican Republic to struggles and dreams in suburban America the novel chronicles Oscar and his family’s search for love and belonging.

(Photo: Junot Diaz attends the Norman Mailer Center's Fifth Annual Benefit Gala. Credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Junot Diaz: The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao20180304

Award-winning Dominican American writer Junot Diaz talks to World Book Club on location in Boston, US, about his wildly popular novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Moving across generations and continents, from the dark and tragic past in the Dominican Republic to struggles and dreams in suburban America the novel chronicles Oscar and his family’s search for love and belonging.

(Photo: Junot Diaz attends the Norman Mailer Center's Fifth Annual Benefit Gala. Credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Kamila Shamsie - Burnt Shadows20101106

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.

Kamila Shamsie - Burnt Shadows20101106

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.

Kamila Shamsie - Burnt Shadows20101107

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

Kamila Shamsie - Burnt Shadows20101107

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

Karl Ove Knausgaard20170108

Harriet Gilbert talks to the acclaimed Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard about his book ‘A Death in the Family’.

Karl Ove Knausgaard - A Death In The Family2017010820170111 (WS)

We talk to the acclaimed Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard about A Death in the Family, volume one of his remarkable series of memoirs My Struggle.

Knausgaard writes with painful honesty about his childhood and teenage years, his infatuation with rock music, his relationship with his loving yet almost invisible mother and his distant and dangerously unpredictable father, and then his bewilderment and grief on his father's death. Becoming a father himself, he must balance the demands of caring for a young family with his determination to write great literature.

A Death in the Family is an exploration of the author’s past from which emerges a universal story of the struggles, great and small, that we all face in our lives.

(Photo: Karl Ove Knausgaard. Credit: Sam Barker)

Acclaimed Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard talks about his book A Death in the Family

Kathy Reichs - Deja Dead2014100420141005 (WS)

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

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

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

Kiran Desai2010010220100103 (WS)

discusses her novel The Inheritance of Loss with Harriett Gilbert.

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.

discusses her novel The Inheritance of Loss with Harriett Gilbert.

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.

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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, a place of endless humiliations.

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.

Desai’s novel is a profoundly moving cross-continental saga that sweeps around the globe

Desai’s novel is a profoundly moving cross-continental saga that sweeps around the globe

Desai’s novel is a profoundly moving cross-continental saga that sweeps around the globe

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, a place of endless humiliations.

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.

Desai’s novel is a profoundly moving cross-continental saga that sweeps around the globe

Laura Restrepo20170205

Columbian author Laura Restrepo discusses her novel Delirium at the Hay Festival of Literature in Cartagena.

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This month World Book Club are lucky enough to be in the beautiful old city of Cartagena in Colombia as part of the Cartagena Hay Festival of Literature. Harriett Gilbert will be talking to one of Colombia’s most acclaimed writers Laura Restrepo about her haunting novel Delirium and learning something about this stunning country’s troubled recent past.

Returning home after a business trip to discover his beloved wife Agustina has gone mad her kindly husband Aguliar delves back into her shadowy past to try to understand what has happened. Eventually he discovers the key to her madness buried deep in a Colombian story of money, power and corruption.

(Picture Laura Restrepo with Harriett Gilbert. Credit: BBC.)

Colombian author Laura Restrepo discusses her novel Delirium in Cartagena.

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This month World Book Club talks to Sudanese writer Leila Aboulela about her award-winning novel Minaret.

This poignant and lyrical tale traces the journey of a young woman, Najwa, who is forced to flee her native Khartoum in Sudan, amidst conflict and political turmoil and exchange it for the anonymity of London.

Drawing on her own experience, Leila Aboulela creates a rich and moving narrative, exploring the fault lines between traditional Islamic culture and the modern, cosmopolitan life of Western Europe.

This beautiful, challenging novel traces Najwa’s struggle with bigotry and faith; isolation and love as she attempts to make sense of her new life and surroundings whilst not losing sight of her roots and heritage.

Harriet Gilbert talks to Sudanese writer Leila Aboulela about her novel Minaret.

Harriet Gilbert talks to Sudanese writer Leila Aboulela about her novel Minaret.

This month World Book Club talks to Sudanese writer Leila Aboulela about her award-winning novel Minaret.

This poignant and lyrical tale traces the journey of a young woman, Najwa, who is forced to flee her native Khartoum in Sudan, amidst conflict and political turmoil and exchange it for the anonymity of London.

Drawing on her own experience, Leila Aboulela creates a rich and moving narrative, exploring the fault lines between traditional Islamic culture and the modern, cosmopolitan life of Western Europe.

This beautiful, challenging novel traces Najwa’s struggle with bigotry and faith; isolation and love as she attempts to make sense of her new life and surroundings whilst not losing sight of her roots and heritage.

Harriet Gilbert talks to Sudanese writer Leila Aboulela about her novel Minaret.

Lionel Shriver - We Need To Talk About Kevin20111001

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.

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

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

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
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.

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.

Live: Great Expectations20120204

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

Live: Great Expectations20120204

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

Live: Great Expectations20120205
Live: Great Expectations20120205
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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.

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.

Margaret Drabble20161204

discusses her novel The Millstone with Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience.

discusses her novel The Millstone with Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience.

Margaret Drabble - The Millstone2016120420161207 (WS)

This month World Book Club is talking to the acclaimed British writer Margaret Drabble about her remarkable novel The Millstone.

At a time when illegitimacy is taboo, Rosamund Stacey is pregnant after a one-night stand. Despite her independence and academic brilliance, she is naïve and unworldly and the choices before her are daunting. She must adapt to life as a single mother, but in the perfection and helplessness of her baby she finds a depth of feeling she has never known before.

The Millstone conjures a London of the sixties that is not quite yet swinging and where sexual liberation has not quite yet arrived.

(Picture: Margaret Drabble. Photo credit: Ruth Corney.)

This month World Book Club is talking to the acclaimed British writer Margaret Drabble about her remarkable novel The Millstone.

At a time when illegitimacy is taboo, Rosamund Stacey is pregnant after a one-night stand. Despite her independence and academic brilliance, she is naïve and unworldly and the choices before her are daunting. She must adapt to life as a single mother, but in the perfection and helplessness of her baby she finds a depth of feeling she has never known before.

The Millstone conjures a London of the sixties that is not quite yet swinging and where sexual liberation has not quite yet arrived.

(Picture: Margaret Drabble. Photo credit: Ruth Corney.)

Margaret Drabble discusses her novel The Millstone.

Margaret Drabble discusses her novel The Millstone.

This month World Book Club is talking to the acclaimed British writer Margaret Drabble about her remarkable novel The Millstone.

At a time when illegitimacy is taboo, Rosamund Stacey is pregnant after a one-night stand. Despite her independence and academic brilliance, she is naïve and unworldly and the choices before her are daunting. She must adapt to life as a single mother, but in the perfection and helplessness of her baby she finds a depth of feeling she has never known before.

The Millstone conjures a London of the sixties that is not quite yet swinging and where sexual liberation has not quite yet arrived.

(Picture: Margaret Drabble. Photo credit: Ruth Corney.)

Margaret Drabble discusses her novel The Millstone.

Maya Angelou20140607

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

My Sister's Keeper By Jodi Picoult2012090120120902 (WS)

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

Jodi Picoult talks to Harriett Gilbert in front of an audience about her novel My Siste...

Neil Gaiman20130908

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

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

Nuruddin Farah - Maps2016040320160407 (WS)
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This month, as part of the World Service’s Identity Season, World Book Club is in Cape Town, home of acclaimed Somali writer Nuruddin Farah, where we’ll be talking to him about his novel, Maps.

This moving and dramatic book is the first of three novels which make up Nuruddin Farah’s Blood in the Sun trilogy. Maps traces the journey of a young orphaned boy, Askar, who is taken under the wing of a loving surrogate mother, Misra.

Set in both Somalia and Ethiopia with an ever looming backdrop of conflict and political turmoil, Askar struggles to find and forge his identity in a land ravaged by war. Farah’s lucid exploration of struggle – both internal and external; personal and political – is as profound as it is compelling and draws on his own complex relationship with his native Somalia.

(Picture credit: Jeffrey Wilson.)

Somali writer Nuruddin Farah will be discussing his novel Maps with Harriett Gilbert

Somali writer Nuruddin Farah will be discussing his novel Maps with Harriett Gilbert

Somali writer Nuruddin Farah will be discussing his novel Maps with Harriett Gilbert

This month, as part of the World Service’s Identity Season, World Book Club is in Cape Town, home of acclaimed Somali writer Nuruddin Farah, where we’ll be talking to him about his novel, Maps.

This moving and dramatic book is the first of three novels which make up Nuruddin Farah’s Blood in the Sun trilogy. Maps traces the journey of a young orphaned boy, Askar, who is taken under the wing of a loving surrogate mother, Misra.

Set in both Somalia and Ethiopia with an ever looming backdrop of conflict and political turmoil, Askar struggles to find and forge his identity in a land ravaged by war. Farah’s lucid exploration of struggle – both internal and external; personal and political – is as profound as it is compelling and draws on his own complex relationship with his native Somalia.

(Picture credit: Jeffrey Wilson.)

Somali writer Nuruddin Farah will be discussing his novel Maps with Harriett Gilbert

Pat Barker2014010420140105 (WS)

Harriett Gilbert talks to Pat Barker about her classic novel Regeneration

Pat Barker2014010420140105 (WS)

Harriett Gilbert talks to Pat Barker about her classic novel Regeneration

Harriett Gilbert talks to Pat Barker about her classic novel Regeneration.

Pat Barker2014090620140907 (WS)

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’.

Pat Barker2014090620140907 (WS)

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

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

Paul Auster2012110320121104 (WS)

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

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

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 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.

Penelope Lively - Moon Tiger20111204

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

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)

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)

Peter Ackroyd2012050520120506

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

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

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

Peter Ackroyd20120506

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

Pj O'rourke - Eat The Rich2011020520110206

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

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

Pj O'rourke - Eat The Rich20110206

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

Richard Flanagan: Narrow Road To The Deep North20171203
Richard Flanagan: Narrow Road To The Deep North20171203

Richard Flanagan talks about his Man Booker Prize-winning novel

Best-selling Australian writer Richard Flanagan talks about his Booker prize-winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

This unforgettable novel about the cruelty of war and the tenuousness of love and life tells the story of captive Australian soldiers forced into hard labour, working on the Burmese railway during and after World War Two. At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943 which builds to a horrific climax as surgeon Dorrigo Evans battles and too often fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs.

(Photo: Writer Richard Flanagan. Credit: Joel Saget)

Robert Harris - Imperium2017040220170406 (WS)
20170405 (WS)

This month World Book Club visits the Oxford Literary Festival in the elegant surroundings of Worcester College, part of the university and is talking to the hugely popular British author Robert Harris with an audience about the first of his bestselling Roman trilogy, Imperium.

The setting is Ancient Rome, a city teeming with ambitious and ruthless men, but none more brilliant than a rising young lawyer Marcus Cicero who decides to gamble all on one of the most dramatic courtroom battles of all time. Scrupulously researched and vividly imagined Imperium brings to life the cutthroat politics and the timeless pursuit of power as one man seeks to attain supreme authority within the state.

(Picture: Robert Harris. Credit: BBC.)

Robert Harris discusses the first of his Roman trilogy, Imperium.

Robert Harris discusses the first of his Roman trilogy, Imperium.

Robert Harris discusses the first of his Roman trilogy, Imperium.

Romesh Gunesekera2013030220130303 (WS)

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

Romesh Gunesekera - Reef2013030220130303 (WS)

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.

Sebastian Barry - The Secret Scripture20170903

World Book Club talks to Irish literary superstar Sebastian Barry about his poignant novel The Secret Scripture.

This month World Book Club is celebrating its 15th birthday and has come to where it all began – in September 2002 - The Edinburgh Book Festival, to talk to Irish literary superstar Sebastian Barry about his poignant and much garlanded novel The Secret Scripture.

Now in her hundredth year Roseanne McNulty, once the most beautiful girl in County Sligo, has long been locked up in an mental asylum for reasons which gradually become clear as she decides to put down a secret record of her remarkable story.
Set against an Ireland besieged by conflict The Secret Scripture is at once an epic story of love and heart-rending betrayal and a vivid reminder of the stranglehold that the Catholic Church had on individual lives for much of the twentieth century.

Sebastian Barry - The Secret Scripture20170903

World Book Club talks to Irish literary superstar Sebastian Barry about his poignant novel The Secret Scripture.

This month World Book Club is celebrating its 15th birthday and has come to where it all began – in September 2002 - The Edinburgh Book Festival, to talk to Irish literary superstar Sebastian Barry about his poignant and much garlanded novel The Secret Scripture.

Now in her hundredth year Roseanne McNulty, once the most beautiful girl in County Sligo, has long been locked up in an mental asylum for reasons which gradually become clear as she decides to put down a secret record of her remarkable story.
Set against an Ireland besieged by conflict The Secret Scripture is at once an epic story of love and heart-rending betrayal and a vivid reminder of the stranglehold that the Catholic Church had on individual lives for much of the twentieth century.

Sebastian Barry - The Secret Scripture20170906

World Book Club talks to author Sebastian Barry about his novel The Secret Scripture.

This month World Book Club is celebrating its 15th birthday and has come to where it all began – in September 2002 - The Edinburgh Book Festival, to talk to Irish literary superstar Sebastian Barry about his poignant and much garlanded novel The Secret Scripture.

Now in her hundredth year Roseanne McNulty, once the most beautiful girl in County Sligo, has long been locked up in an mental asylum for reasons which gradually become clear as she decides to put down a secret record of her remarkable story.

Set against an Ireland besieged by conflict The Secret Scripture is at once an epic story of love and heart-rending betrayal and a vivid reminder of the stranglehold that the Catholic Church had on individual lives for much of the twentieth century.

(Picture courtesy of The Irish Times.)

Sebastian Barry - The Secret Scripture20170906

World Book Club talks to author Sebastian Barry about his novel The Secret Scripture.

This month World Book Club is celebrating its 15th birthday and has come to where it all began – in September 2002 - The Edinburgh Book Festival, to talk to Irish literary superstar Sebastian Barry about his poignant and much garlanded novel The Secret Scripture.

Now in her hundredth year Roseanne McNulty, once the most beautiful girl in County Sligo, has long been locked up in an mental asylum for reasons which gradually become clear as she decides to put down a secret record of her remarkable story.

Set against an Ireland besieged by conflict The Secret Scripture is at once an epic story of love and heart-rending betrayal and a vivid reminder of the stranglehold that the Catholic Church had on individual lives for much of the twentieth century.

(Picture courtesy of The Irish Times.)

Tan Twan Eng - The Garden Of Evening Mists2016060520160609 (WS)
20160608 (WS)

This month we’re in The Book Lounge Bookshop in Cape Town, South Africa and talking to the Malaysian novelist Tan Twan Eng about his Man Asian Literary Prize-winning novel, The Garden of Evening Mists.

This haunting tale, set in the jungles of Malaya during and after World War II, centres on Yun Ling, the sole survivor of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in which her sister perished.

Driven by the desire to honour her sister’s memory through the creation of a lush and sensuous garden Yun Ling falls into a relationship with the enigmatic Japanese gardener Aritomo and begins a journey into her past, inextricably linked with the secrets of her troubled country’s history.

(Picture: Tan Twan Eng. Credit: Lloyd Smith.)

Tan Twan Eng discusses his novel The Garden of Evening Mists.

Tan Twan Eng discusses his novel The Garden of Evening Mists.

Tan Twan Eng discusses his novel The Garden of Evening Mists.

This month we’re in The Book Lounge Bookshop in Cape Town, South Africa and talking to the Malaysian novelist Tan Twan Eng about his Man Asian Literary Prize-winning novel, The Garden of Evening Mists.

This haunting tale, set in the jungles of Malaya during and after World War II, centres on Yun Ling, the sole survivor of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in which her sister perished.

Driven by the desire to honour her sister’s memory through the creation of a lush and sensuous garden Yun Ling falls into a relationship with the enigmatic Japanese gardener Aritomo and begins a journey into her past, inextricably linked with the secrets of her troubled country’s history.

(Picture: Tan Twan Eng. Credit: Lloyd Smith.)

Tan Twan Eng discusses his novel The Garden of Evening Mists.

The Outsider2013110220131103 (WS)

Albert Camus' classic novel The Outsider is discussed by Camus' biographer Oliver Todd...

Albert Camus' classic novel The Outsider is discussed by Camus' biographer Oliver Todd.

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.

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

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

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 Seco.

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

The Redbreast By Jo Nesbo20120805

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.

Tim Winton - Cloudstreet20170702

Tim Winton discusses his novel Cloudstreet with Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience.

Tim Winton - Cloudstreet20170702

Tim Winton discusses his novel Cloudstreet with Harriett Gilbert and the World Book Club audience.

Tim Winton - Cloudstreet20170705

Tim Winton discusses his novel Cloudstreet with the World Book Club audience.

This month World Book Club is talking to chart-topping Australian writer Tim Winton about his unforgettable novel Cloudstreet.

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.

Precipitated by separate personal tragedies, two poor families flee their rural homes to share a "great continent of a house", Cloudstreet, in a suburb of Perth. The Lambs are industrious, united and religious. The Pickleses are gamblers, boozers, fractious, and unlikely landlords.

Over the next twenty years they struggle and strive, laugh and curse, come apart and pull together under the same roof, and try to make the best of their lives.

(Picture: Tim Winton. Credit: BBC.)

Tim Winton - Cloudstreet20170705

Tim Winton discusses his novel Cloudstreet with the World Book Club audience.

This month World Book Club is talking to chart-topping Australian writer Tim Winton about his unforgettable novel Cloudstreet.

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.

Precipitated by separate personal tragedies, two poor families flee their rural homes to share a "great continent of a house", Cloudstreet, in a suburb of Perth. The Lambs are industrious, united and religious. The Pickleses are gamblers, boozers, fractious, and unlikely landlords.

Over the next twenty years they struggle and strive, laugh and curse, come apart and pull together under the same roof, and try to make the best of their lives.

(Picture: Tim Winton. Credit: BBC.)

Toni Morrison20120407

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

Toni Morrison20120407

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

Toni Morrison20120408
Toni Morrison20120408

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

Val Mcdermid - A Place Of Execution20110604

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.

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

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

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
Val Mcdermid - A Place Of Execution20110605
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 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.

Witi Ihimaera - The Whale Rider20120108

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

World Book Club: Alaa Al Aswany20091107
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: 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
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: 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 Zafon20100703

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

World Book Club: Carlos Ruiz Zafon20100704
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 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 Grossman20111106

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

World Book Club: David Mitchell20100605
World Book Club: David Mitchell20100605

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

World Book Club: David Mitchell20100606
World Book Club: David Mitchell20100606

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

World Book Club: Gunter Grass20091003
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: 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 for the 2006 Booker Prize.

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 f.

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.

World Book Club: Hisham Matar20110904
World Book Club: Hisham Matar20110904

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

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

World Book Club: J.m.g. Le Clezio20100404

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

World Book Club: J.m.g. Le Clezio20100404

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

World Book Club: James Ellroy20091205
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: James Ellroy20091206

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

World Book Club: John Boyne20100306

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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: John Boyne20100307

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

World Book Club: Kiran Desai20100102
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: 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: Lionel Shriver20090705

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 i.

World Book Club: Richard Ford2010050120100502 (WS)

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

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

World Book Club: Richard Ford2010050120100502 (WS)

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...

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: Richard Ford20100502

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

World Book Club: The Great Gatsby20130505

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.

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

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.

01 LASTWorld Book Club20081206
01 LASTWorld Book Club20081206

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

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01 LASTWorld Book Club20081207
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01 LASTWorld Book Club20090207
01 LASTWorld Book Club20090207

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

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01 LASTWorld Book Club20090208
01 LASTWorld Book Club20090208

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

01 LASTWorld Book Club20090307
01 LASTWorld Book Club20090307
01 LASTWorld Book Club20090307

Harriett Gilbert puts your questions to a renowned author.

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01 LASTWorld Book Club20090308
01 LASTWorld Book Club20090308

Harriett Gilbert puts your questions to a renowned author.

01 LASTWorld Book Club: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie20090606
01 LASTWorld Book Club: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie20090606
01 LASTWorld Book Club: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie20090606

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

01 LASTWorld Book Club: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie20090607
01 LASTWorld Book Club: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie20090607
01 LASTWorld Book Club: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie20090607

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

01 LASTWorld Book Club: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 06/06/0920090606
01 LASTWorld Book Club: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 06/06/0920090606
01 LASTWorld Book Club: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 06/06/0920090606

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.

01 LASTWorld Book Club: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 06/06/0920090607
01 LASTWorld Book Club: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 06/06/0920090607
01 LASTWorld Book Club: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 06/06/0920090607
01 LASTWorld Book Club: Kate Grenville20090404
01 LASTWorld Book Club: Kate Grenville20090405
01 LASTWorld Book Club: Nawal El Saadawi20090502
01 LASTWorld Book Club: Nawal El Saadawi20090502
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.

01 LASTWorld Book Club: Nawal El Saadawi20090503
01 LASTWorld Book Club: Nawal El Saadawi20090503

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

01 LASTWorld Book Club: Nawal El Saadawi20090503

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