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Stephen Kelman tells Nicola
Barranger about how he got into writing. His first book Pigeon
English was nominated for the Man Booker
prize in 2011.
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Following the success of her latest book The Long Song
Andrea Levy discusses how slavery has been
recorded in British history.
Talking to Nicola Barranger in
this audio interview Levy points out that since slavery happened
mostly across the Atlantic, many schools and universities in the UK
would rather ignore the contribution that 300 or so years of
slavery have made to British history.
Winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
The Long Song was shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for
In her 16th novel, Family Album Booker Prize winner
Penelope Lively paints a delightful picture of family life
somewhere (or indeed anywhere) in Britain. Nine people live in a
vast house and the children have a shared if (as we discover later)
somewhat unorthodox upbringing.
She tells Nicola Barranger
why she wanted to write the book
In a separate interview Penelope Lively explains that the
art of writing has for her changed over the
Nicola Barranger Patrick Gale explains the thinking behind
A Perfectly Good Man and how inspiration came from a news
item concerning the parents of a tetraplegic, who helped their son
travel to Switzerland in order to commit suicide.
In an extension to
the conversation, Patrick Gale explains why he enjoys the challenge
of writing about faith in his novels.
Liz Jensen's latest novel is no less disturbing than those for
which she has developed her dedicated following. Talking to Nicola
Barranger she explains how what started out as a ghost story
developed into a stark warning about the future of the planet. Once
again a child is once again at the centre of the novel something,
in this particular novel children chillingly start to murder family
members for no reason and with no remorse. In this interview
Liz asks why so few men purchase novels written by women.
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In an audio slideshow interview, Justin Cartwright talks about
his book To Heaven by Water..
..explaining that for him, writing is as much about examining
the Human Condition as it is about the narrative.