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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:53 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I only heard a bit of this this morning (having missed last week's all together), but Mark Lawson had some fabulous deadpan put-downs of Dan Brown! Very Happy


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have now caught up with the last episode of this marvellous series.  Excellent research on the part of Mark Lawson, some lovely interviews with a variety of authors, and lots of fascinating insights.  I hope they repeat it - I missed at least one episode, but would love to hear all of it again.  Shame it's not one of those series where the whole lot is available for longer than a week on iplayer.

Exactly the sort of bookish programme I have been longing for, a truly excellent series.  Well done to Mark Lawson (always good, and exactly the right person for this), and well done to the BBC for giving us an 8-part series.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard Ford is the guest on the BBC World Book Club discussing, I assume, his latest novel The Sportswriter. The programme is on the World Service on May 1st.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I belong to the Richard Ford page on Facebook, and received a note about this, asking if I wanted to submit a question - I suppose I should give it some thought!

The Sportswriter is not his latest book, but is probably his best known - it's the start of a trilogy, and was written in the mid-80s.  It's one of my favourite modern novels, and was really the book that opened me up to modern American fiction, which has become such a favourite part of my reading.

He's an interesting and articulate chap, in the interviews I have heard, so it promises to be a good discussion.



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