Fiction

Zadie Smith: "NW: A Novel"

Zadie Smith: "NW: A Novel"

September 12, 2012

Award-winning author Zadie Smith returns to the northwest area of London where she grew up in a housing project. Her new novel explores the different pathways of four people in their 30s who were all born in the same part of the city.

Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor" (Rebroadcast)

September 3, 2012

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

Readers' Review: "Presumed Innocent" By Scott Turow

Readers' Review: "Presumed Innocent" By Scott Turow

August 22, 2012

For our August Readers' Review: Scott Turow's first legal thriller. It brings to life one man's nightmare as he faces conviction for the murder of his lover. Join Diane and her guests to discuss "Presumed Innocent."

Rachel Joyce: "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry"

Rachel Joyce: "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry"

August 1, 2012

A new novel by author Rachel Joyce tells the story of an ordinary man who walks the length of England to keep a friend alive. “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” has been shortlisted for Britain’s most prestigious literary award, the Man Booker prize.

Martin Walker: "The Crowded Grave:  A Mystery Of The French Countryside"

Martin Walker: "The Crowded Grave: A Mystery Of The French Countryside"

July 23, 2012

Terrorists, animal rights activists and a decades-old corpse turn up in an idyllic French village. It's the latest novel featuring Bruno, chief of police, by journalist Martin Walker.

Kim Barnes: "In the Kingdom of Men"

July 18, 2012

A new novel follows a young woman from the farmlands of Oklahoma to an oil compound in Saudi Arabia in the 1960s. The search for freedom amid repression.

Frances Osborne: "Park Lane"

June 19, 2012

The latest novel by British author Frances Osborne has been compared with "Downton Abbey." Based in part on her own family history, it features two women of different classes whose lives collide in a London townhouse in the early 20th century.

Simon Mawer: "Trapeze"

June 12, 2012

A best-selling British author describes how he blended fact and fiction in his latest novel, "Trapeze." It's the story of a young English woman who joins the Special Operations Executive in World War II and is parachuted behind enemy lines in France.

Peter Carey: "The Chemistry of Tears"

Peter Carey: "The Chemistry of Tears"

May 31, 2012

Peter Carey, the award-winning author of "Oscar and Lucinda" and "Parrot and Olivier in America," joins Diane to talk about his new book, "The Chemistry of Tears." It's a tale of two intertwined love stories involving a 19th century automaton and a man and a woman who can never meet.

Richard Ford:  "Canada"

Richard Ford: "Canada"

May 24, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford talks about his first novel in six years, "Canada."

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