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Jeffrey Archer - Kane and Abel

49:11 | Jun 5th, 2017

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 t...Show More

Deborah Moggach - Tulip Fever

49:58 | Oct 3rd, 2015

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 ...Show More

Marian Keyes - Rachel's Holiday

49:59 | May 2nd, 2015

World Book Club talks life, sex, drugs, if not rock ‘n’ roll to chart-topping Irish writer Marian Keyes about her best-selling novel Rachel’s Holiday. She answers BBC listeners' questions from around the world, and also reads several passages from he...Show More

Janice Galloway

53:31 | Aug 2nd, 2014

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 rea...Show More

Per Petterson

53:29 | Jun 7th, 2014

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 answeri...Show More

Maya Angelou - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

26:58 | May 31st, 2014

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.

Lee Child - Killing Floor

49:13 | Jan 5th

World Book Club talks to one of the world’s leading thriller writers, British-born Lee Child. Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular Jack Reacher series and presents the all-action hero for the first time, as the tough ex-mi...Show More

Chan Koonchung

49:51 | Dec 1st, 2018

This month's World Book Club once again comes from China's capital Beijing. Lawrence Pollard interviews acclaimed and controversial writer Chan Koonchung about his much debated dystopian novel The Fat Years from a buzzy local bookstore in the city ce...Show More

Lijia Zhang: Lotus

49:22 | Nov 5th, 2018

This month BBC World Book Club comes from Beijing with Lawrence Pollard. The programme is a guest of the Bookworm, three rooms and a roof terrace full of books in Chinese and English, a fixture on the literary scene here for over a decade. Bestse...Show More

Kate Atkinson: Life After Life

49:39 | Oct 6th, 2018

This month on World Book Club award-winning British writer Kate Atkinson discusses her celebrated novel Life After Life. In it Atkinson poses the question: What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? ...Show More

James Ellroy

49:23 | Sep 2nd, 2018

On this month’s World Book Club, as he turns seventy, another chance to hear acclaimed American writer James Ellroy, who over a span of fifteen years worked on a massive fictional chronicle of 1960s America. American Tabloid, the first of the th...Show More

Hilary Mantel: Bring Up the Bodies

49:21 | Aug 5th, 2018

This month’s World Book Club broadcasts from the Man Booker 50 Festival at the Southbank Centre, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the renowned prize. In the World Book Club chair is the double-Booker prize-winning British writer Hilary Mantel ...Show More

Anuradha Roy: An Atlas of Impossible Longing

49:22 | Jul 8th, 2018

This month World Book Club talks to internationally celebrated Indian writer Anuradha Roy about her much-loved novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing. Spanning three generations of an Indian family from the turn of the 20th century to India's parti...Show More

Amy Bloom: Away

50:19 | Jun 6th, 2018

Epic in scope, Away is the captivating story of young Lillian Leyb, whose family is destroyed in a horrific Russian pogrom and who comes to America alone, determined to make her way in a new land. When she hears that her daughter might still be alive...Show More

Sarah Waters: Tipping the Velvet

49:23 | May 14th, 2018

This month World Book Club talks to British writer Sarah Waters about her chart-topping novel, Tipping the Velvet. Celebrating twenty years since its first publication Tipping the Velvet is a bawdy, historical, lesbian romance, following the start...Show More

Celeste Ng

50:03 | May 14th, 2018

Presenter Lawrence Pollard talks to chart-topping Chinese-American writer Celeste Ng and an audience gathered in the local Boston radio Newsfeed Café in the Boston Public Library about her bestselling novel Everything I Never Told You. In 1970s sm...Show More

Junot Diaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

49:20 | Mar 12th, 2018

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...Show More

Jackie Kay: Trumpet

48:48 | Feb 4th, 2018

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...Show More

Agatha Christie

49:29 | Jan 8th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Richard Flanagan: Narrow Road to the Deep North

49:24 | Dec 3rd, 2017

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 Austral...Show More

Alan Hollinghurst: The Line of Beauty

49:45 | Nov 5th, 2017

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 Ge...Show More

Jane Gardam - Old Filth

49:41 | Oct 9th, 2017

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 memorie...Show More

Sebastian Barry - The Secret Scripture

49:59 | Sep 3rd, 2017

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 Secr...Show More

Delphine de Vigan - No and Me

49:37 | Aug 6th, 2017

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...Show More

Tim Winton - Cloudstreet

49:22 | Jul 5th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Derek Walcott - Omeros

49:59 | May 7th, 2017

This month we mark the recent death of the St Lucian poet, playwright and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott with another chance to hear him talk-on-the-programme about his poetic masterpiece, the book-length Omeros. Following the wanderings of an extr...Show More

Robert Harris - Imperium

49:22 | Apr 24th, 2017

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 bestsell...Show More

Joël Dicker - The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

48:50 | Apr 24th, 2017

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...Show More

Laura Restrepo - Delirium

49:34 | Apr 24th, 2017

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 abo...Show More

Karl Ove Knausgaard - A Death in the Family

49:00 | Jan 8th, 2017

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 wi...Show More

Margaret Drabble - The Millstone

49:31 | Nov 29th, 2016

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 an...Show More

Crime and Punishment

49:23 | Nov 8th, 2016

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 ...Show More

Anne Enright - The Gathering

49:31 | Oct 1st, 2016

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 bur...Show More

DBC Pierre - Vernon God Little

49:59 | Sep 16th, 2016

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 cl...Show More

Juan Gabriel Vasquez - The Sound of Things Falling

49:59 | Jul 2nd, 2016

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 con...Show More

Tan Twan Eng - The Garden of Evening Mists

49:27 | Jun 4th, 2016

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 Mal...Show More

Charlotte Brontë - Jane Eyre

49:21 | May 11th, 2016

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...Show More

Nuruddin Farah - Maps

50:39 | Apr 12th, 2016

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 ...Show More

Judith Kerr - When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

49:16 | Mar 6th, 2016

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...Show More

Cees Nooteboom - The Following Story

49:30 | Feb 4th, 2016

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...Show More

Elizabeth Gilbert: Eat, Pray, Love

49:59 | Jan 2nd, 2016

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, ...Show More

Leila Aboulela - Minaret

49:55 | Dec 17th, 2015

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 confli...Show More

Jonathan Franzen - Freedom

50:00 | Nov 8th, 2015

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 tee...Show More

Andrey Kurkov - Death and the Penguin

49:57 | Sep 5th, 2015

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 aspir...Show More

Jeanette Winterson - Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

53:19 | Aug 3rd, 2015

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, and set out on her own path in life. To mark th...Show More

Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

49:58 | Jul 7th, 2015

British author Mark Haddon discusses his astonishingly successful novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Published in 45 languages around the world, it is a murder mystery like no other. Fifteen-year old Christopher knows a very...Show More

Yasmina Khadra - The Swallows of Kabul

50:00 | Jun 7th, 2015

The Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra discusses his novel, The Swallows of Kabul - a portrait of life under a tyrannical theocracy. Khadra is actually a man, and took a pseudonym (his wife's!) during his career in the Algerian Army during the civil war....Show More

Guenter Grass - The Tin Drum

53:29 | Apr 19th, 2015

On Monday, Guenter Grass, German Nobel literature prize-winner and author of The Tin Drum, died aged 87. Before his death he had been described as "the world’s most important living writer". We look back to 2009 when Guenter invited World Book Cl...Show More

JD Salinger - The Catcher In The Rye

50:00 | Apr 4th, 2015

Harriet Gilbert discusses JD Salinger's classic novel The Catcher in the Rye with a studio audience, including questions from BBC World Service listeners as far afield as Nepal and the Czech Republic. She's in New York's Algonquin Hotel, long-time ha...Show More

Anne Tyler

50:00 | Mar 8th, 2015

World Book Club visits the home of the Pulitzer-Prize winning author Anne Tyler, in the city of Baltimore. From her spare, elegant writing room Anne talks to Harriett Gilbert about her own personal favourite novel Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. ...Show More

William Gibson

49:59 | Feb 1st, 2015

This month World Book Club talks to cult American-Canadian writer William Gibson about his much garlanded novel that launched the cyberpunk generation with one of the last century’s most potent visions of the cyberspace future. The first winner of...Show More

Daniel Kehlmann

50:00 | Jan 4th, 2015

This month World Book Club talks to bestselling German writer Daniel Kehlmann whose entertaining, and internationally acclaimed novel Measuring the World took the literary world by storm nine years ago. In it he reimagines the lives of German mat...Show More

Marilynne Robinson

50:05 | Dec 7th, 2014

Gilead is an epistolary novel that is the fictional autobiography of the Reverend John Ames, an elderly congregationalist pastor in the small, secluded town of Gilead, Iowa, who knows that he is dying of a heart condition. An intimate tale of thre...Show More

Herman Koch

50:00 | Nov 1st, 2014

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 then, it has not left the bestseller lists in its native Holl...Show More

Kathy Reichs - Deja Dead

49:59 | Oct 4th, 2014

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 pu...Show More

Pat Barker - Regeneration

53:30 | Sep 6th, 2014

This week, as part of the continuing global commemorations of the First World War, World Book Club is in sombre mood with another timely chance to hear multi-award-winning British writer Pat Barker. She talks about her internationally renowned no...Show More

Jostein Gaarder

53:30 | Jul 5th, 2014

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...Show More

Harlan Coben

53:29 | May 3rd, 2014

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 ...Show More

Malorie Blackman

53:30 | Apr 5th, 2014

Bestselling British writer Malorie Blackman, currently the British Children’s Laureate, talks about her page-turning novel for teenagers and young adults Noughts and Crosses. A gripping modern-day tale of star-crossed lovers which aims to challe...Show More

Elif Shafak - The Forty Rules of Love

53:29 | Mar 1st, 2014

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. Cros...Show More

Christos Tsiolkas

53:30 | Feb 1st, 2014

World Book Club talks to the chronicler of 21st Century urban Australia Christos Tsiolkas. He talks to Harriett Gilbert about his controversial, award-winning novel The Slap which has polarised opinion in his native country and across the globe. In i...Show More

Pat Barker

53:30 | Jan 4th, 2014

This month World Book Club is in a reflective mood as we mark the beginning of the centenary commemorations for World War One by inviting multi-award-winning British writer Pat Barker on to the programme. She'll be talking to us about her interna...Show More

Brian Aldiss

52:58 | Dec 7th, 2013

Prize-winning author Brian Aldiss, the grand old man of British science fiction writing, talks about his 1964 classic sci-fi novel Greybeard. Set decades after the Earth's population has been sterilised as a result of nuclear bomb tests in space,...Show More

Albert Camus - The Outsider

53:21 | Nov 2nd, 2013

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 th...Show More

Jhumpa Lahiri

52:58 | Oct 5th, 2013

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 t...Show More

Neil Gaiman

52:59 | Sep 7th, 2013

Harriett Gilbert talks to the bestselling author Neil Gaiman, voted by listeners as the 'most wanted' guest for the programme. Neil is a British writer, comic book author, a short-story writer, a science fiction and fantasy novelist, now livin...Show More

Ahdaf Soueif - The Map of Love

53:31 | Aug 3rd, 2013

At this crucial moment in Egypt’s story, this month’s World Book Club talks to one of the country’s great writers, Ahdaf Soueif, about her internationally acclaimed novel The Map of Love. In her Booker-shortlisted bestseller Soueif weaves together...Show More

Amit Chaudhuri

53:29 | Jul 6th, 2013

World Book Club’s Harriett Gilbert talks to the acclaimed Indian writer Amit Chaudhuri, in front of a multi-national audience and listeners around the world at the Nehru Centre in London. Chaudhuri will discuss his novel The Immortals, which is about...Show More

Mohsin Hamid

52:59 | Jun 1st, 2013

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, w...Show More

World Book Club: The Great Gatsby

53:30 | May 4th, 2013

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 Leonard Lopate Show’s Book Club on the New York radio station WNYC. In advance of the much anticipated film about to...Show More

John Grisham - A Time To Kill

53:29 | Apr 6th, 2013

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 ...Show More

Romesh Gunesekera - Reef

53:30 | Mar 2nd, 2013

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 go...Show More

David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas

53:30 | Feb 2nd, 2013

To mark the release of the acclaimed film of David Mitchell’s masterpiece Cloud Atlas around the world, there’s another chance to catch the multiple prize-winning English author talking about his dazzling novel. With dramatic use of time-shifts a...Show More

Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice

52:58 | Jan 5th, 2013

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 afic...Show More

CK Stead - My Name Was Judas

52:57 | Dec 1st, 2012

In this month's World Book Club, Harriett Gilbert talks to one of New Zealand's greatest living writers, CK Stead, about his prize-winning novel My Name Was Judas. With this playful re-writing of the life and death of Jesus, CK Stead poses some p...Show More

Paul Auster - New York Trilogy

52:58 | Nov 3rd, 2012

On this month's World Book Club, Harriett Gilbert will be talking to bestselling American writer Paul Auster about his acclaimed work The New York Trilogy. In three brilliant variations on the classic detective story, Auster makes the well-traver...Show More

Javier Marias - A Heart So White

52:57 | Oct 6th, 2012

This month's World Book Club is brought to you from the Institute of Cervantes in London where Harriett Gilbert will be talking to bestselling Spanish writer Javier Marias about his prize-winning work A Heart So White. This acclaimed novel explor...Show More

Jodi Picoult - My Sister's Keeper

52:59 | Sep 1st, 2012

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 confr...Show More

Jeanette Winterson - Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

53:30 | Jun 2nd, 2012

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, and set out on her own path in life. To mark th...Show More

Amitav Ghosh - The Shadow Lines

53:30 | May 26th, 2012

This is the last edition 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 - ...Show More

Howard Jacobson - The Finkler Question

53:30 | May 19th, 2012

This week we've the third edition in our London Calling season of World Book Clubs which are going out each Saturday during May. This week we're talking to Howard Jacobson at the first Soho Literary Festival in the heart of the UK capital about his...Show More

Andrea Levy - Small Island

53:30 | May 12th, 2012

Andrea Levy discusses her novel Small Island with a studio audience, and the author revisits the West London setting of her multi-prize-winning novel. A thought-provoking tale of love, friendship and immigration set in Earl's Court in 1948, Small...Show More

Peter Ackroyd - Hawksmoor

53:29 | May 5th, 2012

Coming up the first in our London Calling season of World Book Clubs which will be going out each Saturday over the next four weeks. In the run up to the London Olympic games we'll be discussing four novels which focus on different aspects of the Un...Show More

Toni Morrison - Beloved

52:58 | Apr 7th, 2012

World Book Club celebrates the 25th anniversary of the publication of that modern classic novel Beloved with another chance to hear the programme with American writer Toni Morrison. In 2009 Toni Morrison came to the South Bank Arts Centre beside the...Show More

Jonathan S Foer - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

53:29 | Mar 3rd, 2012

Harriett Gilbert talks this month to American writer Jonathan Safran Foer about his novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Set in the aftermath of 9/11, it is the story of a young boy coming to terms with the tragedy of his father's death in th...Show More

Charles Dickens - Great Expectations

53:30 | Feb 4th, 2012

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 ac...Show More

Witi Ihimaera - The Whale Rider

52:59 | Jan 7th, 2012

Acclaimed Maori writer Witi Ihimaera talks to Harriett Gilbert and a group of readers at the Cheltenham Literary Festival about his magical, lore-laden novel, The Whale Rider. It tells the haunting story of a spirited Maori girl, her tribe and th...Show More

Penelope Lively - Moon Tiger

52:58 | Dec 3rd, 2011

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. ...Show More

David Grossman - To the End of the Land

52:59 | Nov 5th, 2011

Harriett Gilbert talks to acclaimed Israeli writer David Grossman about his award-winning novel, To the End of the Land. Winner of - amongst others - the Wingate Jewish Book Prize for 2012, To the End of the Land is a novel of extraordinary power a...Show More

Lionel Shriver - We Need To Talk About Kevin

52:10 | Oct 1st, 2011

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...Show More

Hisham Matar - In The Country Of Men

52:58 | Sep 3rd, 2011

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 ...Show More

Colm Toibin - Brooklyn

52:58 | Aug 6th, 2011

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...Show More

Henning Mankell - Faceless Killers

52:59 | Jul 2nd, 2011

This month's World Book Club comes from the church of St Mary Magdalene in Woodstock, England. Harriett Gilbert talks to Swedish superstar Henning Mankell about Faceless Killers, the first novel in his globally acclaimed series featuring Inspecto...Show More

Val McDermid - A Place of Execution

52:59 | Jun 4th, 2011

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 prese...Show More

Boris Akunin - The Winter Queen

52:59 | May 7th, 2011

Russian writer Boris Akunin talks to Harriett Gilbert and listeners in the studio and around the world about his page-turning, best-selling crime novel The Winter Queen. After setting out to solve the apparent suicide of a university student in 1...Show More

Jo Nesbo - The Redbreast

52:59 | Apr 2nd, 2011

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 II. Hear how Jo admits that there’s more than...Show More

Javier Cercas - Soldiers Of Salamis

53:00 | Mar 5th, 2011

Harriett Gilbert talks to acclaimed Spanish writer and historian Javier Cercas about his haunting novel Soldiers of Salamis. Internationally feted and winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for 2004, Soldiers of Salamis delves into the pai...Show More

PJ O'Rourke - Eat The Rich

52:58 | Feb 5th, 2011

In Eat the Rich the inimitable American satirist P.J. O'Rourke tours the world trying to understand why some countries 'have' and some countries 'have not'. He talks to Harriett Gilbert and answers questions about his book from a live studio audien...Show More

Bernhard Schlink - The Reader

52:59 | Jan 1st, 2011

Harriett Gilbert talks to the acclaimed German writer Bernhard Schlink about his explosively controversial novel, The Reader, at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. Made into an Oscar-winning Hollywood film with Kate Winslet The Reader tells of law st...Show More

Damon Galgut - The Good Doctor

52:58 | Dec 4th, 2010

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 f...Show More

Kamila Shamsie - Burnt Shadows

52:59 | Nov 6th, 2010

Harriett Gilbert and an audience at the Drill Hall Theatre in Central London talk to bestselling Pakistani writer Kamila Shamsie about her internationally acclaimed novel Burnt Shadows. Spanning much of the 20th Century and into the 21st, Burnt S...Show More

Barbara Kingsolver

52:59 | Oct 2nd, 2010

This month's World Book Club comes from the Jesus Centre in London. Harriett Gilbert and readers talk to bestselling writer Barbara Kingsolver about her internationally acclaimed novel The Poisonwood Bible. Having sold four million copies around th...Show More

World Book Club: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

52:59 | Jul 3rd, 2010

Part stunning literary thriller, part gothic novel, the book The Shadow of the Wind is a page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead. It is a potent mix of a coming-of-age novel and a tragi...Show More

World Book Club: David Mitchell

52:58 | Jun 5th, 2010

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

World Book Club: Richard Ford

53:00 | May 1st, 2010

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

World Book Club: J.M.G. Le Clezio

52:59 | Apr 3rd, 2010

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 thr...Show More

World Book Club: John Boyne

52:59 | Mar 6th, 2010

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

World Book Club: Andrea Levy

52:59 | Feb 6th, 2010

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

Kiran Desai

53:00 | Jan 2nd, 2010

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...Show More

World Book Club: James Ellroy

52:50 | Dec 5th, 2009

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

World Book Club: Alaa Al Aswany

53:00 | Nov 7th, 2009

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 int...Show More

World Book Club: Gunter Grass

53:00 | Oct 3rd, 2009

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

World Book Club: Lionel Shriver

53:00 | Jul 9th, 2009

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 s...Show More

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Half of a Yellow Sun

52:59 | Jun 4th, 2009

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 ficti...Show More

Nawal El Saadawi - Woman At Point Zero

53:00 | Apr 30th, 2009

Harriett Gilbert talks to internationally acclaimed Egyptian writer Nawal El Saadawi about her classic novel Woman at Point Zero.Recorded in 2009. Written over 30 years ago but still resonating clearly today Woman at Point Zero is a dark and power...Show More

Episode 1

53:00 | Apr 3rd, 2009

This month Kate Grenville talks about her best-selling novel The Secret River. Her first work for five years since she won the Orange Prize, The Secret River was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize soon after publication. Set in 1806 and based on th...Show More

Mohsin Hamid - The Reluctant Fundamentalist

53:00 | Mar 7th, 2009

Mohsin Hamid talks to Harriett Gilbert and an invited audience about his bestselling novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007 Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a sparse, gripping, short novel that...Show More

Episode 1

53:00 | Feb 9th, 2009

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

Toni Morrison - Beloved

52:59 | Feb 9th, 2009

Harriett Gilbert talks to Toni Morrison about her novel Beloved. Recorded in January 2009. (Photo: BBC)

Derek Walcott

52:31 | Dec 16th, 2008

Harriett Gilbert talks to Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott about his epic poem Omeros, which explores ancient themes of displacement and exile in a modern Caribbean setting.

Episode 1

52:18 | Nov 18th, 2008

Harriett Gilbert talks to Alice Walker about her novel The Color Purple.

Annie Proulx

26:43 | Sep 30th, 2008

American writer Annie Proulx talks about her prize-winning novel 'The Shipping News' and her short story 'Brokeback Mountain'.


26:44 | Aug 27th, 2008

David Lodge discusses his acclaimed novel 'Nice Work'.

Chinua Achebe

26:53 | Jul 30th, 2008

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first publication of the acclaimed African novel ‘Things Fall Apart’, we are repeating the memorable World Book Club with bestselling Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe.

John Irving

26:51 | Jun 25th, 2008

American author John Irving discusses his bestselling novel 'The World According to Garp', the tragicomic lifestory of the author TS Garp.


26:46 | May 27th, 2008

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

Sebastian Faulks

26:42 | May 2nd, 2008

Best-selling English writer Sebastian Faulks talks about his heart-rending novel of love and war, Birdsong.

Jane Smiley

26:42 | Apr 1st, 2008

Best-selling American author Jane Smiley discusses A Thousand Acres, her ambitious re-imagining of Shakespeare's King Lear transposed onto an Iowan farmstead, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

Patricia Cornwell

26:52 | Feb 28th, 2008

American crime writer Patricia Cornwell talks about Post Mortem, the first novel in her celebrated Kay Scarpetta series.

Edna O'Brien

26:53 | Jan 31st, 2008

Irish writer Edna O'Brien discusses The Country Girls, her novel about adolescence set in 1950's Ireland.

Umberto Eco

26:52 | Dec 25th, 2007

Italian author Umberto Eco discusses his novel The Name of the Rose, set in a 14th Century Franciscan monastery and answers questions from an invited audience. (Photo: Umberto Eco)

Sara Paretsky

26:47 | Nov 28th, 2007

American crime writer Sara Paretsky talks to Harriett Gilbert about her detective novel 'Indemnity Only'.

Michael Ondaatje

26:59 | Nov 2nd, 2007

A special fifth-anniversary edition of the World Book Club with the Sri Lankan-born, Canadian author Michael Ondaatje who discusses his best-loved novel 'The English Patient'. Image: Michael Ondaatje, Credit: Prakash SinghAFP/Getty Images

Armistead Maupin

23:55 | Sep 25th, 2007

Harriett Gilbert talks to American author Armistead Maupin about his novel Tales of the City.

Thomas Keneally: Schindler's Ark

26:59 | Jun 26th, 2007

Thomas Keneally discusses his novel Schindler's Ark published in 1982 - released as Schindler's List in the USA. It is based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, who is credited with saving hundreds of Jews in Poland and Czechoslovakia from death du...Show More

Richard Dawkins

26:59 | Jun 7th, 2007

Richard Dawkins answers questions from an audience and sent in by BBC listeners about his international best-seller, The Selfish Gene. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert.

Wole Soyinka

26:58 | May 29th, 2007

Wole Soyinka talks about his memoirs Ake: The Years of Childhood. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert

Mario Vargas Llosa

26:58 | Apr 29th, 2007

World Book club with author Mario Vargas Llosa.

Irvine Welsh

26:58 | Apr 29th, 2007

Author Irvine Welsh talks about his internationally best-selling novel Trainspotting and If You Liked School, You'll Love Work. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert.

Iain Banks

26:59 | Mar 1st, 2007

Scottish author, Iain Banks answers questions from an audience and sent in by BBC listeners about his controversial first novel, The Wasp Factory. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert.

Yann Martel: Life of Pi

26:59 | Jan 29th, 2007

Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, talked to World Book Club in April 2014. His fantasy novel tells the tale of the shipwreck and survival of Pi Patel, a 16-year-ld boy - also a hyena, a zebra with a broken leg, an orang-utan and a huge Bengal tiger....Show More

Rose Tremain - Restoration

27:04 | Jan 18th, 2007

Rose Tremain answers questions from an audience and sent in by World Service listeners about her international best-seller, Restoration, set in the time of Charles II in 17th Century England. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert.

William Boyd - Brazzaville Beach

26:59 | Dec 27th, 2006

William Boyd discusses his novel Brazzaville Beach with Harriett Gilbert

John Le Carre

26:58 | Dec 25th, 2006

Interview with special guest John le Carre about his recent novel “The Perfect Spy” Presenter: Harriett Gilbert.

Frank McCourt

26:59 | Oct 31st, 2006

Presenter: Harriett Gilbert. Frank McCourt joins an audience of World Service listeners to discuss his book Angela's Ashes.

Arnold Wesker

26:59 | Oct 6th, 2006

Arnold Wesker joins an audience of World Service listeners to discuss his classic play Chicken Soup with Barley. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

Ian Rankin

27:00 | Aug 28th, 2006

Presenter: Harriett Gilbert. Ian Rankin joins an audience of World Service listeners to discuss his novel Black and Blue.

Joanna Trollope

27:00 | Jul 25th, 2006

The World Book Club talks to author Joanna Trollope about her book The Rector's Wife. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert.

Kurt Vonnegut

26:59 | May 30th, 2006

Kurt Vonnegut joins an audience of World Service listeners to answer questions about his novel Slaughterhouse-Five

Orhan Pamuk

27:00 | Apr 25th, 2006

Orhan Pamuk joins an audience of World Service listeners to answer questions about his novel My Name is Red (Benim Adım Kırmızı).

Alexander McCall Smith

27:00 | Mar 25th, 2006

From the British Library in London, Alexander McCall Smith talks to the programme as well as an audience for a question and answer session. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert

Scott Turow

26:46 | Feb 9th, 2006

Scott Turow joins an audience of World Service listeners to answer questions about his 1987 crime novel Presumed Innocent.

Louis De Bernieres - Captain Corelli's Mandolin

26:49 | Jan 5th, 2006

The British author, Louis De Bernieres answers questions from an audience and sent in by BBC listeners about his novel, Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert. (Photo: Louis de Bernieres in his study, holding a mandolin) (Credit:...Show More

Philip Pullman

26:52 | Nov 17th, 2005

Philip Pullman talks about his book and takes questions on his book The Northen Lights part of the His Dark Materials trilogy. (Photo: Philip Pullman. Credit: Getty Images)

Maya Angelou

26:43 | Oct 7th, 2005

Maya Angelou answers listeners questions about her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert.

Salman Rushdie

26:48 | Oct 1st, 2005

Salman Rushdie talks to an audience and takes questions on his award winning book Midnight's Children. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

Andre Brink

26:46 | Aug 27th, 2005

Andre Brink joins an audience of World Service listeners to discuss his novel A Dry White Season.

Joyce Carol Oates

26:43 | Jul 23rd, 2005

Author of "Blonde" Joyce Carol Oates answers questions about her novel. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert.

Carlos Fuentes

26:33 | Jun 15th, 2005

Carlos Fuentes joins an audience of World Service listeners to discuss his novel The Death of Artemio Cruz.

Nick Hornby

26:24 | May 28th, 2005

Nick Hornby talks to an audience about his book about being an Arsenal football fan Fever Pitch. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

Vikram Seth - A Suitable Boy

26:47 | May 9th, 2005

Vikram Seth joins an audience of World Service listeners to discuss his novel A Suitable Boy. Presented by Harriett Gilbert. Recorded May 2005. (Photo: BBC)

Ian McEwan - Atonement

26:38 | Mar 26th, 2005

Ian McEwan discusses his 20th century familiy saga about the need for atonement

Zadie Smith

26:44 | Feb 19th, 2005

Zadie Smith talks to an audience about her novel 'White Teeth'. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

PD James

26:34 | Jan 25th, 2005

P.D. James joins an audience of World Service listeners to discuss her novel 'Original Sin'. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert.

Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist

23:45 | Dec 12th, 2004

Writer Paulo Coelho talks about his book The Alchemist which has been translated into dozens of languages and has sold over 27 million copies worldwide. Presented by Harriett Gilbert. (Photo: Paulo Coelho, 2010) (Credit: Alexander Hassenstein/Get...Show More

Kazuo Ishiguro

27:00 | Nov 4th, 2004

Kazuo Ishiguro joins Harriett Gilbert and an audience of World Service listeners to discuss his classic novel The Remains Of The Day. (Photo: Kazuo Ishiguro. Credit: Jeff Overs/BBC)

Anita Desai - Fasting, Feasting

26:32 | Sep 30th, 2004

Anita Desai joins an audience of World Service listeners to discuss her 1999 novel 'Fasting, Feasting'. Presented by Harriett Gilbert. Broadcast in September 2004. (Photo: Anita Desai) (Credit: Jerry Bauer)

Roddy Doyle

26:43 | Sep 13th, 2004

Roddy Doyle talks about his novel The Commitments. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

Amoz Oz

26:39 | Sep 2nd, 2004

Amos Oz joins an audience of World Service listeners to discuss his novel 'My Michael'. Presented by Harriett Gilbert at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Gillian Slovo

26:37 | Jul 29th, 2004

South African novelist, Gillian Slovo talks about her novel 'Red Dust'. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

Tracy Chevalier

26:47 | May 20th, 2004

Tracy Chevalier joins an audience of World Service listeners to discuss her novel 'Girl With A Pearl Earring'. Image: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, Credit: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

AS Byatt - Possession

26:31 | Mar 23rd, 2004

English author A. S Byatt talks to an audience about her novel 'Possession'. First broadcast in March 2004 (Photo: A S Byatt. Credit:BBC)

Martin Cruz Smith

26:39 | Feb 24th, 2004

Author Martin Cruz Smith talks about his novel Gorky Park. Presented by Harriett Gilbert from California in a special co-production with San Francisco radio station KALW

Amy Tan

26:33 | Jan 29th, 2004

Amy Tan joins an audience of World Service listeners to discuss her novel The Joy Luck Club.

Isabelle Allende - The House of Spirits

26:40 | Nov 26th, 2003

Chilean novelist Isabel Allende joins an audience of World Service listeners to discuss her novel 'The House of the Spirits'. First broadcast in November 2003. (Photo credit: Lori Barra.)

Frederick Forsyth - The Day of the Jackal

26:46 | Oct 23rd, 2003

Frederick Forsyth joins an audience of World Service listners to discuss his novel 'The Day of the Jackal'. Introduced by Harriett Gilbert. First broadcast in October 2003. (Photo: Frederick Forsyth outside his home in Ireland, 1978) (Credit: Eve...Show More

Peter Carey

26:48 | Sep 25th, 2003

Peter Carey joins an audience of World Service listeners to discuss his novel 'Oscar and Lucinda'. Introduced by Harriett Gilbert.

Ruth Rendell - A Judgement in Stone

26:46 | Aug 28th, 2003

Popular British crime writer Ruth Rendell talked to the programme about her work, including that written under her pseudonym Barbara Vine. Ruth Rendell died in May 2015. (Photo: Ruth Rendell) (Credit:Seth Wenig/Reuters)

Julian Barnes

26:17 | Jul 31st, 2003

Julian Barnes joins a World Service audience to discuss his novel 'Flaubert's Parrot'. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

Jung Chang

26:41 | Jun 14th, 2003

Prize winning Chinese writer Jung Chang joins a World Service audience to discuss her novel 'Wild Swans'. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic

35:06 | May 29th, 2003

Author Terry Pratchett talking about The Colour Of Magic in 2003, one of his Discworld series. Terry died in March 2015. The World Book Club was presented by Harriett Gilbert. Photo: Terry Pratchett Credit: PA

Margaret Atwood

26:52 | Apr 8th, 2003

The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. The novel explores themes of women in subjugation, and the various means by which they gain agency. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert.

Doris Lessing

23:34 | Feb 11th, 2003

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 Gras...Show More

Hanif Kureishi

23:37 | Feb 3rd, 2003

Hanif Kureishi joins a World Service audience to discuss his book 'The Buddha of Suburbia'. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

V S Naipaul - A House for Mr Biswas

26:32 | Jan 4th, 2003

Nobel Prize winner V. S Naipaul discussess his book 'A House for Mr Biswas' with an audience of World Service listeners. Presented by Harriett Gilbert. (Photo: VS Naipaul, Credit: Press Association)

Ben Okri

23:44 | Dec 31st, 2002

Nigerian born writer Ben Okri discusses his novel The Famished Rose. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert.

Arundhati Roy - The God of Small Things

23:59 | Dec 2nd, 2002

Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy talks to the programme about winning the Booker Prize in 1997 for The God of Small Things. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert. (First broadcast December 2002) (Photo: Arundhati Roy) (Credit: HOCINE ZAOURAR/AFP...Show More

Martin Amis - Money: A Suicide Note

23:33 | Oct 8th, 2002

Martin Amis joins an audience of World Service listeners to answer questions about his novel Money. Broadcast in October 2002. (Photo: Martin Amis, 2006. Credit: BBC)

Stephen King

23:38 | Aug 27th, 2002

What makes Stephen King, not only the Master of Horror, but more than that? (Image: Stephen King speaking in 2009. Credit: Mike Segar/Reuters)

Garrison Keillor - Lake Wobegon Days

23:41 | Aug 13th, 2002

In the First ever Meridian Writing World Book Club, Harriett Gilbert talks to American writer Garrison Keillor on his book Lake Wobegon Days.

David Hare

23:16 | Jul 27th, 2002

Interview with the playwright and director, David Hare.

Maya Angelou

23:39 | Jul 4th, 2002

Interview with American poet, memoirist, actress, Maya Angelou. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert.

Chenjerai Hove - Ancestors

24:40 | Feb 5th, 2002

Zimbabwean novelist,poet and playright Chenjerai Hove talks to Harriett Gilbert about his novel 'Ancestors'. This programme with Chenjerai Hove, who died in 2015, was first broadcast in February 2002.

Bahaa Taher

24:11 | Jan 15th, 2002

Harriett Gilbert talks to the Egyptian writer, Bahaa Taher an Egyptian novelist who writes in Arabic and is the winner of the inaugural International Prize for Arabic Fiction, awarded in 2008.

Iain Sinclair

23:43 | Jan 10th, 2002

Interview with Iain Sinclair on his book, 'London Orbital'. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert.