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Kamila Shamsie - Burnt Shadows

From Nagasaki to 9/11, Kamila Shamsie talks to Merilyn Harris
about her fifth novel Burnt Shadows.

From Nagasaki to 9/11, Kamila Shamsie talks to Merilyn Harris about her fifth novel Burnt Shadows, a gripping epic in which the heroine survives 60 years of modern history.


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Aminatta Forna - The Memory of Love

Aminatta Forna’s latest novel The Memory of Love  has a richly drawn cast of characters set in a country which we are to presume is Sierra Leone west Africa. In this video interview she talks about the themes of love, mental health issues in a country torn apart by war and the role of well intentioned aid workers
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Aminatta Forna's latest novel The Memory of Love has a richly drawn cast of characters set in a country which we are to presume is Sierra Leone west Africa. In this video interview she talks about the themes of love, mental health issues in a country torn apart by war and the role well intentioned aid workers.

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Blogpost - Meeting Aminatta Forna

 

 

 



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Penelope Lively - Family Album

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. Everything may seem quite normal, however like the house relationships are cracking at the seams. As Ms. Lively tells Nicky Barranger, the children, now grown up have a need to remember their childhood in a different way.  
Also, in a separate interview Penelope Lively explains how the art of writing has for her changed over the years.

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 years.

 

Rachel Joyce talks about the unexpected success of her first novel  "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" and how the death of her father inspired her to keep writing. She also tells Nicola Barranger  about her latest book "Perfect" - the story of two little boys in the 1972 who are leading perfect lives until one morning, one tiny incident changes everything.  Video filmed at the Guildford Book Festival 2103

Rachel Joyce - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry/Perfect

Rachel Joyce talks about the unexpected success of her first novel  "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" and how the death of her father inspired her to keep writing. She also tells Nicola Barranger about her latest book "Perfect" - the story of two little boys in the 1972 who are leading perfect lives until one morning, one tiny incident changes everything.  Video filmed at the Guildford Book Festival 2103

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Patrick Gale talks to Nicola Barranger about the thinking behind
 A Perfectly Good Man

Patrick Gale - A Perfectly Good Man

Talking to 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.



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Justin Cartwright talks about his book To Heaven by Water explaining that for him writing a novel is as much about examining the human condition as it is about the narrative.

Justin Cartwright - To Heaven by Water

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.