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Hattersley recommends Arnold Bennett's family saga The Old Wives' Tale. Hattersley's own family trilogy is The Maker's Mark, In that Quiet, and Skylark Song. Moggach chooses Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist. Moggach's new novel, Changing Babies published in July.
Public DiscussionMavis Nicholson presents the stories told to her by women from all walks of life about how they lived, worked, loved and managed during the war years, and about the freedoms, the hopes and terrors, and the postwar adjustments that had to be made. Mavis hosts a discussion with audience participation. Please come along and tell your story.
A Good ReadCreative Reading along the lines of the popular Radio 4 programme in which writers recommend favourite books. booker winner Rubens chooses Thomas Keneally's Schindler's Ark, recent filmed by Stephen Spielberg. Rendell Recommends Samuels Butler's novel The Way of All Flesh.
Margaret Drabble introduces her biography of the novelist and critic Angus Wilson, one of the most colourful, controversial and entertaining figures of the post-war literary world, author of Anglo-Saxon Attitudes and The Old Men at the Zoo. Drabble traces the influences of Wilson's bizarrely extended family, his years as a librarian at the British Museum - interrupted by a grim spell in the code-breaking unit at Bletchley Park - and his unexpected liberation as a successful writer.
L. A. StoriesThe hugely popular presenter of Film 95 Talks to Classic FM's John Russell about the lastest adventure of his Hollywodd sleuth Bobby Lwnnox in the itty new thriller The Mickey Mouse Affair. Kerr introduces his $1,000,000 thriller Gridiron - about a state-of-the-art "smart" building in downtown LA, whose computer revolts against its architects like a contemporary Frankenstein.
Herbert Rowse Armstrong was accused of poisoning his wife with arsenic, and after a sensational trial was found guilty and executed in 1922, the only solicitor to be hanged, In the light of Armstrongs unceasing protestations of innocence and the highly circumstantial evidence that suggest a questionable judgement, Hay solicitor Martin Beales, reopens the files and makes the case for Armstrong's innocence. He is joined by robin Odell, author of Landmarks in 20th Century Murder, whose book about Armstrong inspired the recent television film Dandelion Dead. The event is chaired by Mavis Nicholson. Beales book, Dead Not Buried is launched at the Festival, but will be available only through Pembertons Bookshop in Hay, from 12th May.
The Novelist And screenwriter talks about his work and introduces his new short story collection The Destiny of Nathalie "X". Boyd's award-winning books include A Good Man in Africa, An Ice Cream War, The New Confessions, Brazzaville Beach, The Blue Afternoon.
The Raymond Williams LecturesThe Historian Eric Hobsbawm talks to Dai Smith about his histroy of the Twentieth Century. "It takes far greater gifts - and far greater nerve - to simplify and scintillate than to criticise and to complicate. This book displays both these admirable qualities in abundance." - New Society.
Sher's new novel Cheap Lives is a murderous love story contrasting its protagonists' experiences of the divided country of South Africa as it strumbles towards democracy. Sher's acting roles have included The History Man on television and Richard III on stage. He has written two other novels The Indoor Boy and Middlepost - praised by The Guardian as "fearfully accomplished... peeling away skeins of history with blinding imaginative certainty."
Maddox's D. H. Lawrence: The Married Man won the 1994 Whitbread Biography Prize. Ken Russell has filmed Lawrence's novels Women in Love, The Rainbow, and Lady Chatterley. They talk to the Mirror's television critic about the language and images of the books and films.
Richard Dawkins talks to Matt RidleyDawkins broke new ground in the theory of evolution with his book The Selfish Gene. He has contnued to promote the Darwinian cause in The Extended Phenotype and The Blind Watchmaker. His River Out of Eden is the river of DNA, a river of information that defines the genetic make-up of the species, uninfluenced by the experiences and acheivements of that species, and uninfluenced by another powerful source of potential contamination: sex. He discusses his theories of sexual recombination and the new tributaries of his DNA river with The Telegraph's Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen.
The Shakespeare Lecture - Birth of a PlayThe playwright analyses The Merchant of Venice and describes how and why he wrote his own play Shylock - not a rewrite of the Shakespeare, but and original work based on the same three stories; illustrated with readings from Shylock, which is set in the C16th Jewish Ghetto of Venice. Wesker is the author of 32 plays, short stories, and his autobiography As Much As I Dare.
The former hostage, and author of An Evil Cradling, talks to the Independant's Chief Political Commentator, and 1995 Commentator of the Year about his reading, and his enthusiasm for the poetry of his fellow Irishman Padriac Fiace, author of ruined of Ruined Pages.
The ClassicsWhich books do we define as classics? Whom do we include or dismiss and why? In this game of Fantasy Festival, Kaleidoscope's Paul Vaughan chairs and open discussion about the creation of a cannon of literary classics with the panellists Dame Iris Mursoch, Professor John Bayley, publisher Peter Washington, and Daniel Johnson, Literary Editor of The Times. The discussion will be recorded for broadcast on Radio 4's Kaleidoscope on Tuesday 30th May.
English FictionsFaulks' best-selling WWI novel Birdsong is "an amazing book - among the most stirringly erotic I have read for years" - Daily Mail and "a book with the power to reveal the unimagined" - Time Out. Hornby's first novel High Fidelity follows the success of Fever Pitch - "a sophisticated study of obsession, families, masculinity, class, identity, growing-up, loyalty, depression and joy" - The Observer. Williams' new novel From Wimbledon to Waco is the hilarious sequel to Two and a Half men in a Boat and continues the success of The Wimbledon Poisoner and They Came From SW19. It confirms his status as "The best comic novelist in the country" - The Times. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox
The Waterstone's LectureTo celebrate the publication of her first collection of new poetry for over a decade, the Canadian writer talks about her writing and the Genesis of her poems in Morning in the Burned House, which draw on classical and popular myth and the more personal concerns of love and the death of her father. "Atwiid brings all the violence of mythology into the present world...she is the quiet Mata Hari, the mysterious, violent... who pits herself against the ordered, too clean world like an arsonist" - Michael Ondaatje."
Roger Barnard celebrates Agatha Christie as the supreme crime writer of the century, who forged a new sort of relationship with readers and took crime writing, particularly thw hodunnit, in directions in which current writers, often grudgingly and ungratefully, still follow her.
Robert Graves and The White GoddessTo celebrate Grave' centenary, his nephew and biographer investigates the mystery of The White Goddess, that perennial source of inspiration, and relates the work to the poet's musehaunted private life.
Tom PaineKeane introduces his life of the great c18th radical, scourge of the monarchy, the church, and the houses of parliament, who wrote the defining articles of faith for both the American and French Revolutions - "Common Sense" and "The Age of Reason." Paine's extraordinary treaty Rights of Man identifies and argues many of the causes closest to contemporary political life, and marks him as Britain's most orginal and influential political thinker.
The Evolution of the GospelThe text of the "Gospel according to Matthew" bears important traces of the process by which it cam into existence, and of the context in which it was produced.
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