Broadcaster Paul Blezard discusses new fiction. Darrieussecq's White is set on and Antarctic station. Thomson's satirical fable Divided Kingdom is set here in the UK. Dean's This Human Season is set in Belfast in 1979.
As the UK accedes to the chairs of both the G8 and the EU, the leading geo-political thinker is optimistic about Britain's potential brokering power between Europe and America, and the consequent possibilities.
Whybrow sees an affluance in America that far outstrips need and rampant greed spawning the addictions of consumer culture: food, money and technology, and calls for collective action in refocusing the pursuit of happiness.
A devastating appraisal by the country's leading radical journalist, admired for her fearless reporting on human rights issues, especially the wars in Chechnya. In Russian with simultaneous translation.
Edinburgh Book Festival Director Catherine Lockerbie hosts this fiction discussion with the authors of the comic debut Happy Accidents, the great Neasden novel 26A, and the contemporary classic The Time Traveller's Wife.