A discussion about the relationship between biographer and subject, dead or alive. BBC broadcaster and biographer of Alistair Cooke, Clarke is joined by Erica Wagner, author of Ariel's Giftabout Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and The Birthday Letters,and Peter Stanford the historian of Catholicism, and biographer of Bronwen Astor. Maddox is the award-winning biographer of Nora Joyce, D. H. Lawrence and W. B. Yeats.
How is the internet changing our reading habits, our writing, and our browsing for new books? Will the palm-top novel be read on the beach? The CEO's of the internet bookseller bol.com, and the online publisher, Online Originals are joined by other publishing industry guests to debate the future of books on the web. All welcome. Chaired by the editor of The Bookseller.
The Booker Prizewinner talks to the BBC Radio 4 Front Row presenter about his novel When We Were Orphans. His other books include The Remains of the Day, An Artist of the Floating World, and The Unconsoled.
Three giants of the crime and thriller worlds examine motive, opportunity and morality in the genres. Block's 70 Collected Mystery Stories are published now by Orion, alongside Kerr's JFK-Castro thriller The Shotand Rankin's new Edinburgh-based Inspector Rebus novel Set in Darkness.
A reading and discussion. Canadian Findley's new novel is called Pilgrimabout a man who cannot die. Stead, a New Zealander, publishes The Death of the Bodyand Talking about O'Dwyer.The Norwegian journalist Kopperud's The Time of Lightexplores a German soldier's experience of the Battle of Stalingrad and it's aftermath in the country his Nazi war machine had devastated.
Cult creator of A White Merc With Finsand Rancid Aluminium,Hawes establishes himself as the poet of the late-lad-crisis in his blackly funny new novel Dead Long Enough.Weir follows the success of Does My Bum Look Big In Thiswith the feel-good girlfriends story Onwards and Upwards. They talk to Terence Backer, whose Kill Your Darlingsis published in July.
The first of two sessions featuring readings of new work by the four previous winners of the Orange Prize For Fiction, Anne Michaels, Helen Dunmore, Carol Shields and Suzanne Berne. The readings will be broadcast during the week on Radio 4, prior to the 2000 award on 6 June.
Jacobson's self-laceriating humour finds it's perfect vehicle in this brilliant novel about ping-pong and the swag trade in the 1950s. It does for Manchester whatr Alfie did for London. He talks to The Sunday Timesliterary editor.
Both comedians have enjoyed considerable success with their books. Hughes follows The Detaineeswith another brutally funny and harrowing novel about a man called Shea who finds his father hanging from a light-fitting on Boxing Day and sets out to find what could possibly have cast so dark a cloud over his family's happy Blairite lives. Hawks' new travel story Playing the Maldovans at Tennisis the result of another dodgy wager with Arthur Smith. It's a comic masterpiee, now shortlisted for the first Everyman Wodehouse Award.
BBC World anchor Gowing chairs this debate about international intervention, peacekeeping and the role of the UN. Tharoor is Director of Special Projects at the UN and has been Kofi Annan's special adviser with specific responsibility for the former Yugoslavia. William Shawcross is the author of Deliver Us From Evil.Retiring from the leading the UN Protection Force in Bosnia, General Sir Michael Rose wrote Fighting For Peace.Bowen is the BBC's Middle Eastern correspondent and frontline war reporter.
The Royal Ballet's principal dancer kepy a fascinating and wittily entertaining diary of the company's work during the year of the Covent Garden closure. A Member of The Arts Council, a nutritionist and programme director of the new Clore Studio, she discusses her book Dancing Awayand her insiders view of The Royal Opera House with writer Rupert Christiansen. Christiansen is the author of Visitors: Culture Shock in 19th Century Britain.The last chapter deals with the status of ballet and the foreign ballerina in the late nineteenth century London.
The most intriguing function of the human brain is to generate an inner world of feeling: emotions. Greenfield shows how both positive and negative emotions are with us all the time, but varying in degree. At the extreme she suggests that these entail an abrogation of a sense of self, the individual mind. She looks at what might actually be happening in the brain when you 'lose your mind', 'blow your mind' or 'let yourself go'.
Crace invents new worlds in his brilliantly imaginative novels Quarantine, Arcadiaand The Gift of Stones. Being Deadis a sustained meditation on death and the process of dying, full of haunting imagery. It 'is shocking because it is filled with truth. It feels like a classic already.' (Time Out) Crace talks to novelist and broadcaster Francine Stock.
John Updike writes of novels: 'Amis is trying to construct a large, reaching, ambitious set of books - trying to cover the world in fiction'. In his autobiographical portrait ExperienceAmis writes about his father, his writing, his cousin Lucy Partington who was murdered by the Wests and the literary world. He talks to the journalist Christopher Hitchens.
The editor of Tatlerdiscusses writing about royalty and his portrait of his grandfather, Louis and the Prince, about Louis Greig, mentor and friend for 45 years to Prince Albert, Duke of York, later crowned King George VI. Robert Lacey is the biographer of The Queen Mother and Grace Kelly.
Frayn's work for the theatre such as NoisesOffand Copenhagenand his brilliant translations of Chekov, are celebrated as his fiction, which includes the Booker-shortlisted Headlongand The Trick of It.He talks to The Sunday Timesfiction editor.
Bletchley Park, Enigma and the Anonymous Heroes of Cryptography
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Alan Turing's biographer and the author of The Code Booktell the stories behind some of the most secret code-breaking achievements in history, including Alan Turing's cracking of the German Enigma cipher and Charles Babbage's decipherment of the supposedly unbreakable Vigenere cipher.
In a changing, devolved Britain and with America about to go to the polls, how best can we interpret and pursue a Democrati ideal? Vidal is an eminence grise of American political and literary life and starred in the film Bob Roberts.Marr is an award-winning political commentator and the author of The Day Britain Died.Morgan is the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly. Alibhai Brown is author of Who Do We Think We Are?Chaired by Dai Smith, Professor of Modern History and Head of Programmes at BBC Wales.