James Achilles Kirkpatrick was the British Resident at the court of Hyderabad when he met Khair un-Nissa, 'Most Excellent among Women,' the great neice of the Prime Minister of Hyderabad. He fell in love with her and overcame many obstacles to marry her, converting to Islam and according to Indian sources becoming a double-agent working against the East India Company. The award-winning historian and travel writer tels the story.
The palaeontologist introduces his magisterial history of our planets' last four billion years. 'Think of Earth as a recycling system, forever turning granite into clay and sand, ocean mud into marble, gathering gold in veins and silver into seams. The Earth is the greatest show on earth' (The Guardian).
Williams' The Prince of Wales continues his black-comedy trawl through Cardiff's underworld. Wollf's agent provocateur works at The Honey Trap, an agency testing fidelity. Theobald's Trix pairs a Scarborough waitress and a charismatic hustler on a road trip across America.
The leading Israeli satirist, author of Human Parts and the Wodehouse Prize-winning author of What a Carve Up and The Rotters' Club in conversation with the Orange Prize-winning novelist about the strategic deployment of heavy ridicule.
In this first of a series of conversations about major turning points in British history, the playwright and historian discusses the revolutions in science, society and industry of the 1920's and 1930's with the grandee science-writer John Maddox, and the historian and autobiographer Eric Hobsbawm.
The climber and writer discusses his classic mountaineering story and the process of making the feature film with the Channel 4 Commissioning Editior. Is he happy with the result? Does the film add to the experience of the book, or merely bastardise it?
The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror
Hay Festival 2004,
The novelist and Harvard Professor of Human Rights Practice explores how a violent response to violence arguably makes us morally indistinguishable from our enimies, and confronts the political challenge of trying to win the war against terror without losing our democratic souls.
In Maclean's Falling for Icarus our intrepid adventurer sets off to Crete, where, with help from his Cretan neighbours, he attempts to build a woodhopper from scratch and make it fly. In 2001, Stewart, now Deputu Governor of a province in Iraq, set off from Heart to walk to Kabul via the mountains of Ghor in central Afghanistan. Robb's A Death in BRazil engages the politics, history and culture of South America's carnival superpower.
The chef and writer conjures shepherds pie, glazed baked ham, Irish stew, roast grouse with all the trimmings, toad in the hole and oxtail stew, pot au feu, cassoulet, bolito misto, pasticcio, jerked pork, feijoida, cozido, curried goat...
The Guardian policy editor hosts this discussion about how truths are told in stories. What happens when the imagination is continually outstripped by reality? How can novelists and playwrights keep up when current events repeatdly generate more drama, tragedy and absurdity than any writer could dream up?
The Wodehouse Prize-winner launches his new novel The Making of Henry, a brilliant bawdy and agonizing comedy about changing your life and falling in love. Moggach's These Foolish Things is a glorious 'silver' comedy about Dunroamin, a converted guesthouse in Bangalore where British pensioners can enjoy the hot weather and mango juice with their gin.
The playwright and and spellbinding solo performer, whose plays are currently running in twelve capital cities around the world, embarks on a five night residency reading and previewing new work and classic plays. Tonight he previews extracts from Longitude and Groupie, both of which will open in London later this year, and What Ever Happened to Betty Lemon?