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Books and Authors

This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. Open Book talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.

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John Gordon Sinclair and Kerry Ellis

Books worth reading chosen by actor John Gordon Sinclair and singer Kerry Ellis

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29 Oct 2019

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A Good Read: Syima Aslam & Stig Abell

Harriett Gilbert talks to Syima Aslam and Stig Abell about books they love - all classics

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4 Feb 2020

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Stephen Fry and Alan Davies reunite in the studio to debate their all-time favourite books with presenter Harriett Gilbert. Expect philosophical musings and a fair bit of silliness from these comedy polymaths and former QI partners in crime. Fears for the future are discussed through Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel A Brave New World, reflections on the past come with J.M Coetzee's memoir Boyhood, and for some light relief, Muriel Spark's centenary is celebrated in a humorous take on the publishing world, in A Far Cry From Kensington. But who picks what? Producer: Eliza Lomas.

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