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Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels

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    • Society & Culture

Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels

    Lucy Caldwell: These Days

    Lucy Caldwell: These Days

    Celebrated novelist and short story writer Lucy Caldwell joins James Naughtie and readers to discuss These Days. Set in 1941, it focusses on the lives of two sisters living through the Belfast Blitz.
    Lucy talks about the inspiration for her novel, her research and writing it during the pandemic.

    • 27 min
    Nicholas Shakespeare: Six Minutes in May

    Nicholas Shakespeare: Six Minutes in May

    James Naughtie and readers quiz Nicholas Shakespeare about his book, Six Minutes In May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister. It chronicles the dramatic political and military events of 1940 which led to the momentous Norway Debate and Chamberlain’s resignation.
    Upcoming recordings at BBC Broadcasting House in London:
    Wednesday 15 May at 1300: Lucy Caldwell on These Days
    Thursday 6 June at 1245: Marlon James on A Brief History of Seven Killings

    • 27 min
    Clare Chambers: Small Pleasures

    Clare Chambers: Small Pleasures

    Clare Chambers talks to James Naughtie and readers about her bestselling novel, Small Pleasures. Set in the London suburbs in the 1950s, it tells the story of Jean Swinney, a journalist who is asked to investigate a letter sent to her paper, from a mother claiming her daughter is the result of a virgin birth. Jean meets the mother, Gretchen; her husband, Howard and daughter Margaret and is drawn into their family life. Her investigations soon expand both her world, and her heart.
    Upcoming recordings, at BBC Broadcasting House in London:
    Wednesday 24 April at 1800 - Nicholas Shakespeare on Six Minutes In May
    Wednesday 15 May at 1300 - Lucy Caldwell on These Days.
    Thursday 6 June at 1245 - Marlon James on A Brief History of Seven Killings
    Wednesday 10 July at 1830 - Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ on Stay With Me
    Email bookclub@bbc.co.uk to take part. Over 18s only.

    • 27 min
    Ann Cleeves: Hidden Depths

    Ann Cleeves: Hidden Depths

    Bookclub travels to Northumberland to meet best-selling crime writer Ann Cleeves. She joins James Naughtie and listeners to discuss her novel, Hidden Depths: Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope sets out to solve two murders which are apparently linked, although there are no clues to connect the victims.
    Upcoming recordings - 1830 BBC Broadcasting House in London :
    26 March - Clare Chambers on Small Pleasures
    24 April - Nicholas Shakespeare on 6 Minutes In May
    Email bookclub@bbc.co.uk to take part. Over 18s only.

    • 27 min
    Graeme Macrae Burnet: His Bloody Project

    Graeme Macrae Burnet: His Bloody Project

    Graeme Macrae Burnet joins James Naughtie and readers to reveal the secrets behind his award-winning historical novel, His Bloody Project. Set in the Scottish Highlands in 1869, His Bloody Project explores crime, justice and retribution through the confessions of a young man accused of murder, and an account of his trial.
    Upcoming recordings at BBC Broadcasting House in London:
    Tuesday 26 March 1830 - Clare Chambers discusses her bestselling novel, Small Pleasures.
    Wednesday 24 April 1830- Nicholas Shakespeare discusses Six Minutes In May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister

    • 27 min
    The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, with Elly Griffiths

    The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, with Elly Griffiths

    Marking 200 years since the birth of Wilkie Collins, crime writer, and Collins admirer, Elly Griffiths discusses one of his best known works -The Moonstone - with James Naughtie and a group of readers.
    Upcoming recording
    Wednesday 24th January at 1830 at BBC Broadcasting House, London: Graeme Macrae Burnet on His Bloody Project.

    • 27 min

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