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Summary20171030 (BBC Radio 4)
20171031 (BBC Radio 4)
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Writer, actress and filmmaker Alice Lowe and comedy writer Andrew Hunter Murray talk favourite books with presenter Harriett Gilbert. Alice's choice is The First Bad Man, the bizarre and hilarious debut novel by Miranda July. Andrew recommends Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson, a charmingly funny rags-to-riches tale first published in 1938. And Harriett champions The Millstone, Margaret Drabble's 1965 novel about a young, unmarried academic who becomes pregnant after her first sexual experience.

Produced by Mair Bosworth.

Actress Sally Lindsay and playwright Jonathan Harvey talk about the books they love with Harriett Gilbert: The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend, Wise Children by Angela Carter and a wickedly funny spoof actor's memoir, I, An Actor, by Nicholas Craig (in fact Christopher Douglas and Nigel Planer).
Sally is best known for her role as Shelley Unwin in Coronation Street - which Jonathan writes for. He also wrote the influential film Beautiful Thing and the TV series Gimme Gimme Gimme.
Producer Beth O'Dea.

Writers Toby Young and Sarah Vine talk favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Sarah has an insider's view of British politics- what made her choose John Preston's A Very English Scandal, the true story of Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe's trial for murder? Toby Young picks Lionel Davidson's thriller Kolymsky Heights, and Harriett selects Conundrum, the memoir of travel writer and trans woman Jan Morris.
Producer Sally Heaven.

Author Jenny Colgan & writer/performer Steven Camden (Polarbear) talk about brilliant books with Harriett Gilbert. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer is about a doomed attempt to climb Everest but will grip those with no interest in at all in mountaineering. The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll meant a lot to Steven when he was young - but how does he feel reading it again now? Harriett rounds things off with The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Producer Beth O'Dea.

Novelists Ronan Bennett and Barbara Trapido join Sue MacGregor to discuss books by Michael Reynolds, Bernard MacLaverty and Slavenka Drakulic. From 2005.

The Young Hemingway by Michael Reynolds.
Publisher: Norton

Grace Notes by Bernard MacLaverty
Publisher: Vintage

They Would Never Hurt a Fly by Slavenka Drakulic
Publisher: Abacus.