Paperback Writers

Paperback Writers takes a closer look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful novelists, and how they weave those influences through their work.

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20171022 (6M)

20200426 (6M)

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

20171029 (6M)

A renowned author selects cherished pieces of music relating to chapters of their life.

20171029 (6M)

A renowned author selects cherished pieces of music relating to chapters of their life.

Author Peter Robinson chooses his favourite songs and talks about what they mean to him. His choices include Brian Eno, John Cale, Television and Thea Gilmore.

Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire. After getting his BA Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds, he came to Canada and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor, then a PhD in English at York University. He has taught at a number of Toronto community colleges and universities and served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, 1992-93.

His first novel, Gallows View (1987), introduced Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. It was short-listed for the John Creasey Award in the UK and the Crime Writers of Canada best first novel award. A Dedicated Man followed in 1988 and was short-listed for the CWC's Arthur Ellis Award. A Necessary End and The Hanging Valley, both Inspector Banks novels, followed in 1989, and the latter was nominated for an Arthur. Both received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly in the US.

Caedmon's Song, the first departure from the series, was published in 1990 and was also nominated for an Arthur. (It was reissued in the UK by Macmillan in September, 2003, and was published for the first time in the US by Avon Dark Passage in September, 2004, as The First Cut.) The fifth Inspector Banks novel, Past Reason Hated, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 1992. The sixth, Wednesday's Child, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Final Account (UK Dry Bones that Dream) appeared in 1994 and won an Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters in 1995.

The eighth Inspector Banks novel, Innocent Graves (1996) was picked as one of Publishers Weekly's best mysteries of 1996 and selected as "page-turner of the week" by People magazine. Innocent Graves was also nominated for a Hammett Award for "literary excellence in the field of crime writing" by the International Association of Crime Writers, and won the author his second Arthur Ellis Award for best novel. In a Dry Season, the tenth in the series, won the Anthony and Barry awards for best novel and was nominated for the Edgar, Hammett, Macavity and Arthur Ellis Awards. In 2001, it also won France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Sweden's Martin Beck Award. It was also a New York Times "notable book" of 1999. The next book Cold is the Grave, won the Arthur Ellis Award and was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. In 2006 it won the Danish Palle Rosenkrantz Award. Aftermath appeared in 2002 and made the top ten in both the UK and Canadian bestseller lists, where it reached number one.

In 2002, Robinson was awarded the "Dagger in the Library" by the CWA. The thirteenth Banks novel, The Summer that Never Was (US Close to Home), appeared on the New York Times expanded bestseller list in February, 2003, and on both the UK and Canadian bestseller lists and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis and an Anthony award. Playing with Fire, published in January, 2004, was nominated for both the Arthur Ellis and Hammett awards. Strange Affair (January, 2005) was nominated for Arthur Ellis and a Macavity awards.The books have been translated into nineteen languages. Piece of My Heart appeared in 2006, and in 2007, Friend of the Devil reached Number One in the Sunday Times hardcover bestseller list. In January, 2008, Robinson was presented with the Celebrates Reading Award by the Toronto Libraries.

20180401 (6M)

Author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers picks a selection of his favourite records.

The author and illustrator picks a selection of his favourite records, including tracks by Buddy Holly, Nick Cave, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Francis Bebey and Jarvis Cocker. Oliver's latest picture book is 'Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth', which he wrote for his son and offers a few introductory thoughts on what it is to be human alive on this magnificent planet of ours.

Documentaries and features from BBC 6 Music.

Alan Moore (graphic Content)20191004 (6M)

Alan Moore, the legendary comic book writer shares two hours of his favourite music and chats to producer and writer Richard Norris about the important part it's played in his life and work.

With titles like Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Alan has transformed the genre over 40 years of varied work. Hear him talk about writing, alongside his wide-ranging passion for music, magic, art labs and plenty else in between.

Expect tracks from Captain Beefheart, Joni Mitchell, X-Ray Spex, The Residents, Patti Smith and Sleaford Mods. Plus some of the music he's made himself over the years.

This kicks off 6 Music's Graphic Content season, where we celebrate comics and graphic novels through October. Author Neil Gaiman is in the hot seat on Sunday 6th October, with an hour of music that has shaped him as a person and a writer. Hannah Berry, the UK's current Comics Laureate takes over the reins the following week. And Castlevania creator Warren Ellis completes the line up with an hour of his favourite music on 20th October.

Legendary comic book writer Alan Moore shares two hours of his favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

The legendary comic book writer shares two hours of his favourite music and chats to producer and writer Richard Norris about the important part it's played in his life and work.

With titles like Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Alan has transformed the genre over 40 years of varied work. Hear him talk about writing, alongside his wide-ranging passion for music, magic, art labs and plenty else in between.

Expect tracks from Captain Beefheart, Joni Mitchell, X-Ray Spex, The Residents, Patti Smith and Sleaford Mods. Plus some of the music he's made himself over the years.

This kicks off 6 Music's Graphic Content season, where we celebrate comics and graphic novels through October. Author Neil Gaiman is in the hot seat on Sunday 6th October, with an hour of music that has shaped him as a person and a writer. Hannah Berry, the UK's current Comics Laureate takes over the reins the following week. And Castlevania creator Warren Ellis completes the line up with an hour of his favourite music on 20th October.

The legendary comic book writer shares two hours of his favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Alan Moore (graphic Content)20191004 (6M)

The legendary comic book writer shares two hours of his favourite music and chats to producer and writer Richard Norris about the important part it's played in his life and work.

With titles like Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Alan has transformed the genre over 40 years of varied work. Hear him talk about writing, alongside his wide-ranging passion for music, magic, art labs and plenty else in between.

Expect tracks from Captain Beefheart, Joni Mitchell, X-Ray Spex, The Residents, Patti Smith and Sleaford Mods. Plus some of the music he's made himself over the years.

This kicks off 6 Music's Graphic Content season, where we celebrate comics and graphic novels through October. Author Neil Gaiman is in the hot seat on Sunday 6th October, with an hour of music that has shaped him as a person and a writer. Hannah Berry, the UK's current Comics Laureate takes over the reins the following week. And Castlevania creator Warren Ellis completes the line up with an hour of his favourite music on 20th October.

The legendary comic book writer shares two hours of his favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Alan Moore, the legendary comic book writer shares two hours of his favourite music and chats to producer and writer Richard Norris about the important part it's played in his life and work.

Legendary comic book writer Alan Moore shares two hours of his favourite music.

Belinda Bauer20151115 (6M)
20180914 (6M)

Crime writer – and Stephen King fan girl - Belinda Bauer hosts the third episode of Paperback Writers.

She picks songs by some of her all-time favourite singers and artists, including music she heard whilst growing up in South Africa and artists she discovered as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. Her list includes Pink Floyd, The Clash, Undertones and Blondie.

Crime writer \u2013 and Stephen King fan girl - Belinda Bauer hosts Paperback Writers.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Bret Easton Ellis20190512 (6M)

White and American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis chooses tracks that have inspired him.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Bret Easton Ellis20190512 (6M)

White and American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis chooses tracks that have inspired him.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Candice Carty-williams20190602 (6M)
20191227 (6M)

Part of Kate Tempest's Wise Women selection, Candice Carty-Williams picks her favourites.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Part of Kate Tempest's Wise Women selection, Candice Carty-Williams picks her favourites.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Candice Carty-williams20190602 (6M)

Author and journalist Candice Carty-Williams chooses an hour of her favourite tracks.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Candice Carty-williams20190602 (6M)
20200517 (6M)
20191227 (6M)

Candice Carty-Williams picks her favourites.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Author and journalist Candice Carty-Williams chooses an hour of her favourite tracks.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Part of Kate Tempest's Wise Women selection, Candice Carty-Williams picks her favourites.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Carl Hiaasen20180325 (6M)

The American novelist delves into his record collection and picks his favourite tunes - including offerings from Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Mudcrutch. A long-time columnist for the Miami Herald, Carl has also written over 20 novels which can generally be classified as humorous crime fiction, and often feature themes of environmentalism and political corruption in his native Florida. His latest novel is Razor Girl, with Assume The Worst due for release later this year.

The American novelist delves into his record collection and picks his favourite tunes.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Carl Hiaasen20180325 (6M)

The American novelist delves into his record collection and picks his favourite tunes.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

The American novelist delves into his record collection and picks his favourite tunes - including offerings from Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix and Mudcrutch. A long-time columnist for the Miami Herald, Carl has also written over 20 novels which can generally be classified as humorous crime fiction, and often feature themes of environmentalism and political corruption in his native Florida. His latest novel is Razor Girl, with Assume The Worst due for release later this year.

David Mitchell20161030 (6M)

Best-selling author David Mitchell chooses a selection of his favourite songs.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

David Sedaris20180805 (6M)

David Sedaris shares his musical delights in this week's Paperback Writers.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

David Sedaris20180805 (6M)

shares his musical delights in this week's Paperback Writers.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

David Sedaris shares his musical delights in this week's Paperback Writers.

Dawn O'porter20180819 (6M)

Author Dawn O'Porter talks about the music that inspires her writing

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Dawn O'porter20180819 (6M)

Author Dawn O'Porter talks about the music that inspires her writing

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Frank Cottrell-boyce20190609 (6M)

Screenwriter and author Frank Cottrell-Boyce chooses an hour of the tracks which have influenced his life and work including music from The Beach Boys, The Flaming Lips and Loyle Carner.

Frank is also one of the judges for Radio 2’s 500 Words children’s writing competition. He will be attending this year’s live final, where the winners will be revealed, which takes place at Windsor Castle on Friday 14 June.

Screenwriter and author Frank Cottrell-Boyce chooses an hour of his favourite tracks.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Frank Cottrell-boyce20190609 (6M)

Screenwriter and author Frank Cottrell-Boyce chooses an hour of the tracks which have influenced his life and work including music from The Beach Boys, The Flaming Lips and Loyle Carner.

Frank is also one of the judges for Radio 2’s 500 Words children’s writing competition. He will be attending this year’s live final, where the winners will be revealed, which takes place at Windsor Castle on Friday 14 June.

Screenwriter and author Frank Cottrell-Boyce chooses an hour of his favourite tracks.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Hannah Berry20191013 (6M)

The UK's current Comics Laureate shares a selection of music that means something to her. The award-winning graphic novelist, writer & illustrator includes Bjork, Tom Waits and Amon Tobin in her playlist.

This is part of 6 Music's Paperback Writers: Graphic Content series, focussing on where the worlds of comics and music collide. Alan Moore kicks things off on the 4th October, with the legendary comic book writer sharing two hours of his favourite music. He talks to producer and writer Richard Norris about the important part it's played in his life. Author Neil Gaiman is in the hot seat on Sunday 6th October, with an hour of music that has shaped him as a person and a writer. And Castlevania creator Warren Ellis completes the line up with an hour of his favourite music on 20th October.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Hannah Berry20191013 (6M)

The UK's current Comics Laureate shares a selection of music that means something to her. The award-winning graphic novelist, writer & illustrator includes Bjork, Tom Waits and Amon Tobin in her playlist.

This is part of 6 Music's Paperback Writers: Graphic Content series, focussing on where the worlds of comics and music collide. Alan Moore kicks things off on the 4th October, with the legendary comic book writer sharing two hours of his favourite music. He talks to producer and writer Richard Norris about the important part it's played in his life. Author Neil Gaiman is in the hot seat on Sunday 6th October, with an hour of music that has shaped him as a person and a writer. And Castlevania creator Warren Ellis completes the line up with an hour of his favourite music on 20th October.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Hannah Berry (graphic Content)
Hannah Berry (graphic Content)20191013 (6M)

The UK's current Comics Laureate shares a selection of music that means something to her. The award-winning graphic novelist, writer & illustrator includes Bjork, Tom Waits and Amon Tobin in her playlist.

This is part of 6 Music's Paperback Writers: Graphic Content series, focussing on where the worlds of comics and music collide. Alan Moore kicks things off on the 4th October, with the legendary comic book writer sharing two hours of his favourite music. He talks to producer and writer Richard Norris about the important part it's played in his life. Author Neil Gaiman is in the hot seat on Sunday 6th October, with an hour of music that has shaped him as a person and a writer. And Castlevania creator Warren Ellis completes the line up with an hour of his favourite music on 20th October.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Ian Rankin20161105 (6M)
20161029 (6M)
20170429 (6M)
20180804 (6M)

Ian Rankin talks about his life and work and plays some of his favourite music from 2010.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Ian Rankin talks about his life and work and plays some of his favourite music from 2010.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Ian Rankin talks about his life and work and plays some of his favourite music from 2010.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear Ian Rankin talking about his life and work and playing some of his favourite music from 2010.

A Scottish theme runs through the show with tracks from Steve Mason, Belle and Sebastian and Mogwai. Plus an insight in to the music that accompanies Ian as he creates modern noir fiction.

Ian Rankin talks about his life and work and plays some of his favourite music from 2010.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

talks about his life and work and plays some of his favourite music from 2010.

Ian Rankin talks about his life and work and plays some of his favourite music from 2010.

Irvine Welsh20161113 (6M)
20180911 (6M)

Scottish author and international best-seller Irvine Welsh chooses an hour of music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Scottish author and international best-seller Irvine Welsh chooses an hour of music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Jo Nesbo20170430 (6M)
20170513 (6M)
20180907 (6M)
20190809 (6M)

Author Jo Nesbo picks some of his favourite music and tells the stories behind them.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Author Jo Nesbo picks some of his favourite music and tells the stories behind them.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Best-selling Norwegian author, Jo Nesbo, picks some of his favourite music and talks about how they inspired him.

Jo Nesbo played football for Norway's premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di derre ('Them There'). Their second album topped the charts in Norway, but he continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night.

When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat. He is regarded as one of the world's leading crime writers and his novels are published in over 50 languages.

First broadcast in 2017.

Author Jo Nesbo picks some of his favourite music and tells the stories behind them.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Best-selling Norwegian author, Jo Nesbo, picks some of his favourite music and talks about how they inspired him.

Jo Nesbo played football for Norway's premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di derre ('Them There'). Their second album topped the charts in Norway, but he continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night.

When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat. He is regarded as one of the world's leading crime writers and his novels are published in over 50 languages.

First broadcast in 2017.

Author Jo Nesbo picks some of his favourite music and tells the stories behind them.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Author Jo Nesbo picks some of his favourite music and tells the stories behind them.

Best-selling Norwegian author, Jo Nesbo, picks some of his favourite music and talks about how they inspired him.

Jo Nesbo played football for Norway's premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di derre ('Them There'). Their second album topped the charts in Norway, but he continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night.

When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat. He is regarded as one of the world's leading crime writers and his novels are published in over 50 languages.

First broadcast in 2017.

Author Jo Nesbo picks some of his favourite music and tells the stories behind them.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Jo Nesbo20170430 (6M)
20170513 (6M)
20180907 (6M)
20190809 (6M)

Best-selling Norwegian author, Jo Nesbo, picks some of his favourite music and talks about how they inspired him.

Jo Nesbo played football for Norway's premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di derre ('Them There'). Their second album topped the charts in Norway, but he continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night.

When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat. He is regarded as one of the world's leading crime writers and his novels are published in over 50 languages.

First broadcast in 2017.

Author Jo Nesbo picks some of his favourite music and tells the stories behind them.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

First broadcast in 2017.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

John Connolly20171015 (6M)
20170416 (6M)
20170511 (6M)
20180905 (6M)
20190806 (6M)

John Connolly, best known for his Charlie Parker novels, chooses his favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

John Connolly, best known for his Charlie Parker novels, chooses his favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

John Connolly, best known for his Charlie Parker novels, chooses his favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Irish author, John Connolly, brings us a selection of music from his record collection and talks about how the artists and albums helped shape him as an author and person. His latest novel - A Game Of Ghosts - is the 15th Charlie Parker mystery thriller.

John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute.

His first novel, Every Dead Thing, was published in 1999, and introduced the character of Charlie Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter.

First broadcast in 2016..

John Connolly, best known for his Charlie Parker novels, chooses his favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Irish author, John Connolly, brings us a selection of music from his record collection and talks about how the artists and albums helped shape him as an author and person. His latest novel - A Game Of Ghosts - is the 15th Charlie Parker mystery thriller.

John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute.

His first novel, Every Dead Thing, was published in 1999, and introduced the character of Charlie Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter.

First broadcast in 2016..

John Connolly, best known for his Charlie Parker novels, chooses his favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

John Niven20180812 (6M)

Author John Niven picks a selection of his favourite records

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

John Niven20180812 (6M)

Author John Niven picks a selection of his favourite records

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another author picks a selection of favourite records.

Jon Ronson20190526 (6M)

Author and journalist Jon Ronson picks the music that has inspired and informed his work.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Jon Ronson20190526 (6M)

Author and journalist Jon Ronson picks the music that has inspired and informed his work.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Jonathan Coe20161031 (6M)
20170501 (6M)
20180806 (6M)

Another chance to hear novelist Jonathan Coe selecting an hour of his favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear novelist Jonathan Coe selecting an hour of his favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear novelist Jonathan Coe selecting an hour of his favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear novelist Jonathan Coe selecting an hour of his favourite music.

Lionel Shriver20170409 (6M)
20180904 (6M)
20190805 (6M)

Bestselling author of We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver, chooses some of her favourite songs and artists, and talks how they shaped her life and career as a writer. Her playlist includes songs from R.E.M, Steely Dan, Kate Bush, The Temptations and Me'Shell Ndegeocello.

Lionel Shriver's novels include The New Republic, So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Her novels have explored the US healthcare system, obesity, high school shootings, human population growth, and terrorism. Her twelfth novel, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 - 2047, is a vision of a near-future fiscal collapse. It is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon, from the pen of one of the most perceptive authors of our time.

Lionel Shriver chooses an hour of favourite tracks and talks about what they mean to her.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Her novels have explored the US healthcare system, obesity, high school shootings, human population growth, and terrorism. Her twelfth novel, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 - 2047, is a vision of a near-future fiscal collapse. It is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon, from the pen of one of the most perceptive authors of our time.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Lionel Shriver20170409 (6M)
20170510 (6M)
20180904 (6M)
20190805 (6M)

Lionel Shriver chooses an hour of favourite tracks and talks about what they mean to her.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Lionel Shriver chooses an hour of favourite tracks and talks about what they mean to her.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Bestselling author of We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver, chooses some of her favourite songs and artists, and talks how they shaped her life and career as a writer. Her playlist includes songs from R.E.M, Steely Dan, Kate Bush, The Temptations and Me'Shell Ndegeocello.

Lionel Shriver's novels include The New Republic, So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Her novels have explored the US healthcare system, obesity, high school shootings, human population growth, and terrorism. Her twelfth novel, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 - 2047, is a vision of a near-future fiscal collapse. It is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon, from the pen of one of the most perceptive authors of our time.

Lionel Shriver chooses an hour of favourite tracks and talks about what they mean to her.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Bestselling author of We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver, chooses some of her favourite songs and artists, and talks how they shaped her life and career as a writer. Her playlist includes songs from R.E.M, Steely Dan, Kate Bush, The Temptations and Me'Shell Ndegeocello.

Lionel Shriver's novels include The New Republic, So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Her novels have explored the US healthcare system, obesity, high school shootings, human population growth, and terrorism. Her twelfth novel, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 - 2047, is a vision of a near-future fiscal collapse. It is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon, from the pen of one of the most perceptive authors of our time.

Lionel Shriver chooses an hour of favourite tracks and talks about what they mean to her.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Bestselling author of We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver, chooses some of her favourite songs and artists, and talks how they shaped her life and career as a writer. Her playlist includes songs from R.E.M, Steely Dan, Kate Bush, The Temptations and Me'Shell Ndegeocello.

Lionel Shriver's novels include The New Republic, So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Her novels have explored the US healthcare system, obesity, high school shootings, human population growth, and terrorism. Her twelfth novel, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 - 2047, is a vision of a near-future fiscal collapse. It is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon, from the pen of one of the most perceptive authors of our time.

Lionel Shriver chooses an hour of favourite tracks and talks about what they mean to her.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Liz Pichon20180311 (6M)

The British illustrator and children's writer picks a selection of her favourite records.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

The British illustrator and children's writer picks the records. She is best known for her Tom Gates series of "satirical realist comedy fiction", which have been translated into 42 languages, and sold more than four million copies. She was previously art director at Jive Records, so has a great pedigree in the music business too!

Liz Pichon20180311 (6M)

The British illustrator and children's writer picks the records. She is best known for her Tom Gates series of "satirical realist comedy fiction", which have been translated into 42 languages, and sold more than four million copies. She was previously art director at Jive Records, so has a great pedigree in the music business too!

The British illustrator and children's writer picks a selection of her favourite records.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Man Booker Prize-winning Author Paul Beatty Chooses His Favourite Music20161218 (6M)

2016 Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty chooses some of his favourite songs.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

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Author Margaret Atwood plays some favourite songs and tells us the stories behind them.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Bestselling author Margaret Atwood plays some of her favourite music and talks about what the artists and songs mean to her, and how they have influenced her writing.

There'll be songs from Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Alanis Morisette, Stompin' Tom Connors and Bruce Cockburn.

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic and essayist. She is the author of seventeen novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin. She has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award several times, winning twice.

First broadcast in 2016, and repeated to complement BBC Radio 4’s serialisation of The Testaments, which begins on 16th September at 12.04 pm.

Author Margaret Atwood plays some favourite songs and tells us the stories behind them.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Bestselling author Margaret Atwood plays some of her favourite music and talks about what the artists and songs mean to her, and how they have influenced her writing.

There'll be songs from Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Alanis Morisette, Stompin' Tom Connors and Bruce Cockburn.

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic and essayist. She is the author of seventeen novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin. She has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award several times, winning twice.

First broadcast in 2016, and repeated to complement BBC Radio 4’s serialisation of The Testaments, which begins on 16th September at 12.04 pm.

Author Margaret Atwood plays some favourite songs and tells us the stories behind them.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Bestselling author Margaret Atwood plays some of her favourite music and talks about what the artists and songs mean to her, and how they have influenced her writing.

There'll be songs from Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Alanis Morisette, Stompin' Tom Connors and Bruce Cockburn.

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic and essayist. She is the author of seventeen novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin. She has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award several times, winning twice.

First broadcast in 2016, and repeated to complement BBC Radio 4’s serialisation of The Testaments, which begins on 16th September at 12.04 pm.

Author Margaret Atwood plays some favourite songs and tells us the stories behind them.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Margaret Atwood20161023 (6M)
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Bestselling author Margaret Atwood plays some of her favourite music and talks about what the artists and songs mean to her, and how they have influenced her writing.

There'll be songs from Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Alanis Morisette, Stompin' Tom Connors and Bruce Cockburn.

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic and essayist. She is the author of seventeen novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin. She has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award several times, winning twice.

First broadcast in 2016, and repeated to complement BBC Radio 4’s serialisation of The Testaments, which begins on 16th September at 12.04 pm.

Author Margaret Atwood plays some favourite songs and tells us the stories behind them.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Matt Haig20190519 (6M)

Author and journalist Matt Haig on the music that soundtracks his life and writing.

Matt Haig’s latest book ‘Evie and the Animals’ contains magical powers, a small boy falling into a lion pit and an important lesson on why you should always be yourself. It follows on from his guide to surviving in the modern world, ‘Notes On A Nervous Planet’.

Previously, Matt Haig has published a memoir, ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’, which was a number one bestseller, the children’s book ‘A Boy Called Christmas’ which is being made into a film, and other titles which have scored him the Smarties Gold Medal, the Blue Peter Book of the Year and three nominations for the Carnegie Medal. He has sold over a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.

In this show, you can expect tunes from The Beach Boys, Frank Ocean and Joni Mitchell, plus words on the power of music and literature to change lives in 2019.

Author and journalist Matt Haig on the music that inspires his writing.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Matt Haig20190519 (6M)

Matt Haig chooses an hour of his favourite tracks.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Author and journalist Matt Haig on the music that soundtracks his life and writing.

Matt Haig’s latest book ‘Evie and the Animals’ contains magical powers, a small boy falling into a lion pit and an important lesson on why you should always be yourself. It follows on from his guide to surviving in the modern world, ‘Notes On A Nervous Planet’.

Previously, Matt Haig has published a memoir, ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’, which was a number one bestseller, the children’s book ‘A Boy Called Christmas’ which is being made into a film, and other titles which have scored him the Smarties Gold Medal, the Blue Peter Book of the Year and three nominations for the Carnegie Medal. He has sold over a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.

In this show, you can expect tunes from The Beach Boys, Frank Ocean and Joni Mitchell, plus words on the power of music and literature to change lives in 2019.

Author and journalist Matt Haig on the music that inspires his writing.

Neil Gaiman20191006 (6M)

The multi-award-winning author of The Sandman, Good Omens & American Gods picks some of the music that's shaped him. With tracks from David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Elvis Costello, Amanda Palmer and Tori Amos.

A writer of comics, graphic novels, fiction, films, and plenty in between, Neil talks about how music has influenced him over his long and varied career.

This is part of 6 Music's Paperback Writers: Graphic Content series, focussing on where the worlds of comics and music collide. Alan Moore kicks things off on the 4th October, with the legendary comic book writer sharing two hours of his favourite music. He talks to producer and writer Richard Norris about the important part it's played in his life. Hannah Berry, the UK's current Comics Laureate takes over the reins next Sunday 13th October, and Castlevania creator Warren Ellis completes the line up with an hour of his favourite music on 20th October.

The author of The Sandman, Good Omens and American Gods picks the music that's shaped him.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Neil Gaiman (graphic Content)20191006 (6M)

The multi-award-winning author of Sandman, Good Omens & American Gods picks some of the music that's shaped him. With tracks from David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Elvis Costello, Amanda Palmer and Tori Amos.

A writer of comics, graphic novels, fiction, films, and plenty in between, Neil talks about how music has influenced him over his long and varied career.

This is part of 6 Music's Paperback Writers: Graphic Content series, focussing on where the worlds of comics and music collide. Alan Moore kicks things off on the 4th October, with the legendary comic book writer sharing two hours of his favourite music. He talks to producer and writer Richard Norris about the important part it's played in his life. Hannah Berry, the UK's current Comics Laureate takes over the reins next Sunday 13th October, and Castlevania creator Warren Ellis completes the line up with an hour of his favourite music on 20th October.

The author of Sandman, Good Omens and American Gods picks the music that's shaped him.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

The multi-award-winning author of The Sandman, Good Omens & American Gods picks some of the music that's shaped him. With tracks from David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Elvis Costello, Amanda Palmer and Tori Amos.

A writer of comics, graphic novels, fiction, films, and plenty in between, Neil talks about how music has influenced him over his long and varied career.

This is part of 6 Music's Paperback Writers: Graphic Content series, focussing on where the worlds of comics and music collide. Alan Moore kicks things off on the 4th October, with the legendary comic book writer sharing two hours of his favourite music. He talks to producer and writer Richard Norris about the important part it's played in his life. Hannah Berry, the UK's current Comics Laureate takes over the reins next Sunday 13th October, and Castlevania creator Warren Ellis completes the line up with an hour of his favourite music on 20th October.

The author of The Sandman, Good Omens & American Gods picks the music that's shaped him.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Neil Gaiman (graphic Content)20191006 (6M)

The multi-award-winning author of The Sandman, Good Omens & American Gods picks some of the music that's shaped him. With tracks from David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Elvis Costello, Amanda Palmer and Tori Amos.

A writer of comics, graphic novels, fiction, films, and plenty in between, Neil talks about how music has influenced him over his long and varied career.

This is part of 6 Music's Paperback Writers: Graphic Content series, focussing on where the worlds of comics and music collide. Alan Moore kicks things off on the 4th October, with the legendary comic book writer sharing two hours of his favourite music. He talks to producer and writer Richard Norris about the important part it's played in his life. Hannah Berry, the UK's current Comics Laureate takes over the reins next Sunday 13th October, and Castlevania creator Warren Ellis completes the line up with an hour of his favourite music on 20th October.

The author of The Sandman, Good Omens & American Gods picks the music that's shaped him.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

The multi-award-winning author of Sandman, Good Omens & American Gods picks some of the music that's shaped him. With tracks from David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Elvis Costello, Amanda Palmer and Tori Amos.

The author of Sandman, Good Omens and American Gods picks the music that's shaped him.

Oliver Jeffers20180401 (6M)

The author and illustrator picks a selection of his favourite records, including tracks by Buddy Holly, Nick Cave, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Francis Bebey and Jarvis Cocker. Oliver's latest picture book is 'Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth', which he wrote for his son and offers a few introductory thoughts on what it is to be human alive on this magnificent planet of ours.

Author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers picks a selection of his favourite records.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Peter Robinson20171029 (6M)

Author Peter Robinson chooses his favourite songs and talks about what they mean to him.

Author Peter Robinson chooses his favourite songs and talks about what they mean to him. His choices include Brian Eno, John Cale, Television and Thea Gilmore.

Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire. After getting his BA Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds, he came to Canada and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor, then a PhD in English at York University. He has taught at a number of Toronto community colleges and universities and served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, 1992-93.

His first novel, Gallows View (1987), introduced Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. It was short-listed for the John Creasey Award in the UK and the Crime Writers of Canada best first novel award. A Dedicated Man followed in 1988 and was short-listed for the CWC's Arthur Ellis Award. A Necessary End and The Hanging Valley, both Inspector Banks novels, followed in 1989, and the latter was nominated for an Arthur. Both received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly in the US.

Caedmon's Song, the first departure from the series, was published in 1990 and was also nominated for an Arthur. (It was reissued in the UK by Macmillan in September, 2003, and was published for the first time in the US by Avon Dark Passage in September, 2004, as The First Cut.) The fifth Inspector Banks novel, Past Reason Hated, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 1992. The sixth, Wednesday's Child, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Final Account (UK Dry Bones that Dream) appeared in 1994 and won an Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters in 1995.

The eighth Inspector Banks novel, Innocent Graves (1996) was picked as one of Publishers Weekly's best mysteries of 1996 and selected as "page-turner of the week" by People magazine. Innocent Graves was also nominated for a Hammett Award for "literary excellence in the field of crime writing" by the International Association of Crime Writers, and won the author his second Arthur Ellis Award for best novel. In a Dry Season, the tenth in the series, won the Anthony and Barry awards for best novel and was nominated for the Edgar, Hammett, Macavity and Arthur Ellis Awards. In 2001, it also won France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Sweden's Martin Beck Award. It was also a New York Times "notable book" of 1999. The next book Cold is the Grave, won the Arthur Ellis Award and was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. In 2006 it won the Danish Palle Rosenkrantz Award. Aftermath appeared in 2002 and made the top ten in both the UK and Canadian bestseller lists, where it reached number one.

In 2002, Robinson was awarded the "Dagger in the Library" by the CWA. The thirteenth Banks novel, The Summer that Never Was (US Close to Home), appeared on the New York Times expanded bestseller list in February, 2003, and on both the UK and Canadian bestseller lists and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis and an Anthony award. Playing with Fire, published in January, 2004, was nominated for both the Arthur Ellis and Hammett awards. Strange Affair (January, 2005) was nominated for Arthur Ellis and a Macavity awards.The books have been translated into nineteen languages. Piece of My Heart appeared in 2006, and in 2007, Friend of the Devil reached Number One in the Sunday Times hardcover bestseller list. In January, 2008, Robinson was presented with the Celebrates Reading Award by the Toronto Libraries.

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Author Peter Robinson chooses his favourite songs and talks about what they mean to him.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Philip Pullman20171022 (6M)
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Author Philip Pullman chooses his favourite songs and talks about what they mean to him.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Author Philip Pullman chooses his favourite songs and talks about what they mean to him.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Author Philip Pullman chooses his favourite songs and talks about what they mean to him.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Philip Pullman20171022 (6M)
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Author Philip Pullman chooses his favourite songs and talks about what they mean to him.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Reni Eddo-lodge20190505 (6M)

Award winning author Reni Eddo-Lodge chooses an hour of tunes that have inspired her.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Reni Eddo-lodge20190505 (6M)

Award winning author Reni Eddo-Lodge chooses an hour of tunes that have inspired her.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Richard Flanagan20180819 (6M)

Another author picks a selection of favourite records.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Robin Hobb20171001 (6M)
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International bestselling author Robin Hobb chooses some of her favourite songs.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Author of the Farseer Trilogy, and many other novels, Robin Hobb chooses her favourite songs and talks about what they mean to her.

Robin Hobb is one of the world's finest writers of epic fiction. Her latest novel sold 2.5 million copies in the UK alone, and her fans include George RR Martin who says she's one of the best writers in the world.

She was born in California but raised in Alaska, where she learned how to raise a wolf cub, to skin a moose and to survive in the wilderness. When she married a fisherman who fished herring and the Kodiak salmon-run for half the year, these skills would stand her in good stead.

She raised her family, ran a smallholding, delivered post to her remote community, all at the same time as writing stories and novels. She succeeded on all fronts, raising four children and becoming an internationally best-selling writer.

Her selection of artists include Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Donna Summer and The Police.

International bestselling author Robin Hobb chooses some of her favourite songs.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Robin Hobb2017100120180910 (6M)

International bestselling author Robin Hobb chooses some of her favourite songs.

Author of the Farseer Trilogy, and many other novels, Robin Hobb chooses her favourite songs and talks about what they mean to her.

Robin Hobb is one of the world's finest writers of epic fiction. Her latest novel sold 2.5 million copies in the UK alone, and her fans include George RR Martin who says she's one of the best writers in the world.

She was born in California but raised in Alaska, where she learned how to raise a wolf cub, to skin a moose and to survive in the wilderness. When she married a fisherman who fished herring and the Kodiak salmon-run for half the year, these skills would stand her in good stead.

She raised her family, ran a smallholding, delivered post to her remote community, all at the same time as writing stories and novels. She succeeded on all fronts, raising four children and becoming an internationally best-selling writer.

Her selection of artists include Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Donna Summer and The Police.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Her selection of artists include Johnny Cash, Simon and Garfunkel, Donna Summer and The Police.

Roddy Doyle20171008 (6M)
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Irish novelist and screenwriter Roddy Doyle picks a selection of his favourite songs.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Irish novelist and screenwriter Roddy Doyle is best known for writing The Commitments. In this special programme for 6 Music, he picks an hour of his favourite music and tells us the stories behind them.

Roddy won the Man Booker Prize in 1993 for his book Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. In 2013, he adapted The Commitments for the West End Stage. He has also written eight books for children and is a prolific dramatist.

His selection includes Steely Dan, Wilco, Nick Cave, Patti Smith and Bob Dylan.

Irish novelist and screenwriter Roddy Doyle picks a selection of his favourite songs.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Roddy Doyle2017100820180909 (6M)

Roddy Doyle chooses some of his favourite songs and tells us the stories behind them.

Irish novelist and screenwriter Roddy Doyle is best known for writing The Commitments. In this special programme for 6 Music, he picks an hour of his favourite music and tells us the stories behind them.

Roddy won the Man Booker Prize in 1993 for his book Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. In 2013, he adapted The Commitments for the West End Stage. He has also written eight books for children and is a prolific dramatist.

His selection includes Steely Dan, Wilco, Nick Cave, Patti Smith and Bob Dylan.

Irish novelist and screenwriter Roddy Doyle picks a selection of his favourite songs.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

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Another chance to hear poet Simon Armitage enthusing about his musical heroes.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear poet Simon Armitage enthusing about his musical heroes.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear poet Simon Armitage enthusing about his his musical heroes. He assures us Bob Dylan is no poet and that The Fall have written a song about him.

Tunes featured include inspired lyrics from the likes of David Bowie, Cherry Ghost, Momus, Felt, Arctic Monkeys and Belle and Sebastian.

Another chance to hear poet Simon Armitage enthusing about his musical heroes.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear poet Simon Armitage enthusing about his musical heroes.

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One of the world's bestselling authors, Stephen King, chooses his favourite songs.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

The Girl With The... Great Record Collection: Tracy Chevalier20170423 (6M)
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Bestselling novelist Tracy Chevalier chooses some of her favourite music.

Tony Parsons20180318 (6M)

The writer and broadcaster Tony Parsons picks a selection of his favourite records, including numbers by Otis Redding, John Martyn, The Clash and Johnny Cash. Tony spent many years as a music journalist, perhaps most famously with the NME. He has since turned his hand to novels, with his creation DC Max Wolfe making his two most recent appearances in Die Last and Girl on Fire.

Writer and broadcaster Tony Parsons picks a selection of his favourite tunes.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Tony Parsons20180318 (6M)

Writer and broadcaster Tony Parsons picks a selection of his favourite tunes.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

The writer and broadcaster Tony Parsons picks a selection of his favourite records, including numbers by Otis Redding, John Martyn, The Clash and Johnny Cash. Tony spent many years as a music journalist, perhaps most famously with the NME. He has since turned his hand to novels, with his creation DC Max Wolfe making his two most recent appearances in Die Last and Girl on Fire.

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Bestselling author of The Girl With The Pearl Earring and The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier, chooses a selection of her favourite music and talks about how they shaped her life and career. Her playlist includes tracks from Elvis Costello, Roberta Flack, John Grant and Talking Heads.

Tracy was born in 1962 and grew up in Washington, DC, moving to England after graduating with a BA in English from Oberlin College (Ohio). For several years she worked as a reference book editor, while writing short stories in her spare time. In 1993, she quit to do an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England). Although she has lived in the United Kingdom for over 30 years,she still has an American accent.

Tracy writes her novels longhand, typing what she has written into the computer at the end of each day. (she prefers blue ink and disposable fountain pens) She is also a quilt maker and never wears earrings and a necklace together.

She has written eight novels and edited two short story collections. Her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, sold 5 million copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson.

First broadcast in 2017.

Bestselling novelist Tracy Chevalier chooses some of her favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Tracy was born in 1962 and grew up in Washington, DC, moving to England after graduating with a BA in English from Oberlin College (Ohio). For several years she worked as a reference book editor, while writing short stories in her spare time. In 1993, she quit to do an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England). Although she has lived in the United Kingdom for over 30 years, she still has an American accent.

First broadcast in 2017.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

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Bestselling novelist Tracy Chevalier chooses some of her favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Bestselling novelist Tracy Chevalier chooses some of her favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Bestselling author of The Girl With The Pearl Earring and The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier, chooses a selection of her favourite music and talks about how they shaped her life and career. Her playlist includes tracks from Elvis Costello, Roberta Flack, John Grant and Talking Heads.

Tracy was born in 1962 and grew up in Washington, DC, moving to England after graduating with a BA in English from Oberlin College (Ohio). For several years she worked as a reference book editor, while writing short stories in her spare time. In 1993, she quit to do an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England). Although she has lived in the United Kingdom for over 30 years,she still has an American accent.

Tracy writes her novels longhand, typing what she has written into the computer at the end of each day. (she prefers blue ink and disposable fountain pens) She is also a quilt maker and never wears earrings and a necklace together.

She has written eight novels and edited two short story collections. Her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, sold 5 million copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson.

First broadcast in 2017.

Bestselling novelist Tracy Chevalier chooses some of her favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Bestselling author of The Girl With The Pearl Earring and The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier, chooses a selection of her favourite music and talks about how they shaped her life and career. Her playlist includes tracks from Elvis Costello, Roberta Flack, John Grant and Talking Heads.

Tracy was born in 1962 and grew up in Washington, DC, moving to England after graduating with a BA in English from Oberlin College (Ohio). For several years she worked as a reference book editor, while writing short stories in her spare time. In 1993, she quit to do an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England). Although she has lived in the United Kingdom for over 30 years,she still has an American accent.

Tracy writes her novels longhand, typing what she has written into the computer at the end of each day. (she prefers blue ink and disposable fountain pens) She is also a quilt maker and never wears earrings and a necklace together.

She has written eight novels and edited two short story collections. Her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, sold 5 million copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson.

First broadcast in 2017.

Bestselling novelist Tracy Chevalier chooses some of her favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Bestselling author of The Girl With The Pearl Earring and The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier, chooses a selection of her favourite music and talks about how they shaped her life and career. Her playlist includes tracks from Elvis Costello, Roberta Flack, John Grant and Talking Heads.

Tracy was born in 1962 and grew up in Washington, DC, moving to England after graduating with a BA in English from Oberlin College (Ohio). For several years she worked as a reference book editor, while writing short stories in her spare time. In 1993, she quit to do an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England). Although she has lived in the United Kingdom for over 30 years,she still has an American accent.

Tracy writes her novels longhand, typing what she has written into the computer at the end of each day. (she prefers blue ink and disposable fountain pens) She is also a quilt maker and never wears earrings and a necklace together.

She has written eight novels and edited two short story collections. Her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, sold 5 million copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson.

First broadcast in 2017.

Bestselling novelist Tracy Chevalier chooses some of her favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Val Mcdermid20180902 (6M)

Taking a closer look at the musical influences of some of the most successful novelists.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Val Mcdermid20180902 (6M)

Taking a closer look at the musical influences of some of the most successful novelists.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Warren Ellis (graphic Content)20191020 (6M)

The comics writer, novelist & screenwriter picks the music that reflects the work he does, how he works, and what music means to him. With tracks from Delia Derbyshire, Billy Bragg and Neu!

Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of Transmetropolitan, Planetery, The Authority and the writer and co-creator of the graphic novel Red, which was the basis of two major motion pictures. He is also the author of the NYT-bestselling novels Gun Machine and Crooked Little Vein. He's currently the writer and showrunner for the Netflix animated series Castlevania.

This is part of 6 Music's Paperback Writers: Graphic Content series, focussing on where the worlds of comics and music collide. Alan Moore kicked things off on the 4th October, with the legendary comic book writer sharing two hours of his favourite music. He talked to producer and writer Richard Norris about the important part it's played in his life. Author Neil Gaiman was in the hot seat on Sunday 6th October, with an hour of music that has shaped him as a person and a writer. And the UK's current Comics Laureate Hannah Berry was in charge of the music last Sunday.

The comics writer, novelist & screenwriter picks the music that represents him & his work.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

We Need To Talk About... Music: Lionel Shriver Picks Her Favourite Artists20170510 (6M)

Lionel Shriver chooses an hour of favourite tracks and talks about what they mean to her.

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Author Zadie Smith chooses an hour of her favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Author Zadie Smith chooses an hour of her favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

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Novelist Ian Rankin opens the Paperback Writers season with his pick of the best of 2010.

A Scottish theme runs throgh the show with tracks from Steve mason, Belle & Sebastian & Mogwai.

Plus an insight in to the music that accompanies Ian as he sits behind a keyboard creating modern noir fiction.

Novelist Ian Rankin opens the Paperback Writers season with his pick of the best of 2010.

A Scottish theme runs throgh the show with tracks from Steve mason, Belle and Sebastian and Mogwai.

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Poet Simon Armitage CBE if you will!! Waxes lyrical about his musical heroes.

He assures us Bob Dylan is no poet and that The Fall have written a song about him!

Tunes featured include inspired lyrics from the likes of David Bowie, Cherry Ghost, Momus and Belle And Sebastian.

Join Simon then for a carefully crafted meander with his musical muses.

Poet Simon Armitage CBE, if you will! He waxes lyrical about his musical heroes.

Another chance to hear poet Simon Armitage enthusing about his musical heroes.

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Author Jonathan Coe tells 6 Music about his musical influences.

Another chance to hear novelist Jonathan Coe selecting an hour of his favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

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Another chance to hear David Nicholls, author of One Day, selecting some favourite songs.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear David Nicholls, author of One Day, selecting some favourite songs.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear David Nicholls, author of One Day, selecting some favourite songs.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear David Nicholls, author of One Day, selecting some favourite songs.

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Literary sensation, with 1.4 million readers for his third novel 'One Day' & BAFTA nominated script writer David Nicholls kicks off the new series of Paperback Writers.

For the next hour David has chosen the tunes that he would like you to hear and that have played a part in his life and or his literary world.

David not only has taken the publishing world by storm but has always had a foot in the acting world, once he was an actor, and then he found fame in the world of script writing, with the highly acclaimed TV series Cold Feet and now fortune in the world of novels.

The author of The Understudy, Starter For Ten, the University Challenge coming-of-age tale that was made into a film starring James McAvoy, and his third novel One Day starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

The last two he wrote the screen adaptations for and music plays a big part in them.

If you haven't read One Day or know someone who has read the book have you been living under a rock?

David Nicholls, screenwriter and author of One Day, curates the show.

Literary sensation, with 1.4 million readers for his third novel 'One Day' and BAFTA nominated script writer David Nicholls kicks off the new series of Paperback Writers.

To complement 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, another chance to hear David Nicholls chosing the tunes he'd like you to hear and that have played a part in his life and literary world.

To complement 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, another chance to hear David Nicholls choosing the tunes he'd like you to hear and that have played a part in his life and literary world.

Another chance to hear writer David Nicholls play music that has played a part in his life

Another chance to hear David Nicholls, author of One Day, selecting some favourite songs.

Another chance to hear David Nicholls chosing the tunes he'd like you to hear and that have played a part in his life and literary world.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

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Another chance to hear Mark Billingham's selection of songs that influenced his writing.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear Mark Billingham's selection of songs that influenced his writing.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear Mark Billingham's selection of songs that influenced his writing.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

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Paperback Writers continues with best selling crime fiction writer Mark Billingham.

Mark's choices have an obvious dark and dangerous theme yet with a twist of cheese you can see why he and his protagonist Tom Thorne, from his crime novels, love their Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.

You'll hear how Mark agonised over the songs he chose for this hour and from his first choice to his last you'll get to understand why his writing has taken him down the mysterious path of crime fiction.

Mark not only is a novelist but has also written screen plays, is an actor and stand up comedian.

Crime writer Mark Billingham reveals his dark, dangerous and sometimes cheesy selection.

To complement 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, another chance to hear Mark Billingham's selections. Mark's choices have an obvious dark and dangerous theme. Both he and his protagonist Tom Thorne love Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. Mark agonised over the songs he chose for this hour, and they help give a greater understanding of his writing.

Another chance to hear Mark Billingham's selections. Mark's choices have an obvious dark and dangerous theme. Both he and his protagonist Tom Thorne love Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. Mark agonised over the songs he chose for this hour, and they help give a greater understanding of his writing.

Another chance to hear Mark Billingham's selection of songs that influenced his writing.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear Mark Billingham's selection of songs that influenced his writing.

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Award-winning children's picture book writer Oliver Jeffers chooses his milestone tracks.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Award-winning children's picture book writer Oliver Jeffers chooses his milestone tracks.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear Oliver Jeffers, the award-winning artist, illustrator and author of children's books selecting music that has inspired him.

Oliver has chooses music that has marked significant milestones in his life, so you can sit back and travel with him as a young lad in Northern Ireland, around Australia and to New York, where he now lives and recorded this programme.

Award-winning children's picture book writer Oliver Jeffers chooses his milestone tracks.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Award-winning children's picture book writer Oliver Jeffers chooses his milestone tracks.

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Throughout November every Sunday from midday you can hear an hour of music curated by an author in Paperback Writers.

And this Sunday it's the turn of Oliver Jeffers, the award winning artist, illustrator, and author of children's picture books including, Lost and Found, The Incredible Book Eating Boy and Stuck..

Oliver has chosen the music that has marked significant milestones in his life, so you can sit back and travel with him as a young lad in Northern Ireland, around Australia and to New York, where he now lives and recorded the show for us.

Like many of us, Mark found his musical taste in various places, from his parents, friends and from digging deeper into the music of artists he loves.

Like the writers that preceded him, Oliver now shares his absolute passion for music with the 6 Music listeners.

Award-winning children's picturebook writer Oliver Jeffers chooses his milestone tracks.

To complement 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, another chance to hear Oliver Jeffers, the award-winning artist, illustrator and author of children's books selecting music that has inspired him.

Oliver has chooses music that has marked significant milestones in his life, so you can sit back and travel with him as a young lad in Northern Ireland, around Australia and to New York, where he now lives and recorded this programme.

Another chance to hear Oliver Jeffers, the award-winning artist, illustrator and author of children's books selecting music that has inspired him.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Oliver has chooses music that has marked significant milestones in his life, so you can sit back and travel with him as a young lad in Northern Ireland, around Australia and to New York, where he now lives and recorded this programme.

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The late Iain Banks talks about his life and favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

The late Iain Banks talks about his life and favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear the late Iain Banks sharing his favourite music and stories about his life. This programme was first broadcast in November 2011.

Iain Banks aka Iain M Banks (in his sci-fi guise) was the man behind transfixing novels Complicity and Wasp Factory. Iain's wit and music take us on a journey back to his colourful student days in Scotland, to squats in England and finally a serene life in the wilds of Scotland.

The late Iain Banks talks about his life and favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

The late Iain Banks talks about his life and favourite music.

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The late Iain Banks talks about his life and favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear the late Iain Banks sharing his favourite music and stories about his life. This programme was first broadcast in November 2011.

Iain Banks aka Iain M Banks (in his sci-fi guise) was the man behind transfixing novels Complicity and Wasp Factory. Iain's wit and music take us on a journey back to his colourful student days in Scotland, to squats in England and finally a serene life in the wilds of Scotland.

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, aka Iain M Banks, tells stories of student days in Scotland, squatting in England, near death experiences, and finally his more serene life in the wilds of Scotland.

Iain Banks, aka Iain M Banks, tells stories of student days and near death experiences.

As a tribute to Iain Banks, who died on Sunday, there is another chance to hear his appearance on the 6 Music series Paperback Writers, in which he shares his favourite music and stories about his life. This programme was first broadcast in November 2011.

Iain Banks aka Iain M Banks (in his sci-fi guise) was the man behind transfixing novels Complicity and Wasp Factory. Iain's wit and music carries you through the hour where you'll journey with him back to his colourful student days in Scotland, to squats in England and finally a serene life in the wilds of Scotland.

To complement 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, another chance to hear the late Iain Banks sharing his favourite music and stories about his life. This programme was first broadcast in November 2011.

Iain Banks aka Iain M Banks (in his sci-fi guise) was the man behind transfixing novels Complicity and Wasp Factory. Iain's wit and music take us on a journey back to his colourful student days in Scotland, to squats in England and finally a serene life in the wilds of Scotland.

The late Iain Banks talks about his life and favourite music.

In the lead up to 6 Music at Hay festival, almost a year after his passing, another chance to hear Iain Banks on the 6 Music series Paperback Writers, in which he shares his favourite music and stories about his life. This programme was first broadcast in November 2011.

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Another chance to hear Jake Arnott sharing the music that inspires him.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear Jake Arnott sharing the music that inspires him.

Music has played a big part in shaping Jake's life. He once interviewed Morrissey for Time Out and in Johnny Come Home the protagonist is a 1970s glam rock star. Jake also made a cameo appearance in Telstar, the film biopic about cult 60s record producer Joe Meek. David Bowie is a big fan of Jake's work. The musician comments that: "whenever he's got a new book out, I drop everything, knowing that the next couple of hours are going to be pure gangland bliss."

Jake reads an extract of The House of Rumour, and his musical selections include the Clash, Nina Simone, Althea and Donna, Wire, Augustus Pablo, the Smiths, PM Dawn and, of course, David Bowie.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear Jake Arnott sharing the music that inspires him.

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Novelist Jake Arnott shares his musical influences.

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: The Written Word,

The series begins this week with Jake Arnott, author of five novels including The Long Firm, which was the bestselling debut novel of 1999. Harry Stark, the charismatic anti-hero of The Long Firm, appeared in the next two of Jake's novels, He Kills Coppers and Truecrime. Johnny Come Home followed in 2006 and the highly acclaimed The Devil's Paintbrush in 2009.

The Long Firm was made into a BAFTA-nominated series for BBC Two in 2004, starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Strong. In 2008, his thriller He Kills Coppers was made into a critically acclaimed series for ITV1, starring Rafe Spall and Kelly Reilly.

Music has played a big part in shaping Jake's life. He once interview Morrissey for Time Out and In Johnny Come Home the protagonist is a 1970s glam rock star. Jake also made a cameo appearance in Telstar, the film biopic about cult 60s record producer Joe Meek. David Bowie is a big fan of Jake's work. The musician comments that: "whenever he's got a new book out, I drop everything, knowing that the next couple of hours are going to be pure gangland bliss.

His sixth novel, The House of Rumour, comes out in the summer and Jake will be giving us a special preview reading from it during the show, along with some great musical choices from the Clash, Nina Simone, Althea and Donna, Wire, Augustus Pablo, The Smiths, PM Dawn and, of course, David Bowie.

Music has played a big part in shaping Jake's life. He once interviewed Morrissey for Time Out and In Johnny Come Home the protagonist is a 1970s glam rock star. Jake also made a cameo appearance in Telstar, the film biopic about cult 60s record producer Joe Meek. David Bowie is a big fan of Jake's work. The musician comments that: "whenever he's got a new book out, I drop everything, knowing that the next couple of hours are going to be pure gangland bliss."

To complement 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, another chance to hear Jake Arnott sharing the music that inspires him.

Music has played a big part in shaping Jake's life. He once interviewed Morrissey for Time Out and in Johnny Come Home the protagonist is a 1970s glam rock star. Jake also made a cameo appearance in Telstar, the film biopic about cult 60s record producer Joe Meek. David Bowie is a big fan of Jake's work. The musician comments that: "whenever he's got a new book out, I drop everything, knowing that the next couple of hours are going to be pure gangland bliss.

Jake reads an extract of The House of Rumour, and his musical selections include the Clash, Nina Simone, Althea and Donna, Wire, Augustus Pablo, the Smiths, PM Dawn and, of course, David Bowie.

Another chance to hear Jake Arnott sharing the music that inspires him.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Music has played a big part in shaping Jake's life. He once interviewed Morrissey for Time Out and in Johnny Come Home the protagonist is a 1970s glam rock star. Jake also made a cameo appearance in Telstar, the film biopic about cult 60s record producer Joe Meek. David Bowie is a big fan of Jake's work. The musician comments that: "whenever he's got a new book out, I drop everything, knowing that the next couple of hours are going to be pure gangland bliss."

Jake reads an extract of The House of Rumour, and his musical selections include the Clash, Nina Simone, Althea and Donna, Wire, Augustus Pablo, the Smiths, PM Dawn and, of course, David Bowie.

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Novelist Jake Arnott shares his musical influences.

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: The Written Word,

The series begins this week with Jake Arnott, author of five novels including The Long Firm, which was the bestselling debut novel of 1999. Harry Stark, the charismatic anti-hero of The Long Firm, appeared in the next two of Jake's novels, He Kills Coppers and Truecrime. Johnny Come Home followed in 2006 and the highly acclaimed The Devil's Paintbrush in 2009.

The Long Firm was made into a BAFTA-nominated series for BBC Two in 2004, starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Strong. In 2008, his thriller He Kills Coppers was made into a critically acclaimed series for ITV1, starring Rafe Spall and Kelly Reilly.

Music has played a big part in shaping Jake's life. He once interview Morrissey for Time Out and In Johnny Come Home the protagonist is a 1970s glam rock star. Jake also made a cameo appearance in Telstar, the film biopic about cult 60s record producer Joe Meek. David Bowie is a big fan of Jake's work. The musician comments that: ""whenever he's got a new book out, I drop everything, knowing that the next couple of hours are going to be pure gangland bliss."

His sixth novel, The House of Rumour, comes out in the summer and Jake will be giving us a special preview reading from it during the show, along with some great musical choices from the Clash, Nina Simone, Althea and Donna, Wire, Augustus Pablo, The Smiths, PM Dawn and, of course, David Bowie.

To complement 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, another chance to hear Jake Arnott sharing the music that inspires him.

Music has played a big part in shaping Jake's life. He once interviewed Morrissey for Time Out and in Johnny Come Home the protagonist is a 1970s glam rock star. Jake also made a cameo appearance in Telstar, the film biopic about cult 60s record producer Joe Meek. David Bowie is a big fan of Jake's work. The musician comments that: "whenever he's got a new book out, I drop everything, knowing that the next couple of hours are going to be pure gangland bliss.

Jake reads an extract of The House of Rumour, and his musical selections include the Clash, Nina Simone, Althea and Donna, Wire, Augustus Pablo, the Smiths, PM Dawn and, of course, David Bowie.

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Another chance to hear novelist Esther Freud talking about her musical influences.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear novelist Esther Freud talking about her musical influences.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear novelist Esther Freud talking about her musical influences.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Novelist Esther Freud shares her musical influences.

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: The Written Word, Paperback Writers takes a closer look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful novelists, and how they weave those influences through their work.

The series continues with novelist Esther Freud daughter of the artist Lucian Freud. Her debut novel, Hideous Kinky was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was made into a film starring Kate Winslet. Esther's latest novel Lucky Break is a series of short stories set in the world of acting.

Esther will be sharing some of her favourite songs including Patsy Cline, The Faces, The Clash and The Arctic Monkeys.

Another chance to hear novelist Esther Freud talking about her musical influences.

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Novelist Esther Freud shares her musical influences.

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: The Written Word,

The series continues with novelist Esther Freud daughter of the artist Lucian Freud. Her debut novel, Hideous Kinky was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was made into a film starring Kate Winslet. Esther's latest novel Lucky Break is a series of short stories set in the world of acting.

Esther will be sharing some of her favourite songs including Patsy Cline, The Faces, The Clash and The Arctic Monkeys.

(02/04)

To complement 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, another chance to hear novelist Esther Freud selecting music that has inspired her.

Esther picks songs by the likes of Patsy Cline, the Faces, the Clash and the Arctic Monkeys.

Another chance to hear novelist Esther Freud talking about her musical influences.

Another chance to hear novelist Esther Freud selecting music that has inspired her.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

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The series continues with Alain De Botton a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life.'

Alain has written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain's latest book is titled Religion for Atheists, a non-believer's guide to the uses of religion.

Alain will be sharing his musical influences which include REM, 10,000 Maniacs and Sinead O'Connor

Writer Alain de Botton talks about his musical influences.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear Alain de Botton's appearance on the programme that takes a closer look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful novelists and the ways they weave them through their work.

Alain's selections include R.E.M., 10,000 Maniacs and Sinead O'Connor.

To complement 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, another chance to hear Alain de Botton's appearance on the programme that takes a closer look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful novelists and the ways they weave them through their work.

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Writer Alain de Botton talks about his musical influences.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Writer Alain de Botton talks about his musical influences.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Writer Alain de Botton talks about his musical influences.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: The Written Word, Paperback Writers takes a closer look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful novelists, and how they weave those influences through their work.

The series continues with Alain De Botton a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life.'

Alain has written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain's latest book is titled Religion for Atheists, a non-believer's guide to the uses of religion.

Alain will be sharing his musical influences which include REM, 10,000 Maniacs and Sinead O'Connor.

Writer Alain de Botton talks about his musical influences.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Writer Alain de Botton talks about his musical influences.

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Another chance to hear writer Charlie Higson talking about his musical influences.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear writer Charlie Higson talking about his musical influences.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear Charlie Higson sharing his musical influences and explaining how he weaves them through his work.

Charlie is a fan of horror films and books, and even studied gothic literature at university. The first novel in his bestselling zombie-adventure series for teenagers, The Enemy, was published in September 2009.

After leaving university, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then turned to comedy and has starred in TV shows including The Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars and The Fast Show.

Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers.

Another chance to hear writer Charlie Higson talking about his musical influences.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear Charlie Higson sharing his musical influences and explaining how he weaves them through his work.

Charlie is a fan of horror films and books, and even studied gothic literature at university. The first novel in his bestselling zombie-adventure series for teenagers, The Enemy, was published in September 2009.

After leaving university, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then turned to comedy and has starred in TV shows including The Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars and The Fast Show.

Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers.

Another chance to hear writer Charlie Higson talking about his musical influences.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Another chance to hear writer Charlie Higson talking about his musical influences.

Another chance to hear Charlie Higson sharing his musical influences and explaining how he weaves them through his work.

Charlie is a fan of horror films and books, and even studied gothic literature at university. The first novel in his bestselling zombie-adventure series for teenagers, The Enemy, was published in September 2009.

After leaving university, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then turned to comedy and has starred in TV shows including The Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars and The Fast Show.

Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers.

Another chance to hear writer Charlie Higson talking about his musical influences.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

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Another chance to hear writer Charlie Higson talking about his musical influences.

Another chance to hear Charlie Higson sharing his musical influences and explaining how he weaves them through his work.

Charlie is a fan of horror films and books, and even studied gothic literature at university. The first novel in his bestselling zombie-adventure series for teenagers, The Enemy, was published in September 2009.

After leaving university, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then turned to comedy and has starred in TV shows including The Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars and The Fast Show.

Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers.

Another chance to hear Charlie Higson sharing his musical influences and explaining how he weaves them through his work.

After leaving university, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then turned to comedy and has starred in TV shows including The Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars and The Fast Show.

Another chance to hear writer Charlie Higson talking about his musical influences.

Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers.

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Writer Charlie Higson shares his musical influences.

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: The Written Word, Paperback Writers takes a closer look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful novelists, and how they weave those influences through their work.

The series continues this week with writer Charlie Higson. Charlie is the author of the Young Bond series which has now sold over a million copies in the UK and has been translated into over 24 different languages.

Charlie is a huge fan of horror films and books, and even studied gothic literature at university. The first novel in his bestselling zombie-adventure series for teenagers, The Enemy, was published in September 2009.

After leaving university, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then turned to comedy and has starred in TV shows including The Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars, and the the Fast Show.

Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers.

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As part of 6 Music Celebrates: The Written Word, Paperback Writers takes a closer look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful novelists, and how they weave those influences through their work.

The series continues this week with writer Charlie Higson. Charlie is the author of the Young Bond series which has now sold over a million copies in the UK and has been translated into over 24 different languages.

Charlie is a huge fan of horror films and books, and even studied gothic literature at university. The first novel in his bestselling zombie-adventure series for teenagers, The Enemy, was published in September 2009.

After leaving university, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then turned to comedy and has starred in TV shows including The Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars, and the the Fast Show.

Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers.

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Writer Charlie Higson shares his musical influences.

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: The Written Word,

The series continues this week with writer Charlie Higson. Charlie is the author of the Young Bond series which has now sold over a million copies in the UK and has been translated into over 24 different languages.

Charlie is a huge fan of horror films and books, and even studied gothic literature at university. The first novel in his bestselling zombie-adventure series for teenagers, The Enemy, was published in September 2009.

After leaving university, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then turned to comedy and has starred in TV shows including The Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars, and the the Fast Show.

Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers.

To complement 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, another chance to hear Charlie Higson sharing his musical influences and explaining how he weaves them through his work.

Charlie is a fan of horror films and books, and even studied gothic literature at university. The first novel in his bestselling zombie-adventure series for teenagers, The Enemy, was published in September 2009.

After leaving university, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then turned to comedy and has starred in TV shows including The Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars and The Fast Show.

Another chance to hear writer Charlie Higson talking about his musical influences.

Another chance to hear Charlie Higson sharing his musical influences and explaining how he weaves them through his work.

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A special edition of the series in which authors discuss their musical influences.

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Crime writer - and Stephen King fan girl - Belinda Bauer hosts the third episode of Paperback Writers.

She picks songs by some of her all-time favourite singers and artists, including music she heard whilst growing up in South Africa and artists she discovered as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. Her list includes Pink Floyd, The Clash, Undertones and Blondie.

Crime writer \u2013 and Stephen King fan girl - Belinda Bauer hosts Paperback Writers.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Crime writer – and Stephen King fan girl - Belinda Bauer hosts the third episode of Paperback Writers.

She picks songs by some of her all-time favourite singers and artists, including music she heard whilst growing up in South Africa and artists she discovered as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. Her list includes Pink Floyd, The Clash, Undertones and Blondie.

She picks songs by some of her all-time favourite singers and artists, including music she heard whilst growing up in South Africa and artists she discovered as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. Her list includes Pink Floyd, The Clash, Undertones and Blondie.

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Best-selling author David Mitchell (not the comedian) plays songs by some of his favourite artists, and talks about how they have shaped his life personally, and his career as a writer.

His selection includes Sufjan Stevens, Elvis Costello, PJ Harvey, Talking Heads and Kate Bush.

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Literary sensation, with 1.4 million readers for his third novel 'One Day' & BAFTA nominated script writer David Nicholls kicks off the new series of Paperback Writers. For the next hour David has chosen the tunes that he would like you to hear and that have played a part in his life and or his literary world.

David not only has taken the publishing world by storm but has always had a foot in the acting world, once he was an actor, and then he found fame in the world of script writing, with the highly acclaimed TV series Cold Feet and now fortune in the world of novels. The author of The Understudy, Starter For Ten, the University Challenge coming-of-age tale that was made into a film starring James McAvoy, and his third novel One Day starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. The last two he wrote the screen adaptations for and music plays a big part in them. If you haven't read One Day or know someone who has read the book have you been living under a rock?

David Nicholls, screenwriter and author of One Day, curates the show.

Literary sensation, with 1.4 million readers for his third novel 'One Day' and BAFTA nominated script writer David Nicholls kicks off the new series of Paperback Writers. For the next hour David has chosen the tunes that he would like you to hear and that have played a part in his life and or his literary world.

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To complement 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, another chance to hear Ian Rankin talking about his life and work and playing some of his favourite music from 2010.

A Scottish theme runs through the show with tracks from Steve Mason, Belle and Sebastian and Mogwai.

Plus an insight in to the music that accompanies Ian as he creates modern noir fiction.

A Scottish theme runs throgh the show with tracks from Steve Mason, Belle and Sebastian and Mogwai.

talks about his life and work and plays some of his favourite music from 2010.

Ian Rankin talks about his life and work and plays some of his favourite music from 2010.

Another chance to hear Ian Rankin talking about his life and work and playing some of his favourite music from 2010.

A Scottish theme runs through the show with tracks from Steve Mason, Belle and Sebastian and Mogwai. Plus an insight in to the music that accompanies Ian as he creates modern noir fiction.

Novelist Ian Rankin opens the Paperback Writers season with his pick of the best of 2010.

A Scottish theme runs throgh the show with tracks from Steve mason, Belle & Sebastian & Mogwai.

Plus an insight in to the music that accompanies Ian as he sits behind a keyboard creating modern noir fiction.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

A Scottish theme runs through the show with tracks from Steve Mason, Belle and Sebastian and Mogwai. Plus an insight in to the music that accompanies Ian as he creates modern noir fiction.

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Scottish author and international best-seller Irvine Welsh chooses an hour of his favourite songs, and talks about the stories behind them.

His selection includes songs from Velvet Underground, Small Faces, David Bowie and Primal Scream.

Scottish author and international best-seller Irvine Welsh chooses an hour of music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

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John Connolly, best known for his Charlie Parker novels, chooses his favourite music.

Irish author, John Connolly, brings us a selection of music from his record collection and talks about how the artists and albums helped shape him as an author and person. His latest novel - A Game Of Ghosts - is the 15th Charlie Parker mystery thriller.

John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute.

His first novel, Every Dead Thing, was published in 1999, and introduced the character of Charlie Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter.

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6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

His first novel, Every Dead Thing, was published in 1999, and introduced the character of Charlie Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Dark Hollow followed in 2000. The third Parker novel, The Killing Kind, was published in 2001, with The White Road following in 2002. In 2003, John published his fifth novel-and first stand-alone book-Bad Men. In 2004, Nocturnes, a collection of novellas and short stories, was added to the list, and 2005 marked the publication of the fifth Charlie Parker novel, The Black Angel. John's seventh novel, The Book of Lost Things, a story about fairy stories and the power that books have to shape our world and our imaginations, was published in September 2006, followed by the next Parker novel, The Unquiet, in 2007, The Reapers, in 2008 The Lovers, in 2009, and The Whisperers, the ninth Charlie Parker novel, in 2010. The tenth Charlie Parker novel, The Burning Soul, was published in 2011, to be followed in 2012 by The Wrath of Angels. The Wolf in Winter, the twelfth Parker novel, was published in April 2014 in the UK and in October 2014 in the US. 2015 saw the publication of A Song of Shadows, the 13th Parker novel, and Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2, the second collection of short stories. The 14th Parker novel, A Time of Torment, was published last year.

His first novel, Every Dead Thing, was published in 1999, and introduced the character of Charlie Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Dark Hollow followed in 2000. The third Parker novel, The Killing Kind, was published in 2001, with The White Road following in 2002. In 2003, John published his fifth novel-and first stand-alone book-Bad Men. In 2004, Nocturnes, a collection of novellas and short stories, was added to the list, and 2005 marked the publication of the fifth Charlie Parker novel, The Black Angel. John's seventh novel, The Book of Lost Things, a story about fairy stories and the power that books have to shape our world and our imaginations, was published in September 2006, followed by the next Parker novel, The Unquiet, in 2007, The Reapers, in 2008 The Lovers, in 2009, and The Whisperers, the ninth Charlie Parker novel, in 2010. The tenth Charlie Parker novel, The Burning Soul, was published in 2011, to be followed in 2012 by The Wrath of Angels. The Wolf in Winter, the twelfth Parker novel, was published in April 2014 in the UK and in October 2014 in the US. 2015 saw the publication of A Song of Shadows, the 13th Parker novel, and Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2, the second collection of short stories. The 14th Parker novel, A Time of Torment, was published last year.

John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contrPaperback Writers [6 Music]

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6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

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To complement 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, another chance to hear novelist Jonathan Coe selecting an hour of his favourite music.

Another chance to hear novelist Jonathan Coe selecting an hour of his favourite music.

Author Jonathan Coe tells 6 Music about his musical influences.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

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Another chance to hear novelist Jonathan Coe selecting an hour of his favourite music.

6MMan Booker Prize-winning Author Paul Beatty Chooses His Favourite Music20161218

Paul Beatty, the first American author to win the Man Booker Prize, chooses some of his favourite music and tells us what the songs and artists mean to him. His selection includes The Shirelles, James Taylor, Parliament Funkadelic, Third Base and Sam Cooke.

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Margaret Atwood chooses her favourite songs and talks about what they mean to her.

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Mark Billingham - author of the Tom Thorne detective novels - chooses an hour of his favourite songs.

Mark started out as an actor and stand-up comedian, and although now a very successful author and bookworm, music is still his passion. In the last episode of Paperback Writers, he rifles through his extensive record collection to choose some of his favourite songs of all time, including Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, XTC and John Grant.

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The Man Booker prize winning author plays some of his favourite music, from Bob Marley to Led Zeppelin and Nick Drake.

James won the 2015 Man Booker prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, a fictional account of the assassination attempt on Bob Marley. In this second episode of Paperback Writers, Marlon plays the music that inspires him when writing and from his childhood in Jamaica including Bob Marley, Nick Drake, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, and Bob Dylan.

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To complement 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, another chance to hear poet Simon Armitage enthusing about his musical heroes. He assures us Bob Dylan is no poet and that The Fall have written a song about him.

Tunes featured include inspired lyrics from the likes of David Bowie, Cherry Ghost, Momus, Felt, Arctic Monkeys and Belle And Sebastian.

To complement 6 Music Celebrates Libraries, another chance to hear poet Simon Armitage enthusing about his his musical heroes. He assures us Bob Dylan is no poet and that The Fall have written a song about him.

Another chance to hear poet Simon Armitage enthusing about his musical heroes.

Another chance to hear poet Simon Armitage enthusing about his his musical heroes. He assures us Bob Dylan is no poet and that The Fall have written a song about him.

Poet Simon Armitage CBE if you will!! Waxes lyrical about his musical heroes. He assures us Bob Dylan is no poet and that The Fall have written a song about him!

Tunes featured include inspired lyrics from the likes of David Bowie, Cherry Ghost, Momus and Belle And Sebastian.

Join Simon then for a carefully crafted meander with his musical muses.

Poet Simon Armitage CBE, if you will! He waxes lyrical about his musical heroes.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

Tunes featured include inspired lyrics from the likes of David Bowie, Cherry Ghost, Momus, Felt, Arctic Monkeys and Belle and Sebastian.

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In this very special show, Stephen King, one of the world's biggest selling authors, chooses his favourite songs and talks about what they mean to him; from his love of AC/DC to appearing on stage with John Cougar Mellencamp, his running buddy.

Stephen King has sold over 350 million copies of his books, many of which have been made into films and TV series. As well as his love of literature, Stephen also owns three radio stations in the U.S. and is a huge music fan. Over this hour, he plays a selection of tracks from his record collection and tells us the stories behind them.

His latest book is a thrilling new collection of short stories called the Bazaar Of Bad Dreams.

There's a curio for every reader - a man who keeps reliving the same life, repeating the same mistakes over and over, a firework competition between neighbours which reaches an explosive climax, a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries or a poignant tale about the end of the human race.

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Bestselling author of The Girl With The Pearl Earring and The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier, chooses a selection of her favourite music and talks about how they shaped her life and career. Her playlist includes tracks from Elvis Costello, Roberta Flack, John Grant and Talking Heads.

Tracy was born in 1962 and grew up in Washington, DC, moving to England after graduating with a BA in English from Oberlin College (Ohio). For several years she worked as a reference book editor, while writing short stories in her spare time. In 1993, she quit to do an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England). Although she has lived in the United Kingdom for over 30 years,she still has an American accent.

Tracy writes her novels longhand, typing what she has written into the computer at the end of each day. (she prefers blue ink and disposable fountain pens) She is also a quilt maker and never wears earrings and a necklace together.

She has written 8 novels and edited 2 short story collections. Her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, sold 5 million copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson.

Bestselling novelist Tracy Chevalier chooses some of her favourite music.

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Bestselling author of We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver, chooses some of her favourite songs and artists, and talks how they shaped her life and career as a writer. Her playlist includes songs from R.E.M, Steely Dan, Kate Bush, The Temptations and Me'Shell Ndegeocello.

Lionel Shriver's novels include The New Republic, So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Her novels have explored the US healthcare system, obesity, high school shootings, human population growth, and terrorism. Her twelfth novel, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 - 2047, is a vision of a near-future fiscal collapse. It is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon, from the pen of one of the most perceptive authors of our time.

Lionel Shriver chooses an hour of favourite tracks and talks about what they mean to her.

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Best-selling author, Zadie Smith, chooses an hour of her favourite music and talks about what they mean to her and the stories behind them.

Her playlist includes songs from Prince, Lauryn Hill, Skepta and Bob Dylan.

Author Zadie Smith chooses an hour of her favourite music.

6 Music takes a look at the musical influences of some of the UK's most successful writers

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As part of 6 Music Celebrates: The Written Word,

The series begins this week with Jake Arnott, author of five novels including The Long Firm, which was the bestselling debut novel of 1999. Harry Stark, the charismatic anti-hero of The Long Firm, appeared in the next two of Jake's novels, He Kills Coppers and Truecrime. Johnny Come Home followed in 2006 and the highly acclaimed The Devil's Paintbrush in 2009.

The Long Firm was made into a BAFTA-nominated series for BBC Two in 2004, starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Strong. In 2008, his thriller He Kills Coppers was made into a critically acclaimed series for ITV1, starring Rafe Spall and Kelly Reilly.

Music has played a big part in shaping Jake's life. He once interviewed Morrissey for Time Out and In Johnny Come Home the protagonist is a 1970s glam rock star. Jake also made a cameo appearance in Telstar, the film biopic about cult 60s record producer Joe Meek. David Bowie is a big fan of Jake's work. The musician comments that: "whenever he's got a new book out, I drop everything, knowing that the next couple of hours are going to be pure gangland bliss."

His sixth novel, The House of Rumour, comes out in the summer and Jake will be giving us a special preview reading from it during the show, along with some great musical choices from the Clash, Nina Simone, Althea and Donna, Wire, Augustus Pablo, The Smiths, PM Dawn and, of course, David Bowie.

. Novelist Jake Arnott shares his musical influences.

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Paperback Writers continues with best selling crime fiction writer Mark Billingham. Mark's choices have an obvious dark and dangerous theme yet with a twist of cheese you can see why he and his protagonist Tom Thorne, from his crime novels, love their Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. You'll hear how Mark agonised over the songs he chose for this hour and from his first choice to his last you'll get to understand why his writing has taken him down the mysterious path of crime fiction. Mark not only is a novelist but has also written screen plays, is an actor and stand up comedian.

. Crime writer Mark Billingham reveals his dark, dangerous and sometimes cheesy selection.

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Throughout November every Sunday from midday you can hear an hour of music curated by an author in Paperback Writers. And this Sunday it's the turn of Oliver Jeffers, the award winning artist, illustrator, and author of children's picture books including, Lost and Found, The Incredible Book Eating Boy and Stuck..

Oliver has chosen the music that has marked significant milestones in his life, so you can sit back and travel with him as a young lad in Northern Ireland, around Australia and to New York, where he now lives and recorded the show for us.

Like many of us, Mark found his musical taste in various places, from his parents, friends and from digging deeper into the music of artists he loves. Like the writers that preceded him, Oliver now shares his absolute passion for music with the 6 Music listeners.

. Award-winning children's picturebook writer Oliver Jeffers chooses his milestone tracks.

Author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers picks a selection of his favourite records.

The author and illustrator picks a selection of his favourite records, including tracks by Buddy Holly, Nick Cave, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Francis Bebey and Jarvis Cocker. Oliver's latest picture book is 'Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth', which he wrote for his son and offers a few introductory thoughts on what it is to be human alive on this magnificent planet of ours.

Award-winning children's picturebook writer Oliver Jeffers chooses his milestone tracks.

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Iain Banks, aka Iain M Banks, tells stories of student days in Scotland, squatting in England, near death experiences, and finally his more serene life in the wilds of Scotland.

. Iain Banks, aka Iain M Banks, tells stories of student days and near death experiences.