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"elizabeth Gilbert - Eat, Pray, Love"20171008 (BBC7)

American writer Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her memoir 'Eat, Pary, Love'.

American writer Elizabeth Gilbert talks to Harriett Gilbert about her phenomenally successful novel 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

On a self-confessed 'search for everything', Eat, Pray, Love charts the year in which Elizabeth Gilbert, aged 34, left behind her unfulfilling marriage, a volatile fling and life as she knew it, to embark on a spiritual voyage of discovery.

The memoir brings together humour, eccentricity and honesty as the author documents the trials and triumphs of her travels through Italy, India and Indonesia in search of pleasure, peace and personal growth.

With meditations on the culinary delights of Rome, spiritual development in an Indian ashram and passionate lovers in Bali, the enduring appeal of this bestselling memoir has drawn readers from all around the world as the author struggles to break free from the pressures of modern life and to find a deeper meaning and happiness.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in January 2016.

Alan Hollinghurst: The Line Of Beauty20171105

Alan Hollinghurst talks with Harriet Gilbert and the WBC audience about his Man Booker Prize-winning novel, The Line of Beauty.

Best-selling British writer Alan Hollinghurst talks about his Booker prize-winning novel, The Line of Beauty.

In the summer of 1983 20-year-old graduate Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the glamorous Notting Hill home of ambitious Tory MP Gerald Fedden. Nick’s glittering party and politics filled life is contrasted with the realities of his sexuality and gay life in London of the mid 1980s. Against a backdrop of Thatcherite politics and the emerging Aids crisis of that decade The Line of Beauty explores themes of hypocrisy, homosexuality, madness and privilege.

(Photo: Alan Hollinghurst. Credit: Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)

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discusses her prize-winning book 'Small Island' with Harriet Gilbert and th.

discusses her prize-winning book 'Small Island' with Harriet Gilbert and the World Book Club audience.

Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre20171105

Tracey Chevalier, Claire Harman and Harriett Gilbert discuss why Jane Eyre still appeals.

World Book Club travels back to Victorian England to discuss Charlotte Bronte's captivating and enduring tale, Jane Eyre.

Writer Tracy Chevalier and biographer Claire Harman join Harriett Gilbert in a packed BBC radio theatre in London.

The novel traces the fortunes of a young orphaned girl searching for a sense of belonging and identity in a hostile world, plagued by both gender and social inequality.

Weaving together the sweeping romance between Jane and Mr Rochester, a social commentary on 19th century England and set against the eerie Gothic backdrop of imposing mansions and wild moorland, Charlotte Bronte produced one of the world's most-loved and timeless tales.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in May 2016.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Half Of A Yellow Sun20160515 (BBC7)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about her novel set during the 1960s Biafran War in Nigeria. With Harriett Gilbert. From June 2009.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about her novel set during the 1960s Biafran War in Nigeria

Colm Toibin - Brooklyn20171001 (BBC7)

Colim Toibin talks about 'Brooklyn', his tale of love, loss and duty in 50s America.

Irish author Colm Toibin talks to Hariett Gilbert about his book Brooklyn.

A haunting tale of love, loss and familial duty, and winner of the 2009 UK Costa Novel Award, Brooklyn follows the fortunes of a young Irish woman who leaves home to make a new life for herself in 1950s New York.

Hear how Colm's own painful memories of homesickness in America and Spain inform Eilis' experiences in Brooklyn and how her ambivalent relationship to the small town Ireland she's left behind also echoes Colm Toibin's own.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in November 2008.

Deborah Moggach - Tulip Fever20160619 (BBC7)

Deborah Moggach talks about her novel set during a speculative bubble in 1630s Amsterdam.

4 Extra Debut. Deborah Moggach talks about her novel set during a speculative bubble in 1630s Amsterdam. With Harriett Gilbert. From October 2015.

Elizabeth Gilbert - Eat, Pray, Love
F Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby20160508 (BBC7)

Jay McInerney and Anne Margaret Daniel discuss F Scott Fitzgerald's classic Jazz Age novel. With Harriett Gilbert. From May 2013.

Jay McInerney and Anne Margaret Daniel discuss F Scott Fitzgerald's classic Jazz Age novel

Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting20160215 (BBC7)
20160216 (BBC7)

Irving Welsh discusses his novel about drugs and violence, later filmed for the cinema.

Irving Welsh discusses his cult novel about drugs and violence, later filmed for the cinema. With Harriet Gilbert. From August 2007.

Judith Kerr - When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit20171015 (BBC7)

Judith Kerr talks about her classic children's novel, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Karl Ove Knausgaard20170121 (BBC7)
20170122 (BBC7)

Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard talks about volume one of his remarkable memoirs.

Norwegian writer, Karl Ove Knausgaard talks about 'A Death in the Family', volume one of his remarkable series of memoirs 'My Struggle'.

Knausgaard writes with painful honesty about his childhood and teenage years, his infatuation with rock music, his relationship with his loving yet almost invisible mother and his distant and dangerously unpredictable father, and then his bewilderment and grief on his father's death. Becoming a father himself, he must balance the demands of caring for a young family with his determination to write great literature.

A Death in the Family is an exploration of the author's past from which emerges a universal story of the struggles, great and small, that we all face in our lives.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 2017.

Kate Grenville - The Secret River20160522 (BBC7)

Kate Grenville talks about her novel which follows a man transported to Australia in 1806.

4 Extra Debut. Kate Grenville talks about her novel which follows a man transported to Australia in 1806. With Harriett Gilbert. From April 2009.

Malorie Blackman - Noughts And Crosses20160626 (BBC7)

Malorie Blackman talks about her novel where racial prejudice has been turned on its head.

Malorie Blackman talks about her novel where racial prejudice has been turned on its head. With Harriett Gilbert. From April 2014.

Mohsin Hamid - The Reluctant Fundamentalist20160605 (BBC7)

Mohsin Hamid talks about his novel tackling complex issues with sympathy and balance.

4 Extra Debut. Mohsin Hamid talks to Harriett Gilbert about his gripping novel tackling complex issues with sympathy and balance. From 2007.

Neil Gaiman - American Gods20160529 (BBC7)

Neil Gaiman joins Harriett Gilbert and invited audience.

4 Extra Debut. Neil Gaiman, voted by listeners as the programme's 'most wanted' guest, joins Harriett Gilbert and invited audience. From September 2013.

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Harriett Gilbert talks to Peter Ackroyd about his book 'Hawksmoor'.

Toni Morrison - Beloved20160612 (BBC7)

Toni Morrison talks about her novel which stares into the abyss of racism.

4 Extra Debut. Toni Morrison talks to Harriett Gilbert about her novel which stares unflinchingly into the abyss of racism. From January 2009.