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Agatha Christie - Murder On The Orient Express2018010620190907 (BBC7)
20190908 (BBC7)
Harriett Gilbert is in Brussels for a classic World Book Club celebrating the billion-selling author Agatha Christie.

The programme visits the Bibliotheca Wittockiana to discuss one of the bestselling crime novels of all time: Murder on the Orient Express, in which that shrewdest of detectives Hercule Poirot hunts for a killer aboard one of the world's most luxurious passenger trains.

On hand to discuss Christie’s enduring popularity, are acclaimed crime novelist Sophie Hannah, who has brought the renowned sleuth back to life again with her sequels, and James Prichard, the novelist’s great-grandson.

Producer: Karen Holden.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 2018.

Harriett Gilbert celebrates one of the bestselling crime novels of all time.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Anuradha Roy - An Atlas Of Impossible Longing2018070820190720 (BBC7)
20190721 (BBC7)
Harriet Gilbert talks to Indian writer Anuradha Roy about her much-loved debut novel 'An Atlas of Impossible Longing'.

The family saga set in Bengal was rejected 16 times before it was published in 2008. Anuradha discusses her inspiration, characterisation, the caste system and India's historic mistreatment of widows, who have become a tragic motif in Bengali literature.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 2018.

Harriett Gilbert talks to Indian writer Anuradha Roy about her much-loved novel.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Harriett Gilbert talks to Indian writer Anuradha Roy about her much-loved novel.

Celeste Ng - Everything I Never Told You2019082420190825 (BBC7)Lawrence Pollard talks to chart-topping Chinese-American writer Celeste Ng and an audience about her bestselling novel Everything I Never Told You.

In 1970s small-town Ohio Lydia is the favorite child of parents, determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Chinese-American Lee family together is destroyed.

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, racism and longing, Everything I Never Told You uncovers the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

From the local Boston radio Newsfeed Café in the Boston Public Library

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 2018.

Chinese-American writer Celeste Ng talks to Lawrence Pollard about her bestselling novel.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre20171105Tracey Chevalier, Claire Harman and Harriett Gilbert discuss why Jane Eyre still appeals.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Half Of A Yellow Sun2009060420160515 (BBC7)Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about her novel set during the 1960s Biafran War in Nigeria

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Colm Toibin - Brooklyn2012080620171001 (BBC7)Colim Toibin talks about 'Brooklyn', his tale of love, loss and duty in 50s America.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Deborah Moggach - Tulip Fever2015100320160619 (BBC7)Deborah Moggach talks about her novel set during a speculative bubble in 1630s Amsterdam.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Elizabeth Gilbert - Eat, Pray, Love20171008American writer Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her memoir 'Eat, Pary, Love'.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

F Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby20160508Jay McInerney and Anne Margaret Daniel discuss F Scott Fitzgerald's classic Jazz Age novel

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Hilary Mantel - Bring Up The Bodies2018080520190810 (BBC7)
20190811 (BBC7)
British writer Hilary Mantel talks to Harriett Gilbert about her second novel exploring the life of Thomas Cromwell.

Recorded at the Man Booker 50 Festival at the Southbank Centre in London, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the renowned prize.

The double-Booker prize-winning writer Hilary Mantel discussing the second volume in her acclaimed series of novels about Thomas Cromwell. Bring Up the Bodies delves into the heart of Tudor history and the downfall of Queen Anne Boleyn whom King Henry VIII had battled for seven years to marry.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in August 2018.

Hilary Mantel talks about her second novel exploring the life of Thomas Cromwell.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

British writer Hilary Mantel talks to Harriett Gilbert about her second novel exploring the life of Thomas Cromwell.

The double-Booker prize-winning writer Hilary Mantel discussing the second volume in her acclaimed series of novels about Thomas Cromwell. Bring Up the Bodies delves into the heart of Tudor history and the downfall of Queen Anne Boleyn whom King Henry VIII had battled for seven years to marry.

Hilary Mantel talks about her second novel exploring the life of Thomas Cromwell.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in August 2018.

Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting2007082820160215 (BBC7)
20160216 (BBC7)
Irvine Welsh discusses his novel about drugs and violence, later filmed for the cinema.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

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

Authors discuss their well-known works.

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

Authors discuss their well-known works.

James Ellroy - American Tabloid2018090220190831 (BBC7)
20190901 (BBC7)
American writer James Ellroy talks to Harriet Gilbert about his massive fictional chronicle of 1960s America.

American Tabloid, the first of the three books, exposes the underbelly of a country on the threshold of Kennedy's golden age, and follows three men close to the tentacles of power in a conspiracy with the Mafia that leads to the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba and the assassination of JFK in Dallas. Brutally brilliant and profane, the book bursts at the seams with crooked policemen, corrupt politicians, mobsters and hitmen, all driven by a desire for power, money and the settling of old scores.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 2009.

American writer James Ellroy talks about his fictional chronicle of 1960s America

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Judith Kerr - When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit2016030620171015 (BBC7)
20190727 (BBC7)
20190728 (BBC7)
Much-loved German-born, British author and illustrator Judith Kerr talks to Harriett Gilbert about her classic children's novel, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Set during the Second World War, this semi-autobiographical novel traces the story of a young Jewish girl and her family who flee Berlin just as the Nazis come to power. The journey of a family splintered by conflict, driven by fear and eventually rewarded with reunion is seen through the eyes of the nine-year-old Anna.

Judith Kerr's novel, by turns heart-lifting and heart-rending has stood the test of time. It continues to be enjoyed by readers of all ages to this day.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in March 2016.

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

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Much-loved German-born, British author and illustrator Judith Kerr talks to Harriett Gilbert about her classic children's novel, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Karl Ove Knausgaard2017012120170122 (BBC7)Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard talks about volume one of his remarkable memoirs.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Kate Grenville - The Secret River20160522Kate Grenville talks about her novel which follows a man transported to Australia in 1806.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Lionel Shriver - We Need To Talk About Kevin2009070420171112 (BBC7)Author Lionel Shriver talks about her novel which provoked debate about the nature of evil

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Malorie Blackman - Noughts And Crosses20160626Malorie Blackman talks about her novel where racial prejudice has been turned on its head.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Marian Keyes - Rachel's Holiday2015050220171022 (BBC7)Chart-topping Irish writer Marian Keyes talks about her novel on addiction and rehab.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Marilynne Robinson - Gilead2014120720171126 (BBC7)Marilynne Robinson discusses her fictional autobiography of an elderly pastor.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Mohsin Hamid - The Reluctant Fundamentalist2007000020160605 (BBC7)Mohsin Hamid talks about his novel tackling complex issues with sympathy and balance.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Neil Gaiman - American Gods20160529Neil Gaiman joins Harriett Gilbert and invited audience.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Ng\u0169g\u0129 Wa Thiong'o - A Grain Of Wheat20190309This month a special edition of BBC World Book Club coming from Nairobi in Kenya. Lawrence Pollard talks to celebrated Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o in the company of an enthusiastic audience of readers and students who have gathered in the bustling bookshop of Nairobi University where Ngugi was once a director. We’re discussing Ngũgĩ's landmark novel A Grain of Wheat, set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya’s independence from Britain. In it the tangled narratives of a group of Kenyan villagers interweave to tell an epic story of love tested, friendships betrayed and myths forged, confirming Ngũgĩ's status as a giant of African writing.

A special edition from Nairobi University's bustling bookshop, where Ngugi was a director.

The world's great authors discuss their best-known novel.

Pat Barker - Regeneration2014010420171119 (BBC7)Writer Pat Barker joins an audience of readers to discuss her First World War novel.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Romesh Gunesekera - Reef2013030220190817 (BBC7)
20190818 (BBC7)
Leading Sri Lankan writer, Romesh Gunesekera talks to Harriet Gilbert and some of his readers about his acclaimed first novel Reef, first published in 1994.

The 1994 Booker shortlisted novel is about a Sri Lankan cook Triton, who works for a marine biologist who is unaware of the impending violence in their country.

Presenter Harriett Gilbert

First broadcast on BBC World Service in March 2013.

Romesh Gunesekera and readers discuss his Booker shortlisted novel - Reef. From 2013.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Romesh Gunesekera discusses Reef, his 1994 Booker shortlisted novel, with some of his readers. The story is about a Sri Lankan cook Triton, who works for a marine biologist who is unaware of the impending violence in their country.

First broadcast on BBC World Service in March 2013.

First broadcast on BBC World Service in March 2013.

Sarah Waters - Tipping The Velvet2018050620190713 (BBC7)
20190714 (BBC7)
Harriett Gilbert discusses Tipping the Velvet with its author Sarah Waters.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Harriett Gilbert discusses Tipping the Velvet with its author Sarah Waters.

Tessa Hadley - The Past2019040720190803 (BBC7)
20190804 (BBC7)
Highly acclaimed British author Tessa Hadley talks to Harriett Gilbert about her award-winning novel - The Past.

Recorded at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival in the elegant surroundings of The Mathematical Institute, part of the university.

Tessa skilfully evokes a brewing storm of lust and envy, the indelible connections of memory and affection, the fierce, nostalgic beauty of the natural world, and the shifting currents of history running beneath the surface of these seemingly steady lives.

Over three long, hot summer weeks, four siblings and their children assemble at their country house for a family reunion, where simmering tensions and secrets come to a head.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in April 2019.

British author Tessa Hadley talks to Harriett Gilbert about her award-winning novel.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in April 2019.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in April 2019.

The New York Trilogy20171029US writer Paul Auster on his acclaimed variations on the classic detective story.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Toni Morrison - Beloved20160612Toni Morrison talks about her novel which stares into the abyss of racism.

Authors discuss their well-known works.

Tracy Chevalier2004052020200518 (BBC7)
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The author answers questions from global listeners about Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Authors discuss their well-known works.