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4 Aug 2017
9 min

The Monocle Arts Review - ‘A Constant Heart’: 

Maud Russell was a British patron of the arts in the early to mid 20th century. She was painted by Matisse, had a relationship with 'James Bond' author Ian Fleming and lived in Mottisfont Abbey, where she entertained the who’s who of high society. During the Second World War she kept a diary detailing not just the lives of these people but also what life was like during this turbulent period, which her granddaughter Emily Russell has just published. Emily joins Fernando Augusto Pacheco in the studio.

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28 Jul 2017
4 min

The Monocle Arts Review - Pages, Amsterdam: 

Tucked away on one of the grand canals of Amsterdam is Pages bookstore, the city’s only Arabic bookshop and the brainchild of Syrian publisher Samer al-Kadri. This is a place where you can find works by Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz in his original language, or even an Arabic version of Disney classic ‘Frozen’. We find out more.

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12 Aug 2017
30 min

Meet the Writers - Monique Roffey: 

It’s time to talk about sex. How do you write good sex without being cheesy? Does your gender define how you broach the subject? Monique Roffey, author of ‘The Tryst’, this summer’s literary erotic must-read, answers these questions and discusses the issues that arise from her background as a white West Indian with Georgina Godwin.

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5 Aug 2017
30 min

Meet the Writers - Edward Docx: 

Docx – author of four novels and once longlisted for the Man Booker prize – has seen his most recent book, ‘Let go my Hand’, brilliant received. It’s a darkly comic and deeply moving 21st-century love story between a son, his brothers and their father, journeying across Europe to an uncertain end. He tells us about his work and how his own eccentric upbringing informs his writing.

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31 Jul 2017
29 min

Culture with Robert Bound - What’s the point of literary prizes?: 

Off the back of last week’s Man Booker long list announcement Sharmaine Lovegrove, publisher at Dialogue Books; Anne Meadows, commissioning editor at Granta and Portobello; and Ted Hodgkinson, senior programmer of literature and the spoken word at London’s Southbank Centre, join Robert Bound to discuss the merits and problems of literary prizes.

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15 Jul 2017
30 min

Meet the Writers - Marie-Elsa Bragg: 

After being a dancer, priest, therapist and campaigner for women’s rights within the church, Marie-Elsa Bragg has now turned her hand to writing. She’s just produced her first novel, Towards Mellbreak, telling the story of a farming family in Cumbria over four generations. She talks to Georgina Godwin about spirituality, landscape, her upbringing and day job.

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8 Jul 2017
30 min

Meet the Writers - Daniel Kehlmann: 

Daniel Kehlmann is the award-winning author of ‘Measuring the World’, Germany’s biggest-selling book for more than 30 years. He joins Georgina Godwin to talk about his new novella ‘You Should Have Left’ and his play, ‘The Mentor’, which has just opened in London’s West End.

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1 Jul 2017
30 min

Meet the Writers - Olivia Sudjic: 

Olivia Sudjic’s ‘Sympathy’ is an electrifying debut of obsessive love, family secrets and the dangers of living our lives online. It’s been described as this summer’s must-read book and the world’s first great Instagram novel. Sudjic joined Georgina Godwin to discuss how she came to write this compelling story of unrequited love in the digital age.

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24 Jun 2017
27 min

Meet the Writers - Danny Wallace: 

As a film-maker, comedian, radio and TV presenter, actor and bestselling author, Danny Wallace is a man of many talents. He’s formed a cult, created a country and spent months just saying “yes” – a project that became a hugely successful film starring Jim Carrey. Wallace joins Georgina Godwin to chat about his new book, in which he asks why we are all so bloody rude.

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12 Jun 2017
28 min

Culture with Robert Bound - Something Old, Something New: Sharmaine Lovegrove and Elizabeth Day: 

Tom Edwards stands in for Robert Bound in this month’s episode of ‘Something Old, Something New’. He's joined in the studio by Sharmaine Lovegrove, co-founder of Dialogue Scouting and literary editor for ‘Elle’ magazine, and journalist and author Elizabeth Day, to discuss the items that have influenced and interested them.

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10 Jun 2017
27 min

Meet the Writers - Prabda Yoon: 

Prabda Yoon studied art in New York before returning to his native Thailand at 26 to fulfill his obligatory conscription. Since then Yoon’s writing career has flourished as critics have hailed him the new modern voice of Thailand. He speaks about his interest in experimentation and dadaism, and how his work is playfully influenced by these elements.

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5 Jun 2017
30 min

Culture with Robert Bound - What is the magic of Hay Festival?: 

As the world’s greatest celebration of literature turns 30 we find out what makes it beloved by so many.

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27 May 2017
27 min

Meet the Writers - Kathy Reichs: 

Forensic anthropologist and ‘New York Times’ best-selling author Kathy Reichs talks about her biggest cases to date, her hugely successful Temperance Brennan series, which was turned into the TV serial ‘Bones’, and her new book ‘Two Nights’.

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13 May 2017
27 min

Meet the Writers - Bill Hayes: 

Bill Hayes, the author, photographer and long-term partner of writer and professor of neurology Oliver Sacks, reveals the stories of their lives and talks about his moving new book ‘Insomniac City, New York, Oliver and Me’.

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6 May 2017
28 min

Meet the Writers - The Legend of Hay: 

One of the most important literary events on the planet celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Taking place in a tiny town in Wales, Hay Festival is a party of ideas and stories spread over 800 events in 10 days. We meet some of the big names who’ll be appearing, including Peter Florence, Howard Jacobson, Hannah Rothschild, Philippe Sands, Tahmima Anam, Elif Safak, Cressida Cowell and Sarfraz Manzoor.

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