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  • Talking of Books 1, 14.01.2017

    We have a fiction special on Talking of Books today. John MacDonald (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) are joined by reviewers Tara Mallon, Mark Lemmon, Naouel Chaoui, Hend Saeed and Martin Lonergan to discuss 'A Place Called Winter' by Patrick Gale, 'The Angels Die' by Yasmina Khadra, 'The Map of Wondering' by Bothayna Wail Al Essa, 'A Boy Made of Blocks' by Keith Stuart, 'Mr Gandy's Great Adventure' by Alan Titchmarsh, 'He Was a Man' by Jeffrey Archer, 'Hepta' by Mohamed Ahmed Sadek, Mercury by Mohammad Rabie and 'Sitting Pretty' by April Hardy, who also joins us in the studio.

  • Talking of Books 2, 14.01.2017

    We have a fiction special on Talking of Books today. John MacDonald (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) are joined by reviewers Tara Mallon, Mark Lemmon, Naouel Chaoui, Hend Saeed and Martin Lonergan to discuss 'A Place Called Winter' by Patrick Gale, 'The Angels Die' by Yasmina Khadra, 'The Map of Wondering' by Bothayna Wail Al Essa, 'A Boy Made of Blocks' by Keith Stuart, 'Mr Gandy's Great Adventure' by Alan Titchmarsh, 'He Was a Man' by Jeffrey Archer, 'Hepta' by Mohamed Ahmed Sadek, Mercury by Mohammad Rabie and 'Sitting Pretty' by April Hardy, who also joins us in the studio.

  • Talking of Books 3, 14.01.2017

    We have a fiction special on Talking of Books today. John MacDonald (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) are joined by reviewers Tara Mallon, Mark Lemmon, Naouel Chaoui, Hend Saeed and Martin Lonergan to discuss 'A Place Called Winter' by Patrick Gale, 'The Angels Die' by Yasmina Khadra, 'The Map of Wondering' by Bothayna Wail Al Essa, 'A Boy Made of Blocks' by Keith Stuart, 'Mr Gandy's Great Adventure' by Alan Titchmarsh, 'He Was a Man' by Jeffrey Archer, 'Hepta' by Mohamed Ahmed Sadek, Mercury by Mohammad Rabie and 'Sitting Pretty' by April Hardy, who also joins us in the studio.

  • Talking of Books 1, 07.01.2017

    Happy New Year from the Talking of Books team! We have a travel and adventure special for our first show of 2017. Yvette Judge (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) are joined by reviewers Prachiti Talathi, Martin Lonergan, Mairead Slattery, Susan Pilkington and Meredith Chipperton to discuss 'White Mountains' by Robert Twigger, 'All Strangers are Kin' by Zora O'Neill, 'Khawaja Sharq' by Abdullah Al Jumah, 'Dare to Do' by Sarah Outen, 'Dreams of a Refugee' by Mostafa Salameh, 'Travels with my Sketchbook' by Michael Foreman and '50 Creative Paths to Photography' by Michael Freeman.

  • Talking of Books 2, 07.01.2017

    Happy New Year from the Talking of Books team! We have a travel and adventure special for our first show of 2017. Yvette Judge (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) are joined by reviewers Prachiti Talathi, Martin Lonergan, Mairead Slattery, Susan Pilkington and Meredith Chipperton to discuss 'White Mountains' by Robert Twigger, 'All Strangers are Kin' by Zora O'Neill, 'Khawaja Sharq' by Abdullah Al Jumah, 'Dare to Do' by Sarah Outen, 'Dreams of a Refugee' by Mostafa Salameh, 'Travels with my Sketchbook' by Michael Foreman and '50 Creative Paths to Photography' by Michael Freeman.

  • Talking of Books 3, 07.01.2017

    Happy New Year from the Talking of Books team! We have a travel and adventure special for our first show of 2017. Yvette Judge (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) are joined by reviewers Prachiti Talathi, Martin Lonergan, Mairead Slattery, Susan Pilkington and Meredith Chipperton to discuss 'White Mountains' by Robert Twigger, 'All Strangers are Kin' by Zora O'Neill, 'Khawaja Sharq' by Abdullah Al Jumah, 'Dare to Do' by Sarah Outen, 'Dreams of a Refugee' by Mostafa Salameh, 'Travels with my Sketchbook' by Michael Foreman and '50 Creative Paths to Photography' by Michael Freeman.

  • Talking of Books 1, 31.12.2016

    We look back at the best books of 2016 on our last show of the year. Penny Mackenzie (host) and James Mullan (co-host) are joined by reviewers Aedan Lake, Gamze Geray and Prachiti Talathi to discuss the top choices of 2016 – ‘The Crime Writer’ by Jill Dawson, ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’ by Jon Ronson, ‘Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol’ by Elias Khoury, ‘A Strangeness in My Mind’ by Orhan Pamuk, ‘The Sellout’ by Paul Beatty, ‘The North Water’ by Ian McGuire and ‘His Bloody Project’ by Graeme Macrae Burnet.

  • Talking of Books 2, 31.12.2016

    We look back at the best books of 2016 on our last show of the year. Penny Mackenzie (host) and James Mullan (co-host) are joined by reviewers Aedan Lake, Gamze Geray and Prachiti Talathi to discuss the top choices of 2016 – ‘The Crime Writer’ by Jill Dawson, ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’ by Jon Ronson, ‘Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol’ by Elias Khoury, ‘A Strangeness in My Mind’ by Orhan Pamuk, ‘The Sellout’ by Paul Beatty, ‘The North Water’ by Ian McGuire and ‘His Bloody Project’ by Graeme Macrae Burnet.

  • Talking of Books 3, 31.12.2016

    We look back at the best books of 2016 on our last show of the year. Penny Mackenzie (host) and James Mullan (co-host) are joined by reviewers Aedan Lake, Gamze Geray and Prachiti Talathi to discuss the top choices of 2016 – ‘The Crime Writer’ by Jill Dawson, ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’ by Jon Ronson, ‘Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol’ by Elias Khoury, ‘A Strangeness in My Mind’ by Orhan Pamuk, ‘The Sellout’ by Paul Beatty, ‘The North Water’ by Ian McGuire and ‘His Bloody Project’ by Graeme Macrae Burnet.

  • Talking of Books 1, 17.12.2016

    We have a holiday special on Talking of Books this week. Isobel Abulhoul (host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) are joined by book champion Natalie Madison for a discussion on Laura Ingles Wilder’s classic ‘Farmer Boy’. Then, Prachiti Talathi and Monita and Ronita Mohan tell us why they think the ‘1001… Before you Die’ series make excellent holiday gifts. In our final hour, Shen Husain shares her thoughts on ‘The Christmas Promise’ by Sue Moorcroft as well as children’s books for Christmas. We also get to hear from Moorcroft via phone.

  • Talking of Books 2, 17.12.2016

    We have a holiday special on Talking of Books this week. Isobel Abulhoul (host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) are joined by book champion Natalie Madison for a discussion on Laura Ingles Wilder’s classic ‘Farmer Boy’. Then, Prachiti Talathi and Monita and Ronita Mohan tell us why they think the ‘1001… Before you Die’ series make excellent holiday gifts. In our final hour, Shen Husain shares her thoughts on ‘The Christmas Promise’ by Sue Moorcroft as well as children’s books for Christmas. We also get to hear from Moorcroft via phone.

  • Talking of Books 3, 17.12.2016

    We have a holiday special on Talking of Books this week. Isobel Abulhoul (host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) are joined by book champion Natalie Madison for a discussion on Laura Ingles Wilder’s classic ‘Farmer Boy’. Then, Prachiti Talathi and Monita and Ronita Mohan tell us why they think the ‘1001… Before you Die’ series make excellent holiday gifts. In our final hour, Shen Husain shares her thoughts on ‘The Christmas Promise’ by Sue Moorcroft as well as children’s books for Christmas. We also get to hear from Moorcroft via phone.

  • Talking of Books 1, 10.12.2016

    On Talking of Books this week, Isobel Abulhoul (host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) are joined by book champion Susie Pilkington to discuss Adam Johnson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘The Orphan Master’s Son’. Young reviewers from Kings Al Barsha tell us why they loved Frances Hardinge’s ‘Cuckoo Song’ and ‘The Lie Tree’. We also have a chat about the film adaptation of the much-loved ‘Swallows and Amazons’ by Arthur Ransome, which will be screened at the Dubai International Film Festival, in partnership with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. In our final hour, lead reviewer Meredith Chipperton shares her thoughts on the last of Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles, ‘This was A Man’.

  • Talking of Books 2, 10.12.2016

    On Talking of Books this week, Isobel Abulhoul (host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) are joined by book champion Susie Pilkington to discuss Adam Johnson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘The Orphan Master’s Son’. Young reviewers from Kings Al Barsha tell us why they loved Frances Hardinge’s ‘Cuckoo Song’ and ‘The Lie Tree’. We also have a chat about the film adaptation of the much-loved ‘Swallows and Amazons’ by Arthur Ransome, which will be screened at the Dubai International Film Festival, in partnership with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. In our final hour, lead reviewer Meredith Chipperton shares her thoughts on the last of Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles, ‘This was A Man’.

  • Talking of Books 3, 10.12.2016

    On Talking of Books this week, Isobel Abulhoul (host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) are joined by book champion Susie Pilkington to discuss Adam Johnson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘The Orphan Master’s Son’. Young reviewers from Kings Al Barsha tell us why they loved Frances Hardinge’s ‘Cuckoo Song’ and ‘The Lie Tree’. We also have a chat about the film adaptation of the much-loved ‘Swallows and Amazons’ by Arthur Ransome, which will be screened at the Dubai International Film Festival, in partnership with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. In our final hour, lead reviewer Meredith Chipperton shares her thoughts on the last of Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles, ‘This was A Man’.