Talking of Books

Saturdays, 10AM-1PM

A bibliophile’s dream…

Every week co-hosts Isobel Abulhoul and Annabelle Corton are joined by an ever-changing cast of guest reviewers drawn from the UAE’s reading community. Each show features literary anecdotes and news, a star ‘Castaway’ guest recommending the three books they’d take to a desert island, in-depth book reviews, and author interviews with some of today’s greatest writers.



Have a Literary Moment

Settle down for some topical book recommendations, a quick round-up of headlines from the book world, and of course, a literary moment – a random and interesting fact from the world of books.






Story Corner – Favourite Characters

This week our roving reporter Meredith Chipperton went to Kings School Nad Al Sheba to ask students about their favourite characters of all time, and in honour of the anniversary of his birthday on 13th September, who their favourite Roald Dahl character is too! Who do you think made the cut? Willy Wonka? Fantastic Mr. Fox? The BFG? Tune in at 10:20am to hear all about it.



The Book Club Haul at 10:30 am

What are the books that made you who you are today? Everyone’s got a different story to tell.

Emirati writer Noura Al Noman believes that Arab youth are hungry for fiction that can excite them enough to read in Arabic. Noting the lack of books for young adults, Noura wrote Ajwan, which won the 2013 Etisalat Children Literature Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and she is currently working on the fourth and final book in the series.

From the Arabic equivalent of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five phenomenon, to Frank Herbert’s Dune, we talk to Noura about the books that inspired her growing up, the ones that continue to remind her who she is, and the ones that might make a difference tomorrow.



Arab World

We’re getting artsy on the show with artist Debjani Bhardwaj and Deputy Director of Tashkeel Lisa Ball-Lechgar, who will take us through Tashkeel’s upcoming exhibition ‘Telling Tales’ which features Bhardwaj’s intricate drawings, papercuts and installations inspired by traditional Emirati and Omani stories.


The Big Question-This is Going to Hurt – Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

What’s the life of junior doctor like? Joining us to review Adam Kay’s entertaining and at times heart-breaking and revealing answer to this question This is Going to Hurt, is Dr. James Kelley who produces a bi-weekly podcast titled Executives After Hours and often speaks about corporate wellness and leadership, and his non-fiction book The Crucible’s Gift is about leaders who thrive in adversity.
About This is Going to Hurt:
Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships . . .
Welcome to the life of a junior doctor.
Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay’s This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heart-breaking by turns, these diaries are everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.


The Bookshelf  – The Temptation of Gracie by Santa Montefiore

Every week on The Bookshelf we feature an in-depth discussion of a popular work of fiction – we’re escaping to Italy this time with a tale of love lost and rediscovered by bestselling author Santa Montefiore. You can tune in at 12:30pm to hear us chat to the author too!
When Gracie Burton stumbles upon an advertisement for a week-long cookery course in the heart of the Tuscan countryside,she cannot resist, and ploughs her life savings into the trip.
Her only family – daughter Carina and granddaughter Anastasia – are hesitant about what has prompted this seemingly random venture. But they have no sense of Gracie’s past; of what could possibly be calling her to Italy. They have no idea that Gracie is harbouring the secret of an extraordinary life that preceded them . . .


Literary Soundtrack

After numerous books on the beauty and intricacy of the human body, Human Errors by Nathan H. Lents is here with a wide-ranging look at our imperfections via our four-billion-year-long evolutionary history that celebrates the beauty of our flaws, “for our mutations are, in their own way, a testament to our species’ greatness”.








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