Hunchback of Notre-Dame Special!
Tom Mustill on How to Speak Whale
Miriam Toews on Fight Night
Jonathan Coe on Bournville
Billy-Ray Belcourt on A Minor Chorus
On Writing the Queer, Indigenous Experience with Billy-Ray Belcourt
This week we welcome celebrated poet Billy-Ray Belcourt to discuss his innovative and moving debut novel A Minor Chorus.
Coco Mellors on Cleopatra and Frankenstein
This week we were joined in the writer’s studio by Coco Mellors, author of one of our biggest selling novels of the year, Cleopatra and Frankenstein.
It’s the story of a woman and a man—Cleo and Frank—who meet in New York on New Year’s Eve 2006, who fall in love despite—or perhaps because of—their very many differences, and whose marriage within months causes not only an earthquake in their own lives, but also sends disruptive aftershocks out into the lives of their friends and families. All of which makes Cleopatra and Frankenstein one of the most devilishly readable debuts of the year.
Sunday Poetry with Mark Polizzotti
William Boyd, The Romantic
Annie Ernaux, Nobel Prize in Literature
On Transcendence, Parental Failure & writing Indiana, with Tess Gunty
Disorientation: A Wild Satire of 21st-Century Campus Life, with Elaine Hsieh Chou
Time Travel, Autofiction & Never-ending Book Tours, with Emily St John Mandel
Mohsin Hamid, The Last White Man
When Young Stalin came to London, with Stephen May
On Darkness, Fables and Heartbreak, with Vanessa Onwuemezi
A collection of seven extraordinary short stories, Vanessa Onwuemezi’s Dark Neighbourhood resists interpretation and elides description, shifting between voices and styles with astonishing deftness and grace. Spaces and territories are important to the book, how we inhabit them and how they shape us, as are attempts to understand how not just our minds, but our entire beings are affected when we pass from darkness into light, and back again.