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In tribute to P.D. James

Here, in tribute to P.D. James, who died last week, is my interview with her from 2011 in which she looks back over her career.

Continue Reading · 4 December 2014 · crime fiction, podcasts

4. Books of the Year – Andrew McConnell Stott

Andrew McConnell Stott is an award-winning writer and academic. For several years he was a stand-up comedian, described by London’s Evening Standard as “an absurdist comic with a satirical eye for popular culture.” The world, however, was unprepared for such hilarity and so he decided to give it up. He is the author of Comedy […]

Continue Reading · 14 December 2010 · biography and memoir, crime fiction, graphic novels, literature, podcasts

Summer Reading Choices: Jan Zalasiewicz

Today’s holiday reading selector is Jan Zalasiewicz, who teaches geology at Leicester University. He was a guest on the very first Blackwell Online podcast, in which he told me about his book The World after Us. You can listen to the interview here. I’m hoping to interview him again this autumn when his new book, […]

Continue Reading · 24 July 2010 · crime fiction, podcasts

Summer Reading Choices: Elizabeth Speller

Today’s guest selector of summer reading is Elizabeth Speller, author most recently of a highly praised debut novel, The Return of Captain John Emmett. She is also the author of several works of non-fiction – including a memoir, Sunlight on the Garden – and a prize-winning poet. Here are her choices: Dragging a hefty suitcase […]

Continue Reading · 23 July 2010 · crime fiction, literature

Summer Reading Choices: Michael Bywater

Our next guest recommender of Summer Reading is Michael Bywater, author (of Lost Worlds and Big Babies, inter al.), broadcaster, and – as you will see when you read on – now writing for the stage… This summer I’m too too utterly utterly up to my ears in queers, dears. Specifically the (slightly illusory) late […]

Continue Reading · 22 July 2010 · biography and memoir, crime fiction, literature

Nicola Upson interview

My interview with Nicola Upson, recorded last autumn in Heffers in Cambridge, is currently on the Bookhugger home page. In it I talk to Nicola about her second Josephine Tey mystery, set in 1930s Cornwall. Click on the image below to listen.

Continue Reading · 23 February 2010 · crime fiction, historical fiction, literature, podcasts