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Author Q&A: James Lasdun

In the summer of 2012 Charlie, a wealthy banker with an uneasy conscience, invites his troubled cousin to spend the summer with him and his wife in their idyllic mountain-top house. A story of fracture…

Read more... Feb 06 2017 |

Author Q&A: Chibundu Onuzo

When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows that it is time to leave. As he travels towards Lagos, he becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of…

Read more... Jan 30 2017 |

Author Q&A: Adam O’Riordan

The foreman of a desert building project embarks on a journey into California’s underworld when his employer’s daughter goes missing. A lonely widower confronts a disturbing and long suppressed memory. A divorced father tries to…

Read more... Jan 30 2017 |

Author Q&A: Alexandra Kleeman

You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine (Fourth Estate, £8.99/Audible £12.99) is the debut novel by the Taiwanese-American author is an unsettling post-modern take on consumerism and identity and body image that’s been described as…

Read more... Jan 30 2017 |

Author Q&A: Mark Chapman

In the BBC sports presenter’s memoir, The Love of the Game: Parenthood, sport and me (W&N, £16.99/Audible, £19.99) , he explores the relationship between parent and child through the world of amateur sports. He tells…

Read more... Dec 19 2016 |

Author Q&A: Michael Lewis

Israeli psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman transformed academic assumptions that we are rational beings as they invented the field of behavioural economics. Their Nobel Prize-winning work showed we imagine things to be more likely…

Read more... Dec 12 2016 |

Author Q&A: Vamba Sherif

The proud Republic of Liberia was founded in the 19th century with the triumphant return of freed slaves from America to Africa but the Americo-Liberians struggled to integrate with the resident tribes. Against a background…

Read more... Nov 28 2016 |

Author Q&A: Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr’s autobiography Set The Boy Free (Century, £20/ Audible, £21.99) tells the story of the guitarist’s journey from his childhood in Ardwick Green to the moment he met Morrissey, his career with The Smiths,…

Read more... Nov 28 2016 |

Author Q&A: David Hall

In the 1930s, inspired by anthropologist Tom Harrisson, dozens of young middle-class men and women headed north to observe what was described as a race apart – the ordinary working people of Bolton. Drawing on…

Read more... Nov 23 2016 |

Author Q&A: Doug Johnstone

Finn wants to get off Orkney but a chance meeting with Maddie in the departure lounge bar breaks the tedium, and boredom is soon far from his mind. Survivor guilt, post-traumatic stress and libido make…

Read more... Nov 14 2016 |

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