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Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels


Deborah Levy talks about her novel, Swimming Home.

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What could a UFO hippy cult, a British rock star, a Spanish Franciscan priest, the son of a Sikh, and his autistic son have in common? The Mojave Desert, in Hari Kunzru's novel Gods Without Men. Listed in Granta's 2003 selection of young British novelists, Hari Kunzru is one of our most socially observant and skilful novelists. Jumping around in...

Michael Chabon talks about The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay with James Naughtie and a group of readers. The novel follows the story of the teenage Josef Kavalier, who makes a daring escape from the Germans in Prague in 1939, leaving his family behind. He travels across Europe and eventually arrives at his cousin Samuel Clayman's...

Sunjeev Sahota discusses his novel The Year of the Runaways which was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. The Year of the Runaways follows the stories of three undocumented Indian men who share a house in Sheffield. Tochi has fled India after his family were killed in a Caste-related massacre; Avtar arrives on a student visa, but...