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Books and Authors

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This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.

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A Good Read: Sir Michael Darrington and Terri Duhon

October 16th, 2012

Episode 194 of 547 episodes

What do teen blockbuster 'The Hunger Games' and Marguerite Duras' erotic semi-memoir 'The Lover' have in common? Could it be heroines determined to survive? Sir Michael Darrington brought Greggs bakeries to every high street and is now leading a campaign against boardroom bonuses. His book choice is John Grisham's 'The Litigators', a comic story of a hotshot lawyer who rejects the fast lane in favour of making a difference to ordinary lives. Terri Duhon has been described as a 'Harley Davidson-riding maths whiz from rural Louisiana'. Her choice is 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins, which explores a dog-eat-dog world of reality TV and power imbalance. Harriett, who confesses to being a Grisham virgin, is amazed to find connections between 'The Hunger Games' and her choice, Marguerite Duras' erotic autobiographical novel set in French colonial Vietnam in the late 1920s, 'The Lover'. Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery

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