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June 3rd, 2015

Episode 923 of 1303 episodes

The winner of the 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction joins Samira live from the awards ceremony. In Liverpool The Cunard Building becomes a liner itself in a new play based on a recently discovered short story by George Garrett. He was a working class writer - he guided George Orwell around Liverpool when he was researching 'The Road to Wigan Pier' - who was almost forgotten but whose reputation is growing again. 'The Maurie' is set in the opulence of the Mauretania, and the somewhat less luxurious conditions below decks, where Garrett slaved as a stoker. Joe Riley reviews 'The Maurie'. Dark comedy 'Listen Up Philip' stars Jason Schwartzman as a narcissistic young writer who flies into furious rages against his girlfriend, friends and publishers as he struggles to write his next book. He is offered a country retreat by his literary hero Ike Zimmerman, played by Jonathan Pryce, but it's not the restful stay that Philp hopes for. Catherine Bray reviews. Samira also meets the author Jonathan Ames, best known for his revealing and deeply personal essays, has written a novel based on Jeeves and Wooster. Fusing Wodehouse's set up with Woody Allen's New York humour, Wake Up, Sir! follows the trials of young writer Alan Blair, who turns to his manservant Jeeves when he meets with disasters.

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