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Baileys Shortlist, Gunter Grass, Dear Lupin, The Last Five Years

April 13th, 2015

Episode 851 of 1333 episodes

Chair of judges for the Baileys shortlist, Shami Chakrabarti, reveals the six shortlisted novels, and Alex Clark delivers her verdict on the list. We remember the German novelist Günter Grass who has died aged 87. British novelist Lawrence Norfolk, and German novelist, Daniel Kehlmann, discuss the work and life of the Nobel prize winning writer. Charlie Mortimer's collection of letters from his father Roger Mortimer, Dear Lupin, became a surprise success when they were published in 2012. Now the letters have been adapted into a new play based on the book, starring real life father and son James and Jack Fox. Charlie Mortimer and Michael Simkins, who adapted the book for the stage, discuss why the humorous and poignant letters have such appeal. Jason Solomons reviews the film The Last Five Years - a musical that plays with time and love. Presenter: Samira Ahmed Producer: Rebecca Armstrong.

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