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FrontRow: Ben Elton; Queen Coal; Andy Warhol 05 Nov 14

November 6th, 2014

Episode 626 of 1502 episodes

Successful novelist, playwright and stand-up comic, Ben Elton joins Kirsty Lang to discuss his new novel, Time And Time Again. Kirsty visits Tate Liverpool's new show Transmitting Andy Warhol Bryony Lavery's latest play, Queen Coal looks at the impact of the 1980s miners strike on the lives of three people who bonded on the picket lines. Writer Joolz Denby reviews. Fresh from its recent win of the Best Film prize at the BFI London Film Festival, Leviathan – a tale of corruption in a small Russian town – opens in cinemas this week. Novelist Nicholas Royle reviews. Helen McDonald has just won the 20,000 Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction for her memoir, H is for Hawk, about coming to terms with the death of her father by trying to win the trust of a goshawk, Mabel. What significance does the bird have here and elsewhere in literature? Kirsty is joined by Horatio Clare, writer and author of A Single Swallow

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