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Mark Ronson and Michael Chabon, Helen Macdonald, Rubens at the RA

January 19th, 2015

Episode 729 of 1502 episodes

Musician and producer Mark Ronson talks to John Wilson about the influences behind his new album Uptown Special, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon considers the trials involved in writing lyrics for the album. In the first of a series of interviews with the Costa Book Award category winners, John Wilson talks to Helen Macdonald who has won the Biography award for H is for Hawk, a memoir of her grief at the sudden death of her father and how it led her to train a goshawk, Mabel - a notoriously difficult bird. Rubens and his Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne is the new exhibition at the Royal Academy in London which assesses Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens's influence on art history. Art critic William Feaver assesses the 160 works on display. Sotheby's has been cleared of negligence over the attribution of a painting claimed to be by Caravaggio, so John seeks advice from Karen Sanig, Head of Art Law at solicitors Mishcon de Reya about what you might do if a work by a certain artist that you have bought turns out not to be, and the complications arising. Producer Julian May.

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