March 7th, 2016
Episode 1125 of 1420 episodes
John Wilson talks to Tracy Chevalier whose bestselling novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, brought 17th century Holland to life. 19th century America is the backdrop for her new novel, At the Edge of the Orchard, a story of a troubled family on the American frontier. Richard Bean's new play is opening at The Crucible, Sheffield. The home of Pot Black is an apt venue as The Nap it is all about snooker. But Richard explains to John, as they chalk their cues and play a game, it's a story of match fixing. Actor Juliet Stevenson and publisher Jamie Byng preview Letters Live, a show which 'celebrates the enduring power of literary correspondence' through the live performance of noteworthy letters. Producer: Julian May.