43. Edmund Gosse - Father and Son

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Sarah Perry, bestselling author of The Essex Serpent, joins John and Andy on the Backlisted podcast to discuss Edmund Gosse's account of growing up the son of a widowed Victorian fundementalist preacher. The trio also talk about Attrib. and Other Stories by Eley Williams, and Spanish Crossings, the second novel by John Simmons.

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42. Crystal Zevon - I'll Sleep when I'm dead

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Author and editor Richard T. Kelly joins John and Andy in the Backlisted studio to discuss I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life And Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon. They also discuss the art of the oral history, and run through some of their favourites, including Simon Garfield's The Wrestling and Edie - An American Biography by Jean Stein.

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41. James Baldwin - Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

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Novelist Niven Govinden joins John and Andy on the Backlisted podcast to discuss James Baldwin's 1968 novel Tell Me How Long The Train's Been Gone. Also discussed: The World My Wilderness by Rose Macaulay, and The Gallows Pole by Ben Myers. Oh, and Lissa Evans' scene stealing turn in Their Finest, the film adaptation of her WWII novel, Their Finest Hour & A Half.

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40. Vladimir Nabakov - The Gift

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Writer and critic Catherine Taylor joins John and Andy on the Backlisted podcast to discuss Vladimir Nabokov's parting love letter to Russia and it's literature, The Gift, first published in English in 1963. Also; singing with nightingales and reading Richard Mabey's book about the same bird, David Storey's Booker Prize winning Saville, and Bob Dylan's song and dance routine.

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39. Patrick Modiano - Honeymoon

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Novelist Rupert Thomson joins John & Andy on the Backlisted podcast to talk about the work of French author Patrick Modiano, who's work explores the effect of the German occupation of his homeland during the Second World War. There's also a special edition of 'What I've Read This Week', where John talks about Identity of England by Robert Colls, while Andy sets a bit of a puzzle...

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38. ROSAMOND LEHMANN - The Weather in the Streets

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Novelist and features writer Elizabeth Day joins John & Andy on the Backlisted podcast to discuss Rosamond Lehmann's 1936 novel of a young woman's affair with a married man. Also featured: Magnus Mills record store day novel The Forensic Record Society 
and Clover Stroud's memoir The Wild Other.

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37. Patrick Hamilton - Extra Episode

Following on from the Slaves Of Solitude episode, here is an extra half hour of conversation on the Backlisted podcast about Patrick Hamilton. Please listen the the main episode before this one.

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36. Patrick Hamilton - Slaves Of Solitude

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Novelists Lissa Evans and Stuart Evers join Andy & John on the Backlisted podcast to discuss Patrick Hamilton's 1947 tale of boarding-house life in wartime. Also, this week Andy has been reading Keith Waterhouse, while John talks about Padgett Powell's The Interrogative Mood. If you like this episode, the 'Hamilton Extra' edition continues the discussion, with even more gin & it...

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35. Lincoln in the Bardo (minicast)

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A little something extra for you, the lovely Backlisted listeners, and a departure from our usual subject matter - a new(ish) book! After recording the upcoming show on Patrick Hamilton's The Slaves Of Solitude with guests authors Lissa Evans and Stuart Evers, John & Andy took the opportunity to ask them what they thought of George Saunders' debut novel (which went on to win the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction). Normal service will be resumed next week.

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34. James Salter - A Sport and a Pastime

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Andy & John are joined on the Backlisted podcast by literary agent Claire Conville and writer and author Rowan Pelling to discuss James Salter's 1967 novel of lust and imagination. The book, a description of an affair between an American college drop out and a French shop girl, has been acclaimed by critics as 'nearly perfect' and 'extraordinary'.

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32. Joyce Cary - The Horse's Mouth

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Max Porter, author of Grief Is The Thing With Feathers, joins John and Andy on the Backlisted podcast to talk about The Horse's Mouth, Joyce Cary's story of the life of an itinerant artist. Also discussed are Dark Money, Jane Mayer's account of the nexus of politics & wealth in the US, and Doreen by Barbara Noble, reissued by Persephone.

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31. Alan Garner - Red Shift

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Critic and author Erica Wagner and novelist S.F. Said join John and Andy on the Backlisted podcastto discuss 'Red Shift', the fifth novel by Alan Garner. Also discussed: 'Brave New Weed' by Joe Dolce (no, not that one) and 'Nomad' by Alan Partridge (yes, that one).

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30. Georgette Heyer - Venetia

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This episode of the Backlisted podcast sees John and Andy joined by Una McCormack and Cathy Rentzenbrink to discuss Venetia, one of the Regency Romance novels by Georgette Heyer. Includes mild language and various Georgian terms for drunkenness.

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29. Memento Mori - Muriel Spark

John Grindrod, author of Concretopia, joins John Mitchinson and Andy Miller to discuss Memento Mori, the third novel by Muriel Spark. They also pay tribute to the author and agent David Miller, who passed away recently, and read a short story in his memory.

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28. Derek Raymond - A State of Denmark

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In a bid to get our fear and creeping dread about the state of the world in early for 2017, author Travis Elborough (A Walk in The Park, The Bus We Loved, and The Long Player Goodbye) joins us to discuss A State of Denmark, the dystopian vision of England by Derek Raymond (aka Robin Cook). Worst. Happy New Year. Programme. Ever. Enjoy!

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27. Jane Gardam - A Long Way from Verona

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John and Andy are joined by Laura Cumming, the art critic for the Observer and author of The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez, and Hilary Murray Hill, CEO of Hachette Children's Books, to talk bout Jane Gardam's debut novel A Long Way From Verona.

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Douglas Adams and John Lloyd - The Meaning of Liff
Andy Miller - The Year of Reading Dangerously
Laura Cumming - The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez
Susan Cooper - The Dark is Rising
John Cheever - Christmas is a Sad Season For the Poor
Magnus Mills - Hark the Herald
Angus Wilson - Christmas Day at the Workhouse
Candia McWilliam - What to Look For in Winter
Shena Mackay - An Advent Calendar, Redhill Rococo
E. F. Benson - Between the Lights
A. E. Ellis - The Rack
Dan Rhodes - When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow
Betsy Byars - The Eighteenth Emergency
James Joyce - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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26. William Maxwell - So Long, See You Tomorrow

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Costa First Book nominee for My Name Is Leon, Kit de Waal joins John & Andy to discuss So Long, See You Tomorrow, the final novel by author and New Yorker literary editor, William Maxwell.

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Andy Miller - The Year of Reading Dangerously
Kit de Waal - My Name is Leon
John Williams - Stoner
William Maxwell - So Long See You Tomorrow, All the Days and Nights, Time Will Darken It, They Came Like Swallows, Ancestors: A Family History, The Outermost Dream
Brian Bilston - You Took the Last Bus Home: The Poems of Brian Bilston
Colin MacInnes - Absolute Beginners

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