50. William Goldman - Adventures in the Screen Trade

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Simon Garfield, author of The Wrestling, The Nation's Favourite and A Notable Woman, amongst others joins John and Andy on the Backlisted podcast to discuss William Goldman's groundbreaking account of his life as a Hollywood screenwriter.

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49. Anita Brookner - Look At Me

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In a long awaited episode of the Backlisted podcast John and Andy are joined by Una McCormack and Lucy Scholes to discuss Anita Brookner's third novel Look At Me (1982), a tale of intergalactic piracy in a far off star syste... No, not really.

The Cake And The Rain, Jimmy Webb's memoir of life in the 60's music industry, and We That Are Young a reworking of King Lear set in India by Preti Taneja, are the books John & Andy have been reading.

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48. Malcolm Lowry - Under the Volcano

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John and Andy are joined on the Backlisted podcast by poet, radio presenter, playwright and genuine Tyke Ian McMillan to discuss Malcolm Lowry's 1947 masterwork, Under The Volcano. Also, The Factory of Light by Michael Jacobs, and more Rosemary Tonks. Do you have a problem with that?

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47. Some Bits to Listen to While We Go on Our Holidays

Even your favourite podcasts need to take a holiday... but hopefully this collection of Backlisted off cuts, tall tales, terrible name dropping and the occasional bit of literary chat will help tide you over until we return at the beginning of September.

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46. Paula Fox - Desperate Characters

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Author William Fiennes joins Andy and John on the Backlisted podcast to talk about Desperate Characters, Paula Fox's New York-set novel of relationships and feral cats. Also; William's First Story charity, Adam Scovell's Folk Horror and Sarah Hall's story collection Madame Zero, plus more on the mysterious Rosemary Tonks.

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45. Anita Loos - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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The novelist Joanna Walsh and critic and academic Sarah Churchwell join John & Andy on the Backlisted podcast to talk about Anita Loos' Jazz Age novel. Also discussed: The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, and Bedouin of the London Evening, an anthology of poems by Rosemary Tonks.

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44. Charles Sprawson - Haunts of the Black Massuer

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Author and critic Alex Preston and Rachael Kerr, Unbound's Editor at large, join John and Andy on the Backlisted podcast to discuss Charles Sprawson's ground breaking 'Haunts Of The Black Masseur', together with all things aquatic. The subtitle of the book is 'The Swimmer As Hero' and Sprawson's book tells the tale of literary swimmers from Byron to Cheever. Also discussed; Outskirts by John Grindrod and Bleaker House by Nell Stevens.

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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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