55. Diana Wynne Jones - Fire and Hemlock

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Author and illustrator Alice Stevenson and her childhood friend, playwright Elinor Cook join John and Andy on the Backlisted podcast to talk about Diana Wynne Jones's novel of memory, childhood and friendship.

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54. Gordon Burn - Alma Cogan

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In a special edition of the Backlisted podcast recorded earlier this year live at the Durham Book Festival, John and Andy are joined by writers Adelle Stripe and Ben Myers to discuss Gordon Burn's debut novel Alma Cogan. The 'WHWBR?' slots are occupied by Pevsner's guide to Durham and The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.

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53. R. F. Delderfield - To Serve Them All My Days

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The novelist Jenny Colgan joins John and Andy on the Backlisted podcast to discuss R.F. Delderfield's epic of life in an English boarding school between the wars. Craig Brown's Ma'am Darling and Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood are the books we've been reading this week.

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52. Shirley Jackson - We Have always lived in the castle

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For our annual Halloween episode John and Andy are joined on the Backlisted podcast by Fiona Wilson and Andrew Male to discuss Shirley Jackson's final novel We Have Always Lived In The Castle, originally published in 1962. In this show's 'What We Have Been Reading' slot John discusses True Ghost Stories of Our Own Time by Vivienne Rae-Ellis, while Andy puts forward Going On The Turn, the third instalment of Danny Baker's memoirs.

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51. Virginia Woolf - Jacob's Room

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In a special live edition of the Backlisted podcast, recorded in front of an audience at Blackwell's Bookshop in Oxford, John and Andy are joined by Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time and Sally Bayley, author and tutor in English at Balliol and St. Hugh's Colleges, Oxford. The panel discuss Jacob's Room, the third novel by Virginia Woolf, first published in 1922.

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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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