Apr 14, 2020
As a historical consultant on the BBC’s award-winning Horrible Histories, Greg Jenner’s enthusiasm for the past has made him a familiar figure on radio and television, with appearances on chatshows, documentaries, and as presenter of the You’re Dead to Me podcast. His latest book, Dead Famous is a joyous romp through the history of celebrity, from Edmund Kean to Gertrude Stein, from Grace Darling to WG Grace. But is a celebrity anything more than someone who is famous for being famous?
And we share what some of you have been reading during the coronavirus outbreak and talk to Adam Douglas, rare bookseller at Peter Harrington, about how some of the greatest philosophical and literary works have been created in isolation. Continue reading...
Mar 23, 2020
Glenn Patterson is a Northern Irish writer who made his debut in 1988 with Burning Your Own, an award-winning coming-of-age tale set at the start of the Troubles, in 1969. His most recent novel, Where Are We Now? tells the story of a bewildered divorcee who is trying to make a new life in a rapidly renewing Belfast.
And as the coronavirus dominates headlines and more people self-isolate, Sam Jordison, the person behind the Guardian’s Reading group and Tips, links and suggestions blog, talks to Claire and Sian about reading while stressed and whether this is the time to go for dystopias or comforting reads. Continue reading...