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Talking Books

Talking Books is an in-depth interview programme with international bestselling authors from around the globe.

The series is presented by Razia Iqbal and talks to authors about their writing, their ideas and their lives as writers.

Talking Books is the only programme that doesn't just look at an author's latest work but across all their work: looking at themes that connect them, the characters they have invented and the development of their writing style.

All are prize winners, widely read and the foremost talent in 21st Century English language literature.

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The author speaks to Razia Iqbal to explain how her latest book – a profile of Empress Dowager Cixi – defies China’s perception of its 19th Century ruler.

For a special series of Talking Books from Hay Festival, Razia Iqbal interviews Norwegian writer, Karl Ove Knausgaard, a recent and surprise literary success.

The Nobel Prize-winner grew up with grizzly tales of the plight of black people in America. She tells Razia Iqbal how these stories shaped her as a writer.

Kamila Shamsie is an author who has based several of her novels in Karachi – but how does she tackle the city’s turbulence? She talks with Talking Books’ Razia

Talking Books interviews satirical Pakistani author, Mohammed Hanif about the relationship between reality and fiction – and his love of the classic US writer.