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Talking Books

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

The series 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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Over 30 years after she published her masterpiece, The Female Eunuch, Germaine Greer discusses the book, feminism – and newts – with Martha Kearney.

In 1963 Dervla Murphy began her legendary travel-writing career with a transcontinental trek. In an interview with Talking Books, she talks about the journey.

Images of the Middle East nation are often bleak, depicting war or poverty. But travel writer Colin Thubron has tried to show a different side of the country.

The British star has pulled off a successful second act – in travel writing and TV. But how did he do it? Michael Palin describes his journey beyond Python.

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.