One thing that Dan Lewis
was not expecting when he went along to a talk on the homing instinct of snails was to get a fit of giggles... Read more
In celebration of St David's Day, this week's Cheat Sheet takes a look at Wales' favourite son, Dylan Thomas
has set another record by becoming the first writer to win both the Man Booker Prize and the Costa Book of the Year in the same year. Read more
In part two of our interview with William Boyd
, he discusses the challenges of adaptation and the making of the BBC film of his book Restless
, along with some exclusive hints about the direction of his upcoming James Bond novel...
, Senior Sous Chef at Michel Roux Jnr
's Le Gavroche
and judge on the BBC's Masterchef: The Professionals,
talked to us about growing up with food, the importance of cooking together as a family, and the making of her new book Monica's Kitchen
. And she was all smiles... Read more
In the first part of a two-part interview, William Boyd
spoke to us about his novel Waiting For Sunrise
, the nature of spies and novelists, and experimentation in his writing.
's first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy
, is to be adapted for television.
announced today that a third Bridget Jones
novel is on the way.
We caught up with the broadcaster Evan Davis
after his book signing to hear about his book Made In Britain
. We also asked him about the suggestion made by Digby Jones in an event the previous day at Cheltenham Literature Festival that the government could stimulate growth in the economy by cutting employer National Insurance contributions - which is, as he saw it, a tax on jobs. Read more
Broadcaster and historian Andrew Marr
spoke to us at Cheltenham about his ambitious new book A History Of The World
, why it is not only individuals that matter but the specific context they find themselves in, and the cultural necessity of bookshops.
The mesmerically inspiring classicist Mary Beard
told us why if you want to get into classics you shouldn't fear to go straight to Homer, why Caligula is her favourite emperor and why you can't get sexier than the Roman Empire.
Master baker, and judge on the BBC's The Great British Bake Off
, Paul Hollywood
told us about where his love of baking came from, the secret to good sourdough, and shared his favourite recipe with us. Read more
We spoke to broadcaster James Naughtie
about his book The New Elizabethans
, and the pleasures of a good bookshop. Read more
Shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and now the BBC International Short Story Award, Deborah Levy spoke to us about her story, Black Vodka
, and novel, Swimming Home. Read more