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Talking of Books 1, 16.04.2016

On Talking of Books this week, John MacDonald (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) have a lively discussion on unusual book plots with Louise Edensor. Young reviewers Maddison ten Bohmer and Bana Garaibeh tell us what they loved about Curtis Jobling’s ‘Dead Scared’ and ‘Dead Wrong’. In our last hour, lead reviewer Christina Bruce shares her thoughts on ‘The Ambassador’s Wife’ by Jennifer Steil.

Talking of Books 2, 16.04.2016

On Talking of Books this week, John MacDonald (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) have a lively discussion on unusual book plots with Louise Edensor. Young reviewers Maddison ten Bohmer and Bana Garaibeh tell us what they loved about Curtis Jobling’s ‘Dead Scared’ and ‘Dead Wrong’. In our last hour, lead reviewer Christina Bruce shares her thoughts on ‘The Ambassador’s Wife’ by Jennifer Steil.

Talking of Books 3, 16.04.2016

On Talking of Books this week, John MacDonald (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) have a lively discussion on unusual book plots with Louise Edensor. Young reviewers Maddison ten Bohmer and Bana Garaibeh tell us what they loved about Curtis Jobling’s ‘Dead Scared’ and ‘Dead Wrong’. In our last hour, lead reviewer Christina Bruce shares her thoughts on ‘The Ambassador’s Wife’ by Jennifer Steil.

Talking of Books 1, 09.04.2016

This week on Talking of Books, John MacDonald (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) are joined by Naouel Chaoui for a discussion on promoting reading for young adults. Students Scarlette and Inigo share their memories from the eighth Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and in our last hour Suzan Shan reviews Elias Khoury’s ‘The Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol’.

Talking of Books 2, 09.04.2016

This week on Talking of Books, John MacDonald (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) are joined by Naouel Chaoui for a discussion on promoting reading for young adults. Students Scarlette and Inigo share their memories from the eighth Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and in our last hour Suzan Shan reviews Elias Khoury’s ‘The Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol’.

Talking of Books 3, 09.04.2016

This week on Talking of Books, John MacDonald (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) are joined by Naouel Chaoui for a discussion on promoting reading for young adults. Students Scarlette and Inigo share their memories from the eighth Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and in our last hour Suzan Shan reviews Elias Khoury’s ‘The Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol’.

Talking of Books 1, 02.04.2016

On Talking of Books this week, Penny Mackenzie (host) and Will Jones (co-host) are joined by book champion Prachiti Talathi for a discussion on James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s 5th edition of The Leadership Challenge. Young reviewers Rayan, Yanis and Samy tell us what they most loved about the LitFest, their favourite authors and different sessions they attended. In our last hour, lead reviewer Christine Jones shares her thoughts and unique insights on Atticus Lish’s astonishing, multi-award winning novel, Preparation for the Next Life.

Talking of Books 2, 02.04.2016

On Talking of Books this week, Penny Mackenzie (host) and Will Jones (co-host) are joined by book champion Prachiti Talathi for a discussion on James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s 5th edition of The Leadership Challenge. Young reviewers Rayan, Yanis and Samy tell us what they most loved about the LitFest, their favourite authors and different sessions they attended. In our last hour, lead reviewer Christine Jones shares her thoughts and unique insights on Atticus Lish’s astonishing, multi-award winning novel, Preparation for the Next Life.

Talking of Books 3, 02.04.2016

On Talking of Books this week, Penny Mackenzie (host) and Will Jones (co-host) are joined by book champion Prachiti Talathi for a discussion on James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s 5th edition of The Leadership Challenge. Young reviewers Rayan, Yanis and Samy tell us what they most loved about the LitFest, their favourite authors and different sessions they attended. In our last hour, lead reviewer Christine Jones shares her thoughts and unique insights on Atticus Lish’s astonishing, multi-award winning novel, Preparation for the Next Life.

Talking of Books 1, 27.02.2016

We’re travelling back in time on Talking of Books this week with our Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Shakespeare special. John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) are joined by Flora Rees, Ros Marshall and Yvette Judge to celebrate 400 years of the Bard and discuss some of the biggest names writing about and adapting Shakespeare – David and Ben Crystal, Abdulla Dabbagh, John Julius Norwich and Marcia Williams. We also get to hear from Marcia Williams and David Crystal via phone.

Talking of Books 2, 27.02.2016

We’re travelling back in time on Talking of Books this week with our Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Shakespeare special. John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) are joined by Flora Rees, Ros Marshall and Yvette Judge to celebrate 400 years of the Bard and discuss some of the biggest names writing about and adapting Shakespeare – David and Ben Crystal, Abdulla Dabbagh, John Julius Norwich and Marcia Williams. We also get to hear from Marcia Williams and David Crystal via phone.

Talking of Books 1, 20.02.2016

On Talking of Books this week, we travel through time for our Emirates Airline Festival of Literature history and historical fiction special. John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) discuss works by John McHugo, Antony Beevor, John Man, John Julius Norwich, James Waterson and Chris Cleave. Prachiti Talathi joins the studio to discuss David Neild’s ‘A Soldier in Arabia’ before we get to hear from some of the authors via phone.

Talking of Books 2, 20.02.2016

On Talking of Books this week, we travel through time for our Emirates Airline Festival of Literature history and historical fiction special. John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) discuss works by John McHugo, Antony Beevor, John Man, John Julius Norwich, James Waterson and Chris Cleave. Prachiti Talathi joins the studio to discuss David Neild’s ‘A Soldier in Arabia’ before we get to hear from some of the authors via phone.

Talking of Books 3, 20.02.2016

On Talking of Books this week, we travel through time for our Emirates Airline Festival of Literature history and historical fiction special. John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) discuss works by John McHugo, Antony Beevor, John Man, John Julius Norwich, James Waterson and Chris Cleave. Prachiti Talathi joins the studio to discuss David Neild’s ‘A Soldier in Arabia’ before we get to hear from some of the authors via phone.

Talking of Books 1, 13.02.2016

On Talking of Books this week, we have an Emirates Airline Festival of Literature science, sci-fi and fantasy special with John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) joined by Will Jones, Yvette Judge, Abdulrahman Sedhom and Swa Vanswijgenhoven to discuss Chris Hadfield, Matt Haig, Tim Spector, Jenny Colgan and Brandon Sanderson.

Talking of Books 2, 13.02.2016

On Talking of Books this week, we have an Emirates Airline Festival of Literature science, sci-fi and fantasy special with John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) joined by Will Jones, Yvette Judge, Abdulrahman Sedhom and Swa Vanswijgenhoven to discuss Chris Hadfield, Matt Haig, Tim Spector, Jenny Colgan and Brandon Sanderson.

Talking of Books 3, 13.02.2016

On Talking of Books this week, we have an Emirates Airline Festival of Literature science, sci-fi and fantasy special with John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) joined by Will Jones, Yvette Judge, Abdulrahman Sedhom and Swa Vanswijgenhoven to discuss Chris Hadfield, Matt Haig, Tim Spector, Jenny Colgan and Brandon Sanderson.

Talking of Books 1, 06.02.2016

On this week’s Talking of Books, John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) are joined by a variety of guests to discuss books by fiction authors attending the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016. The authors in the spotlight include Ann Cleeves, Marco Missiroli, Ian Rankin, Gill Hornby, Freya North, Victoria Hislop and Michael Dobbs.

Talking of Books 2, 06.02.2016

On this week’s Talking of Books, John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) are joined by a variety of guests to discuss books by fiction authors attending the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016. The authors in the spotlight include Ann Cleeves, Marco Missiroli, Ian Rankin, Gill Hornby, Freya North, Victoria Hislop and Michael Dobbs.

Talking of Books 1, 30.01.2016

We have a foodie special on this week’s Talking of Books with Isobel Abulhoul (host), Manisha Dutt (co-host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) to discuss culinary attendees at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016 including Lisa Faulkner, Joe Wicks and Nadia Sawalha. Raghad Al Safi and Suzanne Husseini join us in studio to talk about their love of regional food.

Talking of Books 2, 30.01.2016

We have a foodie special on this week’s Talking of Books with Isobel Abulhoul (host), Manisha Dutt (co-host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) to discuss culinary attendees at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016 including Lisa Faulkner, Joe Wicks and Nadia Sawalha. Raghad Al Safi and Suzanne Husseini join us in studio to talk about their love of regional food.

Talking of Books 3, 30.01.2016

We have a foodie special on this week’s Talking of Books with Isobel Abulhoul (host), Manisha Dutt (co-host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) to discuss culinary attendees at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016 including Lisa Faulkner, Joe Wicks and Nadia Sawalha. Raghad Al Safi and Suzanne Husseini join us in studio to talk about their love of regional food.

Talking of Books 1, 23.01.2016

On Talking of Books this week, we look some of the top authors writing about the Arab World who will be visiting the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016. John MacDonald (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) are joined by reviewers Hend Saeed, Sally Mousa, Gamze Geray, Mahmoud and Sam AlHashimi to discuss Justin Marozzi, Susan Abulhawa, Suad Amiry and Maha Gargash alongside a look at Islamic architecture.

Talking of Books 2, 23.01.2016

On Talking of Books this week, we look some of the top authors writing about the Arab World who will be visiting the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016. John MacDonald (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) are joined by reviewers Hend Saeed, Sally Mousa, Gamze Geray, Mahmoud and Sam AlHashimi to discuss Justin Marozzi, Susan Abulhawa, Suad Amiry and Maha Gargash alongside a look at Islamic architecture.

Talking of Books 3, 23.01.2016

On Talking of Books this week, we look some of the top authors writing about the Arab World who will be visiting the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016. John MacDonald (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) are joined by reviewers Hend Saeed, Sally Mousa, Gamze Geray, Mahmoud and Sam AlHashimi to discuss Justin Marozzi, Susan Abulhawa, Suad Amiry and Maha Gargash alongside a look at Islamic architecture.

Talking of Books 1, 16.01.2016

We have a children’s authors special on Talking of Books this week. John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) discuss a host of fascinating best-selling authors including Curtis Jobling, Darren Shan, Christopher Edge, Nicola Davies, Sean Fay Wolfe, Rachel Hamilton and Lauren Child.

Talking of Books 2, 16.01.2016

We have a children’s authors special on Talking of Books this week. John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) discuss a host of fascinating best-selling authors including Curtis Jobling, Darren Shan, Christopher Edge, Nicola Davies, Sean Fay Wolfe, Rachel Hamilton and Lauren Child.

Talking of Books 3, 16.01.2016

We have a children’s authors special on Talking of Books this week. John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) discuss a host of fascinating best-selling authors including Curtis Jobling, Darren Shan, Christopher Edge, Nicola Davies, Sean Fay Wolfe, Rachel Hamilton and Lauren Child.

Talking of Books 1, 09.01.2016

On Talking of Books this week, John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) are joined by book champions Rohan Roberts and Raya for a discussion on Byron Reese’s optimistic look at the future, ‘Infinite Progress’. Young reviewers Kyla and Paris Royal tell us why they loved ‘Dead Man’s Cove’ by Lauren St John. In our last hour, lead reviewer Lucy Ward shares her thoughts on Saud Alsanousi’s IPAF-winning novel, ‘The Bamboo Stalk’.

Talking of Books 2, 09.01.2016

On Talking of Books this week, John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) are joined by book champions Rohan Roberts and Raya for a discussion on Byron Reese’s optimistic look at the future, ‘Infinite Progress’. Young reviewers Kyla and Paris Royal tell us why they loved ‘Dead Man’s Cove’ by Lauren St John. In our last hour, lead reviewer Lucy Ward shares her thoughts on Saud Alsanousi’s IPAF-winning novel, ‘The Bamboo Stalk’.

Talking of Books 3, 09.01.2016

On Talking of Books this week, John MacDonald (host) and Isobel Abulhoul (co-host) are joined by book champions Rohan Roberts and Raya for a discussion on Byron Reese’s optimistic look at the future, ‘Infinite Progress’. Young reviewers Kyla and Paris Royal tell us why they loved ‘Dead Man’s Cove’ by Lauren St John. In our last hour, lead reviewer Lucy Ward shares her thoughts on Saud Alsanousi’s IPAF-winning novel, ‘The Bamboo Stalk’.

Talking of Books 1, 02.01.2016

A very Happy New Year from the Talking of Books team! Our first show of 2016 looks back at the best books of last year with John MacDonald (host), Yvette Judge (co-host), reviewers Will and Christine Jones, Sharmila and Ronita Mohan and Penny Mackenzie. By popular choice, the top literary picks of 2015 were – ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara, ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ by Philip K Dick, ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton, ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins, ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’ by Chris Hadfield, ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ by Marlon James, ‘Foundation’ by Isaac Asimov and ‘The Versions of Us’ by Laura Barnett.

Talking of Books 2, 02.01.2016

A very Happy New Year from the Talking of Books team! Our first show of 2016 looks back at the best books of last year with John MacDonald (host), Yvette Judge (co-host), reviewers Will and Christine Jones, Sharmila and Ronita Mohan and Penny Mackenzie. By popular choice, the top literary picks of 2015 were – ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara, ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ by Philip K Dick, ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton, ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins, ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’ by Chris Hadfield, ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ by Marlon James, ‘Foundation’ by Isaac Asimov and ‘The Versions of Us’ by Laura Barnett.

Talking of Books 3, 02.01.2016

A very Happy New Year from the Talking of Books team! Our first show of 2016 looks back at the best books of last year with John MacDonald (host), Yvette Judge (co-host), reviewers Will and Christine Jones, Sharmila and Ronita Mohan and Penny Mackenzie. By popular choice, the top literary picks of 2015 were – ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara, ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ by Philip K Dick, ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton, ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins, ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’ by Chris Hadfield, ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ by Marlon James, ‘Foundation’ by Isaac Asimov and ‘The Versions of Us’ by Laura Barnett.

Talking of Books 1, 26.12.2015

This week on Talking of Books, John MacDonald (host) and Will Jones (co-host) are joined by Christine Jones for a discussion on Brandon Sanderson’s sci-fi and fantasy books. Young reviewer Carla tells us why she enjoys James Dashner’s ‘Maze Runner’ series and lead reviewers Shen and Almeera share their thoughts on Matt Haig’s ‘A Boy Called Christmas’.

Talking of Books 2, 26.12.2015

This week on Talking of Books, John MacDonald (host) and Will Jones (co-host) are joined by Christine Jones for a discussion on Brandon Sanderson’s sci-fi and fantasy books. Young reviewer Carla tells us why she enjoys James Dashner’s ‘Maze Runner’ series and lead reviewers Shen and Almeera share their thoughts on Matt Haig’s ‘A Boy Called Christmas’.

Talking of Books 3, 26.12.2015

This week on Talking of Books, John MacDonald (host) and Will Jones (co-host) are joined by Christine Jones for a discussion on Brandon Sanderson’s sci-fi and fantasy books. Young reviewer Carla tells us why she enjoys James Dashner’s ‘Maze Runner’ series and lead reviewers Shen and Almeera share their thoughts on Matt Haig’s ‘A Boy Called Christmas’.

Talking of Books 1, 19.12.2015

On Talking of Books this week, John MacDonald (host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) are joined by book champion Flora Rees for a lively discussion on Sara Paretsky’s books. Young reviewers Brendon and Annamarie tell us why they loved ‘The Imaginary’ by A. F. Harrold. In our last hour, lead reviewer Sam AlHashimi looks at Katie Hickman’s ‘Travels With A Mexican Circus’. We also get to hear from Hickman via phone.

Talking of Books 2, 19.12.2015

On Talking of Books this week, John MacDonald (host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) are joined by book champion Flora Rees for a lively discussion on Sara Paretsky’s books. Young reviewers Brendon and Annamarie tell us why they loved ‘The Imaginary’ by A. F. Harrold. In our last hour, lead reviewer Sam AlHashimi looks at Katie Hickman’s ‘Travels With A Mexican Circus’. We also get to hear from Hickman via phone.

Talking of Books 3, 19.12.2015

On Talking of Books this week, John MacDonald (host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) are joined by book champion Flora Rees for a lively discussion on Sara Paretsky’s books. Young reviewers Brendon and Annamarie tell us why they loved ‘The Imaginary’ by A. F. Harrold. In our last hour, lead reviewer Sam AlHashimi looks at Katie Hickman’s ‘Travels With A Mexican Circus’. We also get to hear from Hickman via phone.

Talking of Books 1, 12.12.2015

This week on Talking of Books, John MacDonald (host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) are joined by Montegrappa ME’s Charles Nahhas and authors Rachel Hamilton and Annabel Kantaria, winners of the first Montegrappa Writing Prize for a discussion on Montegrappa’s competitions. Book champion Sharmila Mohan shares her thoughts on Susan Abulhawa’s bestselling ‘Mornings in Jenin’ and in our last hour, lead reviewer Martin Norris discusses ‘A Soldier in Arabia’ by David Neild, who also joins us in the studio.

Talking of Books 2, 12.12.2015

This week on Talking of Books, John MacDonald (host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) are joined by Montegrappa ME’s Charles Nahhas and authors Rachel Hamilton and Annabel Kantaria, winners of the first Montegrappa Writing Prize for a discussion on Montegrappa’s competitions. Book champion Sharmila Mohan shares her thoughts on Susan Abulhawa’s bestselling ‘Mornings in Jenin’ and in our last hour, lead reviewer Martin Norris discusses ‘A Soldier in Arabia’ by David Neild, who also joins us in the studio.

Talking of Books 3, 12.12.2015

This week on Talking of Books, John MacDonald (host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) are joined by Montegrappa ME’s Charles Nahhas and authors Rachel Hamilton and Annabel Kantaria, winners of the first Montegrappa Writing Prize for a discussion on Montegrappa’s competitions. Book champion Sharmila Mohan shares her thoughts on Susan Abulhawa’s bestselling ‘Mornings in Jenin’ and in our last hour, lead reviewer Martin Norris discusses ‘A Soldier in Arabia’ by David Neild, who also joins us in the studio.

Talking of Books 1, 28.11.2015

This week on Talking of Books, John MacDonald (host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) are joined by book champion Lara Matossian for a look at Ashlee Vance’s biography about ‘Elon Musk – Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future’. Young reviewers Mostafa, Evie and Maya take us on a rollercoaster ride with their review of Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Falcon’s Malteser’. In our last hour, lead reviewer James Mullen shares his thoughts on ‘An Evil Mind’ by Chris Carter.

Talking of Books 2, 28.11.2015

This week on Talking of Books, John MacDonald (host) and Yvette Judge (co-host) are joined by book champion Lara Matossian for a look at Ashlee Vance’s biography about ‘Elon Musk – Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future’. Young reviewers Mostafa, Evie and Maya take us on a rollercoaster ride with their review of Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Falcon’s Malteser’. In our last hour, lead reviewer James Mullen shares his thoughts on ‘An Evil Mind’ by Chris Carter.

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