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F Scott Fitzgerald was a plagiarist – fact. But to what extent did he “borrow” the plot of arguably his greatest work, The Great Gatsby? Tonight, he goes on trial. F Scott Fitzgerald’s magnum opus is today considered the quintessential Great American Novel. But could he have plagiarized much of ...read more →
Her voice sounds like an angel caught in a mantrap. There’s a raw emotional honesty to Brit punk sensation Louise Distras that some might even find too intense… which would be a terrible shame – because on tonight’s GBS, Louise sings four superb live tracks for us from her forthcoming ...read more →
Geoff Dyer is the consummate writer’s writer: winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize, the US National Book Critics Circle Award the E. M. Forster Award, and more. The Daily Telegraph newspaper has called him “the best living writer in Britain”. Zadie Smith believes he is “a national treasure.” This is ...read more →
Tonight’s show is a real-life thriller: featuring espionage, double-dealing, murder and even a dash of Hollywood. And a British ambassador who sees things he shouldn’t – and decides to tell the world. Sounds like the plot of a movie? Craig Murray‘s amazing story has already been optioned by producers – ...read more →
How do you go about writing a book about one of the most powerful dynasties on earth? That’s the challenge special guest Russ Baker faced when he first considered writing about the Bush family; a tribe that encompasses two U.S. Senators, one Supreme Court Justice, two Governors, two Presidents and ...read more →
Garry’s guest tonight is Pauline Black – the charismatic leading lady of 2-Tone, the musical movement that combined the anger of punk with the joyous bounce of Jamaican Ska. Arriving after the first waves of punk were receding, the new blue-beat bands put dancing and tunes back into pop. Pauline’s ...read more →
Once every generation or two, a book comes along that incarnates our collective experience of war. Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front was one such: Heller’s Catch-22 was another, and Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five was one more. To this distinguished list must be added Ben Fountain‘s first novel, Billy Lynn’s Long ...read more →