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All Time Greats
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 →
It was an iconic murder – pre-dating the mysterious death of British biological warfare expert David Kelly, but bearing uncanny similarities, too. Rose grower, naturalist, diarist and campaigner against nuclear energy and weapons, Hilda Murrell was truly a Miss Marple character, and her murder in 1984 entered the national consciousness ...read more →
His origins were humble; a working-class boy from a small military town in northern Sweden, not far from the Arctic Circle. Today, he is one of the most influential figures in the world of literature, because Peter Englund is Permanent Secretary to the Swedish Academy, the body that awards the ...read more →
It’s not often we have a real-life spy as our special guest on LAD – but tonight, stepping out of the shadows and into our spotlight is special guest Major David Thorp – a man who has spent his entire life in signals intelligence (SIGINT)… from the Cold War to ...read more →
At the age of 43, a few weeks after he secured British citizenship, former KGB and FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko was murdered: the world’s first victim of polonium 210 poisoning. The Litvinenko killing revealed that London has quietly become not only the single greatest centre of Russian capital outside Moscow, ...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 →
Having scaled the walls of Faber’s well-manicured garden eleven years ago, Faber chief executive Stephen Page found himself in the broadcast hot-seat, sandwiched between Naked Bookers Philip Jones and Sam Missingham. This show is the first in an occasional series of tête à têtes, devoted to the illuminati of the ...read more →