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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 →
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 →
To mark the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice, Peter takes tea with Claire Harman, author of the highly acclaimed biography Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World. If you share E. M. Forster’s passion – “I am a Jane Austenite, and therefore slightly imbecile ...read more →
“I wanted to know what went on -what really went on – inside Viacom/CBS… about the collaboration between very big business and very big government.” So says television legend Dan Rather in this special edition of The Debriefer. ”I knew that a lot had gone on behind the scenes [in ...read more →
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 →
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 →