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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 →
He’s Britain’s most controversial politician, and he tells it like it is. David Cameron? On Botox! The BBC’s chairman Chris Patten? An old toad who should be abolished! And please don’t get him started on immigration. Wait a minute – this is The Garry Bushell Show! The place where political ...read more →
It was supposed to be “the war that will end war” – according to the misplaced optimism of British author H.G. Wells, and countless others like him who cheerfully expected “our boys” to be home by Christmas 1914. Involving all the world’s great powers, more than 70 million combatants, and ...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 →
After last week’s show, where do you now stand on the global warming debate? Do you believe what most scientists tell us – or do you think it’s all part of a grand conspiracy? And – would you be prepared to change your lifestyle if it meant saving the planet ...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 →
He’s been charged by elephants, black-listed by the Malaysian government, caught-up in tribal warfare in New Guinea and been bitten, stung and infected by creatures still unknown to science. Tonight, Rhett Butler (yes, that really is his name and no, we’re not afraid to go there) talks to us. Rhett ...read more →