Friday, 8 August 2008

The Novel that Changed my Life

A new radio programme entitled The Novel That Changed My Life runs on Fridays at 7 pm on BBC Radio 2 until August 29th. Claudia Winkleman hosts the six-part series in which well known figures champion a novel that has inspired or moved them. The comedian Vic Reeves’ choice was On the Road, Jack Kerouac's legendary account of a frenzied, liberating drive across America. The interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen championed Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh as the book that changed his life. Cherie Blair presented Khaled Hosseini's powerful portrait of female suffering under the Taliban in A Thousand Splendid Suns as the book that most impressed her. Other contributors over the coming weeks are author Kathy Lette speaking about Vanity Fair on August 15th; comedian Mel Smith presenting A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe on August 22nd and Alex James of Blur speaking about Treasure Island on August 29th.

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