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Thursday 28 November
Book Club with Amy Tan
Join Amy Tan for a discussion of her hit debut novel, The Joy Luck Club. In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet every week to play mahjong, eat dim sum and gossip about their children. Through their stories, and those of their four daughters, the novel explores the fault lines between two generations and two cultures.
The book became an instant New York Times bestseller, was nominated for the National Book Award, and has since been adapted into a successful film, for which Tan co-wrote the screenplay. Her other novels include The Bonesetter's Daughter, and her seventh novel, The Valley of Amazement, will be published this November.
Gary Younge in the UK
Gary Younge toured the UK for two weeks, appearing at a number of events including the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Belfast Festival and more, talking about the story behind Martin Luther King's legendary 'I have a dream' speech.
Boyd on Bond
In a break from the usual format, William Boyd will joined John Mullan to talk about the genius of Ian Fleming and the enduring appeal of his iconic spy.
Jhumpa Lahiri Book Club
Jhumpa Lahiri spoke to John Mullan about her 2008 short story collection, Unaccustomed Earth.
Margaret Atwood Book Club
Margaret Atwood travelled from Canada by ship to appear at the Edinburgh international book festival and talk to John Mullan about her Booker prize-winning novel, The Blind Assassin.