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Peter Cox

I Eat Libraries For Breakfast

Ian Beck

Last week’s show featured renowned illustrators / comic book artists Patrice Aggs and John Aggs.  This week, we’re continuing  delve into the world of images as we welcome legendary illustrator-turned-author Ian Beck.  Ian learnt his craft from some of the greatest contemporary British illustrators, including Raymond Briggs and John Vernon Lord, then went on to design and illustrate album covers  – most notably, the iconic cover to Elton John’s best and most popular album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.  Subsequently, Ian made the transition to writing and his latest book, The Haunting of Charity Delafield, has just been published in the UK by Random House.

Chris Ewan is a British crime and mystery writer best known for his Good Thief series of travelling adventures featuring Charlie Howard, a thief and author.  His first novel, The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam, won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award – another author who got his start from the inspirational Susan Hill – and currently he’s published by Simon & Schuster in the UK, and by St. Martin’s Press in the United States.

Royal insider John Spencer (aka Spencer Carstairs) is our third guest; his new title Someone To Watch Over Me has just been published in the US – it’s too hot, apparently, to be published in the UK!

It’s a terrific panel and an inspired chat room under the aegis of the ever-vigilant Ali.  Apart from the usual wit and wisdom, the chat room tonight solves the problem of how to finance Britain’s public libraries… McDonald’s will take them over!  Grendel burgers, anyone? Or maybe you’d like a Great Gatsby with Cheese?

Presented by Peter Cox with Dave Bartram.

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