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Tête à tête with Faber’s Stephen Page

Having scaled the walls of Faber’s well-manicured garden eleven years ago, Faber chief executive Stephen Page found himself in the broadcast hot-seat, sandwiched between Naked Bookers Philip Jones and Sam Missingham. This show is the first in an occasional series of tête à têtes, devoted to  the illuminati of the book business. Page, who joined […]

Kickstart A Book For A Buck

We’re back from our Summer vacation, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed – with a host of topics to talk about and the inestimable Ross Pruden: Renaissance man, seer and heterodox harlequin.  What more could you possibly want – The Pay-Per-View Royal Family Channel? Well you’re in luck, ‘cos we’ve got that, too! Presented by Peter Cox with […]

In The Land Of The E, The Glassy-Eyed Are King

Imagine if you will the final moments of Bugsy Malone, as reinvented for radio. That was this week’s Naked Book with authors Ewan Morrison and Barry Eisler slinging pies across Skype, as they sought to articulate a future for authors with or without publishers. Attempting to bat them out of the park was cricketer and […]

Litopia’s Greatest Hits

Allegedly, it’s Summer time in England… time for our annual leave of absence while we plan next season’s shows.  This show is a retrospective, looking back on some of the highlights of our year so far, including Jeffrey Archer, Craig Murray, Kari Herbert and Dr. Huw Lewis-Jones, Nigel West, Bert Coules, Peter Englund, Dan Rather […]

Fifty Shades of Real

Winner of the Orange Prize for New Writers, tonight’s guest Joanna Kavenna exemplifies much that’s best about new British authors: smart, savvy, sassy and scintillating.  “With her pale skin and angular features”, observed one critic, ” she even looks like Virginia Woolf”! Joanna’s latest book, Come To the Edge, is a caustic satire of the […]

The Tour de France – To The Bitter End

It’s an ultra-sporty show tonight, featuring The Guardian’s Richard Nelsson who has just edited a new book about cycling’s most extreme test of endurance, “The Tour de France: To The Bitter End“.  Lance Armstrong looms large in our discussions, of course – but so do Federer, Murray and the wider context of sport as social […]

200th Show Special – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk with Ben Fountain

Once every generation or two, a book comes along that incarnates our collective experience of war.  Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front was one such: Heller’s Catch-22 was another, and Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five was one more.  To this distinguished list must be added Ben Fountain‘s first novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Reviews have been […]

Whatever Happened to the Great English Eccentric?

Whatever happened to the great English eccentric? Why are Juliet, Susannah, Piers and Giles most likely to cut you up?  And at last – the truth they tried to hide from us for a century about extreme sexual penguin deviancy.  It’s all here in tonight’s potpourri of a show, featuring a live call-in! Presented by […]

Welcome to Hotel Chernobyl

Pollution Tourism is the next big thing for adventurous travelers, says tonight’s guest Andrew Blackwell.  His book Visit Sunny Chernobyl is an account of his vacations in some of the world’s most damaged environments.  From India’s most polluted city to the Pacific Ocean’s Great Garbage Patch (an area twice the size of France where marine […]

R.J.Ellory – A Quiet Belief In ‘What-If…’

You’ll recognize him as one of Britain’s leading thriller writers, author of the multi-million seller A Quiet Belief In Angels and ten other award-winner novels.  But you may not know much about the extraordinary personal story of tonight’s guest R.J. Ellory – a life that is just as thrilling and moving as anything in his […]

Hang On A Minute That’s My Work You Are Talking About

It was the clash of the old and new on The Naked Book, with Richard Mollet, chief executive of the Publishers Association, having a proper playground scrap with two “new media” folk over copyright. Mollet has recently turned on ‘copyright eroders’, such as The Pirate Party and the Open Rights Group, accusing them of briefings […]

Eyes Stop Moving

They’re putting people into MRI scanners to find out which parts of their brains are stimulated by reading.  Nothing new to LAD listeners – we covered this in 2010 and to some extent with David Eagleman in 2009 (always on the leading edge, us).  But tonight, Dr. Susan O’Doherty tells us where this research is […]

China Takes The Biscuit (And Everything Else)

What the heck happened? We are now living through – and suffering from – the greatest financial crisis since the 19th century. But it wasn’t supposed to be like this.  Our guest tonight, City Editor of the Daily Mail, Alex Brummer, has written a book which traces our gradual descent into this mess. Way back […]

Something Innovative This Way Comes

It’s start-up night on The Naked Book with three of the hottest new innovators explaining how their bookish brews will charm the money, entice the publisher, and beguile the reader. Oh, and make a billion. Representing Small Demons was Richard Nash: officially charged with saving the “book biz”, Nash is getting into his stride. Small […]

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

How do you feel about the future?  Fifty years ago, most views would probably have been rosily optimistic: our faith in science to solve the most pressing problems was mostly untarnished, and our belief in politicians to take wise and beneficent decisions not quite threadbare.  Today, the clouds of doubt assail us from every quarter. […]