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The Love of Money

British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Chancellor George Osborne  are currently enforcing “savage” spending cuts that, in Cameron’s own words, “will change our whole way of life”. Why? What have the British people done to deserve this punishment? Tonight’s guest, Professor L. Randall Wray, has got some very revealing answers. If you want to […]

Child’s Play

In the flurry of e-book and print books sales stats, we know for certain that the children’s market does not conform to the wider market’s results. Still a predominantly print-based market it is the only one of the four major BookScan categories to have year-on-year growth. Yet digital is having a big impact on the […]

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 […]

There’s A Hole In My Sock Puppet

This week The Naked Book interviewed puppet hunter extraordinaire the thriller writer Jeremy Duns. Duns exposed crime-writer R J Ellory last week, and he has been seeking the truth about Stephen Leather’s anonymous accounts and activities since Harrogate. But who is he? And why does he do it? Most importantly, how does he find the […]

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 […]

The E-Book In The Library

The issue over how libraries should loan e- books is generating noise all over. The discussion has laid bare the real allegiances across the trade, as it impacts on all parts—-booksellers, publishers, authors, and of course librarians. Consensus has broken down, with some calling for librarians to simply circumvent publishers and digitize books direct. It’s […]

The Great Amazon Debate

In 1994, Jeffrey Preston Bezos left his Wall Street job to found an internet based company in his garage. The ‘bookseller’ known as Amazon sold its first book one year later.  Amazon may have marketed itself as “the world’s largest bookstore”, but its logo–an arrow leading from A to Z–was a clear indicator that its […]

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 […]

The Broadcast Takeover

Television is an increasingly important area for writers and the publishing industry generally.  As the book market becomes ever more competitive, the writer’s platform has to grow in as many ways as possible… and one of the biggest platforms out there is TV.  That’s why tonight’s show is so important. The Broadcast Takeover is a […]

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 […]

Face The Bafflement And Do It Anyway

Six months into 2012 and the publishing world is a confused and scary place. Pottermore has just about disintermediated all of us, while the Seattle wildebeest has everyone from James Daunt to James Bond in its thrall. Agents from the Justice League have publishing executives under surveillance, while Mssrs Barnes and Noble are still looking […]

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 […]